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

Project updates; LEAP-1A, B747-8F/-400F deck, A350 new sharklets and decals

Hello all,

Here are some updates on the current projects:

LEAP 1A engines:

I’ve been able to start working on the pylons. My initial idea was to use the 50% of the PW pylons, but decided to start fresh. This is a very rough shape, pylons are glued to the wings and now I will put a little bit of putty for two reasons; 1- make sure that the fitting to the wing is 100% perfect, 2- finish to give volume to the pylon, when looking from the top, the pylon is thicker towards the inner side. After putty is applied, I will then remove the pylon and continue sanding/giving a more three-dimensional shape.
I am also going to do a light modification on the lump, I will try to make the edge just a little bit more sharp.

 

B747-8F/-400F deck set:

Although it may seem there hasn’t been a big update on this project, it has definitely been a very important step. I have been able to prepare the unions on both fuselage halves for both; the ceiling and the deck.
In order to make the ceiling easy to place I did the following steps:

  • Filled up with putty the left top side of the fuselage in order for the ceiling to be placed in one position and one position only.
  • By using putty and from the inside of the fuselage, I put putty between the ceiling edge and the fuselage wall, upon putty dried, ceiling was removed and a mark was left for the ceiling to sit on precisely.

Having completed these steps and knowing that both the deck and ceiling fit inside, I am starting to consider the two remaining areas; the rear final deck section and the cargo holds.

Cargo holds will definitely be easier to make since they have flat surfaces which appear to have the same profile shape of an LD3 container (or vice versa). The step to do on this matter will be to open the cargo doors and set a floor inside leveled to the door, then from there make the two remaining walls.
Because of the deck touches right on top of the cargo doors, the main deck will also be the cargo holds ceiling on the other side.
I am also considering to leave the cargo holds “built in” the fuselage.

About the rear section deck; this will be a set of deck/ceiling/rear wall that will fit inside the tail cone in one position. The main reason why I think to do this is because although the -8F does not have a pax door there, it does exist on the -400F and some BDSF models (pax converted to cargo).

I am also starting to work on a minor cargo stuff which I hope to upload next week.

A350 New sharklets:

There are still some things that need to be done but I am currently decal testing these sharklets in order to start to design decals for all airlines, my intention is to serve these sharklets with decals to chose from similar to the GSE decals choice at the store.

White of decals:

Although results proved me that printing two separate layers on top of each other is not fully viable due offsets, I double checked using two separate decals and in my opinion, two layers of white decal does look opaque white on a black surface.

I first put one white decal, removed the excess of water and once it was settled, I placed the second white layer on top and the result is as seen on image above, decal was placed on a black plastic surface. Placing the two white layers when required (visible white) is actually easy to adjust the second decal to fit the first one and it does not take much time/effort.

I take these matters very seriously because before selling these things I was a customer (still am) and I want these decals to be as they are expected to be, I would have not continued with them if I knew the white wasn’t possible but overall I am very satisfied with the result and I am currently working on new liveries, during the week I will put the current ones of the store back in stock again.

 

As  the 747-8F/-400F deck project is advancing, I wish to start soon the new cargo loader, before that I plan to release the LEAP-1A engines and the A350 new sharklets.

Best wishes,
Guillem

 

747-8F / 747-400F – Working with the deck (6)

Good afternoon,

The rear section of the cargo deck is finally done, adjusted into place and also a new middle rib was made (since I wasn’t happy with the result of the previous one), this rib holds into place the edges of the middle and rear deck.

Everything is done so that everything can be mounted and fitted together. The rear deck has two beams where the final rib gets into place, this way the deck, once fitted together, won’t have other position than that.

I am planning some changes in the schedule, so I will dedicate more time with these projects. It all looks plain and dull and empty so far, but that is the required base for the detail. I expect to make a initial cast of the entire deck to make it as finished in order to see what the detail and color would be.

Notice on the “mouth” photo, the left sidewall (looking from the front) has the edge smoothened whereas the right side still has the plastic edge which will be covered with putty and sanded soon.

Next step; continue with the ceiling.

I want to take this chance with this post and say that I am currently working on the livery decals. They are not available as I am waiting for material and I am taking this time to do some improvements. I am working into making the white more opaque for certain decals, thus there should be no need to put 3 or 4 layers of them, another area I am experimenting with is mixing color decals with white decals, this is a very big challenge for me right now and still can’t do many tests due lack of material (still on its way). I will decide what to do once I experimented a little bit more with this because if I think I can present something better, then it is worth the time.

Best wishes,
Guillem

LEAP1-A progress, A350 new sharklets and continuing the B747-8F/-400F deck.

Good Sunday everyone,

In a scale of 0 to 10 my current stress level is at 12, not feeling too happy neither, could it be the spring coming.

I must admit that I am struggling to keep items in stock, cast those tiny parts and then prepare/clean them takes time, it is not just take them out of the mold and put them in bags.
However, I go step by step because it is the only way to not to drive oneself crazy. During the next week I expect to upload the 1/144 AST-1, A320 galleys/cargo holds, belt loaders, a couple GPU, A319, A320, A321 sharklets, WiFi antenna radome and hope to start casting more baggage carts and catering trucks. PW Neo engines are on hold once I finish the LEAP ones for a multiple mold casting since the current mold said “I give up”.

