I wanted to give a small update on the 1/12 B737 cockpit project. This time I have made the main structure of the end side of the sidewalls, which basically is about half of the sidewall. If I am not mistaken that compartment is the stowage for the captain and first officer luggage.
Everything done so far is just basic shape. I still have to add other details and parts, but since this has to be casted later, I have to plan ahead which parts must be glued together and which should be casted separately.
Looking at the photo with the panel at the front, you can see that the two sidewalls create a kind of curvature towards the panel. That will be the next step to do, I will create that round edge going on top of the sidewalls to meet where the glareshield/autopilot will go. Part of this edge is the window rail so it will be very interesting to see what is the space I leave behind as I am considering making the nose shell, that definitely would be a BIG challenge.
I have to say that I am using lots of references from several different sources, however, there is a source which is the main line in this project. My friend Philippe is helping me a lot during this project as with his help I am able to see things coming directly from the real thing.
There are lots of great simmers who made incredibly simulation cockpits and sometimes I do use their measurements for some specific things (mainly angles), but, I always confirm this from images of the real cabin.
I want to move forward this week with the 747 cargo project so I am already planning how to start the rear cargo holds.
Finally, the decal provider has shipped me back the 8 micron decal papers and I hope to print the upcoming new liveries for next month, kudos to him for solving the issue I explained in my previous post.
Just wanted to inform that during the next week all livery decals will be unavailable due provider mishap, they will be back in stock again in 7 days (if shipping is as it should).
I do keep my raw materials in stock and calculate when to buy more as I keep a balance of sales/materials, everything would have been just in time but the provider sent me 13 micron decal paper instead of the 8 micron ones. To me, it is important to use the right materials for the right things, even though the 13 micron is a standard decal paper which is still very good, the numerous small tiny decals are best printed with the 8 micron thin decal film.
I know some may think that I should keep more material quantities but to be honest, this year, customs are killing me.
I do not want to talk about politics cause this is a modelling blog, but to be honest, I used to buy a raw material from a country whereas now it would be impossible to do without rising my item prices.
I researched and researched and found another place where, being a bit more pricey, there isn’t any custom problems, still, producing these model kits with the best materials I can find (still using since I begun) and with the strong headed mind that I am not going to rise prices on my items.
For many years buying overseas, this never happened before, now for everything coming outside the UE I have to pay 21% tax over the total package value (item + shipping) and another aditional 19 Euro just because the guys handle the paperwork at the airport.
If that is fair or unfair I am not going to debate it, but I just wanted to mention that prices aren’t going to change as I am at the moment, finding those materials closer to me.
Again, apologies for the delay on the decals, sometimes things do not depend on ourselves, but to counteract this issue, I am doing my best with new liveries that I plan to release on next month.
Thank you all for the understanding!
PS: Starting to work with the remaining half of both sidewalls on the B737 cockpit, photos and an update this weekend!
I haven’t had enough time for more, but I am finally starting to adjust something that was bothering me very much. I started to adujst the union between the side walls and the main instrument panel.
I have added a plastic extension so that the panel joins together with the side walls, there is another thing I must do in order to adjust it a little bit more.
Circled in white there is an area that is slightly lower in comparison to the other side, so I am also adjusting that.
The next step that I will do is to make the windows support that goes on each side so that I can have a reference point at the moment of making the glareshield.
This work will flow downwards and will end in the extension of the side walls that is yet to be made.
I am going to be working on this during this week and I hope to upload more images soon.
Thinking ahead, once the main shape of the sidewalls and the windows/railing are made, I would like to focus in one particular panel (the radio/com panel) with the idea of finishing it, with the buttons and all the other elements. Reason for this being that after this long time working mainly on structures, I want to do something different and see which level of detail I can put in it, to me it will be a guideance, an example, of how all the other areas should look like.
After the release of the new items at the store I encountered an issue that has been already addressed. The issue was caused by the recent items to have “manual stock management” set at the back office instead of “advanced stock management”, this caused some orders to split charging a second shipping (that was later refunded) separating items according to their stock setting.
This problem ocurred because in the past, decals were sold by using a different shipping carrier and therefore the “advanced stock management” needed to be activated, but this is not the case anymore since all items are shipped with the same carrier and I preferred to set the stock items manually, it is more straight-forward.
