Amalgam Collection, creators of the finest large-scale models in the world, today shared the first images of their most recent project at 1:8 scale: the Red Bull Racing Honda RB16B, as raced by Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez at the season-defining 2021 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Bristol-based artisans have precisely captured every detail of the car that delivered the first ever Dutch Formula 1 World Champion in Max Verstappen and a first World Drivers’ Championship to Red Bull Racing since 2013.
Amalgam’s model at 1:8 scale perfectly recreates every aspect of the RB16B’s complex aerodynamics along with its distinctive Red Bull Racing livery. Working from CAD data supplied directly by the Red Bull Racing team, Amalgam’s engineers developed a pattern for each component of the model, utilising the team’s data to ensure that the details were accurately reflected at an 8th of the real car size. The master patterns were created for each piece of the complex assembly using 3D printing, followed by meticulous hand finishing. Moulds were then taken from each pattern and used to create a small batch of cast components, each one fettled and fitted to make a complete set, before painting, finishing and assembly.
The Red Bull Racing Honda RB16B at 1:8 scale is available from https://www.amalgamcollection.com
The edition of RB16B models, strictly limited to 99 pieces for each driver, necessitated over 2500 hours of development and the resulting prototype only received the approval of the Red Bull Racing designers and engineers once they were fully satisfied with its accuracy of representation. Measuring over 69 centimetres (27 inches) long, each subsequent model took 250 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint and assemble, as Amalgam’s team of artisans focused on ensuring that every minute detail was accurately depicted.
The 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season was one of the tightest and most contentious seasons ever recorded, with several flashpoints during a bitter season-long contest between Verstappen and his title rival Lewis Hamilton. Red Bull Racing took the fight to the hybrid-era dominating Mercedes team and, though the Milton Keynes-based team would ultimately be unsuccessful in its Constructors’ title aspirations, Verstappen would emerge victorious against the reigning Drivers’ Champion Hamilton in the most dramatic of fashions. It was an ending fit for this most chaotic and captivating of seasons, as a late Safety Car period was necessitated after Nicholas Latifi’s Williams crashed into the wall, allowing Verstappen to pit again and attack Hamilton on much fresher tyres on the final lap of the season. The Dutchman passed at Turn 5 to close out victory and, with it, the 2021 World Drivers’ Championship title.
Amalgam Collection’s design, management and development heart is in England, with extraordinarily skilled and dedicated teams producing the bigger editions in Hungary and China. They are a multinational, multicultural team of crafts-men and women, dedicated to creating the world’s most precise, beautiful and exclusive models. Inspired by the F1 teams and iconic luxury car marques of England and Italy that they serve and partner with, they take huge pride in their mission to perfectly capture the designs, and honour the designers, drivers and creators of the automotive art they love.
Originally a partnership of four talented model-makers formed in 1985, from the start Amalgam created finely tuned models for the most important UK and German designers and architects. 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 their eyes to subtle aesthetics and refined engineering. Working with such gifted architects their passion and desire to model the very best designs was ignited, which in due course led them 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 the works of Pininfarina and Ettore Bugatti.
The seminal performance and luxury car designers of the early to mid-20th century were obsessed with achieving ever higher speeds, lighter and more powerful engines, more streamlined bodies, an impassioned quest that inevitably resulted in elegant and beautiful solutions as a consequence of stretching the supreme excellence of the craftsmanship and engineering to the very limits of what could be achieved at the time.
To create perfect scale replicas of modern cars they use original CAD data supplied by the manufacturer
The companies that today bear these iconic names continue to be inspired, and their creativity is still fuelled, by the extraordinary passion and genius of their founders. Amalgam Collection too find inspiration in the creations of the founders and their companies who continue to design and create automotive artworks.
Recognising the beauty and importance of these designs Amalgam Collection have utterly dedicated their energy and passion to modelling these cars to a level of accuracy, precision and excellence that raises the finished replica to a level far beyond anything previously created. Amalgam have chosen to work at a scale of 1:8 which is widely acknowledged to be the most satisfying scale to comprehend the entirety of a car’s design at a glance, whilst in addition showing the most minute details.
To create perfect scale replicas of modern cars they use original CAD data supplied by the manufacturer and work closely with the design team to perfect their rendition of the interior and exterior finishes.
With regard to classics, in their quest for supreme accuracy and authenticity Amalgam’s team goes to great lengths to locate the best examples of original cars and digitally scans them to capture the precise shape and proportions of every part of the car including the chassis, engine and drive train. In addition, 600 to 800 photographs of every aspect and detail of each car are shot, to ensure a complete understanding of the finishes and detailing. The resulting models beautifully and precisely capture the entirety of the original and are impossible to discern from a real car in photographs.
Amalgam is the only maker of model cars in the world that can be considered alongside a maker of luxury watches like Richard Mille or Hublot. In fact, Richard Mille is an Amalgam patron who recognising a shared passion for engineering detail and perfection has commissioned from Amalgam Collection many unique models of his own cars and those he sponsors.
How the scale models are created
Every Amalgam Fine Model Car is made entirely by hand from thousands of parts. Detailed original CAD data is supplied by the car’s manufacturer or the race team of the car to be modelled. The process of developing each model and creating the master patterns takes between 2,500 and 4,500 hours of skilled work depending on the complexity of the car, with classic cars taking the longest.
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 between 250 and 450 hours of highly skilled work depending on the complexity of the car.
The finished model is a very precise scale replica of the original car with every detail perfectly and authentically represented at an 8th of the original size. This is modelling elevated to such a high level that it becomes an art form.
Since 1995 Amalgam have been admired and hugely respected by leading designers and engineers in the European automotive industry, as well as F1 designers, drivers and team principals. Amalgam’s models appear on the desks of CEOs and presidents of the world’s most important car companies. Due to the extreme accuracy and authenticity of Amalgam’s creations, made in small limited editions, they are also much sought after by devoted collectors of fine handmade objects across Europe and in the USA.