Johnnie Walker – Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Campaign

May 11th, 2011

Johnnie Walker have been a major sponsor of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team since 2005. They produce the most widely distributed blended Scotch whisky in the World. As such their current ‘Join The Pact’ responsible drinking campaign can be seen in purpose built large scale displays in many of the Worlds top airports. The campaign is supported by the Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes team and is inherently themed on the current Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 GP 2011 efforts. Amalgam are very proud to see our McLaren MP4-25 full size steering wheel replicas being used in the campaign.

Below is an image of one of our steering wheels in situ within the Johnnie Walker display at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Johnnie Walker Display Schiphol Airport May 2011

3D Optical Digitising – How we scan the original cars

May 10th, 2011

We go to great lengths to ensure the accuracy of every aspect of our models and use the most up to date technologies in order to replicate the exact body shape and dimensional/mechanical information. When creating our historic models such as the ‘Salzburg’ Porsche 917 or Lotus Type 38 where original maufacturer Cad data does not exist, a non-contact 3D optical digitising process allows us to scan the original car to an accuracy of less than +/-0.05mm/m3 tolerance. This means that once scaled down to 1:8 scale the acquired Cad data is so precise it allows theoretical mastering to within 0.01-0.025mm across each dimension. The 3D optical digitising process is carried out by former McLaren employee Tim Rapley. His company Physical Digital Ltd offers specialised 3D scanning, quality control and reverse engineering services to the foremost automotive and aerospace manufacturers, -3D digitising being his primary area of specialism. For this Physical Digital Ltd use the industry leading GOM ATOS and TRITOP 3D scanning systems which are fully mobile allowing the vehicles to be scanned in situ. This highly skilled process is time consuming and extremely involved – a significant percentage of the time is spent post processing the acquired data, where the engineer evaluates each scan for errors, then ’stitches’ all of the scanned pieces together at predetermined anchor points to form the complete 3D model of the car. Alongside this very advanced technology we utilise traditional model making methods such as high resolution photography, and studying archive images/original technical drawings to allow faithful reproduction of the mechanical parts by means of hand sculpting/machining processes. Paint finish and livery designs are matched to original manufacturer data where available, otherwise we make use of original archived images and documentation as our visual reference.

Porsche 917 1970 Le Mans Winner (Hans Herrmann)

May 10th, 2011

We have just completed our latest historic Le Mans 1:8 scale model car. This time in the shape of the ‘Salzburg’ Porsche 917 as driven to overall victory by Hans Herrmann in the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hour. Early in the race, most of the Ferrari 512 entrants eliminated each other in a shunt. The two Porsche factory teams, Gulf-Wyer and Porsche Salzburg, continued to battle each other, but all Wyer cars were out after 12 hours. At the end it was the red and white #23 917K of Porsche Salzburg, with the standard 4.5 litre engine, carefully driven by Stuttgart’s own Hans Herrmann and Englishman Richard Attwood through the pouring rain, that finally scored the first overall win at Le Mans, in a wet race that saw only seven ranked finishers. The model shares the same level of intricate detailing as our previous 1:8 scale Gulf livery Porsche 917K, with a stunningly accurate engine bay the model can be displayed with the Type 912 flat-12 4.5ltr engine in full view. The doors are also open-able to reveal the cabin space with every dial and control knob present as they were during the 1970 24 hours of Le Mans.

We continue to develop our range of historic racing cars and are very excited to welcome the Salzburg Porsche 917 1970 Le Mans winning car to our collection, in a limited edition of 199 models.

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Ralph Lauren Model Collection – Bugatti 57SC Atlantic and Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

May 4th, 2011

Amalgam Fine Model Cars have long dreamed of recreating the cream of the world’s classic cars so well represented in Ralph Lauren’s collection. The 1938 Type Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe and the 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (chassis number 0734) are of particular importance within his collection, and it is with great pleasure we present these new models, exactly as displayed in the Ralph Lauren Collection, the Bugatti Type 57SC replicated at the imposing 1:8 scale, and the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa modelled at the slightly smaller scale of 1:12. Both models are very detailed indeed. The close partnership between Polo Ralph Lauren and Amalgam Fine Model Cars has allowed faithful replication of every detail of the cars. Utilising the latest 3D scanning technology alongside traditional hand modelling techniques, these stunning model cars fully capture the beauty and flamboyant lines of the original cars, exactly as they have been restored by the team at the Ralph Lauren Collection.

These are the first of a number of models we will be producing in partnership with the Ralph Lauren Collection. And for sale exclusively via Ralph Lauren

The completion of these first models has run in parallel with the start of the current exhibition ‘L’Art de l’automobile – Chefs-d’œuvre de la collection Ralph Lauren’ at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, located at the Louvre museum, Paris. The high profile exhibition features 17 cars chosen by the curator Rodolphe Rapetti.

The exhibition runs until the end of August, and opened with a VIP private view attended by well known automobile enthusiasts including Jackie Stewart, Jean Reno, Zhang Ziyi .

Exhibited alongside the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic and the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa were famous cars such as the “Blower” Bentley (1929), the Ferrari 250 GTO (1962), the Mercedes 300 SL (1955) and the Jaguar “D type”.

A more detailed report of the exhibition private view (in French)

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.