Starting as a partnership of four talented model-makers in 1985, right from the start Amalgam was creating finely tuned models for the most important designers and architects working in Europe at that time. Working closely with Norman Foster’s team on the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and on the Hong Kong Airport project was a fast, steep learning curve which quickly opened our eyes to subtle aesthetics and refined engineering.
Working with such gifted architects our passion and desire to model the very best designs was ignited, which in due course led us to Williams F1 and Adrian Newey who were dominating the F1 championship in 1995, then on to Maranello and to the massively important design heritage of Enzo Ferrari in 1999, and latterly to Pininfarina and Ettore Bugatti.
Creating the models
Every Amalgam Fine Model Car is made entirely by hand from over 2000 parts. The process of developing each model and creating the master patterns takes at least 3,000 man hours. Detailed original CAD data is supplied by the car’s manufacturer or the race team of the car to be modelled. In the case of the classic cars an extremely accurate digital scan is made of the car, and hundreds of photographs of all the details of a carefully selected original car are taken, to ensure complete accuracy and adherence to the authentic finishes and materials.
Many parts of the model are machined from metal with the major components hand cast from prototyping resin. Each model is individually assembled by a small team of highly skilled model-makers. In total the time taken to machine, cast, hand fettle, paint, polish and assemble each model is around 350 hours of highly skilled work.