Painting and decaling guide

Hello,

I have recently finished the guide I was working on alongside the China Airlines A350 build. I truly hope it can be of help, I know most of us modelers know these basic steps, but I tried to give some tips on mistakes and problems I found during the time, so I hope you won’t come accross with them and avoid issues on your model.

Lastly, I would like to comment that  I am working on two new A350 liveries and will upload the profile images in the next week.

Click on below image to download the PDF guide:

About shipping rates

Hello guys,

I am writing this entry since I received some comments on regards the shipping rates and I wanted to give more detailed info on these as well as explain when purchasing simulateneously items under the manufacturer name Rocast Models and Rocast-Digidecals.

Before I forget this, at the moment all the livery decals are out of stock as Rob is in the middle of moving and won’t be able to print/ship those decals for a few weeks, so in the meantime he is establishing in the new place, I will go on designing a few more decal liveries đŸ™‚

The store is set so that Rocast Models items use a specific shipping carrier (shiped from Spain) and the Rocast-Digidecals, that is, the livery decals, use a different carrier (shiped from Australia).

Now some of you may wonder why ship from two different countries, the reason is that Rob, at Wessex Transfers, is the printing company that actually prints and ships the artworks I make.
So you may have noticed that shipping rates increase when ordering both item manufacturers simultaneously, this makes sense as there are two shipments involved.

I want to take this chance and point out that Australia Post prices have a very different range, for instance (and all these I mention are for documents-letters); economy air is as cheap as 2 Euro, naturally this shipping method does not have tracking number. The next in line is Registered post, which does not have much of registered since it also does not offer tracking number although its price is quite reasonable 10,16 Euro, as far as delivery times is about the same as economy from my experience.
That only leaves us with the third and only option if we want tracking number… that is, Express post which costs the quite expensive ammount of about 30 Euro (all the price examples are based on shipments Australia-Spain).

Rob and I spent quite some time thinking which was the best shipping method we could offer, naturally we wanted the cheapest but the safest. During all the period we have been working on the decals, Rob sent me samples to do some tests and in the meantime we calculated shipping times and to be completely honest, the idea of shipping something as important as these decals without any way to follow them through the way, inmediately made us think that we must offer a shipping with a tracking number so that customer can be totally sure to follow his/her order at any time.

Having seen the prices above, which are for letter shipments, we started to take a look at the shipping as parcel. What we found was that their standard shipping did offer tracking number and its price was much cheaper than the 30 Euros of the Letter Express post, Standard shipping costs about 18 Euro.

And so we decided that this one was the best option. Why didn’t we offer the cheapest 2 Euro shipping? Simply because we wanted to avoid the annoyance for the customer not knowing where the decals are and when they would arrive, we would not have that information neither, in the end we did not offer the non-tracking shipments to avoid such problems and because we thought weren’t just right for the customer.

Why not ship all those decals to Spain to offer better shiping rates? Simply because it is an investment I can’t take, I can order let’s say two sets of each livery decal, that is an investment for which I have no warranties will become a loss, as I don’t know for how long will the decals remain on the shelf. We are taking this business with the idea of having an extended catalogue with the time, and thus having physical stock of all the decals would be impossible. I also must take into consideration Rob’s investment in materials and time, that is the reason why we will offer those decals on demand.
Does that mean the decals will always be out of stock? No, decals will always be available but they will just require a maximum preparation time of five days for decal printing/drying/packaging, and that is just being safe, because Rob gives priority to these decals, they are always shiped very quickly.

I want to confirm that we do not shoot the prices up for the shipping rates, I am lucky enough to have the postal office near and can go by foot, but Rob needs to drive there and there are gas expenses as you may understand, but this is included and at a very tiny ammount, in the shipping price.
Chosing the best shipping methods did give us a hard time, but in the end we chose what we thought was right.

 

The decal liveries is a new business under the brand Rocast-Digidecals and Rob and I go 50/50, so the price for the decals is not all what I get or all what Rob gets, but we have to divide, to have profit for the printing service/expensive materials/time and for the long hours I spend designing those artworks.

Printing decals is not as easy as we print a document at home, Rob can spend hours printing a decal set, and sometimes adjustments are needed, so when you hold a piece of decal on your hands, you can think that there have been many hours behind it, from me searching for detail references to Rob fine tuning his printer.

 

Now let’s take a look at these two scenarios:

The WiFi radome was added to the cart, with a shipping cost of 5,30 Euro. If we scroll below, there is only one single carrier “Correos” as this item is shiped from Spain.

Second case scenario:

A livery decal was added, now you can see the shipping price has increased, but not because the decals are made out of stone, but because that is the sum of both shipments, as you can see the two carrier logos, Correos and Australia Post.
If we subtract 5,30 to 24,07 Euros, we will find that the decal shipping cost is 18,77 Euros (this example above is using Spain as guide for the shipping rates).

As a matter of fact, when ordering both items from both manufacturers, the order is splitted into two invoices, and then there you can see the breakdown of the order.

 

I really hope all this makes sense, there were times like when having to chose a proper shipping method, where I thought we weren’t gonna make it… but in the end we chose from heart what we thought was best for the customers, because we did our bests of efforts to make these decals a reality, we also thought to give the best shipping methods available for you.

