FMC15i double scissor done, restocking info

Hello everyone,

I have finally managed to finish the double sill for the Commander FMC15i model, this variant is officially known as “Universal”.

 

This “Universal” variant will allow for the loader to reach main decks; A330F, B777F, B747F etc.

You may wonder why it is taking so much time to restock the cargo loader, here are some things that have been done:

The initial units have been made, most is packaged, however, this model has gone through some changes specially for me to speed up a little bit the packaging process. When you receive an item and see its contents, you can imagine and multiply those parts by 10 or 15 which are the units I usually make, so for this reason, there are some parts of the model that will be produced differently:

The pivoting pins: Those were made with brass, cutting 8 3mm portions for each model kit was becoming a problem due the material itself. So far I already wasted four cutting blades, and yet not without problems with a bur in one of the ends of the rod which made it harder to fit inside the holes.

My decision was to change this material for a plastic rod, we are talking about a 0,75mm rod, so the modeler would be able to cut clean without any problem 3mm rod sections for the different pivoting points.
Concerned about the strength? There is virtually no difference on the model whatsover, because the force is hold by the different cross bars and blockers, these themselves hold on each other together with the body to keep the unit tight. The 3mm long plastic rods are basically fixed to the outter scissor or support so that the inner scissor can rotate at that point. So it is positive to have these rods with plastic as they allow for a better bonding with the resin as well as allow easier sanding if needed.

I will however, include the rod under the main bridge platform (the one that goes perpendicular to the crossbars) in brass material because there is more of an structural element there.

This change of rods became a problem with the FMC15i body and its joining points inside it, since the holes had to be designed just a bit larger, so several modifications where needed and the body was reprinted again.

More modifications; both the platform and brdige will come with their correspondent bases. That means, modeler will need to cut the platform off the base, a task very easy to do, but if we consider that I had to do this for 32 bridges and platforms, it was more time added to the list.

Another reason for this is because the “Universal” bridge is different than the “Standard” one only from below, in the sense that the pivot points underneath the bridge were displaced to adapt to the double scissors. Also, a “Wide” variant has been made, so it is nice to have these bridges with their bases as they have the correspondent names on it so you can easily see which bridge is what.

A bit of time will be required to cast in polyurethane resin these new bridges and platform.

 

Next, the making of the units for the stairs truck and the tow tractor TLD JST-25 has been started, I am going to be producing units eventually and have them fully packaged. Worker figures (all variants), chocks and cones will be restablished (they are already made).

 

The tow tractor TLD JST-25 with cab will be modified, I will try the clear resin + window maskings for the cab, so this will become an accessory for the JST-25 meaning that the “Cab” version will be discontinued but that the cab + masking + driving mirrors would be an accessory available separately.

This will allow for customization within the product page, as with the loader, it will be available as “Standard”, “Universal”, “Wide” or “Universal wide” versions. I will however, set as independant product those new bridges in case you wish to change it for your current models. So only the bridge, scissors and pins will be included, yet I am thinking if PE should be included or not. Maybe a smaller version of the current PE set will be made with only the pin covers and handrails.

 

As you can see, a lot is being done, it is not easy to work with things that move in the case of the scissors for the loader, so some trials and error are necessary. I may need two more weeks to have all of this done, so I will start to set release dates on the product pages during this week.

 

The B787 rear galley is currently being redone, the most difficult point has been addressed, so I hope to have the rear shell done soon. Detail parts and L4/R4 doors will be next work to do.

I am also planning on making a Youtube channel, I would very much like to display the models as they are not “flat” as seen in the photos, so that may help you see how these would look like as if they were in front of you.
I will also use the channel for building guides, I am not a Youtuber nor pretend to gain anything from it but just to share how do I assembly those GSE kits in order to be a complement to the current included instructions.

That is all for this week, work continues, the cargo loader as well as most of the other GSE models will be available within a couple of weeks.

Best wishes,
Guillem

Progress and thoughts

Hello everyone,

It has been some time I haven’t updated the blog, so I wanted to write a few words regarding the restocking process and to share some thoughts that I had in the last few days.

