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An Amalgam of 3D printing and tradition to make the world’s most beautiful model cars

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Collecting 1:8 models of cars and boats can be an expensive hobby however for many people the best model cars can be considered alongside fine watches and works of art. Amalgam Collections creates unrivaled examples of the world’s most iconic and luxurious cars at scale combining a vast array of manufacturing methods. For such unique, custom-made high-precision products 3D printing can provide an ideal solution. And it does.

Amalgam models beautifully and precisely capture the entirety of the original and are impossible to discern from a real car in photographs. To create these perfect scale replicas of modern cars, Amalgam artisans use confidential CAD data supplied by the manufacturer and cooperate closely with their design and engineering teams to perfectly replicate the interior and exterior finishes.

One of my own favorites, the ALFA ROMEO 8C 2900 – 1938 MILLE MIGLIA

With regard to classics, in this quest for supreme accuracy and authenticity, Amalgam goes to great lengths to locate the best examples of original cars and digitally scan them, capturing the precise shape and proportions of every part of the car including the chassis, engine and drivetrain. They also take around 1000 reference photographs, capturing every aspect and detail of each car in order to completely understand and replicate the finishes and detailing.

Amalgam models are made using the finest quality casting resins that replicate these perfectly designed patterns in every minute detail. Here CAD design, 3D printing and CNC machining are combined with traditional machining and hand-working techniques to create the world’s most precise, accurate and faithfully detailed models. It can take over 4000 hours to develop a 1:8 scale prototype, and each subsequent model takes between 250 and 450 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint and build. Amalgam models then face detailed scrutiny from the manufacturer, motorsport team or client to ensure the model accurately represents every detail of the real car.


Originally founded in 1985, Amalgam focused on creating fine architectural models for the leading British and German architects of the day, particularly Foster & Partners. They have also offered product prototyping services, notably creating parts for the very first Dyson vacuum cleaners. The Bristol, UK, based company began creating model cars in 1995, after Sandy Copeman, Amalgam’s founder, approached the Jordan Grand Prix and Williams Formula One teams.

Ferrari came on board in 1998 and Amalgam has since developed close partnerships with the world’s most important designers, engineers, drivers and manufacturer brands. These now include the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Bugatti, among others. Amalgam delivers editions of models for their own internal use, and supplies development models, one-offs and displays of every kind.

Amalgam Collections
How not to include the MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING? Can you recognize the two cars above?

With workshops in Bristol (UK), Dongguan (China) and Pecs (Hungary), Amalgam Collection is now a multi-national, multi-cultural operation. The company’s heart and headquarters remain in Bristol, where its team is inspired by Bristol’s long history of engineering innovators like Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Bristol Aeroplane Company, who imagined and realized connecting the old world with the new. Amalgam takes huge pride in its mission to honor the designers and drivers of gloriously engineered art.

Amalgam’s team in the UK has deep connections in every part of the automotive world and has developed the highest and most innovative modelmaking skills and techniques globally. The workshop in Bristol creates design models, special projects, and one-off models of extremely high value. The 160-strong team in the China workshop in Dongguan works on creating the patterns and tooling, casting the parts and completing the finishing and assembly of many of the company’s 1:8 and 1:18 models. The Pecs workshop, in Hungary, was established in 2015, with a team of 40 skilled craftspeople working on finishing and assembling many of the 1:8 and 1:5 models for Ferrari and Porsche.

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