May 19th, 2011
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.
May 16th, 2011
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
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.
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.
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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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)
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.
Please stay tuned for first photos of the final product…
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.
March 9th, 2011
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
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.
Please visit the Official Ferrari Website for more information
or the Official Ferrari Store for our officially licenced Ferrari models