Catering truck finished – Livery decals back online

Hello everyone,

I was finally able to set up the printer in another location where I could actually have a room with better weather conditions and the results were successful. Livery decals are now back online and I am glad to mention that I started working on the B777-300ER and B787 decal sets.

My friend Alan has been giving me a couple of very good ideas that I am going to try to implement on these decals. I will give a little bit more info once I have something clear and something to show.

I have been working on the following catering truck during the last days and I am very happy with the result of the new chassis. It is easier for me to cast and actually more similar to the real system (rollers) it is also easier to position and more fun to build.

I will be restocking the different items including the kit for this catering little by little because weather dictates and materials are very susceptible to temperature and humidity, so I will be preparing new units as time/weather permits.

I will take a couple of weeks “off” this summer (but still accepting and shipping orders) because I want to clean and reorganize my workplace and the only way to do that is to pause a little bit the production for that period of time.

I also want to take some time to continue working on the current projects, the B747-8F/-400F deck set, the new cargo loader and the 1/12 B737 cockpit. Hopefully I can have an update on these soon, this weekend it is time to continue with the AFT cargo holds of the -8F.

I took some photos while I was building this catering model, my intention is to upload them in the next days as a “work in progress” so that anybody who wants or is building this model, can see which are the steps that I did to build it (painted).
It is everything explained in the instructions, however, I like to paint certain group of parts first, then assemble them, then paint others and join parts step by step.

I hope you guys liked it and I am really looking forward to advance with the new projects!

Best wishes,

First catering truck painted

After the completion of the first catering model, I decided to make a painted and decaled version to have a better view of the overall model and use the fantastic decals from WessexTransfers.

Although the model is finished, I will design and create the “stoppers” so that the catering truck compartment can be raised to an intermediate height which will allow the bridge to face the doors of the different airliner models.
I will post more updates about this and soon the first catering units will be made.

Meantime the design of the instructions will also be on progress.

Click on the image to see more photos on the product page.

First catering truck assembled

The first catering truck has finally been finished and all the parts fitted successfully together.

I have based this model in the catering truck from Doll; the X-Cat M variant, hence the door at the left side and the usual loading door at the back.

The set will include metal parts, transparent sheet for the windows and a choice set of decals (with the base decal set included as well). More info about this at the day of release.

Although the first model has been finished, there is still some work to do as the instructions for example.

I will make a finished painted and decaled version in a couple of days and from them, I will start to cast the first units.

Regarding the cargo loader FMC15i; it will be available at the same time as the release of the catering truck, however new molds will be made in order to ease the casting process.

My goal is to set both items available in approximately two weeks. During this time I will upload a review on the decals and introduce the upcoming project.

Cabin completed

Finally the cabin for the catering model has been finished. It wasn’t easy to do as everything has been done from scratch thus it took all the time during this week. After finishing it, I made the basic interior shape which also has the axle for the front wheels.

The wheels have also been made although they need some other minor details/adjustments.

I also have made what seems to be the air conditioner which will be placed at the left side of the truck.

There are still some details to include but I am happy with the progress.

Please note that the wheels weren’t completely fixed to the truck so you may see some incorrect angles and the fenders are still pending to make.

The list of things remaining to do gets shorter and shorter but there is still some work pending to do which I hope to cover and upload in the next update.

Decals printed

After several weeks and efforts and with the help of our friend Rob, decals were finally printed and are on the way.

I have made decals for several catering handlers but I also wanted to add as many little detail decals as possible. From the Man logo at the front of the cabin to the control panel inside the compartment.

The tail lights and headlights are based in a high quality image of the real deal so that the result can be more realistic than simply painting the lights.

License plates will come in three color options and with black/white letters and numbers.

I will upload new photos once the decals have been received.

Adding the first details

(this post was first published in January 29th, 2017).

As the poll at the other version of the site has ended, the Do&Co, the Air China and the New Rest versions have been removed from the project. Alpha LSG Sky Chefs will be available at first with only 2 units.

I have started to work with the transmission as well as added some utility boxes and the fuel tank on the right side.

The first steps with the bridge have been done, the photo etched from the photo on the left is just the main basic shape to see the action and later the handrails will be added. The bridge has to move up and down because it has to rest on top of the cabin when the compartment is lowered.

At this moment I am working with the wheels and cabin, which will be the Man TGL version. Cabin that hopefully can be used in the future with an hydrant model.

It took me time to advance with the catering because the decals artwork took also a lot of time, they are now ready to be printed.