This post may contradict the previous one, but I think it will be a benefit for everybody interested in the livery decals.
During these last days of reflexion, I have been thinking on the livery decals and the quantities that were sold so far. So I think that it is the correct time to take the decision to order them directly from the printing company (Rob at Wessex Transfers) and make this investment in order to ship them directly from Spain with reduced shipping costs as well as quicker delivery times due geographical location.
Rob does a great job with his printer, and I also wanted to reduce his workload. He will focus entirely on printing instead of carrying customer’s orders as well. So at this point he will have to print and ship the stock directly to me.
This is also another way to ensure everything is correct, as four eyes can see more than two, and those who have ordered from me (Spain) have a reference on delivery times.
It is also good for combined items, for example; if you buy the WiFi radome and a decal sheet, there won’t be two shipments required, although I may just include a small handling fee to cover some of the shipping costs for bringing the decal stock from Australia to Spain.
However, since several decals can be shiped maintaining the same cost, this handling fee will be very small.
The only negative aspect that comes to mind is that the stock may be low as there will be two or four prints from each decal, depending on the stock conditions/selling rate of a determined decal, there will be more or less re stocking of it.
Still, even a decal is out of stock, I would re stock it together with upcoming liveries so that the shipping is profitable.
Lastly, I am studying the option of purchasing a module that permits the customer to receive a notification email once an item is back in stock (and the customer registered for it to be notified).
It is something new for me so I will take a look into this and hopefully make the store more complete.
Finally the new online store is online and operative. Stock units may be a little limited as I had to start from zero making as many units as I could with the material I had. Material keeps coming so I am looking forward to have a better control of the stock with the time.
Two things I like to mention are; on Monday it is local holiday here, therefore postal offices will remain closed, however, orders will be prepared during this time without problems. The stock for the livery decals will be a little limited at the beginning because Rob is currently changing his workplace, so printing will be resumed upon settled in the new location. The aim is to restock the livery decals on August.
If anybody finds an issue with the store, please feel free to write me a message.
I would like to thank all for the patience, it hasn’t been easy but I did my best and hopefully the store will have new items soon. I also hope the store is of your liking and that you can navigate through it sucessfully.
I am glad to announce that I have finished the A350 and with this, a guide I am writing on painting and decaling, giving some tips to avoid the errors I made in past models, and also glad to announce that tomorrow I will publish the new online store here.
Hopefully all will work well, it has been a long time to prepare everything, test everything, so I am really hoping that all will go well. There is still some material on its way, so once I receive everything I will be adding stock to the store in due course.
Thanks to everybody for your patience!
This A350 shows one of our A350 liveries that will be in our catalogue very soon. I would like to thank Rob at Wessex Transfers for his trust and skills to print these livery decals that I’ve been working on for such a long time, this will be one of the first of many to come under our brand name Rocast-Digidecals.
This will probably be my last post until I can have more stock units of the several items. As this takes a lot of time, I won’t be uploading the site with news about the other projects since I will be working with the stock also on the weekends.
People ask me about these items but I can’t really give a clear date, all I can do is just keep on going and doing as much as possible everyday.
The main thing is that last stock units were sold faster than I expected, thus most of items ran out of stock again (in the old store). For this reason, the online store is still not available because it would be meaningless to have it open without anything in it. After I finished the new molds, I am making the models that gave more trouble in the past, which is what I’ve been doing during the last week and that thanks to the new molds, I can produce a little bit faster.
These days I am working on stock units of the catering truck, the AST-1 pushback and the cargo loader at first, then once I have a little bit of most of the GSE items, I will publish the new store.
There are more decals for these trucks on the way from Wessex Transfers, so I am also hoping to put available the A320Neo PW engines with their decals.
With all this work, I only have time to think what I would like to do next, what steps to be done further with the 747-8F cargo deck set as well as the 737NG cabin.
I just want to mention that I am studying the possibility, since I am working with the 747 freighter fuselage, to give several options in order to convert either Revell’s 747-8i or Zvezda’s 747-8i into 747-8F and also into 747-400F and 747-400BDSF / BCF. I have gathered information and references and I can see that the 747-400F and 747-8F deck are similar, but the -400F deck would be shorter.
