A thank you all message and 2021 upcoming projects

Dear all,

Now that we are reaching the end of the year, I wanted to dedicate this entry which will probably be the last of the year, to give a special thanks and to comment on what I expect to make next year.

I am immensely grateful for all the support I’ve got throughout the year by everybody, I really mean it. I could have never imagined if somebody told me that I would have friends and communicate with people all around the globe.

To me, this is incredible, to communicate, share and write to so many people from so many different places makes me feel very special and fortunate, it feels a part of me, of my efforts, is around the world.

For this and for all the support, I sincerely thank you all very much.

All this support allows me to go on, to continue with energies and happiness and to give my best in every project, with enthusiasm and attention to detail.

The recent items released did very well and this allows me to invest even more in order to produce more efficiently and in the end, to keep things running and to keep things available as often as possible.

This leads me to mention what I expect to make on 2021, where are the directions I will go, which roads I will take slower and which aspects I would like to focus on the most.

The GSE in 1/200 scale has not been as productive as I thought it would be unfortunately, this saddens me a little as I started the business with an 1/200 scale model that did do quite well.

This matter always leaves me wondering what the reasons may be, either too small and therefore too difficult to build, lack of availability of 1/200 airliner model kits and therefore having less market, maybe 1/200 diecast collectors would prefer to purchase a finished GSE rather than assembling it.

It is a bit difficult for me to find the reason, but it may be a little of everything. I also assume a big part of this as I think that I have not advertised those 1/200 models very much.

This is something I will think about for next year, maybe the 1/200 scale would be something to sell assembled and painted having in mind diecast collectors, but that would also represent facing possible damages on shipping and such as well as the time that will be required to assembly and paint each unit.

Definitely I wanted to equal the catalog to the 1/144 scale, but seeing the results of the 1/200 belt loader, I may slow down that way and produce these a bit more sparsely. I would still like to continue with them as I do enjoy the 1/200 scale, these are smaller models that can fit in most places. I just wish that Hasegawa kits were more available or accessible.


The 1/144 scale
is probably the scale I will focus on the most, it is actually the base for me.

Livery decals; a very very long project that has been in so many different situations, I am glad that they will come back next year, I am still finishing the artworks, it has been a very tedious work as I practically made the whole artwork new again, I really used very little from the first one, (basically dimensions/shapes) but yet the whole set will include more details, specially on the A320, so many details that you may be able to detail 2,5 A320’s combining different decals from the set (although the main elements will be designed for one A320/A320N/A321/A321N).

I hope to have them printed next year, first the A320 (A320, A321, A320N and A321N) and the A350 (A350-900, A350-1000). If things go well, I would very much like to go on with them and make decals for the B787 (B787-8/9/1000) and B777-200/300 and maybe B777F.

Airliner galleys and cargo holds: Making the galleys of the B787 has been a challenging experience, but more importantly, it has been my learning start point on this subject. I have been able to see things in a different perspective and at the same time this allowed me to fix issues that I had on a previous project, the B747-400F/-8F.

After the B787 cockpit/forward and center galleys, one of the first projects I will make next year is going to be the B787 rear galley so this way I can have the whole galley stations of this model prior moving to a different one.

The other galleys I plan to make are those of the A320/A321 and A350-900/1000, further galleys are those of the B737-800 and B777-300, but I am not sure yet if these last two will be a 2021 or 2022 project.

Regarding cargo holds; this is something I am very interested in making too, specially with all the cargo related elements and it is definitely going to be my “training” for the bigger project of the B747-400F/8F.

For this reason I will start with the B787 cargo holds which I may try to make prior the A320 and A350 galleys, again, as to have the “whole” interior of the B787 done. Chances are I will start them right away once I finish the rear galley.

Making the B787 cargo holds is something that I will be doing alongside the B747-400F/8F main deck set for which I will apply the methods of the previously learned experiences.

