Probably no other Company in the scale models world can boast a tradition so long and celebrated as Amati Model, right now 138 years old.
Amati was born in 1879, in Torino (Turin), the city where only some years later will born the biggest Italian Company, the FIAT Car.
Founded by Carlo Amati, the first location was in heart of the city center, in Via Garibaldi 9, quickly becoming a landmark for all the Italian modelers. A legend was borning: in some years the Company was even appointed by a Royal diploma for the great quality of its work.
Looking today at the Amati's fretworks creation of the time, we see some exquisite black and white illustrations in pure “Belle Epoque” style, worthy to appear in art's books collections. And indeed until the end of the Second World War, Amati was also a publishing house with its own printing machines.
In the 1920 the Amati Model changes ownership, passing to the Marletti family, that keeps the original name and it is still running today the Company.
In the 60s of the last century Amati Model open itself up to the world, starting to create ship model kits with the modern features that at the present time the modelers are accustomed to.
From the very beginning great care is reserved to the fitting accessories: extensive researches are done before to go to the drawing board, the wood and brass turning are made with craftsmanship skill, just as all the metal castings that are prepared for each model.
Soon the Amati brand became well known outside the Italian borders for the museum quality of its models. All over the world the most demanding modelers start to fall in love with the growing range of kits produced by the company, knowing that inside the box they will find everything is needed to bring to life not just a ship model, but a ship model that will make them lifelong proud.
The new productions requires new machineries and more space, and so the Company leaves its original housing, opening a new show-room for the customers, and moving the plant in the modern, wide quarters where it is still today.
With the new century the transition to the modern cad-cam technologies is completed, but with a wise eye: embracing the chances offered by the new tech, but keeping alive the craftsmanship approach to the model and for the modelers.