This would be:
Having a Revell-Zvezda 747-8i that can be converted to 747-8F in which elements included would be: the nose section, the upper deck section and the side cargo door section. This may be worthless since Revell already produce a 747-8F, but for example, there may be more freighter aircrafts operating the 747 than the 747 passenger type. Thus having a Zvezda kit would allow for this transformation.
Having a Revell-Zvezda 747-8i that could be converted into 747-400F, for which elements included would be: nose section, uper deck section, side cargo door, and other elements such as winglets and flap canoes, etc to go from the -8i variant to the -400F. Also a specified descrpition on where to cut the fuselage to make it shorter, stabilizer modifications etc.
Having a Revell-Zvezda 747-8i that could be converted into 747-400BDSF/BCF in which case all the elements of the point mentioned before would be included except the nose door as these conversions (BDSF and BCF) do not include such function on the real airplanes.
Having a Revell 747-8F (or a future Zvezda 747-8F?) for which elements included would be the nose section and the side cargo door section (as well as the main cargo deck, like in all other possible variants).
I know there is more and a lot to be considered in the previous statements, but since I am going to cut the fuselage, I think is worth to have other options, and I would like to design decals for freigthers and converted freighters. Me, personally, I do like the 747 freighters, maybe just a bit more than the passenger versions, the fact that there are no passenger windows on the fuselage, makes this a better canvas to show the airline logos and different designs.
I do not know if this cargo deck set will end up being a trans-kit, but while I am preparing the stock units, I will be thinking about it. When thinking about freighters, I do also have in mind the 777 conversion as well, which at first, should be smaller work than this one with the 747.
Below photo shows an old Revell’s 747-400 kit from which very little to nothing I can use, except to check the panel lines and compare the lenght of the -400 and the -8 variants. Below the 747-400, the 747-8F model with the new cut lines drawn, decided to go with the cut after the L1 door in order to make this door open to show the ladder accessing to the flight deck. This may make possible to make the first section of the deck to be attached inside the nose section, and divide the rest of the deck into two sections (middle and aft).
My points above mention the conversion of the Revell-Zvezda 747-8i into the freighter variants, but I haven’t specified about the conversions having/using a Revell kit. In my opinion, mosf of us airliner nuts we know about the deficiencies of the 747-400 Revell kit, so being the Revell-Zvezda 747-8i a better kit, I would assume these would be the base to go, and it is always possible to go from a Revell-Zvezda 747-8i into a 747-400, but that is another subject.
I am writing this entry to comment on the stock of the older GSE models. As you may probably know, sometimes molds can break or deteriorate with time because of several reasons; use, humidity etc. So right now I am in a transition process in which I am making new molds for the following items:
1/144 Towbarless pushback.
1/144 Catering truck.
1/144 Cargo loader FMC15i.
1/144 Ground power unit.
1/144 LD3 containers.
I am obliged to make them new because using old molds means that there is going to be a loss of detail, so it should be important to renew the molds from time to time.
I am also re organizing in which way the parts will be casted so that I can:
a) Make the parts easier to prepare, by requiring less sanding lines.
b) To shorten the making process per unit.
For the catering truck, I currently use 11 molds, but with a re arrangement I can use 7 molds.
Some of these modifications will represent a slight change in complex parts for casting, so these have been disassembled into two, but the final result will be the same. Therefore, a small update on the pushback truck, catering truck, and cargo loader instructons will be required.
The recent items:
1/144 Belt loader.
1/144 Carts (A and B).
1/144 AKH containers.
Will be produced with their original and recent molds.
As for the Neo engines; I am preparing stock units of them so they will be available once the stock for the GSE items is completed so that the new online store can be opened with both these items available.
I would like to write a little bit on regards the airliner livery decals, but I currently can’t give much more info at the moment as tests haven’t been done yet for the A350 decals. I am currently designing the base decal for the Airbus A350 and at the same time designing a new type/style of decals (I think) which will be tested on the A350 and for which I hope they will come out alright.