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Scale model of super yacht Ngoni

  • September 26, 2017
Scale Model Of Super Yacht Ngoni

While this high-performance sloop, Ngoni, was being built at Royal Huisman’s main site in Vollenhove, the owner commissioned Amalgam to make a high detail scale model of the design at the scale 1:50. Background When this innovative project was first announced, nicknamed ‘The Beast’, the yachting world pricked up its ears. The owner had requested a progressive new yacht, with an ‘edgy’ design to marry comfort, style and high performance, and appointed the teams at Dubois Naval Architects and Royal Huisman to bring it to life. To launch the design during 2014 Monaco Yacht Show, Dubois hired Bristol model makers, Amalgam, to make the limited detail, stub mast model at 1:60 scale seen in all the press photography. That model was designed to accurately mirror the dramatic sheer line of the hull design, with the wide teak planking of the main deck. Once extensive tank tests were completed to finalise the…

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Autonomous Robotics

  • January 29, 2016
Autonomous Robotics

In February’s issue http://www.develop3d.com/downloads/ of Develop3D, we were delighted to share the story of our exhibition model work, for Autonomous Robotics Ltd, which is based in Wiltshire.   They are developing next generation seismic technology to gather data from the ocean bottom using a system of Flying Nodes – a new type of automated underwater vehicle. The oil and gas industry requires very high quality data, gathered from ocean bottom seismic (OBS) surveys, often at extreme depths and dealing with complicated geology. ARL’s planned system for a swarm of Flying Nodes system will significantly reduce the cost of collecting seismic data, with the ability to record on the seabed for up to 60 days and cover a wide range of surveys.   Having prepared a paper to share on Flying Nodes at the Society for Exploration Geophysics (SEG) conference in New Orleans, Autonomous Robotics wanted to demonstrate a full size…

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Maritime Scale Models: via Planes, Trains and Automobiles

  • November 5, 2015
Maritime Scale Models: Via Planes, Trains And Automobiles

Our director, Chris Conlon, took a short sojourn to Mallorca in August – to personally hand deliver one of our hand finished, high detail maritime scale models. It’s always tricky to ensure safe passage of a valuable model, which is why we work with our clients to agree the safest transportation route – and if needed, we build a suitable transit case. This beautiful replica of the sailing yacht Antares was built at 1/50 scale of the original design. Our team constructed the model using a mixture of latest technologies and hand fabricated parts. It is finished in high detail mirroring the original design, with glossy colour matched paintwork. With the model wrapped extensively for transit, Chris reached our local airport and hopped on the flight to Palma. Although the inclement weather prevented Chris from visiting it, another of our favourite yachts, the restored William Fife yacht TERN was harboured…

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Superyacht DESIGN Week – to 3D-print or not to print superyacht models?

  • June 18, 2015
Superyacht DESIGN Week – To 3D-print Or Not To Print Superyacht Models?

How has 3D printing transformed model making for superyacht design? Our view from the Amalgam deck. The last case study published from our maritime models team was to show off this 1/12th scale hand finished model of the classic TERN yacht. The scale was relatively large for this, because it's a replica of a much smaller yacht. Typically we make superyacht models at 1:50 or 1:75, however it does depend on what the client wants - and how they are going to present, use and transport the model. Next week the team's director, Chris Conlon, will be heading to see what's on at Superyacht DESIGN Week in London. This year’s event is exploring how the yacht industry can adopt techniques to create more sustainable products, and invest in more creative design. So, it’s a good time to explore how 3D printing has changed our approach making to naval and marine…

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Super models in Superyacht Design Magazine

  • January 5, 2015
Super Models In Superyacht Design Magazine

OK, so when we say "Super models" we don't actually mean what some people might think - but whereas you might generally find the other sort of Super model on-board a Superyacht, currently you can find some examples of our sort of Super model inside the current edition of Superyacht Design magazine.  The winter issue of SuperyachtDesign features an article all about Amalgam and our involvement in producing models for the maritime industry - with an obvious focus on the high-end luxury super yacht and mega yacht end of the market.  This link; Superyacht article Q21 Amalgam will deliver a PDF version of the article to your desktop to save you subscribing to the full magazine. Apart from some interest shots of our workshop the article features a close-up of our model of Amnesia IV (Now renamed Nataly) for Redman Whiteley Dixon and several in-progress shots of this 58m sloop…

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Amalgam’s Models at DSEI show

  • September 10, 2013
Amalgam’s Models At DSEI Show

The DSEI 2013 defence and security exhibition begins on the 10th of September, and will continue until the 13th. The exhibition features over 1500 exhibitors from more than 50 countries, to some of whom we have recently provided our marine modelmaking services. More details on the models will be announced soon.   Amalgam Models have provided many models to the defence and security industries, largely as exhibition and marketing applications at global events such as DSEI. One such success is the BMT Mastiff, which includes cast rubber tyres and extremely high levels of detail. Other exhibition and 'event' models we have made for conferences and trade shows include the Seagen Tidal Turbine and the Asry-Centrax Powerbarge, both of which had to be built to withstand regular international touring.    

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Diversion in place to Amalgam Modelmaking and Cotham Brow

  • May 13, 2013

Wessex Water is planning to carry out improvements to the water systems around the junction of Cotham Brow and Kingsley Road in Bristol, to commence on the 7th of May continuing into December 2013. Vehicular access to Amalgam Modelmaking will be affected; marked diversions to our workshop will be in place, with road closures in place as works begin between Brookfield Lane and Cheltenham Road. If you have queries about how to get to us, do not hesitate to get in touch.

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SeaGen featured on BBC TV’s Countryfile

  • February 15, 2013
SeaGen Featured On BBC TV’s Countryfile

MCT's SeaGen tidal system, located in Strangford Lough, has featured on the BBC 1 television programme, Countryfile (Sunday, February 10th) for a second time. Comments were made on the massive potential for tidal power in the British Isles. Watch the video here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01qsl55/Countryfile_10_02_2013/. We have provided a number of models for MCT and the SeaGen project; head to Our Work to see a 1-metre demonstration model and a small-scale desktop miniature.

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Olympic Torch arrives at Amalgam

  • January 17, 2013
Olympic Torch Arrives At Amalgam

Last week the  Amalgam team were very excited to receive a 2012 Olympic Torch which has been donated  by one of the Torch relay participants to be displayed at the EDF Dungeness Visitor Centre. Amalgam have been collaborating with EDF over the last year to design and build the Visitor Centres and Interactives for all of their power stations, and we are currently designing and building a display stand for the iconic aluminium 2012 Torch.

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Marine Current Turbines’ Seagen model at House of Commons

  • December 4, 2012
Marine Current Turbines’ Seagen Model At House Of Commons

The Seagen model was recently on display at the House of Commons, as part of an event organised by the Renewable Energy Association and hosted by the SeaBed User Development Group. The model has withstood two and a half years of transportation, assembly, handling and dissassembly, coming back into our workshop only once in its lifetime for cosmetic touchups. The project also received an award at last week’s International Tidal Energy Summit, winning the Device Developer Business Case Award based on the project's  “solid and applicable business case”. More details can be found on the Marine Current Turbines website, and more detail on our Seagen model can be found in the 'Our Work' section.

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