1/144 catering truck general build guide – Info shipping

Hello,

It seems that the tests done so far come out well and thus I will be able to use this equipment for upcoming projects, this will also help me enormously with the 1/12 B737 cockpit project. Once I have more info on this and some photos, I will share them here.

On regards the new shipping methods; they have been implemented in the site, I have managed to maintain the shipping as “certified letter” for the decal sets, so purchasing up to 4 decal sets will cost a fixed price.

To outside EU, shipping costs will be 7,20 Euro for one decal set (shipping with tracking information) and for 2 to up to 4 decal sets, price will be 14,05 Euro. From 4 decal sets onwards, the shipping method will automatically change to “package” type.
For shipments of decals within Europe, shipping prices will be 6,25 Euro for one set, and from 2 to up to 4 sets, 10,40 Euro. All methods are trackeable and have more priority character than “ordinary” letter.

I have extended the shipping materials so that more chances are offered depending on the items purchased. Because “package” has dimensional weight, it really did not matter shipping 100g or 500g in the same box, but it did putting that 100g to a smaller envelope. So by changing the packaging and offering a widder range, shipping costs are adjusted to item/package.

I added a new category on top of the blog menu called “GSE builds” where you can see some progress photos and explanation on how I build these models, just for reference. So far the first model added is the catering, you can visit the new section by clicking on here.

Catering truck will be back in stock on Friday 26th.

Last weekend I have been working on the 747-8F/-400F deck set and I am glad for how things are going. Cargo holds are finished, but just the main structure, need to add the detail on the walls and side walls of the main cargo compartment.
I have been thinking what would be the best way to cast this big fuselage and the idea I had was to cut it into 3 parts; front section (nose to wing root) middle section (wing area) and rear section (from wing root to past cargo door).

This will be very useful for several resons:
– It will be easier to cast. Due the shape of the cargo holds, I would have had problems with the resin and using the quantity of silicone I am going to use to make the molds, it better come out right at once.
– It will allow me to work better and focus on each area instead of having a big plastic fuselage on the table risking to break any detail once I start working on a particular area.
– It will make things simpler for shipping purposes, no long box is required, trying to keep shipping rates as low as possible (less volume).
– Now the ceiling can be “built in”, meaning that each half will have its ceiling, therefore no need to worry to put it in one side and adjust to the other side from the interior.
– Will make things “easier” (or clearer) when converting to the -400F version.

The con may be that it would take just a little bit longer to assembly, but for that same reason it will make the kit challenging and fun.

I am getting closer to having the panels made on the inside, so once I have that done, I will update this project with some photos.

Thank you all for your support, apologies for the latest entries which have been very boring and long, but I promise new photos of new stuff in the near future!

Best wishes,
Guillem

 

Shippings, catering, decals, projects and changes

Hi everyone,

I am afraid this entry may be a little long, there are several changes going on, some (the most) positive, and some (one) not that great that can’t be avoided.

Shipping rates (The not so great change but still with a positive outcome).
Shipping costs will increase a little bit because apparently, our national postal services made changes in one of the shipping methods that I use, but not on the costs; in the description of the shipping itself.

So far, I shipped all the orders as a “certified letter” which had a very competitive shipping cost; yes, it does not make much sense that you would ship goods under that kind of shipping, however, their site stated that you could ship documents and goods without exceeding the required dimensions and weights (which had been always within limits).

Recently some of the “freshmen” at the office started to tell me that I declared my shipments as a “document” when I did not do such thing, I just used their online form as always and attached the CN22 customs declaration form for shipments outside the EU.

This questioning kind of threatening and “I did it wrong” started to bother me, specially because no one informed me on how to do things right, (and I must confess, I am afraid that workers are not being updated of the changes). I ship the packages and evenlopes ready, all they have to do is scan the bar code, make sure the online info is the same as in the box/envelope and hit “admit”, this is how I’ve been doing it for the past years.

I went to their site and double checked the “certified letter” specifications and… voila! they did remove the word “goods” out of the description, leaving that area for “documents, contracts, signed budgets etc”.

So now what? I wondered, well, it appears that by removing that feature of that shipping method, they created a new one called “Light International Package” (which you can ship goods up to 2kg anyway).
So the strategy that they did was; modify one shipping and create another one a little bit more expensive. This change does not only happen with international shippings, but with national ones as well.

Have any of you guys ever heard of “volumetric weight”? This is an aspect that now takes part in the preparation of the packages (box/envelope) and price increases if the volume is bigger.

That is why now I am currently working on settings within the store to provide the less volume possible per product as well as purchase smaller envelopes for single-item order (small blister), so that if you buy one single item, the store automatically detects its dimensions and chose a proper package (volume). This is a very tedious task that I am doing offline at the moment, so I am going to need a couple days to make those adjustments.

Here is an example of a shipping to EU (same can be applied outside EU but with other costs)

Weight of the package 200 gram, box 30 x 20 x 15cm shipping costs: 20,5 Euro, now if I push the weight up to 500g in their automatic shipping calculator, it still costs the same, pushing the weight up to 1000g cost the same, and I can say that I don’t remember shipping anything over 1000 gram.

So what I can see here is that the weight really does not matter that much but the volume does, this translates in the end meaning that you can add more items to the package for the same shipping costs.

Not only I will have to modify the products by including more information but I will also have to re arrange the shipping zones so that shipping is calculated precisely.
Another downside of the new “International Light Package” is the inhability to ship to PO boxes, however, I will solve this by creating another shipping method in case you want the order to be delivered to a PO box, I may also include a “Premium shipping” which is like the EMS shipping.

