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Not update anything since late March... Some eye candy for you!



Enjoy!
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Work In Progress / Re: German AA/AT Guns - More eDrawings 170622
« on: June 22, 2017, 11:21:49 PM »
This is the latest batch of eDrawings for the FlaK 38...
now being mounted on an Opel Maultier!







Enjoy!
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General Discussions / Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - 170621
« on: June 21, 2017, 08:56:41 PM »
Q: Who is Rubicon Models?
A: Established in late 2014, Rubicon Models is a digital design studio based in Hong Kong. Prior to her establishment, our design team had been working on numerous projects with many Tabletop Miniature Game manufacturers and Computer Games publishers using traditional and digital design tools.  Our vision is to create the best model kits for both the Tabletop Miniature Games (TMG) and Military Modelling (MM) market in 1/56 (or 28mm) scale.

Q: Why only in 1/56 (28mm) scale?
A: We are NOT limiting ourselves to 1/56 scale only; but we do need to establish a foothold in the market before venturing into different scales.  1/56 scale had been very popular with the TMG community but is a relatively new scale to the Military Modelling scene, where 1/35 and 1/72 scale had dominate that particular market for many years.  Model kits in these scales are now becoming too complex for the average modellers.  Many modellers actually enjoy painting more than the assembly aspect of the hobby.  This is where our model kits excelled – Rubicon kits are easy to assemble, highly detailed and historically accurate. Our kits are also multi-variant whenever possible, meaning you have a choice to build different versions of the same vehicle within a single kit!

Q: Why are there no Channel Partners in our region?
A: Not all regions have channel partners.  If you think you knew some companies who are reputable and trustworthy, you can recommend them to us.  However, these companies must have existing distribution and dealer channels to begin with!  We are strong supporter of Brick & Mortar stores worldwide!

Q: Where can I find all your product information?
A: We have an official website www.rubiconmodels.com that listed out all our product details.  The website is not frequently update because we use Facebook exclusively to reach our customer base.  We will only update our website when there are new releases.

Q: What other social media is available?
A: We do have a Facebook community group that allows users to discuss our products, post work, and exchange ideas.  We also have an official forum for those who don’t use Facebook.  We also have a YouTube channel for painting and unboxing video as well.  Links as follow:
FB Community Page: www.facebook.com/groups/RubiconModelsCommunity
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/rubiconmodels
Official Forum: forum.rubiconmodels.com/index.php

Q: Do you sell direct?
A: At this moment, the answer is “NO”.  You must go through our channel partners and their dealer channels to purchase our products.

Q: Do you have a webstore?
A: Yes, but only for the Americas.  This is because we have a warehouse in the US for logistic support.  The webstore address is www.rubiconmodelsusa.com.

Q: What is included in each kit?
A: Each kit will include the corresponding sprues, a waterslide decal, and a detail assembly instruction sheet.  Before buying any of our products, you can preview the assembly instruction using the following link: forum.rubiconmodels.com/index.php?board=5.0

Q: Why it took so long to release each product?
A: Please bear with us!  We only have a handful of dedicated staff working at our design studio.  Besides work from our regular customer (OEM) projects, our own Rubicon kits had taken up all of our spare time!  From research to visualization, 3D modeling to 3D prototyping, quality control to commercial production, followed by the design of assembly instructions, waterslide decals, and box art are all done in-house to save cost!  Not to mention the daily upkeep of our Facebook pages, the website and the forum.

Q: What type of plastic do we used in our products?
A: We use ABS plastic for our products. The most important mechanical properties of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) are impact resistance and toughness, and because of its finer particles, it produces better detail on our products. And since our base customers are mostly tabletop gamers, we wanted our kits to be tougher to handle and be able to get knocked around a bit without getting damaged.

Q: There are sporadic reports that some plastic cements don’t work with our products.
A: This might be true because customers are using the wrong type of cement.  Liquid cements that we bought for testing work well with all our kits.  Most liquid cement are now PS/ABS compatible, except for a few ones still using older solvent formulas.  Ask your hobby store to recommend a glue for you!

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Work In Progress / Re: LVT Project - LVT(A)1 turret 170619
« on: June 19, 2017, 07:23:21 PM »
@Pinky, this is the correct turret... call it done!



Enjoy!
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Work In Progress / Re: Digital Sculpts - Soviet Infantryman 170617
« on: June 17, 2017, 03:29:40 PM »
This Soviet infantryman sculpt is the same level of details as the British version
we posted earlier.  What do you think?



Enjoy!
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Work In Progress / Re: SdKfz 7 Prime Mover 8t - Updated 170617
« on: June 17, 2017, 02:48:11 PM »
We have not update this project for a while.  Reason was we had to redo most of the 3d drawings
due to a design flaw related to an incorrect blueprint.  After two months of rework, we now have
a rather accurate representation of the prime mover!







Enjoy!
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Work In Progress / Re: Digital Sculpts - US HMG Team 170616
« on: June 17, 2017, 12:13:40 PM »
The 0.50 looks a bit small (not like the 1/35 offering from Clockwork Goblin).
How does it compare to your previous M2 sculpts?

This is the same size as all our previous M2s. Will check with photos again for size.


I assume the cartridge belt has still to be sculpted.

