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Amalgam的超級模型車 (轉文)

By admin, March 23, 2019 17:01

The Bizarre And Exclusive World Of $20,000 Toy Cars by Forbes

Sandy Copeman and his team of master craftsmen in Bristol, England, build cars that enthusiasts covet: the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia, 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO 3589GT, 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1-3.8 Coupé and 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster, to name a few. Each car is an impeccably detailed, beautifully painted handmade masterpiece—and costs a fraction of what these vintage vehicles and contemporary exotics would sell for at auction or through a dealer.

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Then again, they’re also one eighth the size. That’s because Copeman’s company, Amalgam Collection, special­izes in building meticulous scale models of vintage and modern automobiles. In fact, without a visual clue to reveal the relative size, it’s often hard to tell Amalgam’s miniature masterpieces from the real thing. “That’s the goal,” says the 65-year-old founder. “If you can take a high-resolution photograph and put it in front of somebody, and they have no idea whether they’re looking at a model or the real car, then we’ve done our job.”

Some of Amalgam’s models even perform like their full-size cousins. For example, the new 1:8 scale McLaren Senna, which costs a little more than $13,000, features headlights, taillights and hazards that light up via remote control. The doors are motorized and can move up and down on command.

Copeman’s interest in tinkering developed when he was a teenager. He built a reflecting telescope when he was 14, as well as a couple of electric guitars. One of his greatest passions was modifying and racing mopeds. “I used to strip all the steelwork off them and turn them into lean, mean machines and then race them in my parents’ garden in London,” he recalls with a chuckle.

After dropping out of school at 17, Copeman became something of a nomad: “I was a young hippie and traveling throughout Europe and North Africa. That’s what anyone with a sense of adventure would look to do at the time.” He eventually settled in an artists’ colony in Somerset, England, called Nettlecombe Studios, which was established by British painter and printmaker John Wolseley. At Nettlecombe, Copeman found his vocation as a model maker after being asked to create scaled buildings and villages for an architecture firm.

He moved to Bristol in the late 1970s, and within a decade he and three of his colleagues had formed Amalgam Modelmakers. “After six years [working for a small model-making company], our skills and confidence had grown to the point where we decided to start our own partnership making architectural models for the likes of Norman Foster and other rising starchitects, as well as industrial designers like James Dyson,” Copeman says.

Amalgam began designing model cars for Formula 1 racing teams in 1995 after approaching Jordan Grand Prix, a nascent F1 constructor. “It was the crystallization of a passion for motorsport that I and several members of our team had, especially for Formula 1,” Copeman says. As a kid he was a fan of Jim Clark, one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, and was an enthusiastic slot-car racer at age 15. “My passion for 1960s Formula 1—and car design in general—was just waiting to find an outlet,” he says. “We got the opportunity to make a first model under license [the Jordan 196], then got a deal with Williams Formula 1 in 1996 and finally with Ferrari in 1998.”

In 2004, Amalgam split into two entities: Amalgam Modelmakers and Amalgam Fine Model Cars; one team made one-off architectural models and the other produced scores of miniature cars. “I had ambitions to build a brand making the best model cars in the world,” Copeman says. “That involved a degree of risk taking and a mission not shared with my partners.” The two companies remain deeply connected, though. “We operated out of the same building for several years and are still good friends today,” he insists. But Copeman has no financial interest in the original company. “We do share ownership of our original workshop,” he adds.

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From 2006 to 2007, Ferrari’s then-president, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, commissioned Amalgam to make miniatures of current and classic road-going Ferraris. “We started with the 250TR, as opposed to the GTO,” says Copeman. “A Scaglietti car.” It took some time, but Lamborghini, McLaren and other automakers eventually wanted models of their vehicles as well. That’s when business really took off.

Today the company, which Copeman renamed Amalgam Collection in 2016, has revenues around $10 million a year, building more than 500 models a month that range in price from $685 to upwards of $150,000, depending on size and the amount of detail. It employs more than 200 people and has two manufacturing facilities outside of Bristol, in Chang An, China, and Pécs, Hungary.

“We manage the design and tooling of the models in Bristol,” Copeman says, “but most of the models are fabricated in China and Hungary. We are also increasingly making one-offs and doing special projects out of Bristol.”

So how does a model go from concept to finished form? In the case of newer cars, the Amalgam team works from original CAD drawings, obtained from the manufacturers, to produce minutely accurate drawings of each car part. “[By using the CAD data], all the parts fit together and connect together in a good, solid, well-engineered fashion,” Copeman says.

