Quick update: projects, stock, decals

Dear all,

I wanted to give a quick update on the different things that I am working on.

Livery decals: I am progressing with the base artwork for the A320/A321/A320N/A321N details.
I honestly thought it was going to be a bit “easier” having already the artwork, but every single line of the original artwork must be changed to adapt them to the silk screen printing method.
I am taking the chance to include a few more details and also modifying the decals for the belly/wing root area. The decals will be an improvement over the previous ones, plus this time the belly panel lines and rivets will fit on both Revell and Zvezda kits (each will have their own within the same detail set).

I have been able to finally have both kits and I took this chance to make these specific decals to adapt on the Revell’s (Neos) bellies since my original work was based on the Zvezda model.

There are significant differences between the Revell and the Zvezda kit on the wingroot area, not surprising since this difference is also present in the A320 and the A320Neo whereas the Neo version has a taller wall at the wing joint (easily noticeable when comparing the distance of the emergency door lights to the wing).
I am not going to enter in details about each kit pros and cons because I truly find both kits beautiful. Some details lacking on the Zvezda belly will be covered as well with the decals (access panel doors, etc) and some other decals will adapt on the Revell’s model such as the horizontal stabilizer plates.

Work with this continues.

Passenger figures (1/144):  Having done a first test with these figures, I still have to adjust a few minor things, but so far it looks as desired, the set will consist of 26 passenger figures with a mix of women/men/teens and kids. I am going to do another test (hopefully the final one) at the end of the week, so my aim is to be able to show some progress on next Sunday.

Update on the stairs truck: I mention about the micro tubes on my last entry for the next project (the cargo loader) and I wanted to start using that “slide in” system on that project onwards. However, I wanted to give an improvement to the stairs truck that will also improve on my preparation time for the packaging of these units (it was overly time consuming to prepare these two parts in the original release).

The stock of the stairs truck is done, but there is still some more tests to do with these tubes. For this method, two new resin parts have been made (one fitting in the tube and the other fitting on the rod). After the initial test, I will also make two new parts that will make for an easier fitting of the tube and rod to the chassis.

One thing that was concerning me was the paint, the tube is 1,7 mm and the rod 1,5 mm so the rod slides in prefectly, however, paint cannot be used, therefore I decided to use a different rod with already a silver color, so the only part to paint of the two will be the tube which won’t cause any issue for the rod to slide in (painted from the outside).

This update, I would very much like to give it for free to all those customers who purchased the stairs truck. I however cannot ship it for free, therefore shipping charges will be on customer’s end, but there is also the possibility to include these new parts on a next order if desired, I will give more details about this once I have finished the tests.

Note the rod will not be brass, instead a silver colored alloy will be used to avoid the use of paint.

Stock units: Stairs truck were going to be released this Friday 28th, however, due the tests with this slide in system and new parts for a better and stronger fitting, I may push this restocking on the second week of October. Stock units are made already.

There will be more units of the 1/144 AST-1, LD3 trolleys coming this Friday. I will also intend to restock the Neo engines and increase quantities of other items.

1/200 GSE items will start production at the second week of October being available at mid October.

Current projects: I am progressing on the 787 forward galley / cockpit, once done, will start with the middle galley. Work continues to fix and adjust the 1/144 passenger figures as well as the work with the 1/144 cargo loader.
The 747 cargo deck detail set and  the 1/12 737 cockpit projects are on hold. I will resume first the 1/12 737 cockpit project at mid October coinciding with the release of the 1/200 GSE models. I will resume the work with the main instrument panel before going for the side walls.


Some not so good news: 
There may be some bit of delay with the production of the parts due a failure in one of the printers I use. I have been doing some tests during the weekend in order to find out where the problem comes from and so far, no luck, there is still one last thing I want to check before changing the mother board, which is really my last option.

That is all for now, I have several fronts opened with lots of work to do on each area, but I am going step by step with all of them. The 747 cargo project and the 1/12 737 cockpit are currently my two biggest projects and therefore the dedication and time required to planify are so much bigger compared to the other projects. They are by no means abandoned, but until I can have the weekends free, I won’t be able to progress as much as I want, upon the releasing of the next 1/200 GSE, there will be more time for them.

Take care everybody,
Guillem

 

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Livery decals project moving forward

Dear all,

I would like to start this entry by thanking you sincerely for the help that I received due my last entry about the livery decals.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write and give me info that will be very helpful to me.

I would like to say that I finally found somebody who could print these decals for me and although I cannot write much about it yet, I have to say that their service and attention is beyond excellent and that I will be able to print them as I intended.

The detail decals will be silk screen printed and the first ones that I will have will be for the A320/A321/A320N/A321N and A350-900/A350-1000.

I will try to use the space as best as possible and thus make those details to be used for more than one model type, similar to what some manufacturers do with their injection kits.

