Before coming to rest on your shelves, our models have a long road ahead of them! Have you ever wondered what it takes to produce a model car, or what goes on behind the scenes? From one car lover to the next, let us fill you in…
Step 1: 3D modelling of the real car
It all begins with the real deal, the car of our dreams: we start by scanning it! Then, everything revolves around 3D imagery technology, as well as specifications regarding the car given to us by the manufacturers. All our models are licensed products, which only pushes us harder to produce the most realistic model possible! There are no short-cuts when it comes to making such prestigious cars!
Step 2: choosing high-end materials
We take great care when choosing the materials we use to produce our cars. The bodywork, seats and dashboards our models are, for instance, produced using polyurethane resin. This material is produced in a liquid state that can then be poured into silicon moulds. The advantage of this material is that it is particularly malleable and can faithfully reproduce even the tiniest of details. In the meantime, our wing mirrors, wheels, antennas and lights are produced using plastic, thus allowing us to ensure a reasonable price for our models without compromising the quality of the product!
By producing models that cannot be opened, we are able to focus more on the finishes, those minute details that will make the difference in terms of realism.
Step 3: the paint
We take great care in producing our models, and this last step – the paint job – is proof of that. We use the same paints that are used by the manufacturers themselves, and we do it by hand. It is certainly the longest part of our production line, but it is also one of the most important. For the best results, we apply the paint with the same technique used in the car industry before the machines took over: two layers of paint covered by a final layer of varnish. Each colour is certified by the manufacturer to ensure that it is identical in every way to the one used on the original car.
The final assembly of our cars is not very different from the production line of a car manufacturer (albeit on a smaller scale). We use a motorised conveyor to move our models down the production line, and assemble over 70 unique parts in the process. Each of our cars are exclusive models, and we attribute to each of them a unique number plate.
Behind each GT Spirit model there is the search for the original model, the lengthy 3D modelling process and 60 number of days in assembly. There’s also a fair amount of adrenaline, pleasure and a great deal of satisfaction to see them decorate your shelves at the end of the line!