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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!

Last Updated:  170621

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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(A)1 turret 170619
« 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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General Discussions / Q2/17 New Releases - Final Box Arts 170602
« on: May 15, 2017, 11:08:11 PM »
Q2/17 New Releases coming soon...

...will add more as the release date gets closer!
















Enjoy!
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The T-26 tank was a Soviet light infantry tank used during many conflicts of the 1930s and in World War II.

It was a development of the British Vickers 6-Ton tank and was one of the most successful tank designs of the 1930s until its light armour became vulnerable to newer anti-tank guns. It was produced in greater numbers than any other tank of the period, with more than 11,000 manufactured. During the 1930s, the USSR developed 53 variants of the T-26, including flame-throwing tanks, combat engineer vehicles, remotely controlled tanks, self-propelled guns, artillery tractors, and armoured carriers. Twenty-three of these were series-produced, others were experimental models.

We will try to focus on T-26 variants produced in between the Spanish Civil War and WW2.  Probably 4 to 5 different turrets, and minor alterations on the hull.

This is a T-26 M33 being used as our base design:









Enjoy!
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General Discussions / Salute 2017 - ExCeL London - April 22
« on: April 16, 2017, 12:34:08 AM »
Rubicon Models will be at Salute (Apr 22) at ExCeL London.

WarHQ is kind enough to share part of their booth (TL11) with us.
We will be showcasing the latest prototypes and our most recent
releases. Come and say hello!



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Rubicon Models had acquired selected Neucraft Models products,
and will continue to produce them in resin at a later stage.



Enjoy!
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Showcase & Gallery / It's a Knockout!
« on: April 11, 2017, 01:53:20 AM »
Here's a fun little project our new Community Rep, Steve Perry, been working on
over the last few days. A snippet from Operation Crusader called 'It's a Knockout!'
All done in Vallejo acrylics.

What do you think? Would you like to see more projects like this?









Enjoy!
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Showcase & Gallery / A Moment of War... 170329
« on: March 29, 2017, 02:00:27 PM »
A collaboration by our studio staff... "A Moment of War".   Everything you see in the picture,
including backdrop, vehicles, and figures are made by the Rubicon Models team.  Some are
already available commercially, some will be soon!

Special thanks to Rico Chia and Kent Lee for their excellent painting skills, Rijk Lau and Zivson
Chan for their creative design and 3D printing on the figures.  A perfect team!



Enjoy!
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General Discussions / New Community Rep for Europe appointed 170320
« on: March 20, 2017, 01:12:01 PM »
It is our pleasure to introduce Steven Perry to our team. 
Steve is our new Community Rep for Europe overlooking
our social media and trade shows in the region.

We further thank Jamie Tranter for his dedicated service
for the past years and wish him the very best in his future
endeavours.



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General Discussions / RM Website Updated 170320
« on: March 20, 2017, 12:19:22 PM »
We have finally updated our official website with the most up-to-date info.
Why not go and have a check?

Link: www.rubiconmodels.com

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Decal & Painting Guides / 280042 M4A3 / M4A3E8 Sherman
« on: March 19, 2017, 08:20:07 PM »
280042 M4A3 / M4A3E8 Sherman

























Last Update: 170319

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Assembly Instruction for SdKfz 250/251 Expansion - SdKfz 250/11 & 251/7









Last Update: 170318

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