Who Am I?

I’m Kathy Millatt and I design sci fi terrain 3D prints for a living.

I have been modelling for over 20 years (not counting my early flirtations as a teenager) and have moved through model railways, sci fi and anything else that grabbed my fancy but my first love has always been scenery.  

Now I am able to combine my love of scenery with design work, modelling and gaming!  I currently sell my work through Kickstarters and my store on MyMiniFactory.

I also love sharing what I do through this website, my YouTube channel or Instagram.

In previous modelling lives I have been a contributing editor for Model Railroader Video Plus with my Let’s Make a Scene series.  I have also been featured in Model Railroader and Railway Modeller.

I’ve been a judge on the Great Model Railway Challenge, a UK TV show featuring model railways built in just 24 hours – a real challenge.  My layout, Port Dinorwic, was also featured on Hornby – A Model World.

I have also written a book – Building Realistic Model Railroad Scenery.

My Story

When I was a child and young adult, I wanted to be an astronaut.  I grew up on a diet of Dr Who, Blake’s Seven and Star Trek.  That love of sci fi has stayed with me for my whole life although the idea of being cooped up in a tin can for real space travel has put an end to my dreams of travelling the stars in person.  Now I just do it in miniature…

I started modelling railways as a child but got back into the modelling hobby in 2000 when I went on holiday and saw a permanent model railway exhibit. It reminded me of playing with trains with my Dad when I was younger. He had Hornby Dublo 3 rail which we got out every Christmas; it even found a permanent home for a while before homework took over the desk. My main memory is that my white lines on the road were about a third of the road width and my major scenic element was sand. Hopefully I’ve moved on from that!

I started with a UK layout based on the railway outside my house before moving on to modelling the United States. I chose the New Haven as it has all my favourite elements: grotty industrial, beautiful scenery, fast trains and local branch lines. It’s a beautiful part of the world and I’m a sucker for those stainless steel fluted side coaches!  It’s been quite a journey with forays into On30 as well as obtaining my Master Model Railroader from the NMRA in 2014.

Alongside railways though, I built a series of sci fi dioramas reflecting my love of Transformers, Halo, Star Wars and Tomb Raider to name just a few.  In recent years, the sci fi side has grown and eventually become my full time job.

Outside of modelling I enjoy gaming (tabletop and video) and movies.  All of which is great inspiration for more models…

My Job

I started my working career as an accountant because my degree in biology didn’t really lead me anywhere.  I was never in love with being an accountant though and I always thought of it as my first career, not my only career.

After 25 years, I decided it really was time to jump ship and I went into content creation.  I wrote a book, did some YouTube videos and eventually started designing terrain for tabletop games.

I have found my true passion and love the combination of design and practical modelling.  My first Kickstarter was the catchily named Modular Sci Fi Landing Pads and now I am working on building up my offering in the sci fi terrain arena.

Creating a whole sci fi star system, one Kickstarter at a time...

Beyond the civilised sectors of the galaxy lies the outer rim and one small star system within it – Severna. There are planets and moons with diverse environments from icy wastes to hot lava, cyberpunk cities and terraforming colonies… Despite being a long way from the more populous systems, Severna is thriving…