1/144 Stairs truck – updated and finished

Hello everyone,

It is not my usual time to publish an update at this hour, but since tomorrow is national holiday here and I have progressed with the stairs truck over the weekend, I thought to share with you the new modification that I have been working on.

Before I go into details about the stairs truck modification, I would like to say that the 787 galleys, the cargo loader, the livery decals (A320/A321/A320N/A321N) and the passengers set is coming along nicely. I have been sharing the progress of the livery decals with the printing company and so far so good, work continues, although it is nearly finished, the next artwork will be of the A350-900/1000.

The last couple days have been quite busy, the new motherboard is working well (fingers crossed) so things should now continue from where I left them, stock units are progressively being made (1/144 and 1/200) the Neo engines are also on restock process.

Now about the stairs truck, I have done a modification on the hydraulic columns which in my opinion, give an overall better look, the tube/rod union fits very nicely and smoothly, also, the assembly process is now much easier thanks to the new parts at both ends, the ones for the rods and for the tubes, basically a small 2,5 mm long wire is inserted in one end, then placed through the chassis hole and a cap is placed at the other end.

I have always been curious about Vienna’s Airport (LOWW) GSE colors, so I wanted to take a chance and make my own version of it.

 

Here are theĀ  new parts that will be inclued from the next restock, customers who had purchased the stairs truck have the right to have them as well, but shipping will be on customer’s end, there is also the possiblity to include them in a future order to group items and pay one shipping.
To ask for these parts, simply write me an email and those will be saved/shipped to you.

 

I had a lot of fun building this stairs truck! It took me the whole Sunday, about 8 hours. These are pretty straightforward models to build, what I always do is group parts that will go with a certain color and paint each color at a time, leaving the parts ready to be joined together.

Decaling was very interesting as I saw that the decal shows absolutely no edge around as you can see in the photo above, that remineded me and show me again that the important to achieve this is to make sure the surface is shiny before applying the decals, also that the decal is sealed with glossy varnish prior the final matt coat.
I personally like applying a matt finish, I always use Vallejo’s matt varnish as it gives the model a smooth finish.

I have taken the chance to takeĀ  photos of the whole progress and I will be creating a new section in the blog where I will share the step by step build of each GSE and this stairs truck will be the first.

The stairs truck will be in stock again very soon, as I am currently updating the instructions for the new modification, it will also be restocked at the same time as the passenger figures and crew figures, passenger figures will be my next update.

That is all for now, everyone stay safe!
Best wishes

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