I hope this explain a bit more about that part of the store and the decals.

Thank you all for your reading time!

Best wishes,
Guillem

Items to be restocked soon

Hello everyone,

It has been about a week since the online store was opened and I am glad to say that all orders received have been successfully shipped from both Rocast Models and Rocast-Digidecals without problems.

I want to thank you all for the trust, for the patience and support for my work and my items. Starting this new online store represented the preparation of all the items that I created so far, as I wanted to open the store with all the items in the catalogue, this took me a very long time but I kept on pursuing my wish.
Currently, some items sold out during the last days, but I am already working on new stock units and also hoping to continue with future projects.

From this point, items will be added to the store regularly and will do my best to keep them in stock. The first units I am planing to restock are the Neo engines, AST-1, catering truck, and so forth.
I would like to remind that Rob is moving his workplace thus the printing of the decals will be on hold for some time until he is established and printing can resume, this time with the rest of the decals available. In the meantime, I would like to do a few more liveries for the A350.

I am finishing the painting/decaling guide that I started together with the A350 China Airlines pheasant livery, so I hope that this guide can be helpful to somebody.

Thank you all for your time and interest!

Best wishes,
Guillem

Airbus A350 China Airlines “pheasant” – decaling process

Hello everyone,

It has been quite some time since my last post, but I have been working on the A350 that I wanted to build prior launching the new online store.

This project is serving as an example for a guide that I am currently writing where I explain tips form errors I learned in the past on painting and decaling, and also to test/show some of the decals we have been working on.

This is a photo of the decaling process, I am hoping to apply the final clear coat this weekend, so it will be finished soon.

The store is being fine tuned even more, tests have been done with good results and there has been a lot of artwork adjustments for the decals recently. Material is still on the way, but I keep my plan of opening the new store during the second week of this month.

Best wishes,
Guillem

Last week of units preparations

Hello all,

I know I repeat myself quite a lot on the stock units preparation, but I am glad to say that this will most probably be the last week that I need in order to finish all the photo etched parts.

I am also about to prepare a PDF tutorial-guide-example on the process of painting, decaling and clear coating the A350 in the China Airlines special scheme featuring the Mikado pheasant. I will be sharing few photos of the process on the blog prior the creation of the file.

Photo etched parts aside, I have also been working on the A350 decals with hopes they could be available for the store opening. I am still working on some of these liveries, and I still have to write the guide on using the interior window decals but I am on it.

I am going to update the site the next weekend!

Lastly, I would like to write a message for a visitor; I have received a message, but it is possible the email address given is not valid; every time I try to reply to the email address I was given, I get a mail delivery error, please Andreas DUDA, if you are reading my message here, try to contact me with another email address as I get an error writing to the email address that was indicated in the contact form. Thank you!

Best wishes,
Guillem

Stock units final stage

Hello everybody,

I am glad to write this entry to say that practically all the stock is done now. There are still the photo etched parts to be done, but everything is being made step by step.
It really took me a very long time to complete these stock units, there are several parts for each item and I had to make new molds on the way, in most cases, changing the distribution of the parts in order to improve the molds and  avoid wasting material (because of errors) and time.

Not only I made new molds for these reasons, but for the most important; to keep the parts as crisp and clean as possible. With time, molds degrade and so do the resulting resin parts, in order to keep as clean and sharp parts as possible it’s important to renew the molds from time to time.

As I mentioned, every GSE model has its own parts, so far I’ve made about 900 bagagge, the reason being that there are a total of 42 baggage for every baggage cart set and 7 for each belt loader model.

In the meanwhile, I have also tried to improve the molding of the NeoPW engines, and although it was a success for small quantities, it wasn’t viable as only one out of 8 engines came out fine.
Therefore, I decided to go for the conventional method of two halves which I think isn’t such an issue, it is actually better than having to fix misalignment problems along the whole engine. I will update some photos of the engine soon.

Speaking of the Neo PW engine, it seems that more and more airlines are chosing the LEAP-1A model over the PW1127G, so I am really hoping to make a LEAP-1A version as I am also working on livery decals.
There may not be huge visual differences between those two engines, but for those who have seen both engines carefully, they are quite different. Still, I may use the PW as a base and fully rework the cowlings and the pylons to make the LEAP-1A, this will hopefully save me the troubles of starting from 0 as I did with the  PW and be able to make this engine in shorter time.

I am also working on the A350 liveries and working on the new online store. The A350 liveries that will be available once the site is open will be: Generic decals, China Airlines “Pheasant”, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines and Singapore Airlines.
I expect to make more in the near future, but I am planning to make more liveries for the A320Neo as well.

 

As the stock units are being finished, I would like to do a quick out of the box build with the A350 in order to fully test the interior window decals and another test that has to be done for the cockpit windows, alongside the build I plan to do a full tutorial from preparing the fuselage halves to decaling with these livery decals as well as giving as many tips as I can from errors and experiences I had while painting and clearcoating.

There are still things to be done, but I am progressing forward one step at a time.

 

Best wishes,
Guillem

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