I am currently in the process of production for the 1/144 Commander Cargo loader FMC15i. The first parts are being baggaged, although the photo etched parts are yet to be produced. I am aware that this takes quite some time to complete, so far, this loader is the item that requires most time, parts of it are created with different methods in order to have a better kit, I am currently at about 70% completion.

Items are being out of stock at the store, so I am also working on the production of those.

These days have been and are very busy, I not only focus on production, but I am also trying to achieve a higher chance of success in the resin and photo etch processes, as not always these come out right, I have been doing some tests and found a good balance finally, temperatures really impact very much on the making of the resin parts.

Some good news and bad news; bad news is that I had to take a step back on the B787 rear galley and the double scissors for the FMC15i. I was not totally satisfied with the result, so I am modifying these elements, untortunately I may not have them done by the next restocking. The positive side of this is that in the case of the B787 rear galley, the modification to do is minimal and on the double scissors, they have been made again and I am going to test them soon.

The good news is, the new equipment that I incorporated in the production is working very well, I was very surprised as basically, not much adjustments were needed, however, because of the file formats are different, all the work that I have done so far had to be resaved and converted, a few files were presenting issues but are being fixed now. Once this is ready, I will be able to restock in more quantities.

The other good news, now that I am able to create my own masking templates, a whole lot of useful ideas came to mind that will greatly allow me to make some projects that at that time were unreachable for me to make.
Being able to make masking templates means that I will be able to make crystal clear cabins. This means that there is not going to be a need for acetate windshields, but instead, the whole tractor cabin or catering truck cabin will be crystal transparent an thus the included maskings will protect the windshields in the painting process and allow for a better finish (similar as the clear cockpit windshields in the model kits). I cannot give much more details on this, but I am defenitely going to try it for the next project (catering truck).

These are  a lot of mix of emotions these days, I feel things are growing and I am currently changing aspects of how and where do I save the parts, preparation of materials etc. As more and more items are being produced, I must have things better organized and available.
Of course this mixes with the emotions for what I see on TV about the Covid-19 which is a problem that it seems is getting worse and worse. I do not know how 2021 will go, but I prefer to think about all the ideas and projects that I hope to start very soon and have in the back of my mind the idea that better times will come.

Wish you all a happy weekend and please, stay safe.
Guillem

 

B787-8 / B787-9 rear galley progress – moving forward

Hello everyone,

Today I am sharing a couple photos of the progress done so far with the rear galley for the B787. I wanted to share this earlier but it took me more time than I thought.

This time I will be making three different versions of the front module for this rear galley. As I have seen in several photos, there are different configurations; some have no flight attendant seats at all and toilet doors instead (like the one here pictured) other version has a single FA seat in the middle and the two toilet doors at the sides, and the third configuration has 3 FA sets, one at the center and one at each side.

I believe that the -9 version is the one that should have the 3 seats due the higher number of passengers, it is obvious that there are also a few more FA in the aircraft. This is a bit difficult for me to clarify because it is hard to know where the photo was taken from, and even so, each airline may have their own customization for their aircraft interiors.

Work continues with this as I have to make the doors and design the photo etch, but so far so good, fitting tests are also done.

These days I have been doing some other tests that are related to the painting of the models and I felt that I always needed maskings for the windows if I wanted to use the clear plastic parts. I can still remember how painful it was to use the liquid mask for the A350 model build I did some time ago, being it so little quantity to add, it became a bit transulcent thus not knowing exactly where the mask was and if it was enough, later it was quite difficult to fully remove it.

Although I know there may be some masking sets out there, I decided to give a shot and try to make my own, so far I have done some tests with the A350 windows and the overall result is in my opinion very good, in the sense that the cut is sharp and the paper is of very good quality.

 

My idea is to continue working with this, and if results are successful, then I may be releasing them for everyone else whom like me, would like to use the clear plastic windows but that find it difficult later to paint the model, this has been in some cases, the reason why I opted to use decals for the windows. It may also be useful for covering the rims to paint the tires so these are other elements I may include in the mask.