Store is set and ready, but I would like to remind you that if you ever encounter a problem while at the checkout or have a question, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.
Now I would like to upload some photos of the progress I did with the 747 cargo project (and with more and more desire to retake the 737 cockpit project which I don’t forget and for which I apologize for not showing updates yet).
Everything is getting very very tight at the cargo holds, all what I present here is just main structures, putty needs to be added and adjustments need to be done, but that is my intention; the cargo deck will be at the same time the cargo holds ceiling.
LD3 containers were used for dimensions reference and as you can see, they enter perfectly tight through the cargo door.
There was a new wall made which was needed to use as a back wall right at the nose area. In reality, those walls are displaced to create more room to allocate more containers, but I am a little bit limited with the kit’s original design and I already calculated so that several containers can go in there.
The walls on the inside are not round, they have the shape of the container profile, and now that the shape is obtained, I will backfill with putty these walls and make sure these plastic parts adjust well onto the fuselage.
Depending on the time, I may proceed with that either during this week or next weekend, I still have to officially start the new cargo loader for which I am really excited to start, but I also wish to continue with the 737 cockpit. In either case, both projects need some time for me to think and plan, although I have started to sketch the parts for the cargo loader, I still need to do more drawings and on regards the 737 cockpit, it has been so long time since the last update, that I need time to look at which step has to be done next, and as I recall, the priority was to set up every panel on the base and start adjusting structures, a major step in the project that has to be done properly or else everything to add later won’t fit.
Finally after a few months since I started this project, I have been able to upload the LEAP-1A engine into the store. There have been 9 new livery decals made as well of the A320Neo and a new one for the A350-900. The P&W Neo engines have also been re stocked.
After the last photos, I wanted to attach the engines to an actual model, in this case the A321 from Zvezda:
This has been quite the inversion for me, I used more material than I thought in order to have a backup step in case things got messed up. I do not use a 3D printer so everything is done according to blueprints and images, thus if I did a wrong step on the master part, without the continuous casting, there wasn’t a returning point and work of months would have gone down the drain.
I also wanted to pay special attention to the engine decals because I think those will give an extra realism finish to the engines. I must confess that the P&W engine decals did not sell that much together with the resin set, and I understand that is because customers already purchased A320Neo decal sets from other manufacturers, however, you need to take into consideration that the decals that are sold separately (and included in each Neo livery decal set from the store) are specifically designed to fit the resin models, this is important on regards the pylon decals as I used the resin parts as template.
Why I decided a long ago when I released the P&W engines to sell the resin sets and engine decals separately was because a couple of reasons; one to make the resin engines more affordable if you really did not want the decals and second, because if a customer purchased a livery decal set from the store, those engine decals are already included and therefore there was no need to have them in the engine set.
The LEAP-1A engine is not the only item to release today, but also the A350 new sharklets for which I made all the decals of the -900 version to choose from.
The new liveries included in the catalogue:
A couple things that I wanted to mention on regards these decals:
The EasyJet decal does not include the orange areas as decal, the reason is because the engines share the same color as these areas of the fuselage, so I preferred the modeler to actually paint these areas rather than having to try to find a paint for the engines that could match the orange decals, does this make sense?
I also plan to make the NEO titles version of the EasyJet A320Neos, this decal set will be released next month.
On the China Southern A320Neo, the dark blue cheatline between the two lighter blue decals wasn’t made. I know that it is perfectly possible to make that decal, make a cut so that it could fold onto the nose, but I had experiences with that before and, as the real aircraft, I preferred that color for that particular cheatline to be painted.
While making those decals I always keep in mind how would I do it if I was to make these models, which would be the best option and which one would give best results, and in this case I think that the combination of the two lighter blue decals with the painted dark blue cheatline would give the best finish. The instructions also cover the steps to do this process indicated as how I would do it.
That’s all for now guys, it has been a lot of work all this time, I must confess I am quite exhausted, but with the completion of the LEAP-1A engines, a new project will come in line, the FMC15i with the posibility of adding the double sill.
The 747 cargo project will also advance and hopefully I can get my hands on the 737 cockpit because it has been way too long since last time.
Thank you all for the support and looking forward to post new progress on these projects!