Coming soon – Illuminated Display Plinths

May 4th, 2011

Our large illuminated dealership display furniture has gone down very well since it was made available earlier this year. And as such, we have had a number of requests from our collectors asking if these cabinets are available for the home market. Over the last few weeks we have been developing a scaled down version of our display cabinet which shares a similar style lighting system, offering uniform light over the entire car – perfectly displaying the details and bodywork of our 1:8 scale model cars.

Our Bristol workshop has been very busy developing these new Illuminated Display Plinths and we are now happy to announce the final version will be going into small scale manufacture in the UK, for collectors who want to display their models in the best possible light. These cabinets are constructed by hand from ultra gloss black acrylic, with an attractive and functional brushed aluminium top plate on the light unit to assist cooling. We will continue to supply our models with the existing wooden display base and clear acrylic lid, but for an additional cost our models can be supplied with an illuminated display plinth.

Please contact our Bristol workshop for more information and to place a pre order for these new products.

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Please stay tuned for first photos of the final product…

Amalgam High Quality Display Cabinets

March 23rd, 2011

Our latest exhibition product is in the shape of a very high quality display cabinet. These bespoke pieces of exhibition furniture boast ultra high gloss paint finishes, matched to the same colour spec used by the manufacturers of the real cars.

Amalgam Dealer Display Cabinet Lighting System Demo from Amalgam FMC on Vimeo.

At the heart of our new range of display cabinets is the light source – an advanced 180 watt, silent fan cooled array of ultra bright LED’s housed within an ultra low profile lightbox. This in-house developed lighting system differs from conventional downlighting display cabinets in a number of ways. Our 180 watt led array is arranged to allow a completely uniform light coverage over the entire display area. This means highly reflective and intricately detailed car body shells and reflective surfaces are displayed without the light source interference characteristics of conventional ’spot light’ downlighting systems. Additionally, the brightness and hue of the light output can be infinitely adjusted to allow you to fine tune the brightness and ‘white balance’ of the light source allowing correct display of any colour or paint finish. A number of our end users have said that the brightness/hue adjustment feature has also been very useful when fine tuning the cabinet to stand out/fit in with the lighting within their premises. At full brightness our display cabinets emit significantly more light than any similar product on the market meaning these pieces of furniture can be utilised as a prominent focal point within an exhibition space.

Shown in the images above is our ‘Dealership Display Cabinet’ which is designed specifically for our 1:8 scale model cars. Our range also includes a ‘double decker’ variant to allow display of two or more products indepentently lit. Due to the bespoke nature of these cabinets, being hand made in the UK, we are able to undertake construction of these cabinets to any dimensional requirement and/or customise most elements in order to fulfill specific end user requirements.

These cabinets are equally at home within the museum, art gallery, fine jewellery retail and exhibition sectors with the light source offering a clear advantage when displaying precious stones, delicate products or light sensitive artifacts / sculptures. And being fully flat packable, the furniture can happily integrate within a travelling exhibition.

Please contact our Bristol workshop with your requirements and we will be more than happy to assist you with your project.

Ayrton’s first test – McLaren feature

March 9th, 2011

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As a new Formula 1 World Championship is about to get going, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes looks back at one of its greatest-ever champions’ foray into the sport

Read McLaren’s article about Ayrton Senna here

Ferrari Website – Find our models in the official Ferrari online store

March 8th, 2011

You can find our Officially licenced range of Ferrari models on the Official Ferrari Online Store. Currently featured is our upcoming 1:8 scale Ferrari FF as well as a feature covering the launch of the Ferrari FF at the Geneva Motor Show 2011.

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Please visit the Official Ferrari Website for more information
or the Official Ferrari Store for our officially licenced Ferrari models

Amalgam Fine Model Cars on Facebook – Join Us!

March 2nd, 2011

Amalgam Fine Model Cars are now on Facebook. We have our Business page where you can ‘like’ us and follow our up to date news and see exclusive photos of our upcoming models. Or alternatively you can send a ‘friend request’ to one of our model makers. Both profiles are kept up to date with interesting news related to the model making, motorsport and luxury car industry and allow you to personally comment on any of our articles and blog entries. Being on Facebook will allow us to communicate with other motorsport enthusiasts and model collectors on a more personal level; Its great to see your photos from races or events we may not have been able to make it to..

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You can find our Facebook pages here:-

Our ‘personal’ profile
Our ‘business’ page

In order to see these pages you must first sign up to Facebook.

