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To start with a pattern is made for every component of
the model, using a wide range of traditional engineering
and pattern making skills along with leading-edge
techniques such as laser cutting and CNC machining.
Epoxy pattern board, sometimes known as chemical
wood, is used for the large components and we use cast
acrylic or brass for the smaller items. The patterns are
used to make ‘soft’ tooling from clear silicon rubber, into
which the prototyping quality resin is poured to cast the
components. These moulds faithfully reproduce even the
most complex details and textures, providing outstanding
levels of accuracy in the casts.
For the suspension and some of the other smaller
components, patterns are used to create a vulcanised
rubber mould into which molten white metal (pewter)
is poured under centrifugal force. The white metal
components are carefully fettled and polished, or if they
are to be painted, the resin parts are joined and prepared
for painting with the authentic manufacturer specified
paints. The model components are given several coats of
primer, followed by a colour base coat and several coats of
lacquer. Lastly, each model is cut and polished to achieve a
beautifully fine finish.
The manufacturer’s artwork is used to produce screen-
printed decals to ensure absolute authenticity and
compliance with the original logotypes. The tyres are
modelled to the exact tyre type used by the original race
cars and are cast in rubber. Finally, a team of three to six
model makers precisely assemble the cars, each model
taking around 250 hours to complete.
At the core of the company is a highly skilled team of model makers. The team take
around three months of painstaking research and development to create the master
patterns for one of our 1/8th scale cars. It is all about attention to detail.