 

Another progress is being done with the livery decals, the artwork is on its final stage and I am doing the last retouching and checks. The artwork will be done and printed but I will also have more work ahead as I plan to change a bit the instruction illustrations.

 

Restocking of the models will go according to plan as the material arrived delayed only for a couple days, so production has been restarted and the goal to have the Commander FMC15i back in stock at the end of the month is still as planned. I would like to restock other items such as the 787 forward galley set, so I will be putting those items back in stock progressively.
Work continues with the double scissors for the FMC15i, it may be a bit more difficult than I first thought, but nonetheless, the project is pretty advanced and I expect to start the first tests very soon.

That is all for now.
Stay in good health and stay safe everyone,
Guillem

1/72 GPU TLD414 completed – Storm Filomena

Hello all,

I wanted to share a small update on the 1/72 GPU TLD414.
After several issues, I managed to finish all its parts, so I expect to release this model next month.

 

This is a comparison with a couple of 1/144 scale models.

 

The B787 rear galley is on its final stage so I am going to write another update within a couple days.

Although all orders are now being processed and shipped without any issues, you may have heard on the news about Storm Filomena. A big part of Spain is covered in snow and the different services are working to open routes; roads, train, even the airport which has been closed and expect to be opened again soon.

This is going to affect me to receive mateial once again (which I ordered prior this big snow), this delay is due the problems in the transit caused by this snowy storm. There is not much I can do, as I received an email today notifying me about the possible delay on my shipment, re stocking will have to wait a bit more.

I will, however, continue preparing things, working on other areas, as you know these items require quite a lot of materials and steps so I will continue working with them.

There are several items that require re stocking at the store, so I will be working on those progressively, at the same time my goal is to release the rear B787 galley together with the restocking of the forward/cockpit. For the FMC15i I expect to have made the new double scissors which I want to have available at the same time of the loader restocking. Date still stands (end of January) but it will all depend on this storm and if I can get the material on time.

 

I will be sharing another update of the B787 rear galley very soon.

Everyone take good care and stay safe,
Guillem

Bumpy start of the year

Hello everyone,

I trust you had a pleasant start of the year, still obviously and unfortunately dealing with the situation of the Covid-19, which I hope that will improve in this new year.

So far for me things have been not very smooth, I have and still have some minor issues that I need to address. Nothing impossible but it will take me a little while, hence why I advertised at the webshop that all orders placed today onwards will be shipped from the 15th (Update: All fixed now, shipping as always). I need those extra key days to solve and prepare some things.

It has been some quite stressful weeks, not much time for holidays, but I think everything is progressing very well and I need to adapt myself to the increase of items in the catalogue, that means have things better prepared and think bigger.

A  couple things that I would like to mention is the recent increase in the shipping rates, although it is a slight increase, I feel that I need to say this somehow in case you see a difference from last year. This is something I do not wish, of course, however, the postal services increased the rates as they said “they have improved their services”, I will not argue with that, and I am sure that this is not the only thing that increases every time we enter a new year.
Still for me the main problem while shipping orders are the long queues I have to do in the street, so even they have improved their postal services, the situation is that the post offices are very busy and probably would need more workers.

Now that holidays are over, I hope that people will slow down a bit and have more time for work.

I wanted to avoid mentioning the Brexit as this blog is about scale models, but I have to say that according to what I saw, UK still has the same shipping costs as the rest of the EU, however, custom declarations will be required for me to fill in as any other International shipment outside EU.

This situation is probably something that may affect me in some ways as I use two materials from the UK, I am not sure price of those will increase or if the distributor in Spain will continue ordering those, one thing I know for sure is that if I order those myself, I will probably need to pay 21% TAX over the total+shipping and 20 Euro fee for paperwork. This is a bit vague at the moment, but I need to stay tuned and see if obtaining that material won’t be an issue.

No matter what happens with this, I will not be modifying item prices unless it is for a sale price as it happened with the LD3 container dollies.

 

Work with the B787 rear galley has started as well as with the cargo loader double scissor. I hope to get back on track after the recent events and continue working on these projects.

Thank you all for reading and hope to share something more interesting next time.
Best wishes,
Guillem

 

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