1/144 belt loader, baggage carts and AKH container.
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It has been a long time since my last update, too long. However I did not stop working on these models and in this update I would like to explain what is the current status of every project.
I wanted to finish the A320 in order to present some of the items I have prepared for it as well as to show the new GSE with the A320, but the A320 project is on hold till I advance a bit more with the next projects.
- The belt loader is finished, however, PE parts have to be made, although they are already designed. Decals are also designed and despite details, these will also have the Swissport and Groundforce logos.
- The new baggage carts (two types) are finished but PE parts have to be made as well. Design is already done and the PE parts for these carts will consist in the side rails in the case of the opened baggage and in the case of the closed baggage carts, PE will be made for the curtains.
- AKH container (to fit A320's) is completed.
- A320 cargo holds completed.
- A320 galleys completed. As a note on the galleys, I finally decided to include decals for these, more info about them soon.
- A320Neo project:
Sharklets are done and in the casting process.
The PW engine is almost finished and the remaining work has to be done with the PE. Currently in the casting process.
These engines will include a great number of decals and markings, both in black and white colors for the different engine surface colors, detailed pylons and metallic decals.
I would like to announce that the stock process will be started as planned, starting this week and finished till all the 1/144 GSE models are back in stock.
Depending on how much time will be required, the new items may be available shortly after the current models are back in stock.
In a couple of weeks I would like to make an update to the site with the stock process and if everything is ok, with the first photos of the finished A320Neo PW engine.
At the same time I will make an announcement about something that will be added to the catalogue of Rocast that does not have anything to do with the GSE models, it will be a completely new line of products.
Galleys and doors have been finally tested on the Zvezda's A320. I also took the chance to see how the belt loader will look like with the A320 and I have to say that the cargo door should have been attached a bit more open, in any case, I will include the official drawing on regards the cargo doors opened positions.
A320 galleys, cargo doors and passenger doors.
Finally I can update the website with some news on regards the A320 items. During the last month I have been working with the A320 galleys (detailing the Zvezda's forward galley and creating an Aft galley. It was a bit tedious process as this part had to fit inside the two fuselage halves. I am planning to make the space flex aft cabin as well.
The cargo doors have been reworked (as they will be opened) and also made the passenger doors practically from scratch as I only used the curvature plastic of the original doors.
I will include some PE in the galleys set as can be seen in the pictures, photo etched parts for the doors inner frame, fwd galley floor, fwd galley curtain, passenger door's threshold, cargo door pins, and a couple other parts.
Hopefully I can cast the cargo holds soon, but these won't be too detailed as there is very limited vision area and their main purpose will be to hold well the AKH containers that I also have to make. That does not mean that I won't detail further cargo bays, as I plan to do for example in the B777-300F set.
Within a couple of days I will upload some photos of the A320 assembled with those parts and will try to connect the belt loader to see if the heights are correct. More progress will be done with the Neo engines as well.
Lastly I would like to announce that a new online store is on the way and it will be uploaded once the GSE items are back in stock. In a few days I will also announce another news.
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