It is with great pleasure that Amalgam Fine Model Cars announce our latest limited edition ‘race specific’ 1:8 scale model car. This comes in the shape of the 2011 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-26, celebrating the superb victory of Jenson Button during the Canadian Grand Prix 2011. The model will be an exact replica of the car as raced to victory by Jenson during the Canadian GP.
His last-lap victory was gained against all odds, with torrential rain halting the race for over two hours, numerous collisions and safety car periods, as well as no less than six pittings plaguing his race. Nonetheless Jenson skillfully propelled himself to victory, beating Vettel in what he describes as the best race of his life. There will be a total of just 20 pieces made in this very exclusive limited edition, meaning each model will become a sought after and rare collectors piece. Naturally we will be offering this model to Jenson himself, as well as to McLaren team officials and our regular McLaren collectors. However we are also very happy to accept pre-orders from anyone wishing to put a deposit down on this exciting new model.
The model will share or exceed the level of detailing and realism exhibited on our previous 1:8 scale MP4-25 2010 models, with all physical, mechanical and livery precisely reproduced at the stunning 1:8 scale using data supplied direct from the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes workshops. We are taking pre-orders with 50% deposit now to secure one of the models in this very small limited edition for delivery at the end of August.
Please contact our sales team to put a deposit down on this exciting new piece from Amalgam Fine Model Cars.
We have just completed the first photo shoot of our new Illuminated Pedestal Cabinet. These stunning pieces of exhibition furniture are designed with the home collector in mind, and are available in either free standing, or plinth mounted variants. The lighting system is specially designed to illuminate the reflective lines and bodywork of our 1:8 scale model cars to best effect. Additionally the light can be adjusted to allow you to change brightness and white balance. Please find below some images of some of our McLaren models shown at their best within our Illuminated Pedestal Cabinet. Of particular note is a very exclusive preview of our upcoming McLaren M8D Chevrolet V8 Can-Am model at 1:8 scale. This will soon be available in a limited edition and can be reserved via our sales team straight away.
Please contact our Bristol workshop for more information and to discuss your specific options.
We are very excited to announce the latest model release from Amalgam Fine Model Cars. The first of our 2011 F1 Grand Prix 1:8 scale models comes in the shape of the Ferrari 150° Italia as raced at the Australian GP 2011 by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. This very dynamic model captures every detail and faithfully exhibits all of the mechanical/body shape developments and livery design of the real Ferrari 150° Italia. Only by working in close partnership with Ferrari has development of this precision 1:8 scale model been possible -the prestigious sanctioning allowing us access to original CAD data direct from the workshops of Scuderia Ferrari. Additionally we are currently in final stages of development of additional Ferrari models covering the 2011 F1 GP and these will include a stunning full size replica of the 150° Italia steering wheel as well as our 1:12 scale nosecone model and miniature steering wheel at 1:4 scale. The 2011 Scuderia Ferrari 2011 F1 GP collection of models from Amalgam Fine Model Cars is a fine addition to our growing portfolio of precise and detailed large scale collectors pieces.
Amalgam Fine Model Cars have recently signed a distribution deal with Sunrich Toys & Hobby -a U.S. wholesale distributor dedicated to meeting the needs of toy and hobby retailers the world over.
Their core philosophy is to provide top notch service coupled with industry leading products and pricing. Dedicated to providing customers, both large and small, the necessary ingredients associated with a successful business. Their concentration is focused on premium die cast model distribution, offering retailers a wide range of models to help expand their customer base and repeat business. Their list of manufacturers include high quality brands Spark, Art Model and CMC. Amalgam Fine Model Cars are very happy to have our models included in the Sunrich product range and look forward to developing our partnership and the availability of Amalgam models within the U.S.
Official Sunrich Toys & Hobby announcement:-
We are happy to announce that as of May 26th, 2011, Sunrich Toys & Hobby will take over as the new U.S. distributor for Amalgam Fine Model Cars.
For over 25 years Amalgam has been at the pinnacle of high quality large scale resin-cast models. The brand has steadily grown to become synonymous with exceptional hand-made models, created by a highly skilled, passionate team in very concise, limited editions.
We at Sunrich feel absolutely privileged to be able to supply our customers with such an exceptional product. We look forward to contributing our efforts to further promote this brand to the collecting and automotive communities , while continuing to offer our dealers the highest levels of customer service.
Product, pricing, and purchasing details will closely follow this announcement. Thank you all for your kind support; Sunrich staff are available to address any questions or concerns.
