Decals – First test passed

Hello everyone,

November the 1st, we are entering into winter and this allows for a better work with the resin, although I really need to get a new mask to protect myself well from all the chemicals I handle, specially due the photo etched process.

I finally have been able to do a proper decal print, I call it a test but it is actually a valid decal. So far I did first tests with the galley decals because I knew I needed to adjust a few lines and redesign the whites in order for them to be printed properly on the new printer.

The next step is to fix the artwork for the A350 and actually test these decals on the model. I am pleased with the results, and although decals going on color surfaces other than white will requiere of the white decal underlayer first, I am sure it won’t be a big problem since most airliners are white.

This decal carrier is thinner than those from the previous decals, but yet resistant, so these will adapt very well. The fact that the white will be a separate layer does not mean it won’t be opaque, it is still opaque as before and I will do some test prints on black surfaces to truly see the result.

I am really looking forward to fix all the artworks that so much time took me to create, the sucess printing those decals has given me more courage to keep designing more liveries in the near future.

Note that white is actually more visible than in the photo
Note that white is actually more visible than in the photo

As for the other items in the store, I am currently making more units of:

  • A320 Neo engines
  • A320 galleys and cargo holds
  • Catering truck
  • Cargo loader
  • Pushback AST-1

Set the goal to have available the first 4 from the list at around next Wednesday.

 

I also wanted to apology if anybody has contacted me recently and I haven’t given a response back. I found out today (thanks to Frank) that the contact form module needed an update and thus I wasn’t able to receive messages for some time, I ask to those who haven’t received a response from me to please try again as I have updated the form and it seems to be working now.

Thank you all for your time, interest and patience!

Best wishes,
Guillem

The importance of colors

Hello all,

Finally, finally I have been able to do sucessful test prints for the decals, I did prints with color and with white. Naturally it is impossible to match such small details in two print passes to have white underneath the color, usually a 0,5mm marging can be left, but some details are even smaller than 0,5mm. Despite that, white layer will be included for any specific decal color for which surface on the model isn’t white. Being the thickness of the decal carrier 7 microns, it won’t be an issue having it underneath. I have been told of the several Russian artists who also use this method.

This will represent in a modification needed for all the artworks I’ve done so far, as well as do some further tests for very small decals as I am still checking the settings for best results.

There is one thing that I would like to comment and that is the color of the decal once printed. Naturally, since the backing paper is light blue, decals tend to have a bluish color, but that won’t be the case once placed over white.
For that reason I have printed an extensive color swatch with many tonalities and CMYK color codes so that I am sure that the decals match the real color that I see on the color swatch.

I will not guide myself for the colors I see on the screen as these widely vary from monitor to monitor, instead, I will be selecting codes for what I consider a closest match to the real aircraft colors.

Here is a quick example:

I slided the decal to the right, you can see that from left to right, there is the backing paper, in the middle is the color as seen once printed over the blue backing paper and on the right, the true real color once placed on a white surface, both colors are the exact same decal.
Tonalities can change a lot, so do not be alarmed  if the decal colors doesn’t seem right on the blue paper, they will once over white.

Last test on colors was to actually place the decal of the white surface next to the printed color swatch (printed with the same printer) and tone of the decal is 100% the same as in the color swatch, ths will allow me for a better selection of colors while creating artworks.

So far I am pleased with the results, it was about time I could have some… now I will need to rework the decals I have designed so far.

 

This weekend I may not be able to upload any progress on the two current projects, reason being that I won’t be able to work on these. During this week I have started to prepare more units of the catering and the cargo loader, unfortunately one of the cargo loader molds broke, therefore I need to redo this mold and will also make new ones for the rest of the set.
After having made new molds for the LD3 trolleys, Neo engines, and carts A, I need to reorganize the material and put the molds in a proper place. My space is limited so keeping things in order is a very important aspect.

Will keep working on the projects as soon as I have these things fixed.

Best wishes,
Guillem

747-8F / 747-400F – Working with the deck (4)

Hello all,

This weekend I have been able to advance a little bit more with the deck of the 747 cargo project.
There is still a lot to include on the cargo deck, I am advancing from the front to the rear and I am now reaching the side cargo door platform which will have some different details than the ones repeated on the long deck.
So far I am using small stripes of plastic, but I will add more detail to them as they are now just flat. There is still some progress to do on this cargo deck, but the fuselage is ready to hold it on the inside, once the deck is finished, I will work on the interior panels.
I am not forgetting the cargo holds which I would also like to represent. On my next update I wish to have added the side cargo door platform and some more small parts.