Now the good thing of all this new mess; the shipping times (and it is still using tracking number).

I am quoting their site:
“Main European destinations: 3-5 days”.
“Russia: from 9 days”.
“Main destinations in America: 5-8 days”.
“Main destinations in Asia: 6-8 days”.

Shipping costs increased but according to their site and comparing to the “old method”, shipping times have been reduced.

In any case, I am going to do my very best to keep the shipping costs as low as possible. I am a buyer too, and sometimes I feel uneasy for some shipping costs, but even more uneasy on the other hand when shipping prices are too cheap (for that thing of it may take ages to arrive).

I hope this can be understood, shipping rates aren’t set by me, they are set by the government and I do not add any other cost to the shipping totals, the price you see is what I see when preparing the shipping.

I did check private companies here, and they were charging me 117 Euro for shipping a small box of 10 x 10 x 20 cm to the USA, so I don’t think that private carriers could offer a better shipping solutions at the moment.

I am also going to see what I can do with the shipping method for the decals, most sellers do ship them as a document, so I will do my best to keep prices as low as possible.

So far shipping costs will remain all the same for all items in the store until I update it with the new regulations, info on the change will be updated on the blog.

 

Now the positive points:

The positive points… I will try to be brief here because nothing is tested, proven yet, but I have new equipment on the way which will allow me to make the new items in a better way, ease things for me, save me times (at first) and produce a widder range of products. If this works, the GSE family will grow, for both the 1/144 and 1/200 scale, I will be able to perhaps create ramp worker figures to go along with these models and civilians as well in several kind of configurations.

The other positive point is that I am looking to join forces with a professional decal company so that an important part of the artwork will actually be silk screened with white colors behind the decals, and include metallic color as well. It will be a combo of silk-screened plus laser print. Can’t really expand much on that since it is something that I still have to test, to consider the costs and quantities, but what I know is that this may be possible right from the start with the 777-300ER and the 787 decal sets for which I am putting all my efforts to include the smallest of the details. If things go well, this change will be made for the A320, A320Neos and A350’s.

Current projects:

Since I am taking the chance to write this very long entry, I wanted to say that although I don’t publish updates on the projects, I am currently working on them, I am advancing with the cargo holds on the 747-8F/-400 deck set, for which the next update I plan to show finally the interior detail completed, prior working on the side cargo door/nose cargo door area.

I am also starting to write a brief “tutorial” or guide for building the 1/144 catering truck for which units I expect to start during this week, taking the chance that humidity has dropped a little bit.

 

That is all for now, I will write another entry once I managed to change the shipping methods and will be posting the catering guide. An increase of the shipping costs is something that no one likes, I apologize for that, but I want to think positively and remember that even shipping rates increased a little bit, shipping times will be faster and all orders will have a priorized shipping over the old “certified” type.

Best wishes,
Guillem

Catering truck finished – Livery decals back online

Hello everyone,

I was finally able to set up the printer in another location where I could actually have a room with better weather conditions and the results were successful. Livery decals are now back online and I am glad to mention that I started working on the B777-300ER and B787 decal sets.

My friend Alan has been giving me a couple of very good ideas that I am going to try to implement on these decals. I will give a little bit more info once I have something clear and something to show.

I have been working on the following catering truck during the last days and I am very happy with the result of the new chassis. It is easier for me to cast and actually more similar to the real system (rollers) it is also easier to position and more fun to build.

I will be restocking the different items including the kit for this catering little by little because weather dictates and materials are very susceptible to temperature and humidity, so I will be preparing new units as time/weather permits.

I will take a couple of weeks “off” this summer (but still accepting and shipping orders) because I want to clean and reorganize my workplace and the only way to do that is to pause a little bit the production for that period of time.

I also want to take some time to continue working on the current projects, the B747-8F/-400F deck set, the new cargo loader and the 1/12 B737 cockpit. Hopefully I can have an update on these soon, this weekend it is time to continue with the AFT cargo holds of the -8F.

I took some photos while I was building this catering model, my intention is to upload them in the next days as a “work in progress” so that anybody who wants or is building this model, can see which are the steps that I did to build it (painted).
It is everything explained in the instructions, however, I like to paint certain group of parts first, then assemble them, then paint others and join parts step by step.

I hope you guys liked it and I am really looking forward to advance with the new projects!

Best wishes,
Guillem

Struggling with the temperatures

Hello guys,

Not usual that I write an entry about the temperatures in my hometown, but they are somehow affecting the production of several items.

I have tried to print decals and currently, every print ends up with a paper jam. Trying to cool the printer down does not seem to work, it is not so helpful using a fan if the air that blows is hot anywaw, it is just not enough for the current weather conditions that we have.

Being so close to the sea, the ambient is very humid and my home gets all the sunrays being at the upper floor.
I will move the printer to another location where I can place it in a room with actually an air conditioner, hopefully this will solve the issue, but it may take me a couple days to set up everything required in the other PC/room.

Production for resin is also going to be a bit slower for the next days, again, the only space I have for the bigger equipment is in the attic, so we can say that I am exhausted to tell the sun to stop please melting me like an ice cream everywhere I go.
From here, I trully admire those who live in warmer climates, but I suppose is a matter of getting used to it, nevertheless, these changes of temperature, heatwaves and all these things are really something serious and we need to be very careful.

If I haven’t completely melted, I will post photos of the finished catering truck that I was working on with the new chassis. Model is 96% finished, so I expect to update the blog soon and make kit units in due time.

Thank you all for reading and remember; keep yourself hydrated, try to not to do exhausting activities and protect from the sun as much as possible.

Best wishes,
Guillem

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