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.
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.
I am very glad to say that finally the stock units have been completed. During the last two weeks I have been preparing the photo etched parts and items are now ready for the very latest preparation, which simply consists into finish the packaging process.
At some points during all this latest preparations, things have not been easy, personally and with the PE units, but I tried my best to keep working on these items step by step and it is rewarding to see the completed work.
I have also been working on the livery decals which I am hoping they will all be available from the store opening; decals for the A320, A320Neo and A350.
On regards when the store will be open, I can give now a more clear (and assured) time, which will be at the first or second week of the next month. The reason being that I have used up all the materials I have previously aquired to prepare all these units, therefore I need this prudential time to receive more of the raw materials so that I can continue to produce more items upon store opening.
I can find most of the materials I use within my area, however, after several tests, there are some special materials that works best for me that need to be purchased overseas.
The second reason is that I want to do an out of box build of the Airbus A350 featuring the China Airlines Mikado pheasant livery.
It won’t be a personal choice build (although after a long time, it will be a good practice for me) but rather a build that I intend to make in order to show how our livery decals work, to give tips and advices in a PDF file guide I am about to start and to show/explain how our interior window decals look/works.
I calculated that this build will take me more or less the same time I will be awaiting for the material to arrive, so it will not be time wasted.
The two areas I would like to cover in this model build guide are: painting (including 2k clear coating technique) and decaling with tips/ideas along the way, explaining things in a way considering the mistakes I made on my learning and where experience have been obtained from these. It may not be anything new for you, but hopefully it can also serve as an example of our livery decals to which Rob and myself have put a very big effort in.
Stay tuned as during the next week I will be publishing some steps of this A350 build progress! (And I don’t forget all the other projects that I mentioned in previous posts, which will be started once the store is up and running after this long time of preparations).
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!
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.
I have received from Rob at Wessex Transfers, the first test print of the A350 livery decal that I’ve been working on for the last month. As I have been mentioning in the blog, it will feature two new decal types which I think, haven’t been done before in this particular case.
This decal feature consists on a decal that represents the window shades and inner frames and it is placed on top of the transparent plastic windows, but it is not placed on top of the exterior of the windows, but on the inside, on the flat surface of the transparent plastic part.
Rob’s long time experience working with decals has allowed for this new type of decal that will increase the realism in the airline models.
Here is an example and a brief explanation of how it works:
The actual color that you can see from the windows sheet, is not the actual result but just the back of the decal.
Additionally, the metallic frames can be later placed on the fuselage as always.
Currently, there will be another feature for the cockpit windows that has yet to be tested.
The livery decals for the A350 done so far are:
– Generic decal set.
– China Airlines “Pheasant”.
– Cathay Pacific.
The decals will include windows in this way:
– Photo realistic windows with metallic frames.
– Metallic window frames
– And yet to determine if the interior window decals will be included in the liveries or will be available separately.
Extra metallic frames for the windows are included as to place them on top of the photo realistic windows + metallic frames after clear coating. For the reason that metallic may get dull after a thick clear coat which modifies the way the light reflects on the metal particles (similar if we clear coat a chrome part, it will become silver).
These extra metallic frames can also be placed later if using the interior window decals as I mentioned above.
The A350 decals feature other elements such as other metallic details, metallic wing leading edges (no more masking the wings other than for the coroguard), and metallic leading edges for the horizontal and vertical stabilizers.
These images are a first preview of the China Airlines “Pheasant livery”:
You can always reduce the chrome effect of the leading edges if desired, by applying more clear coats.
The interior windows decal feature will also be done for other model aircrafts for which we plan to make more liveries such as the B777 and we also may include these for older models.
In the meantime I am also working on the remaining stock units, so hopefully everything will be done in a few weeks.
This is the preview no.1 of the process-tutorial I want to write on the build of the A350 China Airlines “Pheasant”, so I hope to start this build in the upcoming days.