Amalgam Collection has been producing stunning model reproductions of Ferrari track and road cars for nearly 20 years. The company enjoys a global reputation for richly detailed work and a commitment to research and development that mirrors the methods and philosophies at Maranello.
Company founder Sandy Copeman previously made models for architects, in particular Norman Foster and Partners. ‘We learned from working with the bright young things at Foster’s office,’ he explains. ‘We established a reputation for an understanding of the designer’s aesthetic and a collaborative approach to delivering a model as art in itself.’
Amalgam then started working with the Jordan and Williams racing teams in the mid-1990s, before Ferrari approached them about producing models of their Formula One cars. ‘For the next few years Maranello were pushing us to model classic and GT cars, a project that was started from 2005 onwards.’
Since then, there’s really been no looking back. Amalgam produces on average 15 new models at 1:8 scale each year and two or three at 1:4 or 1:5. The company models all the Prancing Horse GT road and racing cars when they are launched, using computer-aided design (CAD) data supplied by Ferrari. They also model each new Ferrari F1 car at 1:4, 1:8, 1:12 and from 2017 at 1:18. All models are in limited editions or unique bespoke models or one-offs.
Copeman explains some of the intricate pre-production processes involved: ‘For new cars, we get the CAD data from Ferrari and then work on that to retain the visible details and create the necessary engineering to build the model. For classic cars, we scan the car digitally and take around 1,000 photographs, often from strange angles to reveal specific details and finishes.
‘Getting access to the best examples of each car can be pretty challenging. We have scanned tremendously valuable cars in some very exclusive locations such as Ralph Lauren’s private museum, but also in some cold, uninviting garages and warehouses!’
It takes around three months to develop the model of a new car and double that for a classic. Bespoke requests can usually be delivered in eight to 10 weeks, taking around 200 to 400 hours of work for a specific model.
Finally, what’s the most challenging Ferrari Copeman and Amalgam have had to work on? ‘A 1:5 scale 512 S is the most complex, but we are just finishing the first 512 BB LM at 1:8 and that is awesomely complex, it makes the hairs rise on my neck…’
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