Changes

Dear all,

In this entry I will be writing about something that I felt I needed to mention.

As you probably know, restocking is something that always takes me a very long time, it is often the case that a model becomes out of stock and it takes weeks for me to get it back in stock, this is not because I am not working on it, but for the reason I will explain below.

I have been taking some considerations and I reached a point where I could not be spending hours and hours cutting hundreds and hundreds of tiny parts cause I felt I was in a way doing something that a modeler should be doing instead and that no kit or manufacturer ever does, which is provide all the parts cut off their base. Can you imagine Revell or Zvezda or any other plastic kit manufacturer for that matter, cutting all the parts from their plastic burrs and baggaging them pre sanded and ready? It would take a lot of effort that I can actually invest in other matters such as Photo etching which I finally was able to fix.

I have done some tests with the cockpit and galley parts as you can see from these photos:

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This is not much different than what I used to do long ago, and in my opinion it presents more positive points than cons.

  • Customer won’t have to be worried to open a bag and have lots of tiny pieces lying around to pick a specific one.
  • Now, thanks to the base, I can add numbers below each part to make things easier to understand in the instructions.
  • Instructions will have a specific step that will show where the cut to remove the part off the base needs to be done at (even though this is quite self explantory).
  • Having the parts in their bases makes it for a more tidy presentation, modeler can cut the part that need to be used whilst leaving the others on the base.
  • Level of detail is still the same as the previous parts.
  • For some specific parts, the painting may be done easier as they are already on a base.
  • I still include spares knowing that some parts may be quite small.

The only con that comes to mind is the extra need of material, which in my opinion, is well worth it.

Here is another example with most of the AST-1 Towbarless pushback truck parts:

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In my previous entry I was mentionig that I was not sure to do this with the GSE models, but seeing the results, I will certainly be doing these modifications to the following models:

  • Towbarless pushback AST-1F 600
  • Belt Loader TUG660
  • Ground Power Unit Houchin C690
  • Ground Power Unit TLD414
  • Tow tractor TLD JST-25
  • Stairs truck  TLD ABS1740
  • Cargo loader Commander FMC15i (and all its double scissor extra parts).

Some parts will still be provided as they were before, such as the cabins, main bodies (in the case of Belt loader, JST-25, cargo loader, stairs truck).

All in all, the best advantage of this is for me to prepare these more readily and have them available more often, have time to work on other areas such as each PE, as well as have more time to work on current projects.

 

This process will take me some time but I am already completing the first batch of B787 galleys (all sections). So my objective is to update all those parts and have the items (all of them) ready simultaneously and therefore start this cycle with everything in stock.

I hope that you guys agree with me that this is a more plausible way to provide those parts, to cut off the base those parts, a small cut is all it’s needed, but this saves me many hours that I can use to produce other parts of the kit and also to have these items in stock more often, which is important for me to keep this thing moving.

On a last note, the A320/A321 (and neos) as well as the A350-900/A350-1000 silk screen decals have arrived home and will say only one thing; they look gorgeous.
I won’t be giving more info until I have everything ready (laser parts as well as the new instructions which will be presented as an A4 sheet, no bends).

 

Work continues to adjust all those parts but work also continues with the ongoing projects.

Wish you all are safe and sound, please take care,
Guillem

 

Depressing times but with hopes – Info and updates

Hello everyone,

I thought to give an update over the weekend, but I am not sure I could have the chance, so I am writing this entry to give some info on the status of the current projects.

These have been difficult days, change of seasons are often an issue for some people, thus I am not much in the mood for many things, but I have to go on with my work which at the same time helps to keep my mind on track.

Today I will be writing about the airline decals, the B747-8F project, the B787-9 cargo holds, catering truck and some changes that I will make in the store as well as in my schedule.

The airline decals, or perhaps better said; the detail part of the airline decals was printed and I am awaiting for them to arrive. I mentioned long ago that I would make public who is behind those silk screening prints, but at the moment, I will keep this to myself, I am not obligated to anyway, so simply a silk screen work which I am sure will be of very good quality, I may mention the manufacturer once I have these decals with me.

That is only one portion of the whole thing, these airline decals are something that requires a lot of time, adding many details results in not having much space for more, so everything from there increases the costs to produce, as these silk screen decals have 3 special colors that also increased the cost, because I did not want to use black and standard red for those small details, too much contrast in my opinion, but that is just my taste that some may or may not agree with, everyone has thier valid opinion.

The detail sheet for the A320/A321 and their Neo versions (altogether) is a bit more than half an A4 sheet, so I have had to arrange what was gonna be printed silk screen, what is printed black and what is printed “photo real”, then of course the livery itself.

There is still a lot to do, new instructions are being made, which I hope to improve over the last ones with more detailed information and with help regarding the colors to paint the model.
That is all I can say for now about these decals. I may comment further but regarding the passenger windows, which is something that the model companies should really improve, basically spacing and sizing.

The B747-8F project will move forward soon, this is the third kit that I had to use and I hope it is going to be the last one (at least for work). Revell does not seem to keep much stock of the freighter models, so I also want to make a conversion for their passenger kit as well as for the Zvezda model, meaning you will be able to transform either in the full opened main deck and cargo holds detailing.