Designs for models of classic cars are formulated from digital scans of the car and hand measurements. “We also work from 600 to 800 photographs,” Copeman says. “We use them to make sure everything is dimensionally correct.”

Once the design is set, it is meticulously scaled down to bring the details to life in miniature. Molds are created for the individual parts, and metal, carbon fiber or rubber is used to create each piece of the puzzle, while some are produced by 3-D printers.

After the parts are cast, they are washed, cleaned and sanded. Then each set of parts goes through a fettling and fitting process to ensure they go together perfectly. Afterward, the models are primed, spray-painted and polished. Decals and printed finishes are applied, then subassemblies such as engines, wheel hubs and suspensions are built, followed by final assembly. “About 90% of the skills we use are very traditional,” Copeman says of the process, most of which is done by hand and which he likens to fine watchmaking. “Ten percent are modern.”

Producing the design molds takes between 2,500 hours (for, say, open-wheel racers) to 4,500 hours for complex classics, and it takes another 250 to 450 hours to make each model. “For example,” Copeman says, “The Ferrari LaFerrari takes about 3,500 hours to develop and another 350 to build.”Amalgam’s elite clientele still consists of Formula 1 teams, drivers and managers, but it also includes famous collectors. Sylvester Stallone bought a limited edition 1:8-scale Ferrari F1 car from the early-2000s Michael Schumacher era. Ralph Lauren commissioned 17 models of cars from his collection while they were on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, including a Jaguar D-Type, like the model whose shark fin blazed a triumphant trail at Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957. Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille commissioned several 1:5-scale models of cars from his collection, which contains some of the rarest and most significant vintage race cars, including Bruce McLaren’s first Formula 1 car (the M2B from 1966) and the Ferrari 312B, which won the 1970 Italian Grand Prix and was driven by Mario Andretti.

Surprisingly, Copeman does not collect cars himself. For him it’s all about the personal experience of riding or driving. “I have owned some lesser but interesting vehicles along the way, such as a 1950s-era MG Magnette, and I’ve had some memorable drives, like the 160 mph race up the M1 motorway in a Sunbeam Tiger against a Jaguar E-Type,” he says. “But I’ve owned many more motorcycles than cars.” His everyday ride is a Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake: “It’s a fun drive if you want to push it a bit.”

Besides, he can build any car he wants—just by dreaming small.

半島酒店掌舵人嘉道理的1958年法拉利勒芒冠軍車

By admin, September 5, 2018 12:34

BBR和Amalgam都先後推出過此款1/18模型車

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Amalgam開始發力了!

By admin, August 27, 2018 12:12

今天突然發現Amalgam即將在暑假後推出大量的經典車系,看來錢包又要大出血了。

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各領風騷: Amalgam – BBR – CMC – Kyosho

By admin, May 16, 2018 17:09

Amalgam 型準色靚
BBR 圓潤高雅
CMC 精緻可開
Kyosho 性價比高

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歡迎新加入的贊助商: 來自英倫的Amalgam

By admin, November 13, 2017 18:24

Chichester,這個位于英國南部鳥語花香的古羅馬小鎮,永遠充滿了我年輕時留學的美好記憶。

這麼多年來,我總覺得跟Chichester 一直保持著一份很特別的淵源和感情。它曾經改變了我的前半生,也讓我從此結識了那些超過1/4 世紀的好兄弟們。它還是經典車愛好者Goodwood Festival of Speed 的發源地所在。

大約10年前我開始瘋狂地收藏模型車,慢慢得知原來精密全開大比例的模型車世界裡,有一個響亮的名字,它就是世界知名的模型汽車製商Amalgam。 後來更驚訝地發現原來Amalgam 竟然同樣是來自我熟悉的 Chichester!