The B747-400F/8F will be started again for the third time, hopefully this time will be the right and last time. A quick reminder; this project will consist on several parts to make a fully opened B747 Freighter, meaning, nose door open, side door open, cargo bin doors open and thus detailed main deck as well as cargo holds. Attention to detail will be placed in several areas and even the aft bulk head will be created.

For the cockpit I am still considering what to do, but I may make it completely new as I did for the B787.

I will be providing a version for both the Revell and the Zvezda kits. Where I live, the Zvezda 747-8i model seems to be more available than the Revell 747-8F so I think it would be nice to make a freighter out of a passenger aircraft no matter which model kit manufacturer to use as a base.

GSE models: Before starting a new GSE project, I will be making the double sill for the cargo loader which could be purchased as an accessory, the bridge may require a design modification, so this double sill accessory would include this new bridge (adapted for the double sill), sills and photo etched handrails/ladder so that you can swap sills/platforms from the loader (note that the cargo loader instructions point this out during the assembly process, so you can leave unglued the two pins that go on the body pivot points).

The two center GSE projects for next year will be the catering truck, which I will base in the Mallaghan model and an hydrant fuel dispenser which at first, I will base on the Meteor version.

There will be “smaller” projects in between that I would also like to make; a towbar pushback tractor, a container transporter and some utility vehicles such as van (to do something more natural that can create a realistic scene). The van for example will be a “test” for me to make vehicles with doors open, this can be good for the hydrant truck or catering truck.

Figures: There will be new sets of figures, I would like to make crew of the B787 cockpit/galley, cargo operation figures (for the Commander FMC15i for example) and other different set of passengers, ramp workers (in general situations) and other variant of the baggage workers.

For the 1/72 scale I have a big curoisty as it is a scale that will allow for details to appear, such as nuts and bolts on the rims etc.

I am already starting the first tests with the GPU TLD414 and results are very positive, so I will be starting to produce this model in January 2021. It will be the first one in 1/72 and others will follow as well.

And of course, I save the biggest project of all for last, the B737 cockpit project. This is definitely the most hardest project I will take, although I put it here the latest one, this is a project that will be ongoing for the whole year, I will continue with it step by step, and although I may not have it finished by 2021, I expect to progress with it much more than I did in 2020.

A last thing I was forgetting… I would like to “tackle” a little bit the maintenance scenario, I was long ago inspired by many of the photos from the All Nippon Maintenence Center, so maintentance hangar stuff is something I would like to do; besides equipments such a ladders, I have always had the idea of doing something for the airliners, such as APU’s, engines opened etc, but that is a bit more technical and so I also will need time to learn and gather ideas.

Lots of projects and dreams for 2021, but I am sure that with dedication and passion, it will all be possible.

 

That is all for this year 2020 that we leave behind, hopefully 2021 can be the start for a better time, for sure I think that this situation has shown and put ourselves in perspective, we learn to treasure and appreciate more the little things, things as simple as go out for a walk.

I wish you all best of health and happiness, I see you all in 2021! Stay safe and stay optimistic!

Guillem

1/72 Preview – Release items info – Happy holidays

Dear all,

These last few weeks have been crazy. There has been a lot of work to have the items released on time and there have been also some obstacles that had to be overcomed.

Tomorrow Monday 21st I will be releasing the 787 galleys, both the cockpit/forward and the center galley as well as the 1/144 cargo loader. I have also been making units of other items, but due issues for getting more resin and basically having no more time for more, some items will remain in somewhat a low quantity for the moment. The time was tough because I really did not think how much time was going to be needed to make three new instructions, being the cargo loader ones the longest I ever done. Those two weeks that I spent doing tests with the other PE for the cargo loader really “killed” me here, as I would have prefered to have time to produce a bit more initial units and do them with more margin, but I had the objective to release these items before Christmas and that objective will be completed.

I should have ordered material some time ago thinking ahead that maybe the resin provider was going to be on a holiday, so I had to chose the resin from a different source and have been doing some tests (with good results so far) because even the color is very similar, every resin is different and thus settings for producing those parts must be modified. In any case, the resin I usually use will arrive soon so this won’t affect the next production.