The reason for the B747-8F (later, 400F) to advance is that the B787-9 cargo holds are progressing as desired, I have no photos of it just yet, but I expect to update the blog at the beginning of next week with some more information and share the basic structure.

Regarding the changes that will occur at the store, it is basically about restocking times.
I really hope that you can understand that cutting, preparing and packaging hundreds and hundreds of tiny parts is a very time consuming task. So there is going to be a day of restocking each month, I may do restocking at the end of the month or at the 1st of the month.

This is very positive for me because it allows me to have the time to restock each individual item simultaneously, so that the customer can have a better chance to find the desired items all available.
Naturally, it may be possible for a certain month to not to have enough time to make units of a specific item, in such case, it will be restocked on the next month, this will be easier for me instead of setting restocking dates differently for each model.

This is an example image about how I have to organize every part of the B787 galleys prior packaging, this is only a part of the whole kit, for 12 galley sets, parts of about 2 to 3 mm in size:

This will be changed, and I may already be doing it right away with this new rear galley and have it done as well for the forward/center sets.

It is something I can specifically do for the galleys, so basically these parts will be standing on a base and will be ready to cut off by the modeler, this will save times for me which can be focused on preparing more units and/or work on other items/ongoing projects. This is not being lazy but practical, naturally as always with these galley sets, spares are going to be included.

It will resemble the traditional way to arrange the resin parts on a base as any other resin kit do.

This is something I prefer to not to do for the GSE models, as they have more complex parts and it would be risky and difficult to remove those parts off a base by oneself, if I do it and break it in the process, I can easily replace it.

Another change I will make is basically in my schedule, this is not something of much interest for others, but instead of working on the projects during the weekends, I will spare some time for me to make video reviews of building process about the GSE models (currently working on the Commander FMC15i) that will be later uploaded at Youtube as well as trying to build some airliner models for my own leisure and motivation, making a B787 build with the galleys and cargo holds is something I wanted to do for a long time now and as a human being I guess I also deserve some time to rest on the weekends even though the work done then will still be somehow work, but I guess a bit more fun.

 

Lastly, a quick screenshot of the progress with the catering truck, featuring the Mercedes Atego cabin. Note that an american version will follow and I want to have it by the time of release.


One thing that has to be said is that the 3D for printing requires some things that the rendering graphics don’t, a render of a 3D model may be used for a realistic purpose, and while the GSE scale model must also be realistic, its 3D model need to have some details just a bit bigger or done differently for them to print properly, this is usually needed on panel lines, they sometimes need to be thicker in the 3D design to look realistic on the model.
The cabin above in 1/144 scale will be around 15mm tall and 15mm wide, presented with full clear high quality anti UV resin as well as maskings provided.

The delay on the restocking of some models and the release of the B787 rear galley as well as the 1/72 Houchin GPU is due the issues I am finally resolving with the material needed for the PE. Finally I found an alternative that works, and I also have changed some things on the process, so I hope to get back on track about it soon.

That is all for now, there is a lot of work going on, enough for me to keep my mind positive even though it is hard to do so these days.
Take good care everybody,
Guillem

B787 rear galley preview – more info

Hello everyone,

The B787-8 / 787-9 rear galley is finally on its very final stage. The only remaining aspect to make are the decals layout.
The rear shell as well as its parts; doors, latches, handles, seats, PA etc are done. Because it would increase the cost of producing this, I decided to provide the forward module as seen in the picture, with the two toilet doors at each side, but provide up to 5 FA seats so that you can modify the module to decide which version to make, there will be more info on how to make those modifications (if you like) which mainly will be sand down / apply putty to cover the lines and make it a flat panel to allocate the FA seat. Two FA seats are always located at the rear module of the galley.

 

The blog has been silent for a little bit of time but that does not mean work has been stopped.

The B787-9 cargo holds have been started, later, a 787-8 version will be made as you know, the 787-8 is shorter than the 787-9.

The catering truck is also progressing forward, upon finishing the cabin, work is currently being done on the cabin interior and soon with the drive gear prior starting with the chassis.

Also, new units of items are being produced of which these will be added to the store at the end of the week:

1/144 LD3 Trolleys.

1/144 Baggage cart “closed type”.

1/144 Baggage cart “open type”.

Production of the next items has been started and will be available at the end of the month:

1/144 B787 forward galley/cockpit (in advanced preparations).

1/144 B787 center galley (in advanced preparations).

1/144 B787 rear galley (in advanced preparations).

1/144 Towbarless pushback AST-1 F 600

1/144 Cargo loader Commander FMC15i.

1/144 Medium / short haul flight crew figures.

 

I am trying to make sure to have all the GSE items as available as possible, so I will also be restocking the 1/144 GPU Houchin C690 soon.
Additionally, I am working on the first Youtube video which is going to be about the Commander FMC15i loader model and a build progress of it.

Still, I am fighting with the PE process thanks to the Brexit, which has basically left me without raw material to produce them as I haven’t had news from the distributor since the last two months. I am therefore at the moment looking for different options which I am sure will work as well.

That is all for now, wish everyone can be safe and sound.
Guillem