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Over the next few days, we will be posting box art for our Q3/17 releases...



Enjoy!
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Showcase & Gallery / DAK Diorama for Britcon 2017
« on: August 10, 2017, 02:26:34 PM »
Diorama by our Community Rep, Steve Perry, for Britcon this coming weekend in Manchester, UK (Aug 11 to 13).
...and yes, all figures, vehicles, and stowage are from Rubicon Models, except for the trees!  ;)









Enjoy!
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Work In Progress / 280014/280015 Panther Ausf A/D/G - Rear View 170813
« on: August 09, 2017, 08:16:35 PM »
Most of you already know we are redoing some of the moulds to improve the overall quality of each kit.  These changes might not be reflected on our current kits on the market until a later date, but we are continuing to do so as we see fit.

While working on the Panther tracks, we had found an interesting problem - which side is up and which side is down?

After searching on the net and reading reference books for more historical data and pictures; seems like both are true... any comments from our b&n counters?






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Work In Progress / Neucraft Resin - Assembly Instruction 170807
« on: July 18, 2017, 04:57:33 PM »
We have finally had the chance to rework the resin sculpts we purchased
from Neucraft earlier.  Most of the work done are cosmetic and some are
structural to simplify production.  Will now send them off to 3D print and
then to our mould maker for duplication.







Enjoy!
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We have uploaded the latest Q2/17 new release assembly instructions to
our "Official Assembly Instructions" section.  Please go and have a look. 
Here is the link:

http://forum.rubiconmodels.com/index.php?topic=576.msg6444#msg6444

Enjoy!
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Assembly Instruction for German Motorcycle R75 with Sidecar









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Assembly Instruction for Willys MB 1/4 ton 4x4 Truck - US & Commonwealth









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Assembly Instruction for SdKfz 250/251 Expansion - SdKfz 250/9 & 251/23









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Assembly Instruction for SdKfz 305/3a Expansion - Box Body









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Official Assembly Instructions / 280046 SdKfz 3a Opel Maultier
« on: July 03, 2017, 04:22:00 PM »
Assembly Instruction for SdKfz 3a Opel Maultier









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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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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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Work In Progress / LVT Project - LVT-4 Cargo Bay Details 170814
« on: June 09, 2017, 05:08:03 PM »
Another US War Machine in the making... what is it?



Enjoy!
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We have not started the Panzer III Digital Library yet, just some preliminary info, and may be a few line drawings, for data collections and comments only!

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We will be at the UK Games Expo (Jun 2 to 4) again this year in
Birmingham.  We are sharing the booth with Dark Ops at A11,
which is quite close to the entrance.

For those who had missed Salute last month will have a chance
to see our new releases plus upcoming releases and prototypes.
Our studio staff will be there too to answer some of your questions!



Enjoy!
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