Yes, the ammo belt is already sculpted.  This is a stand in.

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Work In Progress / Re: Digital Sculpts - US HMG Team 170616
« on: June 16, 2017, 09:01:19 PM »
Great looking team . Not too sure about the large ammo box .  The  100 round box you see in most pictures of 50 cals on the tripod or vehicle mounts weighed 35 pounds . They were shipped , two to a smallish wooden crate  ( weight 70 plus pounds ) . That large box has got to weight at least 100 pounds , not something a crew would want to hump around the boonies

Yes, those were 1,500 cartridges ball caliber M2 wood crates... will wait for more input before finalising the sculpts.

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Work In Progress / Re: Digital Sculpts - US HMG Team 170616
« on: June 16, 2017, 05:04:16 PM »
More US love...



Enjoy!
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Work In Progress / Re: Digital Sculpts - US Infantryman 170615
« on: June 15, 2017, 09:02:04 PM »
On the British one, the shape of the flap of the "map" pocket does not seem to match any of my (limited) reference material (Osprey Men at Arms 354 or the IWM photographs b9005_9006). They show a Vee shaped flap with a button (covered on earlier kit), the sculpt shows a plain flap with no button (time traveller with access to velcro?).

The flap was updated with a v-shape flap and a button.  Will post the revised version after all the amendments are done!


What is the cup hanging from?

The cup is hanging with a canvas strap on the side of the racksack.
 

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Work In Progress / Re: Digital Sculpts - US Infantryman 170615
« on: June 15, 2017, 08:03:44 PM »
The Marine and Army figures look very good,but the G.I. in the overcoat looks a little too wrinkled. The overcoats in real life are made from a heavy wool,and it wouldn't wrinkle as easily as the thinner wool or cotton trousers and shirts or jackets. The figure looks as if he has wadded his overcoat and trousers into a tight little ball, and packed them into the bottom of his dufflebag for a length of time before putting them back on.

Thanks for the comment. This is just a template, but will let our sculptors know and update this as required.

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Work In Progress / Re: Digital Sculpts - US Infantryman 170615
« on: June 15, 2017, 06:31:41 PM »
More US Infantryman templates...
This time with overcoat and marine outfit!



Enjoy!
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General Discussions / A Half Year in Review @RM - 170611
« on: June 11, 2017, 01:36:02 AM »
A Half Year in Review @RM

It is three more weeks before Q2 new releases getting shipped.  Box arts, waterslide decals, and the assembly instruction sheets are all done and scheduled to get printed.  All the moulds (8 in total for this batch of new releases) are officially signed off and ready for their first production run.

It has been a long wait for many of our customers; the motorcycle project is a year old!  We had spent over a year to setup our digital sculpting workstations, and to refine and improve our sculpting skills – not an easy task if you already have lots of projects on hand.  The bottleneck had always been mould making; making figure moulds need a very different approach than doing vehicles, and take more time to finish.

During the first half year of 2017, we had been struggling to get all projects up-to-date; trying to wrap up all outstanding ones so that we can start afresh with new projects.  Here is a review of what we have done so far…

- Completed about 50% of all our 2016 projects.
- The remaining 50% should be all done by Christmas this year.
- Set a deadline of 9 months (from start to finish) for all new projects.
- Creation of digital libraries for common multi-variant tanks, such as the M4 Sherman, Panzer III, and Panzer IV will continue.
- Our digital sculpting team had doubled its size to handle our current and new workload.
- Our vehicle design team is also expanding to include more talents to handle new projects.

Plans for the Rest of the Year

- At least two new product ranges in 1/56 (28mm) scale before Christmas.
- With the purchase of several Neucraft resin kits in May, we are looking into producing more resin products to complement our existing plastic range.
- We are going to phase out some earlier item codes and replace them with new designs.  This will include the M4 Sherman and the Panzer IV.  The Panzer III will be next on the list!
- Some existing item codes sell far better than expectation, and we are already scheduling new production runs for them.  We might remaster some parts to further improve the overall quality of our products.
- Continue creation of figure templates and digital libraries for various WW2 countries.  We will not do any plastic miniature box sets until we had fully mastered the art of multi-part figure design.
- Prioritise our Forum Wish List and incorporated some of the vehicles into our current production list.

Plans for Next Year


- Too far off to start a list, but we are expecting a physical location in Europe, much like what we did for North America last year, to handle our sales and marketing activities.
- Hint Hint - Rubicon Models will not bound ourselves to simply focusing on 1/56 scale or WW2.  We are a design studio and will do what we are best at - Create & Design!

We are very open to suggestions, and your feedback are always welcome, but might not get answered due to various reasons.  We are glad we had the chance to meet a few of you at shows and conventions; we hope we will be able to do that as often as possible for the remainder of the year!



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The LVT(A)-1 didn't have an actual M3 turret.  It was a modified M3A3/M51 turret without the bustle.  The rear plate was flat.  There were no grousers.  The side hatch forward of the turret had a horizontal handle and was wider.

The current turret is a stand in until the new turret is done.

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Work In Progress / Re: Digital Sculpts - British Infantryman 170609
« on: June 10, 2017, 06:34:15 AM »
What period?

Still WW2, but with more details.

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