B787 galleys and cockpit promo photos – Cargo loader preview

Dear all,

I hope everybody is doing alright.

Around here, I am being very busy finishing the new products that I plan to release before Christmas, these will be the latest of 2020 and I am already having the mind set for future projects to come in 2021.

It is a bit pressuring time for me to get things on time, for sure I hoped to have the stock of the new stuff ready around this time, and although things are finished, it is taking me some time to wrap everything up, that is; finish the promo product, design the instructions and prepare the product page. This means that the next two weeks are going to be very dense.

This comes at a time when I have to prepare stock units for some items currently out of stock, so although I will be restocking (in a small quantity yet) the stairs truck, worker figures and baggage carts on Friday, during the next weeks I will be preparing units of the rest of the models in order to have everything available by the time of the 787 galleys and 1/144 cargo loader’s launching.

 

Please note that this  as well as the center galley will fit on both Revell and Zvezda 787 (no matter which variant).

The set is composed of different parts; cockpit seats, flight crew seats, door latches, doors, cockpit and galley details, PE and decals.

I have learned a big lesson on making interior parts for fuselages, so this will hopefully allow me to continue with the 747 cargo model and to make cargo holds in the near future.

 

 

Why did I decide to make the entire nose? The reason is simple; positioning. I have had a hard time with this, the first prototype had only the nose cone and a flat floor, but its positioning was harder because of the entire set rotating too easily, so I had to figure out how to make sure that the floor level was actually level at both doors since the galley was to be added to one side of the fuselage first, so by having the whole shape of the interior, there would not be marging for error and thus one and only one position was fixable.

Besides the center marks that will help the positioning, there is also an empty area so that the nose gearbay does not interfere with the galley/cockpit.

In this case, the nosegear bay is glued first, then the galley and cockpit resin part is placed by simply rotating it so that the nosegear bay fits inside the hole.

The whole structure consists of the cockpit which at the same time is the galley floor and the rear wall of the forward galley, then the front forward galley which also serves as the cockpit wall.

 

The photo above shows the PE door threshold which (besides being in the real airplane) it helps to hide the plastic fuselage / resin galley union, making it feel like being the same structure.

Obviously, without any paint or decal on this set, it looks quite dull and boring, but imagine the galley floor painted, the food carts with their decals on, the decals for the cockpit will also make it more lively.

I am at the moment planing to make a painted one so that I can see the end result, I will be sharing this sometime before the release date.

 

For the center galley, the principle is the same, the round structure goes inside the fusleage to avoid missmatching, again I made the same mistake in the first place by having only half of the “cylinder” it was much harder to position, but having the whole round shape make things simple and effective.

The detail parts included are the same as those for the cockpit / galley but without the cockpit parts, that is; coffee machines, door handles, exit signs, cabinets, doors and latches, as well as PE and decals.

 

For the cargo loader, I wish I could have had a 100% finished version to share, however, I have been finetuning again, this time adding some kind of “blockers” that will help to keep the platform and bridge at a desired height.

I must say, to make this model I have been using a lot of photo references and dimensions that my friend Mike took for me, that means that I was able to detail the Perkins 4236 D engine or even make the tyre pattern the same way it is on the real loader, also the platform rollers are positioned in different directions as shown in the manual illustrations.

Naturally, being such a small model, there have been things that I had to disregard because it was just way too small to do. This lead me to have to make some kind of “blockers” because in real life, the actuators and the hydraulics are what keeps the platform and bridge up, but here is all mechanical movement.

I  came up with this solution which will help the customer to set the platform and bridge at different heights, being realistic, 24 mm should be the higher position, yet you can get it a bit higher as well, but not as much as it will be once I make the double sill accessory. Once the blocker is painted the same color as the chassis, it will pass as another part of the structure.
Also, for the firsttime in any GSE kit I released, I will be including all the pins and axles needed in a form of a 0,7 mm solid brass rod, this will be 100% stright which is very important for this particular model.

Here you can see it in action holding up more than enough weight:

Not only was a challenge to design everything so that parts could fit on each other, but also keeping in mind the minimum platform and bridge heights, maximum heights was also a difficult part to do.

The model has many more details that are unappreciable in the 1/144 scale, but it was designed at its fullest, so when an 1/72 scale is released, that detail that was once made will come alive. For instance, the rims have all their nuts, but in 1/144 this detail is not so visible and if it were, it would not be in scale.

 

So this is how I have the model at the moment, I will have it done sometime this week. The decal set includes several details so it will take me a while to get it done.

But work does not end here, I am going to have a lot to do with the instructions, these will be very detailed, including in scale 1/144 diagrams that will help glue the chassis stright, I will take into consideration the order of assembly and advice when would be a good time to have things painted prior proceding to the next step. As this model is all about joining parts on top, having things preparinted is going to be very helpful, as in the photo above, chassis and body are joined and painted together.

