WHO ARE WE
Metal-modeles.com is the website of Métal Modèles, a French company specializing in the fabrication of metal self-assembly historical figurines and miniatures. All the models and figures presented on this site are made in our workshops and are always available.
2 Place du 8 MAI
Tel : 04 94 76 08 20
Fax : 04 94 76 08 63
Siret 377 896 410 00042
– R.C. 377 896 410
– Code APE 365Z -
N° CNIL 1287652 NS-48
Presentation of the company
The company, founded in November 1989 by Bruno Leibovitz, is based in the south of France in Seillans, a typical medieval village in the Var region. The Métal Modèles team consists of three highly trained and dedicated artisans. Métal Modèles specializes in the creation and the fabrication of 54 mm historical figurine kits that are ready to be assembled and painted, featuring soldiers from the Napoleonic era. Our large selection of horsemen and infantrymen are representative of the regiments of the Grande Armée and illustrate various aspects of the First Empire’s soldiery.
We also showcase other important historical periods. These include the Great War (1914 to 1918) with a series of 54 mm combatants that were, for the most part, created by Didier Daniel and the Second Empire with a series of soldiers from that period that we have recently launched. Since 2004, Métal Modèles has expanded its palette of genres and styles and has launched a series of 80 mm sensual figurines by acquiring the legendary English brand Phoenix. To maintain the level of quality our brand is known for, all the pieces in this series have been restored, and new molds have been made for the entire series. Métal Modèles is also exploring new artistic territory and standards by proposing sculpted busts (created by Michel Saez), a fantasy series (imagined and created by Allan Carrasco), as well as various 75 mm and 90 mm pieces.
The longevity and reputation of Métal Modèles have made us an exceptional contributor to the world of collectors’ figurines and models. Since its inception, the creators of Métal Modèles have applied high standards of quality to small models both at the creation and casting stages. These standards were traditionally only applied to larger models. Striving to fulfill the desires and needs of model hobbyists and collectors, Métal Modèles has devoted a great deal of energy to the constant improvement of its methods and has set new quality standards in the field.
Each creation is the result of extensive and careful documentary and historical research. All various stages of fabrication, from the design to the marketing stage are done entirely in our workshops and benefit from the experience and unique know-how of the Métal Modèles team.
Our models are made with a high-quality metal alloy; special care is given to the design and to the fitting of their various pieces. Our first objective is to provide our clients with an experience that is enjoyable and conducive to the development of creative autonomy, so we make every effort to ensure that our products are easy to assemble and paint. We are very proud of the quality of exchanges and the relation of trust we have built over the years with model hobbyists, collectors, and professionals from all over the world. We take every opportunity (special events, meetings, informal discussions at professional fairs, contests, and now the Internet) to exchange with and listen to model hobbyists and professionals. The Métal Modèles team values every input it receives .
Bruno Leibovitz’s debut in the world of historical miniatures and models was marked by a fortunate encounter with the highly renowned Parisian artisan Monsieur Jacques Bittard who ran and owned a lead soldiers shop under the arches of the Palais Royal square in Paris. With Monsieur Bittard Bruno Leibovitz, already a plastic figure modeler, was initiated to the art of lead soldier making (i.e. mold making, conception and soldering iron technique).
After his military service, Bruno Leibovitz embarked on a rich and varied artistic career: as a figurine painter, he created his first series of historical miniatures to be sold in distinguished Parisian shops.
Durant cette période qui mêle apprentissage et mise en pratique de l’expérience acquise, Bruno Leibovitz s’oriente peu à peu vers la création de pièces uniques en plomb.
Entirely made of metal (brass and copper bases coated in lead) and decorated with oil paint, these one-off pieces, most of which were sold by La Vieille France boutique on rue St. Honoré, Paris, were soon deemed to be desirable by international collectors. These collectors’ informed attention contributed to the figures’ world-wide reputation.
In the ’80s, a new approach to historical figurines developed. British manufacturers popularized figurines in kits and thus offered the lead soldier its entry into the world of the scale model. New shops opened, manufacturers became more and more numerous, and specialized magazines were launched.
During the 1985 Bruno Leibovitz presented Jacques Vuyet (owner of Le Cimier and propagator of the figurine kit concept) with the first prototypes of a thematic series based on the marshals and generals of the First Empire. It was an immediate success! The historical figurines, which represented Lasalle and Murat, were the first in a series which now consists of 20 figurines. The figurines in this series are still our best sellers.
Napoléon created for le Cimier
The easy assembling experience alongside the unusual attention to detail provided by the figurines in kits contributed to the development of a hobby that provided ample opportunities for adult figurine modelers to express their love of precision. During the following years, Bruno Leibovitz’s time was shared between several activities, mainly the creation of prototypes and the making of one-off pieces.
Drum major of the 67th line infantry regiment First Métal Modèles figurine
When Bruno Leibovitz’s brother (Serge Leibovitz) created a company in 1987 that manufactured decorative tin airplane models in Seillans, the idea of sharing the casting equipment was born. It was with very little experience but a great deal of curiosity that Métal Modèles was started. In 1988, the first figurines were launched in partnership with Serge Leibovitz’s company. In 1991, Métal Modèles became a separate company.