第一次真正見到Amalgam 的實物是幾年前在香港永捷模型公司的櫥窗前。記得那是台紅色的1960年敞篷法拉利California SWB,完美的外型加上精密的部件令我心情久久不能平復。之後中環太子大廈的Ralph Lauren 旗艦店內也陸續地展出很多Ralph Lauren 其經典汽車收藏的1/8 Amalgam 模型。

Amalgam以精湛的工藝和認真的考究工作見稱,他們的工匠完美地還原了很多經典賽車和著名的跑車,其中又以法拉利為主。曾經有人這麼形容過,在大比例的全開模型車世界裡,Amalgam和法拉利中間是等號。

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以下是來自香港經典車工作室Blackbird 關於Amalgam的介紹:

來自英國的模型車製造公司 Amalgam,其出品一直是我們Blackbird 團隊的心水之選。 每一架模型車都由廠商用上超過 2,000 件零件用人手組裝而成,總人力資源投放更超過 3,000 小時。為了確保模型車能夠忠實呈現,廠商不但從原廠得到跑車官方的 CAD 數據,更參考過千張紀錄了跑車外觀及內裝的照片,從而獲得最準確的數據去製作模型。從外殼油漆、拋光和組裝零件,每個細節均經由人手處理,花上接近 400 小時的人力,打造鑑賞級的跑車模型。

2016年Amalgam 被美國邁阿密的Motorsport Network 收購,總部也搬遷去了Bristol。 主導的美國管理層作風也更為進取,這次看準了全球最多收藏家喜愛的主流比例1/18。 打頭炮推出那台曾經參加1962年24小時勒芒大賽的著名法拉利250 GTO 模型車! 雖然是封閉式樹脂工藝,但相比其它兩大全開品牌CMC/京商,其外型完美無瑕﹔對比同是封閉式樹脂工藝的BBR,其更加細緻的內飾和部件更凸顯出其頂端技術的成熟。

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Amalgam緊接著今年內推出了一系列的法拉利經典名車,包括F40和1965年勒芒的冠軍車 250LM。

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另外在其年頭公佈的產品計劃中,我們還看到了很多經典的保時捷911。

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其實去年10月中我開始尋找贊助商,11月初已經和Amalgam聯絡上,但無奈當時5個贊助位置已經全部被其它贊助商訂滿了,所以要等上了一年,上個星期才真正落實了跟Amalgam的合作關係。

最後在此我希望更多的模型車收藏家可以透過我的博客加深對Amalgam這個品牌的了解以及體驗其令人驚嘆的工藝,也希望Amalgam可以不斷地完善其產品系列,帶給大家更多的驚喜。

關於 AMALGAM COLLECTION (https://www.amalgamcollection.com)

Starting in 1985 as a partnership of four talented model makers working with Englandós leading architects, Amalgam were soon also supplying the leading F1 teams and all of Europe;s most iconic car manufacturers, close relationships which have endured through to the present day.

Recognising the beauty and importance of these designs we have utterly dedicated our energy and passion to modelling them to a level of accuracy, precision and excellence that raises the finished replica to a level far beyond anything previously created.

In May 2016 Amalgam was acquired by Motorsport Network a perfect addition to the American groupós portfolio covering every aspect of Motorsport worldwide.

Unique & Limited的畫廊開幕了!

By admin, October 7, 2017 21:46

如果我下次再去布拉格,這個地方一定不能錯過。

另外很高興,終於看到Amalgam 的產品和Unique & Limited 結盟了!

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Ferrari 70th Anniversary: The Iconic 250 GTO!

By admin, March 17, 2017 12:22

by Amalgam Collection

Ferrari 70th Anniversary: The Iconic 250 GTO!

By admin, March 17, 2017 12:20

by Amalgam Collection

看來Amalgam加快了推出1/18法拉利系列的速度!

By admin, February 1, 2017 23:03

下一個產品是250LM和F40!

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聽朋友說這套1/18的法拉利應該是Amalgam跟MR合作的,因為1/12的那些就是請MR代工的。

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但是現在的做工離開BBR的水準還是有一定的距離,由其是窗框的尺寸做大了,這個有待進步。

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最後居然之後還有保時捷,看來Amalgam去年給美國人收購後,真的開始全力進軍1比18的世界了!

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來自美國的頂級手版大師Peter Wingfield

By admin, January 1, 2017 15:46

最近發現頂級手版模型車世界開始從傳統的1比43 金屬(白鐵)慢慢轉向1比12 的合金+樹脂大比例。

世界各地的手版大師們無論是Fred Suber還是Peter Wingfield等都已經紛紛轉投了日本廠商MFH的陣營,這個可能跟現在全球持續的經濟不景氣有關。

其實算起來這些大師們的一台1比12收費還是便宜過一台1比8的Amalgam。

最後我還是比較擔心隨着時間的流逝,樹脂的MFH會否變形的這個問題,到不如老老實實投資在傳統的1比43 金屬(白鐵)比較划算。

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