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Ngoni Half Hull Model

  • October 20, 2017
Ngoni Half Hull Model

This 1:50 half hull model was commissioned by the yacht's owner, to present as a gift to Monaco Yacht Club. Bulked out on our CNC machine and finished by hand, the model incorporates maple veneer and sits mounted on a steel and carbon fibre backing plate - a modern twist on the traditional half-hull presentation form, in keeping with the sleek, progressive design of the yacht itself. The model now sits among other half hull presentation models on the walls of the clubhouse. This model is the little sister of the high-detail variant, right, built for the owner.  

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Ngoni Full Rig Model

  • October 20, 2017
Ngoni Full Rig Model

First Incarnation: Stub-Mast Model   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. 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 contacted us to make a limited detail stub-mast model at 1:60 scale seen in all the press photography. Once extensive tank tests were completed to finalise the hull lines, the team building this 58m striking sloop in the Royal Huisman shipyard in The Netherlands were working closely with Captain Iain Cook…

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance HQ Fundraising Model

  • October 16, 2017
Wiltshire Air Ambulance HQ Fundraising Model

  This model for Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service was made primarily as a fundraising tool for their new HQ. The model featured as a centrepiece at VIP and fundraising events.   Although a relatively quick and simple model, attention has been given to the surface finishes and illuminated features to attract attention.    

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Acorn Properties Hope House

  • October 16, 2017
Acorn Properties Hope House

This 1:200 model for Acorn Properties includes models of the six main developments in the Bath scheme, built into an extensive site baseboard. The models were made to a higher level of detail than would be typical at 1:200 scale, to highlight the period-style features and other details requisite of schemes built to Bath-area planning specifications. This included considered recreations of the Ashlar facing, flagstones, paving and brickwork, and we kept a continuous dialogue with the client to ensure the colours, textures and forms of the model clearly demonstrated adherence to planning regulation.          The baseboard was built to such large extents to include the public park and the numerous listed trees in its grounds. This included the mating territory of a local species of endangered bat, protected by environmental regulations, which informed the aspects of the development's design.

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Private Residence model

  • October 16, 2017
Private Residence Model

  This 1: 100 model was made as a private commission for the owner of the property, primarily to demonstrate the unique treatment of the elevations. The upper portions of the building were clad in charred timber; on the inner courtyard section, this texture was printed onto glass, fading out in opacity to be completely clear.   To recreate a decreasing opacity gradient, we used spray effects to establish the colour and opacity, overlaid with photographs of the real timber texture printed on transparent vinyl. This combination of processes gave striking photographic depth to the elevations.

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Forest Green Rovers Ecopark Ver. II

  • October 16, 2017
Forest Green Rovers Ecopark Ver. II

  This second masterplan model for Ecotricity depicts their concept Ecopark business and technology hub, scaled up to a higher level of detail. The site includes the home stadium of Forest Green Rovers football team, a sports campus, and a range of generic mixed use developments, following a loose style guide.     This style guide was a collection of images giving broad overviews of the style of building, surface finish and design features the client wanted to see in the scheme. There were no set designs as such, but a list of surface treatments by percentage, for example '25% timber cladding, 30% stone,' etc. The only other specification was that the buildings have broad faces of curtain glazing, and a mix of sedum and solar roof styles. Taking these guidelines, we built each building as a stack of acrylic floorplates, and created a set of multipurpose vinyl 'kits' of…

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BRE Group ‘Trailblazer’ Proof Of Concept Model

  • August 28, 2016
BRE Group ‘Trailblazer’ Proof Of Concept Model

This proof of concept model of a portable solar power installation was commissioned to function as designer's aide in configuring the size and spacing of the internal components, and to present the concept to a competition panel. Ultimately, the process of making the model became a dialogue between Amalgam and BRE Group, which informed the design process and helped them better understand their overall goal - and assisted them in successfully securing the commission to move into production. BRE Group wanted to convey a certain level of functionality in the model, and the conversations included how best to make these features function at scale with minimal compromise - bearing in mind the model had to be held, interacted with and taken apart, while remaining a scaled-down prototype and tolerance designer's tool. Part of our solution was to construct the model almost completely from 0.75mm steel, which allowed us to fabricate…

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STFC Vulcan Laser Amplifier Interactive Educational Game

  • August 28, 2016
STFC Vulcan Laser Amplifier Interactive Educational Game

The STFC Vulcan Laser interactive educational game includes two units. The first is a 1:1, bolt-for-bolt recreation of the laser amplifier itself, which would typically handle a laser beam with a 100mm diameter. The second unit is the point of interaction, being a box with a set of mirrors mounted on sprung rotating points, enabling a user to focus a laser beam through the unit onto a small target. The unit flashes and emits a zapping noise when the laser hits the target.   The unit is intended to demonstrate one of the many projects being funded by STFC, in a way that is fun and engaging for children and young people. Adding an interactive element to an educational model is a fantastic way to engage with the public and potential clients, and can be a powerful tool in communicating complex processes to the uninitiated, cementing a brand identity, or…

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Pre-production prototype for Optimec’s latest contact lens measuring instrument

  • July 28, 2016
Pre-production Prototype For Optimec’s Latest Contact Lens Measuring Instrument

To help UK based Optimec launch their latest contact lens measuring instrument, the Optimec is830, Amalgam manufactured this working pre-production prototype, from a design developed between Optimec and innovation design consultant, Clive Goodwin at JamSandwich. REQUIREMENT: FULLY FUNCTIONAL PRE-PRODUCTION PROTOTYPE Optimec needed a fully functional pre-production prototype to demonstrate their newest instrument, the Optimec is830, at 2016 EFCLIN Exhibition & Congress in Valencia. It had to be fully functional for visitors to appreciate the technology and the instrument’s capabilities. The Optimec is830 enables contact lens and materials manufacturers, to measure and check the lenses they design and produce, to ensure they meet with the exacting standards required by the industry. Optimec have been manufacturing and supplying metrology instruments worldwide since 1979, and the Optimec is830 addresses the growing need for the complete geometric measurement of contact lenses, for lens design and production, as well as for R&D and academic studies.…

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Magnum Luxury Branding Models and Display Pieces

  • July 21, 2016
Magnum Luxury Branding Models And Display Pieces

We made these striking Magnum ice cream display pieces in a range of designs and sizes as attention-grabbing luxury branding models. They were stationed in shop storefronts and other international locations, including Festival De Cannes. The smaller-sized ice cream models were given unusual surface finish treatments such as tiled floor effect and gold-leafed Rococo decorative elements. The larger, 'Maxi' sized Magnums were constructed to be as light as possible, both for ease of transport and ease of installation. Each of the sixty thousand diamonds were applied by hand, and coated with gloss lacquer of different tints to create shades of caramel, dark and milk chocolate. Construction considerations were particularly important with the larger sized models; the models had to be rigid to resist temperature fluctuation in the Cannes heat, but almost completely hollow for weight considerations.

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