Continuing on with the GSE models, I have been able to finish checking / testing all the models so far, which are:
- 1/144 Towbarless pushback AST-1 F 600.
- 1/144 Ground Power Unit Houchin C690.
- 1/144 Ground Power Unit TLD 414.
- 1/144 Baggage carts (close/open) and luggage.
- 1/144 LD3 turntable trolleys.
- 1/144 LD3 containers (three styles).
- 1/144 Tow truck JST-25.
- 1/144 Belt Loader TUG660.
This means that I will begin the stock process very soon. In the meantime, I am also going to start the tests on the 1/200 scale models, they will be smaller, so I am sure that some adjustments will be required prior they are ready.
The GSE models in the three scales; 1/144, 1/200 and 1/72 will share the same instructions (with some possible modifications) same decals and same photo etched parts (in some cases, since 1/72 may allow me to make parts actually in resin). This means that the process for 1/200 and 1/72 should be just a bit faster since things are used from the original design when creating for 1/144 scale, still, every single model will be required to be checked in those scales and the list as you can see includes several models.
Another reason for taking a long time is because everything such as the decals have been made consciously keeping in mind that later it should be represented in 1/72. When I designed the models in 1/144 I added as much detail as I can, so although you can’t read the word “Diesel” in the fuel port of the 1/144 or 1/200 GPU, decals have been designed so when they are printed in 1/72, everything reads as per the real 1/1 model.
Since tests for the 1/144 scale are completed, I will start building an example model of each, for product page description/gallery.
I built an 1/144 TLD414 GPU this weekend to check how it looks like when painted.
Photos were taken from a distance which resembles how you would actually see the scale model (it is actually much smaller than what you see on screen), since it is just about 25mm, 1 inch long. Also notice that the wire is short, this was placed for testing purposes/example, but the kit will actually include two and longer.
I also managed to make the figures with helmets:
Can you guess from which airport/country these workers are? These white gloves are a clear hint 🙂
Progress continues so I am not sure I will be able to update the blog next weekend, I prefer to wait till having all the models completed and have something more to share.
Mid-end November is still the date for these to be released, at least in 1/144 scale, I will do my best to have as much as I can in 1/200 and will then start with the 1/72.
Wish you all a very nice week,