Cargoloader FMC15i Universal started

Hi guys,

Very bad weekend for me as several of my pets passed away.

Did not have much time but I started the new cargo loader which will be based on the “Universal” model of the Commander FMC15i.

What is going on with the other cargo loader being out of stock and why this new one? For the same reason that things evolve because they can be improved, I want to evolve the GSE catalogue, the previous cargo loader gave me a lot of experience and also a lot of troubles, the model wasn’t made having in mind how the molds had to be done later on, the cross bars gave me nightmares since I wanted them to be movable… and the nightmares continued after casting where I spent hours to “clean” every single kit.

What will be different on this cargo loader? It will be more accurate, I’ve taken a better look at the thickness of the elements, the detail will be a little bit sharper, there will be extra care on details which means there will be extra parts as well.
The previous cargo loader made was the “wide” type, this one is the “universal”, meaning that the bridge will have double sill to reach the main deck of cargo aircrafts such as the B747.

If I can make it more accurate is thanks to Michael who provided me of lots of references making this project to be as detailed as I want it to be, so a big thank you goes to Michael for the big help.

Leaving aside the movable parts since it is not possible to make them movable within scale limits, the sills will be easily interchangeable, meaning that you can set different heights and also a single sill will be featured so that the universal can be transformed into “wide” which can be used on lower deck assignments.

For the first time I will also be working on figures (or figurines), figures give life to these models, and although there may be something on the market already, I want to make these specifically to match these GSE posings.

I want to take the chance with this post to say that there will be a change in the GSE models of the catalogue, being honest, some smaller GSE does not sell at all, which makes me wonder wether they do not fulfill customer likings or either they are too expensive for what they are, so I am exploring some possibilities to make some of the GSE more “photo etcheable”.

3D printing is a big competitor I guess, and maybe someday I will move to that technique, still, I wouldn’t feel the same without my hands actually working on the item, call me old fashioned but I do appreciate the work that it is done with the hands.

Here is a photo that ilustrates how I start the projects:

I sketch and write how the parts are going to be made, but the difficulty resides in that those parts need to be made in a way so that they can be casted later in resin (prepared for mold making) and built by another person other than me.
So I have to think how the parts will join one with the other, and without forgetting that scale is one of the most important factors when making these tiny models, making something 0,5mm thicker would be pushing the part 72mm on the real deal.

Here is a part of the frontal and part of one side panel:

This cargo loader will later be “ported” to the 1/200 scale, which will be even harder to make than this, but still I want to explore a little bit further the 1/200 scale and make some items, I am however considering whether these 1/200 GSE should be sold as a kit, or as a finished/painted product.

 

I have to say that I won’t be giving too much updates on this project, the reason is that it upsets me that I can’t share anything finished, I am working on the 747 cargo project, the B737 1/12 cabin, and now this, so I know it may be upseting just seeing a tiny step every weekend.

I want to focus working on these items, and prefer to share when I have something to share. The B747 cargo deck set has the FWD cargo holds nearly finished and I will start with the AFT cargo holds soon, this project will be progressing along with the GSE models (cargo loader and other stuff) because my goal is have those new GSE finished at the same time I complete the B747 deck set, the final goal is a totally complete cargo loading scenario.

During the week I will write an update on regards July’s livery decal releases, there will be a couple specials A350’s, but still, need to manage a little bit better the supplies.

Until then,
Guillem

 

B737 cockpit progress – end side of the sidewalls

Hello all,

I wanted to give a small update on the 1/12 B737 cockpit project. This time I have made the main structure of the end side of the sidewalls, which basically is about half of the sidewall. If I am not mistaken that compartment is the stowage for the captain and first officer luggage.

Everything done so far is just basic shape. I still have to add other details and parts, but since this has to be casted later, I have to plan ahead which parts must be glued together and which should be casted separately.

Looking at the photo with the panel at the front, you can see that the two sidewalls create a kind of curvature towards the panel. That will be the next step to do, I will create that round edge going on top of the sidewalls to meet where the glareshield/autopilot will go. Part of this edge is the window rail so it will be very interesting to see what is the space I leave behind as I am considering making the nose shell, that definitely would be a BIG challenge.

I have to say that I am using lots of references from several different sources, however, there is a source which is the main line in this project. My friend Philippe is helping me a lot during this project as with his help I am able to see things coming directly from the real thing.
There are lots of great simmers who made incredibly simulation cockpits and sometimes I do use their measurements for some specific things (mainly angles), but, I always confirm this from images of the real cabin.

I want to move forward this week with the 747 cargo project so I am already planning how to start the rear cargo holds.

Finally, the decal provider has shipped me back the 8 micron decal papers and I hope to print the upcoming new liveries for next month, kudos to him for solving the issue I explained in my previous post.

Wish you all a nice week!

Guillem

B737 cockpit progress – starting to adjust MIP-Sidewalls

Hello all,

Just a quick update this weekend.

I haven’t had enough time for more, but I am finally starting to adjust something that was bothering me very much. I started to adujst the union between the side walls and the main instrument panel.
I have added a plastic extension so that the panel joins together with the side walls, there is another thing I must do in order to adjust it a little bit more.

Circled in white there is an area that is slightly lower in comparison to the other side, so I am also adjusting that.

The next step that I will do is to make the windows support that goes on each side so that I can have a reference point at the moment of making the glareshield.
This work will flow downwards and will end in the extension of the side walls that is yet to be made.

I am going to be working on this during this week and I hope to upload more images soon.