 

Finally I have the materials needed to thoroughly continue with more decal print tests, there is going to be a lot of work to adapt the artworks made so far in order to be printed with my current tools, I am also planning to make a quick out of box build in order to test these decals and give a proper review. I have found nothing but rocks on my way to be able to print decals, but now I am able to do these tests that are a must, so from this point onwards I will be working on the artworks and with hopes to continue designing new ones soon.

Best wishes,
Guillem

B737NG 1/12 scale cockpit – joining the MIP/FMC pedestal/sidewalls

Hello everybody,

Before the storm and rain that weather reports seems to indicate, I would like to give a small but still a step on the progress of the 1/12 B737NG cockpit project.

I am currently working on how the joint of three basic elements will work. There is the main instrument panel that will be attached to the FMC pedestal, and on both sides the two sidewalls.

This process is a little complicated because I cannot glue these three sections due casting purposes. I have placed the MIP at 75 degrees on respect the horizontal, unlike the 15 degrees that most references indicate, taking the angle from the vertical. I found it easier to find the angle on flat (horizontal) than vertical.

I have worked on the lower section of the MIP in order to find the best attachment possible to the FMC pedestal, thus at the moment the MIP has a small structure on the back with the angle that is currently holding it on position, the lower section of the MIP also aids for placement.

Joining the sidewalls will be more complex, I have to prepare well the unions specially with the latest creation of the lower section of the MIP.

Reaching this point I think it will be very important to have a floor, marking where everything goes and temporaly fitting the structures there will help to work on the joining of these structures.
So far there is no detail yet on these structures, I still have to put the different screws on the FMC pedestal etc, so I am basically working on the main shape of the cockpit.

Project will be on pause as next week I will be working on the B747 cargo set, so I am hoping to follow the schedule and work each different week with each project.

During this past week I have been very busy finishing the molds of several GSE items and I have been testing them out, therefore I will be able to restock some of these items by the end of the next week.
I also want to give a little update on the decals. Having solved the problems with the printer, now another one came that the company is currently solving as I am waiting for a replacement toner at the moment. Once I am able to finally test the decals thoroughly, I will be doing the modifications needed in every single artwork created so far, so it will be a little bit tedious and time consuming but I am looking forward to it.

Hopefully everybody is alright and getting ready for the cold of the winter those that had a terrible hot summer.
Keep you all safe please.

Best wishes,
Guillem

Renewing molds and getting back to the B737 cockpit

Hello guys,

Today unfortunately I do not bring updates one the B737 cockpit project as I wished, reason being that I have been doing lots of new molds to renew them in order to keep the detail on the resin parts. Although I keep the molds as healthy as possible, there is always a moment where the result isn’t as crisp as the original and thus molds need to be renewed, I do that much earlier in order to not to cast any part with detail loss.

Although I did not work directly on the cockpit, I spent some time to get myself back to where I left the project, as it happens in such complex situations, I needed to realize what was going to be made next, what step, what area…
Since this is a big project, I will work on areas, however I feel that it is time to set what is going to be the main structure of the cockpit, prepare the base and prepare the union of the main instrument panel, glareshield and sidewalls. That will definitely be one of the most important steps so I am writing a list of things to be done in order to achieve this.

I haven’t been able to update the project during the weekend but I expect to do so during the next week in order to compensate the time spent in the  last days making the new molds.

Until then.
Best wishes,
Guillem

747-8F / 747-400F – Working with the deck (3)

Hello all,

I have been able to start the work on the cargo deck. At first I thought to leave the deck floor flat with just the engraving but then I thought to give a bit more volume and add all the several rails.

I would like to mention that all these are not placed randomly, they follow the same structure as the B747-8F deck. I was able to gather lots of reference photos so I am trying to reproduce everything I see.

It has been quite difficult to make a joining structure on the inside of the fuselage in order to place the entire deck, but currently it fits well. I had to fine tune and sand down the width to make sure both fuselage halves close properly. In the photos you may see a small gap between both fuselage halves and that is because they are not glued yet, both halves can be closed properly without the deck causing any issue.

The structure under the deck in the nose area will be very important as it will help the deck to be placed properly and will be an area with several details. This area can be seen in the last photo as a darkened area.

The rails have a thickness of 0,6mm which would be translated into approximately 84,6mm in the real aircraft. I think that 8cm would be a close match with the actual railing heights.
Since the engravings and details of the deck/rails are quite small, I was at first thinking to create decals for the anti skid sections only (refer to the black rectangles on the previous project entry), however, I may also be making decals for the rails to highlight their details. It would be a challenge to decal though, due the dimension of these small rails, but I may give it a try.
However, I also keep in mind the 100+ small sections going across the deck, so perhaps a painting technique such as the dry brush would also give a good result instead of adding 100+ tiny decals.

During this week I will be working on new stock and I will start to prepare the next step of the B737 cockpit which I hope to continue and update on the next week.

Best wishes,
Guillem

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