As you may have noticed I am not good at keeping decals in stock neither. I am currently awaiting more material and also working on new liveries, A320Neo (PW) China Southern and would like to start a few Frontier A320Neo (LEAP) as I feel there is a progress on these engines currently and would like to work on LEAP liveries as well.
I wish that I could get material and have some margin to not to end up with 0 papers to print on, most of the decal sets takes almost two A4 size papers and I guess I am still learning about keeping enough material.

In any case and leaving aside how I am feeling lately, I would like to upload a few photos of the progress done so far on the LEAP engines, A350 new sharklets (this was started a long ago) and the tiny process on the cargo deck.

This is second stage casting where I engraved the lines and reworked the end of the engine cowling.

Do not think too much about the upper flap on the engine cowling, I will probably take that away when placing the pylons and re work it again on top of both areas.
I will also fix a few things around the final section of the cowling, fix the shape a little bit. So next step will be to cast the second master part and add the left and right pylons.

As for the A350 new sharklets, I am currently polishing  them and fine tuning a few things, my goal is to have decals available for them so customer can chose which airline goes with these resin sharklets (or none).

 

The tiny progress I was able to do with the 747-8F/-400F deck project is this:

The final portion of the deck is being fitted, fits well on the right side, but a lot of work to do on the left side. I would like to dedicate a whole weekend to work on this because I want to keep things moving.

I wish I could feel more motivated, I guess there are too many things I am doing and I don’t have spirit for all of them to work on simultaneously, this and other things are putting me down for a while, will try to keep things in order to work better and be more optimistic.

Best wishes,

Guillem

 

 

Advancing little by little with current projects

Hello all,

This weekend I did a very tiny step on the current projects but it was a very good step for me to know where I am with these and what is coming next, alternatively I also have two good news.

On regards the B737NG cockpit:

I’ve finally got a piece of a composite fiber panel which is 10mm thick and that I cut down to 30x30cm, later I draw a grid of 5x5mm so that I could place all the elements of the 1/12 B737NG cockpit and start to see where everything has to go.
I am going to be using this grid for reference and symmetry since one of the steps I want to do later is to start with the glareshield and that will lead me to complete the front section structure.

Now, to hide all the rear side of the panels, I’ve considered two options; make just a flat wall or make the actual B737NG shell, so a portion of the cockpit would actually be a portion of the fuselage.
One of the things that I must keep in mind is to prevent the cockpit to have lots of shadows and therefore become dark, so I am studying every possibility and the same applies with the overhead panel. Perhaps the best choice would be to do half the shell such as a “cutaway” model and thus allowing the cockpit to have plenty of natural light.

While positioning the different elements, I realized that some work has to be done on the FMC pedestal panel and the throttle quadrant structure for them to fit better. I will actually set the center of the elements on the FMC pedestal since from it, every other panel follows.

Before I move onto the glareshield, I will finetune these unions as well as those for the MIP/sidewalls.

 

As for the B747-8F/-400F deck set:

I have been able to add  two new ribs which are fundamental to hold the deck as well as be a part of the AFT cargo holds. Now that the two rear ribs are made, I will proceed to make the last section of the deck.

I am also starting to study how the rear end wall will fit in the tail section. I am trying to avoid to end the deck with just a circular part with the shape of the fuselage, what I intend to do is create a conic effect as the wall gets smaller inside the tail cone.
This rear wall will be fitted in the fuselage section and will then fit inside of the tail cone once this is attached to the fuselage. The deck set won’t include the tail cone, so that will be cut off from the fuselage kit and placed onto the casted fuselage.

One of the things I am concerned about is that if I add a “false” cone to create that effect, the model may go “nose up”, so I am also considering using ballast towards the front section of the fuselage.

 

I am advancing very slowly with everything, perhaps I should restructure my schedule but I don’t want to leave a project for too long time or else I will forget where I left it. This coming weekend I would like to at least have the LEAP-1A engine with the panel lines engraved and complete the rear section of the cargo deck. As for the B737NG cockpit, I will require a longer “session” to do the steps mentioned at the beginning, but now that I know what do I have to do next, I feel more confident and wishing to start adjusting those panels very soon.

On regards the two good news; one is that this past weekend I have been experimenting with a filler for the polyurethane resin and I am very happy about how it performed, this will therefore save a lot of costs to produce the B737NG cockpit since I want to make the different panels and pedestals solid, saving costs with this material will also represent in a cheaper price for the product. I liked the initial test very much, so I am really looking forward to make use of this on the cockpit.

I am also considering using the filler for the 747-8F/-400F cargo fuselage, but for that I still need to do another test.

The second good news is that I am doing some tests in order to achieve the white of the decals to be more opaque on bigger dark areas. It does not mean that the whites aren’t opaque now, but that I may be able to add the white with less decal elements. This will only work on bigger decals such as tail logos or the overwing emergency exit marks.
It is something that I am still experimenting with but that the upcoming liveries will be designed having this in mind.

Wish you all have a very nice week!

Best wishes,
Guillem

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