Thinking ahead, once the main shape of the sidewalls and the windows/railing are made, I would like to focus in one particular panel (the radio/com panel) with the idea of finishing it, with the buttons and all the other elements. Reason for this being that after this long time working mainly on structures, I want to do something different and see which level of detail I can put in it, to me it will be a guideance, an example, of how all the other areas should look like.

Wish you all a nice week,
Guillem

747-8F / 747-400F – Working with the cargo holds (2)

Hello all,

After the release of the new items at the store I encountered an issue that has been already addressed. The issue was caused by the recent items to have “manual stock management” set at the back office instead of “advanced stock management”, this caused some orders to split charging a second shipping (that was later refunded) separating items according to their stock setting.
This problem ocurred because in the past, decals were sold by using a different shipping carrier and therefore the “advanced stock management” needed to be activated, but this is not the case anymore since all items are shipped with the same carrier and I preferred to set the stock items manually, it is more straight-forward.

Store is set and ready, but I would like to remind you that if you ever encounter a problem while at the checkout or have a question, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Now I would like to upload some photos of the progress I did with the 747 cargo project (and with more and more desire to retake the 737 cockpit project which I don’t forget and for which I apologize for not showing updates yet).

Everything is getting very very tight at the cargo holds, all what I present here is just main structures, putty needs to be added and adjustments need to be done, but that is my intention; the cargo deck will be at the same time the cargo holds ceiling.

LD3 containers were used for dimensions reference and as you can see, they enter perfectly tight through the cargo door.

There was a new wall made which was needed to use as a back wall right at the nose area. In reality, those walls are displaced to create more room to allocate more containers, but I am a little bit limited with the kit’s original design and I already calculated so that several containers can go in there.

The walls on the inside are not round, they have the shape of the container profile, and now that the shape is obtained, I will backfill with putty these walls and make sure these plastic parts adjust well onto the fuselage.

Depending on the time, I may proceed with that either during this week or next weekend, I still have to officially start the new cargo loader for which I am really excited to start, but I also wish to continue with the 737 cockpit. In either case, both projects need some time for me to think and plan, although I have started to sketch the parts for the cargo loader, I still need to do more drawings and on regards the 737 cockpit, it has been so long time since the last update, that I need time to look at which step has to be done next, and as I recall, the priority was to set up every panel on the base and start adjusting structures, a major step in the project that has to be done properly or else everything to add later won’t fit.

That is all for now!

Best wishes,
Guillem

747-8F / 747-400F – Working with the cargo holds (1) – Neo engines release date

Hello all,

After starting to make the first units of the LEAP-1A and A350 sharklets I was able to continue working on the B747-8F/-400F project.

I made the three basic parts that are inside the tail cone, these parts will be assembled directly inside the kit’s tail, so the rear wall, the ceiling and the floor are both glued together but not attached to the cone.

I also started the cargo holds, the aft hold. Everything is very tight, it really was luck that the thickness of the deck matched the ceiling of the cago hold (although I did an approximate calculation based on the cargo door), thus allowing the cargo containers to fit right in. There is still a lot of work to do on the cargo holds, the most difficult will be to match both cargo hold sides, this is something that I am already doing on the other half of the fuselage.

I’ve been taking a look at how many containers does fit in the real aircraft, and I am afraid that because of the belly design of the Revell kit and the way I separated the three sections of the deck, there will not be as much space as the real aircraft, however, there is no space to see further than the current walls when viewing from outside anyway.
The model is not intended to be a cutaway model, so there are some things that I do not mind since my goal is to make the cargo set for a complete build, fully (or mostly) open but with the “outside view” idea.

Hope you guys see it promising, everything done so far is just pure base, plastic work and main structure design, there are no details yet, but I am really looking forward to start working on these.

Taking this chance with the update, I announce that the LEAP-1A engines, the A350 new sharklets and the new liveries will be available from May 10th, I need these ten days to finish a few things, make sure the instructions are correct, double check them, make the PE, print the decals etc.

Will give an update the next weekend with more info on this matter and with more progress on the cargo. I keep in mind the B737 cockpit, and I also keep in mind the new FMC15i cargo loader for which I keep designing its parts, but I just can’t do so much stuff simultaneously and I prefer to focus on current things at the moment 🙂

Wish you all a happy week!

Best wishes,
Guillem

LEAP-1A Engines finished

Hello all,

It has been a while since the last update, but I kept working on the LEAP-1A engines and I can finally say that they are finished.

At this moment I am doing minor adjustments to the photo etched and also including the two drains that goes underneath the engines.

I tried to represent what would be the Easyjet A320Neo engines since I also wanted to test the base white decals for the color decals that goes on top and also finetuned them after these engines were made.
The pylon decals are both photorealistic and vector following the same design of the real engines as close as I could make them. There are a couple decals that won’t have the backing white decal (top D shape panel line and the two panels at the rear cowling section) solely because when the engine is dark, these lines become unnoticeable on the real aircraft.

I hope you guys like them, it has been a bit long project for which I tried my very best to make them as accurate as possible and I am glad to see them finished.

From this point I will start with the production of the first units so once I have these a little bit more advanced, I will give a release date.

In the meanwhile I also kept working on the livery decals, China Southern A320Neo, Frontier N301FR/N308FR, I also include at release the same day the TAP A320Neo, Generic LEAP-1A A320Neo, and Thai AirAsia A320Neo, the other aircraft from the Airbus family, the Philippines Love Bus A350.
I may be working on a couple more A320Neo liveries while I am making the first units of the engines, all the new liveries will be released simultaneously at the same day of the engines and the A350 new sharklets+decal release date.

The photos of the LEAP-1A engines:

Best wishes,

Guillem

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