Senna Cinema Documentary – Amalgam 1:8 Cars as driven by Ayrton Senna

February 25th, 2011

Senna, directed by Asif Kapadia documents the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80’s, the film follows Senna’s struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime, spiritual yet, on occasion, ruthless – Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brasil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing. Yet he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time – and in Brasil as a Saint. The documentary has received much praise and received World Cinema Audience Award for Documentary Film at the 2011 Sundance film festival. Already released in Japan and Brazil, the film is released in the UK 3rd June 2011.

http://www.paramountpictures.com.br/senna/

To date Amalgam Fine Model Cars have made three beautiful 1:8 scale models of cars driven by Ayrton Senna. The Lotus 97T (1985), McLaren MP4/4 (1988) and the McLaren MP4/6 (1991). Each captures every detail of the original car.

Visit www.amalgamcollection.com for more information on these and other beautiful models.

1:12 Scale Official F1 Grand Prix Nose Cone Models

February 21st, 2011

Additional to our beautiful large scale models, Amalgam Fine Model Cars also produce a range of smaller collectors pieces for F1 GP enthusiasts and professionals.  Our 1:12 scale F1 nosecones are often seen on the desks and displayed in offices of team managers and other race officials.  These beautifully accurate pieces are hand cast in prototyping grade resin and assembled using the same processes as our model cars.

Our miniature nosecone range includes current models from the Ferrari, Mclaren and Redbull racing teams.  And will soon include models from the 2011 F1 racing season.

All of our 1:12 scale nose cone models come mounted on a hand stitched leather base finished with a polished stainless steel plaque.  They come packaged in an attractive branded gift box and include a certificate of authenticity.

Amalgam Fine Model Cars Ltd are able to undertake design, model making and manufacture of prestige automotive collectables to conincide with product launches or ‘end of season’ celebrations; allowing brands and racing teams to offer a beautiful keepsake to attendees of the event.  Whether you require a single bespoke piece or multiple thousands of lower cost pieces, please contact Sandy Copeman at our Bristol workshop with your requirements.

Williams FW32 Cosworth 1:8 scale model – Available Now

February 18th, 2011

Our latest official F1 Grand Prix 2010 1:8 scale car is now available in a limited edition. This large scale replica of the ‘Cosworth CA2010′ powered Williams FW32 as driven by Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hülkenberg is a beautiful addition to any collection, capturing every detail with stunning accuracy.

As with all of our 1:8 scale cars, it comes supplied on a lacqured carbon fibre topped removable base -individually numbered with a polished stainless steel plaque, and protected by a removable museum quality clear acrylic cover. Each model comes with a certficate of authenticity.

Please visit www.amalgamcollection.com for more information on this beautiful model

From times gone by… Maserati 250F Fangio 1957 French GP Winner

February 11th, 2011

Amalgam Fine Model Cars very often get bespoke requests from high end collectors and owners of the real cars. Usually these bespoke requirements involve accurate representation of a custom mechanical modification or one-off finish, livery or interior trim.

Occasionally we receive very specialist requests from enthusiasts or racing drivers who require an exact representation of a historic motorcar, as it was raced on a particular event. Due to the bespoke nature of such projects these models are not very often seen by the general public.

Shown below are some images of of one of our favourite bespoke projects; a 1:8 scale Maserati 250F as raced to victory by Juan Manuel Fangio during the French Grand Prix 7 July 1957 at Rouen-Les-Essarts. Some bespoke detailing includes nose damage, worn tyres and highly realistic dirt buildup on the body, wire spoke wheels and mechanical elements.

Amalgam Fine Model Cars relish a technical challenge and are always very keen to attempt bespoke custom projects big and small. Modifications similar to those shown above are usually integrated into the actual build of the model so can be carried out for a small additional cost. Please contact Sandy at our Bristol workshop to discuss your specific requirements.

Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta SWB at 1:8 scale

February 9th, 2011

One of the most important GT racers of its time, It was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 1959 and quickly began selling and racing. The combination of low weight, high power, and well-sorted suspension made it a competitive offering.The SWB Berlinetta claimed GT class of the Constructor’s Championship for Ferrari in 1961.

Our 1:8 replica of the 250GT Berlinetta SWB captures every fine detail of the real car; with a perfectly scaled Colombo Tipo 125 V12 engine hidden under a removeable bonnet, stunningly detailed interior, and individually wire spoked wheels.

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