Celebrate the start of the 2022 F1 season with Amalgam scale models
With the inaugural race of the 2022 Formula 1 season this weekend we decided to give you a virtual tour of the most realistic scale models. For the F1 fan who must have it all, the 1:4 versions are the ones to have, provided your wallet can handle it. Naturally, these might be out of reach, so you’ll be happy to hear that other race cars are built in smaller scales of 1:8, 1:12 and 1:18.
That of Amalgam which caught our attention was the Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 of the 2020 season. Specifically, it was the car that took part in the Portuguese Grand Prix that year. The majestic scale model is a quarter the size of the real car, over 49 inches (125 centimeters) long.
Each model takes over 450 hours to build and can be used not only as Lewis Hamilton‘s car, but also with Valtteri Bottas or George Russell as the driver. Amalgam says the 1:4 scale model of the W11 is currently under development and is faithfully reproduced using original CAD designs and paint codes provided by the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 team. AMG Petronas.
Seven are being built with Lewis Hamilton’s #44, plus five more for the officially licensed Bottas and Russel editions. It takes over 4,500 hours to develop, so it’s no surprise that it’ll set you back $35,039.
Paying five figures for a scale model is unrealistic for most of us, but don’t worry because the 1:8 versions are much cheaper. This is the case of the Ferrari SF1000 with its special livery created to celebrate 1,000 F1 races for the Prancing Horse. It’s from the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix either with Sebastian Vettel’s n°5 or Charles Leclerc’s n°16. It measures over 28 inches (71 centimeters) in length.
It costs “only” $9,809 and is capped at 50 coins. This too was made using original CAD designs and paint codes provided by Scuderia Ferrari to accurately replicate the scale model. Over 2,500 hours were invested during development, plus over 250 hours to hand-build each one. This is arguably one of the finest F1 liveries of the modern era.
If a whole car is too much, 1:12 replicas of various F1 car nose cones are available and considerably cheaper. For example, this one mimics the front styling of the BMW Sauber F1.07 from the 2007 season. It will cost you just $211 and echoes the first fully BMW-designed Formula 1 car. The company behind the race car has collaborated with Amalgam, allowing the latter to digitally scan the original car.
As with other 1:12 scale models, the BMW Sauber F1.07 is approximately 15 inches (38 centimeters) long. Alternatively, Amalgam has similar nose cones for the same season Red Bull Toro Rosso STR2 and Spyker F8-VII. Additionally, the nose cone from the McLaren MP4-30 race car driven by Fernando Alonso in 2015 is available. For newer cars, there’s the nose cone from the 2019 Ferrari SF90 and the one from last year’s McLaren MCL35M.
If you still want the whole car but in a smaller 1:18 scale, the iconic McLaren MP4/4 is our pick of the lineup for $911. Amalgam set out to create a replica of the car Ayrton Senna drove to victory in the 1988 Japanese Grand Prix to win his first Drivers’ Championship title. It is 10 inches (25 centimeters) long and represents one of the best F1 cars of all time, having won 15 out of 16 races.
Amalgam also offers 1:18 scale models of recent F1 cars, including the McLaren MCL35M from the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix and last season’s Ferrari SF21. Sebastian Vettel’s SF71H and SF90 racing cars are part of the catalog, as is Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 Monaco Grand Prix-winning car.
Besides the model cars and their body parts, you can also own a full-size replica of an F1 steering wheel. Amalgam currently offers the 1:1 scale model of the Ferrari SF21 steering wheel for $6,010, as well as the F2008, F2007 and F2004 cars. Alternatively, the steering wheel of the Mercedes-AMG W11 2020 is also listed.