With the first race 2022 Formula 1 Season This weekend, we’ve decided to take you on a virtual tour of the most realistic scale models. For the must-have F1 fan, the 1:4 build is a must-have, as long as your wallet can handle it. Understandably, that might be out of reach, so you’ll be happy to hear other race cars made in smaller 1:8, 1:12, and 1:18 scales.
the one from Mixture What caught our attention was the Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 from the 2020 season. In particular, it was the car that took part in the Portuguese Grand Prix that year. The majestic scale model is a quarter of the size of the original car, making it over 49 inches (125 centimeters) in length.
Each model took more than 450 hours to build and can be owned not only as a Lewis Hamilton car but also with Valtteri Bottas or George Russell as driver. Amalgam said a 1:4 scale model of the W11 is currently under development and is being reproduced using the original CAD design and paint code provided by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team.
Seven are under construction with Lewis Hamilton’s #44, plus five more for the officially licensed Bottas and Russell editions. It took more than 4,500 hours to develop, so it’s no surprise you have to pay $35,039.
Paying five figures for a scale model is unrealistic for most of us, but don’t worry because 1:8 builds are a lot cheaper. As is the case with the Ferrari SF1000 with a special livery created to celebrate 1,000 races in F1 for the Prancing Horse. This is from the 2020 Tuscany Grand Prix with either the #5 Sebastian Vettel or the #16 Charles Leclerc. It measures over 28 inches (71 centimeters) in length.
It costs “only” $9,809 and is limited to 50 pieces. This one was also created using original CAD designs and paint codes provided by Scuderia Ferrari to accurately reproduce the scale model. Over 2,500 hours were invested during development, plus more than 250 hours for each build. You could say one of the most beautiful F1 car livery in the modern era.
If the whole car is too much, 1:12 replicas of the various nose cones of F1 cars are available and are much cheaper. For example, this one mimics the styling of the BMW Sauber F1.07 front from the 2007 season. It will set you back just $211 and echo the first Formula 1 car entirely designed by BMW. The company behind the race car collaborated with Amalgam, allowing Amalgam to digitally scan the original car.
Like other 1:12 scale models, the BMW Sauber F1.07 measures approximately 15 inches (38 centimeters) in length. Alternatively, Amalgam has a similar nose cone for the Red Bull Toro Rosso STR2 and Spyker F8-VII from the same season. In addition, there is also a nose cone from the McLaren MP4-30 race car driven by Fernando Alonso in 2015. For newer cars, there’s the Ferrari SF90 nose cone from 2019 and the McLaren MCL35M from last year.
If you still want the whole car but at a smaller 1:18 scale, the iconic McLaren MP4/4 is our pick at $911. Amalgam decided to make a replica of the car Ayrton Senna drove to victory during 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 cars in F1, having won 15 of 16 races.
Amalgam also has 1:18 scale models of the latest F1 cars, including the McLaren MCL35M from the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix and the Ferrari SF21 from last season. Sebastian Vettel’s SF71H and SF90 race cars are part of the catalog, and so is Lewis Hamilton’s Monaco Grand Prix winner from 2019.
In addition to the scale model of the car and its body parts, you can also own a full-size replica of the F1 steering wheel. For now, Amalgam has a 1:1 scale model of the $6,010, Ferrari SF21 steering wheel, along with those of the F2008, F2007, and F2004 cars. Alternatively, the steering wheel of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG W11 is also listed.