 

That is all for this weekend, I would like to mention that I keep working on the livery decals, taking my time to test dimensions and positioning so the next couple months are going to be very busy with this as well.
One last thing to mention about the 787 galleys is that I won’t be able to have the rear galley by the launch time of the forward/cockpit and center galley, it is virtually impossible for me at the moment as I am busy finishing those items, but it has been started and will be done at the early 2021.

Take care everyone.
Best wishes,
Guillem

B787 galleys / cockpit final preview and general info

Hello everybody,

It’s been quite some time since my last update, to be honest I was looking to have something finished to share prior writing another update, but since progress on the new stuff seems to be taking some time, I decided to write a quick update.

First I want to say that I am delaying the restocking dates of the various GSE items one week, the main reason for this is that I am currently at a very crucial moment with both the 1/144 cargo loader and the 787 galley/cockpit sets. A lot of time is needed for correcting, adjusting and finishing those items (basically for the cargo loader), so I want to arrive at December (at least) with these two items’s units being produced, I am preparing stock of various GSE in between tests.

Temperatures are dropping, these changes are crucial in resin, differently than the polyurethane resin which is harder to work with on summer, thus I have to warm up the room and make some adjustments to some of the files for them to be done properly, again all of this takes some time, this is the main reason why the belt loader workers are still out of stock, however, I almost finished adjusting this.

The 1/144 Commander FMC15i cargo loader was quite difficult to do, making the scissors of the model movable made things quite challenging designwise, because there are certain things you can’t possibly do it like the 1/1 model. So far I have done two test builds from which I learned a lot, specially about fittings and detail.
I am at this point doing what I hope will be the last corrections, so if everything goes well, around Thursday/Friday I should have the first finished version.

For the first time in any other GSE I previously made, I am including 0,25 mm photo etched handrails. These are twice as thick as the ones I usually include in some GSE models, so this way the handrails are represented more realistically.

The chassis is designed so that the main platform rises at the max height as per the 1/1 specifications. The double sill and the wide bridge option is something I will be making shortly after releasing the kit and will then become an extra to chose from within the product page.

 

Here are some photos of the 787 galleys/cockpit sets, note that the cockpit and forward galley are not yet shown in the photos.
Each will be sold separately, meaning you will be able to get the cockpit / forward galley combo and the middle galley separately. For the B787-8 only one center galley is used, the B787-9 has two center galleys, so you can decide to either open L3 as well on the 787-9. More on how to quickly open the various doors will be explained soon.

The rear galley has been started this weekend, so chances are I may not be on time to have it before December, but I will do my best to release the three galleys at the same time.

Note the PE frames placed from the inside. The width clearance matches the same as the real one, obviously converting the dimensions from 1/1 to 1/144. You can also see the different latches engraved on the frames.

The reason to leave the latches engraved is to give you freedom to chose to leave them as they are, or to use them as a guide to put the actual resin latches on top as shown in the photo above.
These are very tiny parts, about 0,8mm wide, so I will be including plenty of spare latches in each set. These will be on customer’s behalf to cut off their supports from manufacturing, as I cannot cut the 280 latches I can produce for diverse sets, it would take me a big ammount of time which would increase the cost.

The doors have detail on the inside and outside. For producing reasons, the outside is left smooth ready for the decal, which you can use from any decal manufacturer as door dimensions are the same as the kit’s door sizes.

The door opening distance was also taken into consideration, so if placed properly, it should be very close to the actual 1/1 clearance according to the B787 airport manual.

The cockpit/forward galley set and the middle galley will both include PE and decals. The PE parts will be the door frames and the door’s step, this will be very helpful to make sure there is a nice transition between the plastic thickness and the galley floor.

There are several decals in the set, decals for the food carts, door windows (small at the top of the door and for the inside), door markings, emergency exit markings.

The cockpit also features the correspondent decals, main panel, pedestal/radios, oxygen masks, autopilot, cabinets etc.

Together with the main galley parts, PE and decals, other small resin details will be included such as: coffee machines, flight attendant seats, light control screens, emerency exit signs, interior door handles. The cockpit will include the different seats, yokes, boxes, fire extinguisher and other equipment, cabinets and cockpit door.

 

That is all for now, there is a lot going on here with those two items being on the final stage, so stock producing is a bit slower, I am also working on the A320/A350 decal sets, mainly testing them and doing the final steps, these will hopefully be ready at around February 2021.

I hope to be posting another update soon, at the end of the week, with more info on those projects.

Wish you all a nice week and stay safe!
Guillem