Just a very quick update to inform that the new releases and the 1/144 GSE items have been restocked.
The reason for this long delay and long time out of stock was due the change I made on the parts, from being pre cut (which took me forever) to having them orderly placed and numbered on platforms.
From now on, I will continue restocking progressively and will also update the very few items remaining to apply this change, which are; the trolleys and baggage carts although they are all in stock at the moment.
Work continues and I am currently working on the 1/144 catering truck (which is at 60%) B787-8/B787-9 cargo holds, 1/12 B737 cabin and the coming up project B747-8F main deck set (as well as cargo holds). Also, working on the livery decals illustrations.
Thank you all for the support and patience waiting for those items, I am fully dedicated to it, so I hope these will be of your liking and pleasure.
I am very close to finally restocking everything and releasing the new items on Friday. It has been a very long time of hard work and preparations but I am glad to see that all the pieces are finally fitting together. And although I still await some final material, I am sure I will be able to have it all ready.
I have been uploading new product photos at the store as well as new thumbnails to keep things a bit more tidy. I still need to modify the category’s thumbnails.
As the GSE catalogue grows, I am planning for this upcoming restocking/release to make different subcategories as I feel a bit overwhelmed seeing all stuff mixed together in the same place, so there will be different categories under GSE named “Pushbacks and tractors”, “Cargo operations” etc.
This will also lead me to join the “Ground accessories” under the “GSE” main category.
Tomorrow I will be making the product page of the new articles; B787 crew, cargo loader personnel, container transporter, Envirotainer and B787 Rear galley.
I have finished the progress build of the cargo loader which is finally uploaded on Youtube:
I have also been working on a new GPU C690 build that I used to record the whole process.
I expect to upload the video of the container transporter first, and then the C690 GPU.
The release and restocking will approximately be at about 2pm – 3pm CEST time.
Once everything is ready at the store, it will be time to continue with the current projects which in fact, I have been able to work on the last few days.
Today I wanted to write a very quick update to say that the 1/144 GSE items will be available on July 23rd, as well as all the other new items: the 1/144 B787 rear galley, 1/144 TLD container transporter, 1/144 Envirotainer container, 1/144 B787 crew and 1/144 Cargo loader personnel.
The reason for this slight delay is due issues I had with the decal paper, as often happens in these hot humid days, issues with jamming are quite often, so more material was ordered.
Everything is ready and packaged, and work with the current projects has been resumed.
The new product photos will now be taken and will be added to the store progressively.
I plan to add a new feature on the shop, I will apply this on the A320 Neo engines and what I would like to do is set this item as an “Order in demand” article which basically will show that a maximum period of 3 to 4 days will be required to produce and package that specific item. I think that this is a better option than simply leaving it out of stock as I consider that I can produce them in that time frame. If production requires more time, then the product will be temporarily out of stock until I can have the margin to produce this new type of product.
Here is a couple photos of my new KLM crew:
That is all for now, I hope to write another update next weekend and share some more photos.
I wanted to present the finished Envirotainer RAP e2 Container as well as a new type of aircraft chocks, which are replicated from those used by airliners and a modified set of safety cones. These chocks will substitute the old ones which are very difficult to make in these hot temperatures.
A special note on this refrigerated container model which was used to carry and deliver the Covid-19 vaccines.
I wanted to share with you the first video uploaded at my new Youtube channel, there will be more to come, the next one will be the build progress of this cargo loader:
I resumed the work with the 1/144 catering truck and the B787-9 cargo holds. B747 freighter project will follow up next. I am expecting to resume the 1/12 B737 cabin project again soon.
At the moment I am not too cheerful with things, at home there are some difficulties that sometimes prevent me from work and that get in the way with my motivation, but I am doing my best.
Next weekend I will finally be able to give a release/restock date as I am starting to package all this week, PE process has been completed.
This weekend I want to share a little bit more progress with the current work.
I have been able to complete the B787 crew set which consists of; captain, copilot and three flight attendants that can be placed as desired since the B787 will have finally the three galleys released simultaneously once everything is back in stock.
The reason why I call it “B787 crew” and not “cockpit and galley crew” is because the pilot and copilot are seated on B787 seats, the same as those included in the cockpit/forward galley set.
There has been a lot of work going on because since quite some time ago, I stopped using the first printer and not only have I changed the GSE parts (with their base and sharper detail with the new printer) but I also have been doing this for the rest of the figures, updating and converting them to be made in the new equipment.
So baggage workers had to be adjusted and converted, and the same had to be done with the short/medium haul flight crew.
This took me quite a long time, especially because with the mess of files I can end up having, I could not find some important files of this set and some things had to be redone.
For example, the captain is now carrying his luggage with the baggage handle extended, (wires will be included as before) and the copilot is holding his jacket with his right arm.
Being able to have those items in sharper detail allowed me to add the straps on the flight attendant’s handbags which were done with wire previously.
I will probably be doing some other different styles as I am aware not all flight attendants have a bun hair style, and I am also aware of the existence of male flight crew, so I will be working on this in the future. I know that some have quite specific clothing like Emirates crew, so I would like to take note of those small details and perhaps, have specific crew sets.
This converting work also has to be done with the passenger figures, I need to convert them again and this may take some extra time.
The PE process is advancing very well. I have a big relief with that, but I still have to make the units of the container transporter’s platform (its parts are already done) and make the units of the Envirotainer container.
Everything takes time and patience is very much needed, but I am working with every aspect I can so that things can be available at once. As I am starting to package the first units, I will also be taking the product photos with the new parts for each GSE model.
Once things are finally done, I will be able to continue with the current projects for which I am really eager to progress with.
I hope to share some more progress in the next few days.
Work is getting closer to completion but there are still tasks remaining to do. I am currently half the way on the photoetched. It has been a bit difficult to find a good rhythm and solve some small issues.
I am also working on other areas that needed to be finished; the B787 rear galley instructions/decals (finished), the cargo loader figures (finished), the 1/144 container transporter (finished), the B787 cockpit and galley crew (half the way done) and the Envirotainer container (done but tests needed).
Without any further ado, I would like to share with you some photos of these new items.
Some photos with stuff gathered together, please note that this is not a definitive diorama or something like that, it was done to see how it would look like when things are together.
I am also working on the video for the cargo loader and the transporter which I hope to finish processing soon.
That is all for now, I am getting closer and closer to completion, I want to make sure that everything will be 100% ready and I am taking my time to do things as best as possible.