Lamborghini’s new flagship sports car bears the name of a bull — naturally, a particularly courageous specimen from the world of the Spanish Corrida. Aventador was a bull bred by the Don Celestino Cuardi Vides family that in October 1993 entered into battle at the Saragossa Arena, earning the “Trofeo de la Peña La Madroñera” for the outstanding courage shown during the fight. The new Lamborghini Aventador is powered by a 6.5ltr V12 propelling the car to a top speed of 217mph and a 0-62mph time of 2.9sec.
Our model has been created using original CAD data supplied directly from the Lamborghini workshops. The CAD data is used when creating the master patterns from which we take moulds using silicone rubber under vacuum. The components are then cast in prototyping grade resin, again under vacuum – this casting method allows extremely inticate and accurate components straight out of the mould. All of Lamborghini’s custom interior and exterior options can be replicated in the model allowing a exact replica of your car to be created. Additionally paint finishes can be matched to any of Lamborghini’s standard, optional or custom paint finishes.
Amalgam Fine Model Cars would like to introduce our latest 1:8 scale road car, this time in the shape of the Ferrari FF -their first 4×4 road car. The FF’s body work is conceptualised by Pininfarina -a design house responsible for a number of Ferrari’s previous models including the F430 Coupe and 612 Scalietti. The FF has an extended roofline improving headroom for rear seat passengers and allowing a spacious boot capacity of 450 litres.
The new drive-train, named ‘4RM’, is much lighter than other four-wheel drive systems and is paired with a 6.3-litre V12 engine producing 660 horsepower at 8,000 rpm; the gearbox is a transaxle dual-clutch type. 0-62 mph time is 3.7 seconds, and the car has a top speed of over 200 mph.
More information about our 1:8 scale replica of the Ferrari FF can be found
at the Official Ferrari Store or here at our own web store. We are also able to undertake a bespoke service creating an exact replica of your real car, with all of your number plate, specific options and any customisations present on the model.
We are very excited to announce our newest addition to the Amalgam Fine Model Cars historic range. This is without a doubt one of our most highly detailed and inspiring 1:8 model to date. We have already been involved in the creation of a 1:8 scale Bugatti Type 57SC – an exclusive model of Ralph Lauren’s own Atlantic Coupe, available exclusively from Polo Ralph Lauren. Only four Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantics were ever built, this second model from us a model of chassis 57-374 as delivered to Lord Victor Rothschild in 1938. This car is one of only two surviving and was sold in 2010 for an undisclosed amount between $30 and $40 million dollars. It was finished with an early hand-mixed metallic paint, a beautiful pale blue. After restoration the car won ‘Best of Show’ at Pebble Beach in 2003. Each one of these finely detailed hand built models in a limited edition of 99 is a precise and accurate replica of chassino 57-374 exactly as it was originally delivered to Lord Rothschild. The real car is currently exhibited at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California.
Our 1:8 scale replica is now available to pre-order directly, or from selected high end retailers around the globe. Judging by the fantastic reception of our Ralph Lauren ‘Atlantic’ model, this limited edition is likely to sell out very fast indeed, and will certainly become one of our most sought after large scale model cars.
As well as supplying our models direct to manufacturers and high end collectors via our own website and distribution department we have a number of high end retailers dotted around the globe. One of our most important third party dealers is CollectorStudio based in Toronto, Canada.
CollectorStudio was founded by avid car enthusiast Morry Barmak in 1991. Since then they have been buying & selling rare and high-end motorsport memorabilia ranging from $50 up to $150 000. Their comprehensive stock of rare and sought after pieces is one of the largest collections of original vintage & racing memorabilia in the world. Their 2400 square foot gallery is quite literally bursting with motorsport related artifacts including original race clothing and helmets, one-off vintage paintings, motorsport memorabilia including vintage timepieces, race car parts, steering wheels and F1 car noses, and of course many beautiful scale model cars. A highlight of particular note within the collection are some beautiful hand-made Ron Phillips 1:4 scale RC cars capable of speeds of 80mph! -and with a more than justified pricetag of CDN$125,000 for the set. Among this finely curated collection is a vast array of Amalgam models, full size steering wheels and smaller Amalgam collectables. Thanks to Morry’s enthusiasm for Amalgam our models are now very often seen at CollectorStudio before anywhere else, and are given very prominent positions within the exhibition space.
The images below show the exhibition space and Morry with some of his very well known clients…
Please visit the CollectorStudio website where you can browse their huge collection of motorsport related collector pieces. The also have a dedicated Bugatti related page here
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.
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.