Silk screening is another story, so costs of producing those decals need to be taken carefully into consideration, specially due the colors which are not going to be standard as my aim is for the details to suit better the scale (scale factor).

The detail sheets will be very similar to the decals I used to have, however, the whole artwork will require of a modification in order to suit better this type of printing and that means that it will take me a little bit of time to complete this.

At the moment I have all the information needed from the company to adjust all the decals so work has already begun.

I also aim for some specific customization and leave some options open for choice for the modeler, that means that I may be doing several photorealistic cockpit window decals and or passenger windows (so that if you have a small collection, window details are different for each aircraft, window shades will be distributed differently in those options).

The theory would be to make a selection from a button of the decal set in particular within the online store, this way the modeler will be able to customize the decal set with those minor selections.

The final product will be a combination of different decals, on one side there will be the whole aircraft details in silk screen with also some silver details and on the other side the livery itself which will be laser print. Laser print is a very good option as I saw with the previous decals, however this time I will be doing some testing to have those laser decals clear coated.

This gives me much more freedom to test-print as much as I need in order to match a certain livery color and do all sorts of different designs which would be imposible (I think) with sillk screening such as multicolored gradients (again, I am not 100% sure this can be done in silk screen), so I will try that the whole set is nicely balanced to also be cost effective, as it would be impossible for me to have the liveries silk screened too, particularly due the amount of detail (space area) already in the set, it would be nearly bigger than an A4 sheet for the bigger airliners.
I also take into consideration the clear windows and the possibility of leaving the silver window frames separately, trying to give as many options as possible to the modeler.

Again, the area is somehow a bit more limited than it was before, so maybe some specific decals such as the weathered emergency exit markings on the wings of the A320 set may be removed or added separately on the laser sheet.

The important is that this project is moving forward and I hope to write more news about it once things are more advanced, so far the artwork is now being adjusted for silk screening.

On another note, there will be restocking of some of the GSE models at the end of the week as production has begun a week ago and continuing on thus more units will be produced of the rest of the items.
At the same time I would like to say that the country list where I can ship has been updated.

Thank you all very much for your support and for your time.
Best wishes,
Guillem

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I need help – Livery decals

*Update 11/09/2020 13:23

Dear all,

I never thought that I would face a situation where finding a subcontractor would represent such an issue for the business.

I am talking about decal printing companies. As you probably know, I retired the livery decals from the online store some time ago because my goal was to have them printed in a different method; either silk screen, digital or any other techniques there may be besides laser print.

I thought to myself that I was better off saving the material at the moment to keep printing the decals that are included in the GSE models and in the meanwhile, adjust the livery artworks and save to invest trying to contact a decal company to have these livery decals (details sheet) printed.

To some, the decision of saving material for another line of products may be ridiculous, but I have to say that these materials are not cheap, even less if I have to purchase them outside the EU, besides there are several other materials that needed to be taken into consideration for the other products and the change in production (for the most part, from resin casting to 3D printing).

After being able to afford having those detail decals printed by a company, I wrote to one I always had in mind, but seeing how time was passing by and I wasn’t getting any news, I decided to find others.

So far I have contacted 5 companies from which only one (2) had the kindness to respond, and as it seems, they are pretty busy for the rest of the year being next year still unknown, I really appreciated their sincerity, because I understand what it is to be limited with work and deadlines.
*Update: Another company replied, I am currently dealing with the given information of the specific printing requirements.

I guess that this was my mistake, to think that I could contact them anytime and have the prints in a specific time (let’s say a month or month and a half tops) but not having a response really changes things for my business.

So I am currently finding myself with decals for which I invested a big amount of time, and no one being able to print these for me.
Naturally when you see that your hard work is somewhat hanging by a thread, it affects your desire to continue.

At the moment I do not know what I am going to do with these decals, either print them again myself as they were (which were fine, only “inconvenient” was the white decal separated from the color and the lack of metallic color), continue trying to find someone that could print them, or give up them.

The reason why I was writing this entry was to see if somebody knew somebody, if somebody could known a specific person or company that could print these for me.

I think that after all, it is a business opportunity for the other company as well, because having those detail decals printed would allow me to move on with liveries and create more time after time and even accept specific livery requests, in other words, if there are sales there would also be for the printing company.

Spirits are pretty much down these days, not only due the decals, but I feel things are getting up hill for me in other aspects, although I keep on producing the GSE units (restock of specific ones next week) and working on the new stuff, the only thing that keeps me motivated is the goal to create.

I hope to have news from some of these companies as I wrote another email just in case, or receive news from somebody you may know, I will need to take a decision on the livery decals otherwise.
Please contact me if you are interested in printing these for me or if you know somebody who can:
or 

Thank you all,
Best wishes,
Guillem

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