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

 

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

 

 

LEAP-1A Getting the main shape done

Good weekend everyone,

Today I want to give a very little update on the LEAP-1A status since I was able to continue working with the shape and add that sort of bulge characteristic of this engine.

There is still a little bit to modify on the bulge, have to move the mass a little bit forward and double check again with the blueprints. Once this is done, I will do a casting of this part in order to start adding the panel lines, following this step, I will then begin working with the pylons.

I also want to say that I am currently studying the next steps that have to be done with the B737NG cockpit project. This is what happens when you leave something for a while, you need to get back in time and check what was the last thing done in order to keep advancing from that point.

The B747-8F/-400F project is momentaneously on pause as I am gathering a little bit more material and once the LEAP-1A is finished, I plan to work alongside with the deck set and with the new FMC15i cargo loader, that will be the first GSE of this year that I will make, so I am hoping to make it as detailed and realistic as possible, I must give a huge thank you to my friend Michael who has given me plenty of reference photos to make this model as best as possible.

Now that the decal liveries are uploaded, I will try to keep them in stock as regularly as possible and will also focus on creating new ones. There are some colorful ones that catch my attention that I would really like to make, but there are also other older liveries non existant nowadays that are also my wish to make. I look forward to move onto a different model other than the A320/A320Neo/A350, so I plan to continue with a Boeing bird next.
I will also put special attention to liveries of aircrafts carrying the LEAP-1A engines since I have been a little bit more limited with the PW engines so far, most Neos are wearing the LEAP engines. A321Neo liveries are also on my plans.

 

Wish you all a very nice Sunday and hope to give another update on the next weekend, hopefully with more info on the current project’s progress.

Best wishes,
Guillem

LEAP-1A First work in progress

Hello everyone,

This weekend I have been working on the LEAP-1A engines after having made the P&W set for the A320 family, and I thought to share how is the progress so far.

Before I show the pictures of the work done, I want to show one that ilustrates the basic physical differences between both engine models:

As you can see, both engines are quite different when examined carefully, it may be easy to not to know which engine is which on a real aircraft at first glance, so one of the things I do to differentiate both engines is to look at the nozzle tip. The LEAP-1A has a little protuberant tube whereas the P&W don’t.

The LEAP-1A also features a very different shape on one of the sides of the cowl creating a kind of a lump. There are many other differences on the pylons as well, being the one for the LEAP-1A  a little bit longer. I am working on the shape with the real dimensions of the engines.

Here is one of the first steps that I’ve done:

I started by using one of the basic shapes of the P&W and modified accordingly, the outer ring is also wider on the LEAP-1A so I was trying to make that area while afterwards I realized that there wasn’t enough material on the inside to give it the proper thickness.

So I decided to sand down kowing that I was also making the engine shorter, what I did later was to add an extension in the middle to get back the distance I “ate” sanding that down.

At the moment the engine does not have that lump as it had in the second picture, but there is the main shape done, however yet to be polished and to have added the lump as well as other details.

I casted the engine as it is because that is the master part, if anything wrong happens to it, there is a chance of having to start all over again. This is a process that I do in certain circumstances pretty much like a “backup copy” so that in case anything wrong happens, you can go back to a certain point of the process.

There is still a lot of work to do, although I have used the basics of the P&W engine, after the cut I had to do, only a 20% remains from that engine and this will also be modified somehow, what I wanted is to make use of the P&W in order to have a “skeleton”, a basic shape to start working with.

You can also notice that the LEAP-1A is a bit flatter than the P&W whereas the P&W seems to be more rounded towards the end of the cowl, it has a more remarked slope.

Still a lot to do, but I hope this one won’t take me as much time as the previous engines did!

Best wishes,
Guillem

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