Since it was established in 1985, Amalgam has been creating the very highest quality model cars and yachts for designers, manufacturers and high-end collectors worldwide. The company supplies most Formula One teams with large-scale models and replica steering wheels, as well as making display models for the majority of the world's prestige and luxury car makers. These include Audi, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, Bugatti and Ferrari, for whom Amalgam makes display and presentation models, as well as personalized scale versions of every car they currently produce for customers. Leading motorsport figures who own Amalgam models include Jean Todt, Luca di Montezemolo, Mario Theissen, Jarno Trulli and Rubens Barichello.
How an Amalgam Model is Made
The master patterns for one of Amalgam's 1/8 scale car models take approximately three months for our master model-makers to create. The model begins with the creation of a pattern for each individual component. These are made though a combination of traditional engineering and pattern-making skill and advanced modern techniques like laser cutting and CNC machining. Smaller components are cast in brass or acrylic, while Epoxy pattern board, or "chemical wood," is used to pattern the larger pieces.
From these patterns, the engineers then produce "soft" tooling - moulds made from clear silicon rubber which allow for the precise reproduction of even the tiniest details. These are then used to cast components out of prototype-quality resin. For suspension components, and other fine details parts, vulcanised rubber moulds are created. White metal is poured into these under centrifugal force to cast these parts, which are carefully fettled and polished. Any components that are going to be painted are joined and then treated to several coats of primer, a colour base coat and several coats of lacquer. All paints are authentic, manufacturer-specified paints. Once the top coat has been applied, each model is cut and polished to a fine finish.
Decals are screen-printed from artwork supplied by the individual manufacturer to ensure absolute authenticity. Tyres are modelled to the exact tyre and tread-type used by the full size cars, and are cast in rubber. And once all this has been done, a team of between three and six modelmakers take around fifty hours to painstakingly assemble each model. The manufacturer's artwork is used to produce screen-printed decals to ensure absolute authenticity and compliance with the original logotypes. The tyres are modelled to the exact tyre type used by the original race cars and are cast in rubber. Finally, a team of three to six model makers precisely assemble the cars, each model taking around fifty hours to complete.
Personalized models of individual owners' cars can be created as soon as the real car is ordered, and replicate the full size vehicle exactly, down to the number plates, interior trim options and any custom details. The models come on handmade bases, covered with leather, carbon fibre, aluminium or any other material the customer specifies. A clear acrylic case protects the model and a personalized stainless-steel title plate finishes the display case off. Orders for personalized models placed at the time the real car is ordered usually take about six weeks to produce and deliver.
The Audi R10
The Audi R10, or R10 TDI to give it its full name, is the first ever diesel-powered car to win the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Even more impressively, its win at Sebring came on the car's maiden race, as it had only been unveiled three months earlier to replace the company's previous R8 racing car.
The R10's aluminium 5.5 litre V12 engine uses Turbocharged Direct Injection technology and twin Garret turbochargers. The decision to use a diesel engine highlights the advantages of such powerplants - notably their wide power band and fuel economy, and several other leading manufacturers are now focusing on diesel racing engines too. Interestingly, while the R10 is the first diesel-powered car to win Le Mans, it's not the first to enter. That was a 1949 Delettrez Diesel, entered in the first Le Mans race to take place after the Second World War. That car failed to finish, running out of fuel half way through the race. The first diesel car to reach the finish line was a Rover-BRM entered in 1967.
In addition to the Sebring and Le Mans races in 2006, the R10 also won the 9th annual Petit Le Mans endurance race at Road Atlanta in Georgia. The following year, the car won the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 hours of Le Mans again. In 2008, Audi entered the Le Mans Series for the first time ever and won the first three races before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, before achieving a third straight victory in that race and a final victory in the last race at Silverstone, taking the Constructors Championship as well as the Drivers and Teams Championships.
Handmade to the same exacting standards as all Amalgam's models, the 1/8 R10 depicts the 2006 winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, the number eight car piloted by Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner. It is a limited edition of 199.
To congratulate Audi on their Centenary, Amalgam Fine Model Cars have graciously agreed to donate one of their stunning 1/8 Audi R10 models to the Toy Collector/Audi charity forum auction in support of the Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults. This fantastic model retails at £2750 and bidding is now open in the Toy Collector forum here.