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Anatomic Interactive Model Otter

  • December 2, 2014
Anatomic Interactive Model Otter

This interactive for Cardiff School of Biosciences was completely hand sculpted and artworked with realistic capillaries, veins and viscera. The internal organs of the otter, while simplified, are anatomically accurate and must be arranged inside the otter’s body in the correct order and orientation. The otter was made as part of Project Splatter, a nationwide research project to quantify the UK’s roadkill through social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook.   Nicknamed ‘Colin,’ the anatomic interactive display was featured at Cardiff University’s exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London as part of the June 2014 Universities Week, which included research stations, pop-up performances and demonstrations covering a range of research-based themes. At Cardiff University’s exhibition, participants were encouraged to assist in performing an autopsy on Colin to identify his cause of death.   Similar anatomic interactive displays and exhibition projects we have made include the artificial heart display model for the Glasgow Science Centre, which incorporates cast silicon…

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JWT Giant Apple

  • December 1, 2014
JWT Giant Apple

Comissioned for a campaign by JWT for Crowne Plaza Hotels and Restorts, the Giant Apple was hand-carved, hardcoated and artworked to high levels of realism by our skilled in-house artists. The apple was constructed in our workshop as two halves. The bulk of the final assembly and artworking had to take place on-site in the hotel lobby, within a screened-off enclosure that allowed us to apply the various layers of spray finish needed to create a realistic, mottled apple skin. A scent machine was also installed on site to provide a complementary apple fragrance and complete the experience of standing in front of a gigantic apple.

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Lake District Landscape Model

  • December 1, 2014
Lake District Landscape Model

Made for the Lake District National Park Authority, this 1:500 scale landscape model was constructed to generically resemble the Lake District, rather than a specific region. Certain familiar features of the area, such as the drystone walls and distinctive geology, have been incorporated into the landscape model.   The fells were carved by hand from reference photographs, and an element of realism was achieved by hand-painting the rock faces and layers of coloured flock. The elevations on the buildings in the settlement were drawn up as graphics, printed onto vinyl and wrapped around the blocks; creating a high level of detail.   These fine details were included to draw in the eye of the viewing public, and to better engage them with the various renewable and green technologies that can be integrated into the landscape. These include wind turbines, hydroelectric power, reed beds, solar PV units, anaerobic digestion plants and ground source heat pumps…

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Royal Huisman 58m Dubois Sloop

  • November 10, 2014
Royal Huisman 58m Dubois Sloop

This elegant, striking model was featured by Dubois at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show. Described as a 'beast', the progressive design of the Dubois yacht features dramatic lines and crisp shapes for speed and power, as well as relaxing accommodations below deck, including a gym and library. It will be constructed by Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman with a projected Spring 2017 completion date. Wanting to incorporate this same combination of strength and luxury in our model was a key factor in our choice of materials and processes.           We used a combination of CNC techniques, hand skills and advanced paint finishing systems to create the model, being conscious of reflective surfaces and quality of line in our approach from the outset. We took great care in the distinctive surface finish on the hull, being a semi-metallic satin with rich layers of colour and lacquer for depth. The decking is represented with laser-engraved…

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BBC Giant Radio / Radio Fawr

  • June 27, 2014
BBC Giant Radio / Radio Fawr

The Giant Radio for BBC Radio Cymru is covered in plenty of crisp details that bring it life, including a CNC'd speaker grill and turning front dial. After being rapidly assembled by our setbuilding team, the BBC Giant Radio was finished with handpainting trickery to create a wood grain effect.   This model is a bold piece of setbuilding, and demonstrates that modelmaking is not necessarily always concerned with the very small; sometimes we are asked to make truly huge objects. Previous projects where size matters include the Laryngeal Mask, the range of 60's setpieces for Green Room Retail, and the Big Wallace. Projects on the larger end of the scale tend to be made as part of a media production or a marketing event, where something eye catching and spectacular can grab the attention of potential customers and clients. As well as fabrication, we offer a complete transportation and installation service for such…

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David Harber Turbine artwork

  • April 11, 2014
David Harber Turbine Artwork

This striking artwork is constructed from a CNC' cut baseboard, with each laser cut  blade being hand-formed and bonded carefully into the surface. The reflective gloss black acrylic and repeating patterns cause both the shadows and reflected light to bounce around the model in a way that continuously shifts as the viewer moves around the artwork, to a striking effect. The artwork formed part of the "Thinking Big" exhibition at The Gallery, Cork Street, in London. The exhibition showcased a broad range of David's work, old and new, and included experimental sketch models, digital renders and maquettes as well as several original artworks such as this. Amalgam regularly work with several contemporary artists, providing a range of specialist making services to enable them to realise their designs.  Bruce Munro for instance specialises in using light in his works.

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Fabric ALM Saddle

  • April 5, 2014
Fabric ALM Saddle

We used a range of paint and finishing techniques to replicate the material finishes of this prototype saddle model for Charge Bikes. The saddle was hand-finished to create the sheen of unidirectional carbon fibre, and the 3D printed rails were textured and painted to imitate sintered titanium. Foil vinyl details and logos were used to represent the polished areas of the metal. The seat itself was upholstered by Charge suppliers.   We have also worked with Charge on a packaging design project for their range of saddles. Many of us at Amalgam are passionate cyclists, and we are naturally excited when projects like this come our way.   Replicating material finishes is not limited to props and film work. Many of our vacuum cast master models are given a fine speckled texture which replicates the surface finish created by spark-erosion on the surfaces of injection mould tools. This sparked finish…

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Julio Bashmore ‘Hands of God’ Stopframe Props

  • March 31, 2014
Julio Bashmore ‘Hands Of God’ Stopframe Props

This set of hands for Blinkink, to be used in Julio Bashmore's music video for the single 'Peppermint', were cast in various positions, allowing a range of actions such as dropping, pouring and clapping. The video was animated by Noah Harris whose website this link leads to. We used a member of our own staff as the casting master, whose hands were considered close enough to the proportions of classical sculpture to be used in this project. The moulds were made from Alginate, chosen for its relatively quick curing time and the level of detail it captures, right down to individual pores and creases within the skin. Our propmakers have lent their setbuilding and sculpting skills to range of stopframe props and animation projects over the years, including hundreds of cast Creme Egg props for Aardman and the Goo Games, and a set of hand-painted Russian dolls for an Eircom…

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Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures Prop ‘Dino Clock’

  • March 31, 2014
Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures Prop ‘Dino Clock’

Built for BBC Features, the Dino Clock features in Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures as he travels back through time. Our prop making team rapidly fashioned an old-school Grandfather clock from lightweight composite material, and used various art working tricks to create a realistic aged varnish effect. We were able to cram in extra details such as ammonite end-scrolls and dinosaur zodiac clock face, and a pterodactyl on a pop-out cuckoo mechanism. The full-sized grandfather clock model is nearly two and a half metres tall, and combines the cutting-edge convenience of our CNC machine, the traditional hand-painting techniques of our art workers, and the skills of our temporal engineers to create a working time machine. Amalgam has a strong history of creating outstanding props and sets for television and film, being situated near the headquarters of several of the UK's household names in animation and film making. Head to Our Work to see some…

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Hessiclip functional prototypes for the building industry

  • February 18, 2014
Hessiclip Functional Prototypes For The Building Industry

Made for Coda Plastics, these functional prototypes of Hessiclip were produced using our 3D printing and vacuum casting processes in order that the product's inventor could not only test his design in a practical and realistic way but could also produce publicity and marketing materials well ahead of full-scale production.  The company website features our functional prototypes in all photographs of the product, many of which show actual testing in progress.

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