It’s not just white metal. It’s a Brooklin
We see each model as an automotive jewel, in fact the Brass Masters are made using the same skills and tools as would a jeweller. Our models are hand-built involving a labour intensive process from beginning to end. Brooklins are not diecast or made from resin: we hand craft car history.
Developing a new model can be a slow process. Time and effort must be invested to find the full size vehicle to be modelled which can involve long distance travel. Hours of measuring will then be required along with hundreds of reference photographs.
With the reference work complete, the many months of development and then production will begin.
Brooklins are not mass produced. Our production runs are counted in hundreds Not thousands so our models tend to have a rarity value.
1 – Decide which model to produce.
2 – Locate the full size vehicle then visit to measure and photograph for reference.
3 – Using this reference information, computer design work is used to create the body master.
4 – Using a refined 3D resin print, a mould is constructed to produce a Brass body Master.
5 – All the remaining parts (we call small parts and plating) are hand made from brass.
6 – The brass body master is then refined along with the other parts.
7 – Master moulds are made test fit and create duplicate masters where required. Body moulds are created by the careful layering of strips of virgin rubber onto the master, encasing it in a steel frame and vulcanizing at over 300°F.
8 – A specific body mould form is created to assist body mould production
9 – Test castings are produced.
10 – A ‘Test’ model is assembled to identify problems or the need for further refinement.
11 – Multiple production moulds are made for small parts, plating and bodies.
12 – Centrifugal casting machines are used for creating baseplates, headlights, wheels, dashboards, seats and other small parts.
13 – The plating parts when cast will be sent away to be bright nickel electroplated..
14 – The small parts when cast and cleaned up will then be spray painted.
15 – The car bodies are cast then each white metal body, as well as the numerous small parts, is then individually cleaned of imperfections by fettling (knife work used to remove excess material) and Sanding (to prepare the body surface for paint)
16 – The bodies are then painted with automotive quality paints.
17 – Window patterns are produced to form simulated window glass. Vacuum form machine is used to create the windows from this pattern.
18 – The painted small parts are then sub-assembled.
19 – Final assembly will now produce the finished models from all the components produced.
20 – Final check of finished model (we call this “Bagging”) e Boxing.