The new towbar pushback trucks, the towbars and the catering model are now back in stock. Work continues with the second group for restocking which will be the AST-1 pushback, the FMC15i cargo loader, stairs truck TLD ABS 1740 and belt loader TUG 660.
I will also continue with the ongoing projects. I would like to share the latest process with the B787-9 cargo holds this weekend as well as the work I started back in summer with the B787-9 galleys for my personal project and thus make the first entry of this build.
Today I may not bring a lot of news but I am glad to say that most of the issues I had a couple weeks ago are practically solved.
Currently I am doing the last preparations for the restocking of the new towbar trucks, towbars and catering trucks which will be available again next Friday.
I had to take some days to remake/adjust a few aspects of the new towbar trucks in the process of solving these issues I mentioned in my previous entry.
I have been progressing forward with the 1/144 antennae pack, which at first, it was something “straightforward” to do, but I must admit some of them will be quite small, I will see if I can have them resin made as I initially thought, so far the sizes I believe are possible to make.
I have also started (I forgot how many times already) the B747-8F/-400F project. By starting I meant studying the steps that will need to be done as this won’t be an easy task, the most difficult as always is, make things so that a set can be made out of it and be built again, as opposed to work on the fuselage for just a single project, fittings and positioning must be taken into account.
I am also doing the roadmap for the 1/12 B737 cabin now that I have the basic shape of the main instrument panel. This project will be a continuous project for this year.
Having to overcome the latest issues I had, prevented me from pushing forward these two projects, but little by little things are getting in place.
There are some other things I am also working on, but that don’t have a specific release time, sharklets and winglets are in this category, but I am glad to say that the B747-400 winglets are very much advanced.
Today I was able to do a first test fitting with the ceilings I previously made for the B787-9 cargo holds and I am afraid to say that I am not quite happy with them, so I will rework them and make them again, it won’t take too long as it is a relatively simple part to make.
Once the ceilings are done, manufacturing of these cargo holds will begin. Decals have already been made, there will be different markings, STA positions, pallet numbers etc. Once the manufacturing process starts, I will make the first ones as a finished version in order to share the finished product and to have them made for my hopefully someday-to-start B787-9 KLM project.
Before I finish this entry, I would like to present to you a couple more new galleries from two more friends; Felipe from Colombia and Walter from Austria. Truly beautiful models they have made, I personally know that for Felipe, the B767F is probably very special to him, the modeler who built it is Zamir Sotelo and I can imagine how much work was involved to open the side cargo door on that Zvezda kit.
Walter’s diorama is wonderful, such a nice representation with the characteristic yellow GSE from Vienna Airport, of course and an absolutely brilliant paint job on those figures. As he said, it is not a “fixed” diorama but a base to take photos, as it happens to me as well. I do not permanently glue the models as everytime I finish a model, I make use of the same ramp base and thus I change the position of the GSE unless it is a specific scene of a certain airline. The A320 is from Zvezda with Nazca and Authentic Airliner decals.
As always, I am at your disposal if anyone wishes to add their GSE/ramp galleries on my blog. It makes me very very happy to see those GSE models around the world, it makes all the efforts worth it.
The next entry will probably be on Friday, and as I always say, work continues, so hopefully I can share some photos of the projects with you soon.
During the last few days I have been chasing a ghost and I’ve been able to track him down, let me explain.
Lately, I guess since the last update on the equipment, I have been having a lot of issues printing certain parts. As you can imagine, the parts to be printed require a structure from the bottom so that they can build up layer by layer. I had issues of certain parts of the model with supports not attaching to the actual base of the part, you can see an example below:
These are the catering truck interiors for the Mercedes cabin. On example 1, you can see two of the supports snapped right where the body part starts. On the example 2, the supports did not pass through the height of the body part, only one portion in the center did. The third example was a total disaster with supports barely reaching up to the body and thus not being a support “column” for the part (even so, it came out quite well).
I was suspecting this since some days ago, it appeared that everything failed when there was a crossing with the main part designed.
Upon inspecting the resulting file in the slicer, nothing weird was to be seen, everything seemed perfect, the model was also seen perfectly within the 3D software, so there was something invisible messing with the parts.
I have been using newer software to see if preparing the parts for printing with that software could solve the issues, but to my surprise, the software itself showed me that there were structural issues and holes within those parts even though they were not visible to the eye.
To sum up, a combination of both, primitive 3D software and my not-so-accurate skills while designing those parts in an ancient software, lead to several problems that only happened recently and on specific parts, I guess due the firmware update which may have made this problem more sensitive.
I am lucky in a way to have made the move to a CAD based software, so a lot of the functions I was doing are now prepared, effective and quicker.
The models that have been affected by this were the pushback trucks and the catering truck. This issue only appeared in the cabins and not always, since some files printed fine, others did not, hence my guess about the temperatures as well. I have been able to solve it by making a new cabin for the F59. These corrections mean that a clone of the cabin is done, but this time it is done in the new software and without the invisible structural errors. I will see what are the next ones that will require this fix, for the moment I also remade the F396 cabin just to be sure as it also displayed several structural errors in the initial file.
This should not affect the restocking because the root of the problem was found and it was quite difficult because it was a problem that was invisible, but I am glad that I finally found it.
This leads me to give a restocking date of January 28th 2022 for the following items:
F59 towbar pushback truck.
F110 towbar pushback truck.
F210 towbar pushback truck.
Catering truck Mallaghan CT6000.
Right now I have about half of the units I wanted completed for the towbars, around 10 each and would try to increase the quantities during the next two weeks.
The catering currently is at about 14 units, but will try to make a few more.
That is all for now, unfortunately all those sudden issues made things slower for me to release the B787-9 cargo holds and the F396 pushback as I predicted for the end of the month, it may take me a little longer but both items are certainly on their final stages, as I am doing a final test fitting with the cargo hold ceilings and ultimating the parts of the F396.
I will try to show some other stuff during this weekend or next week, which hopefully will be a little bit more interesting than the present update.