As I mentioned, there is not going to be a lot of quantities at first, but it is a beginning because I plan to restock more units accordingly around mid January (although the work to prepare them will start earlier).

 

I will be shipping orders for the next weeks but I will be on a semi “holiday” for two as I will slow down a bit the pace but continue producing stock and at the same time try to have a bit of a rest during these “holidays”.

 

I wanted to dedicate a post on what are the plans for the projects of 2021, but I will leave that for the next entry which I expect to write next weekend, for the time being I wanted to share a couple photos of the work done with the 1/72 GPU TLD414 which is still in progress pending one part to fix, I aim to release it on January.

You can see it here in comparison with the 1/144 GPU.

That is all for now, work continues, but I hope to take the holidays and rest, organize things as well as try to advance a bit more with the livery decals.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Be safe wherever part of the world you are reading this from.

Best wishes,
Guillem

 

Cargo loader FMC15i finished – Release dates and info

Hi everyone,

I have finally finished the cargo loader and I am pleased to be sharing some photos of it. It has been quite a tedious work to do this, it all became more challenging once I decided for the bridge and platform to move up and down.

Naturally, this is a scale model with very small details, hence one must not be playing with it, the reason why I made the bridge and platform to move up and down was in order for the modeler to fit it from the smallest aircraft to the bigger widebodies.

The bridge can actually rise up more than what the real model actually does, however, there are several “stoppers” or “blockers” that I mentioned in my previous entry so that the modeler can adjust the bridge at the desired height, bearing in mind (as the instructions explain) that the max height should be 24mm.
These “blockers” where a need to avoid the bridge to fall down by its own weight, for the platform, there are also a kind of “stoppers” but that for this example, I did not need to use as the whole thing is quite “tight” and so the platform, thanks to the 0,7mm brass rod can hold its weight nicely.

 

 

The reason of this delay was caused by the photo etch, I have been trying and trying to make it using a 0,25mm brass sheet this time, but it was impossible to have successful results with it, so I ended up modifying the design by using the 0,12mm and double sided handrails, meaning that by bending one side with the other, you get a 0,24mm handrail which gives it a more realistic thickness. This is also good for me when producing, as I will be able to put all the photo etched parts on the same sheet.

The model in this example was weathered with oils, I wanted to use them to highlight some details such as the engine compartment hinges, and some panel lines.

The black horizontal and vertical thin lines on the bridge and platform are one of the several decals included in the set.

 

Some items that I would like to make regarding this cargo scenario are; figures and a container transporter. These two are going to be a release for next year, prior working on the next mid term project, the catering truck.
I am also planning to make a double scissor version so that the cargo loader can reach the bigger airplanes main cargo doors, as 2021 is also going to be the year I plan to hopefully have the B747 cargo set ready.

 

The instructions for this model are nearly completed, they had to be very precise as some steps were important to do right, therefore some extra time was dedicated to this.

 

The release date for this model is going to be December 21st, I wanted to have it earlier, but all the last minute complications made me push the release date a couple weeks later.

For the 21st I am also planning on having more items back in stock, for some I will prepare more units than others, but overall I hope to have all the items available. There will be more units of the stairs truck, worker figures as well as crew and passengers.

The objective is to release the 787 galleys on the same day, so the next couple weeks will be very intense in order to have things ready.

 

I did not want to finish this entry without mentioning and thanking my friend Michael who has been incredibly kind to help me do this model as accurate as possible. He took hundreds of photos of the real thing for me as well as specific measurements that really helped me a lot to create this, for instance, the size of the scissors bars is the same as the real model reduced to 1/144 scale.

The small size of the model in this 1/144 scale has limited a lot the quantity of details I wanted to include, however, the 3D model was recreated as detailed as possible thanks to the reference photos, so this will allow for a more detailed 1/72 version that will be done in the future.

 

That is all for now! I hope to be able to update the blog with more news on regards the current production of these models, but as I mentioned, the release date is set to December 21st.

Take care everyone!
Best wishes,
Guillem

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