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Work In Progress / Re: SdKfz 173 Jagdpanther - 3D Prototype 170918
« on: December 10, 2017, 03:16:49 AM »
Any update on possible release date for the JP?
I see that Q4 has been announced, so maybe drop the JP into the Q1/18 release.

It is still in the mould making queue.  Don't think it will make it to Q1/18 releases...  :(

General Discussions / Q4/17 New Releases - Is now 4 weeks away! 171209
« on: December 09, 2017, 09:49:47 PM »
All the supporting material for our Q4/17 new releases are done and is now at the printers.  Sprues production will start a week from now... expected packaging completion date is end the month, then QC before factory shipment to our local warehouse!

280058   PaK 38 / PaK 97/38 AT Gun with Crew

280059   PaK 40 AT Gun with Crew

280060   M4 Sherman / Firefly IC

280061   M4 Sherman Composite / Firefly IC Hybrid

283001   Log Fence Set #1

283002   Picket Fence Set #1


Work In Progress / Re: Production Schedule - Updated 171208
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:49:00 PM »
We have moved up the release schedule for the two M4 variants to Q4/17.  Expected factory shipping date is the first week of Jan 18.

General Discussions / Moulds in the Making... 171207
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:03:21 PM »
For those who might want to have a glimpse of how our plastic sprues are made, here are some pictures of our moulds in the making! 

It takes months to get to this stage... after that, more QC work had to be done to make sure the two parts of the mould are matched seamlessly with all the details matched exactly like the original design.  There are no shortcuts to quality mould making, nothing can be rushed!  Therefore, don't ask why a particular product is not released yet!

Guess what this is?


Work In Progress / Re: Codename: Sherman 2016 - Possible M4 Variants 171206
« on: December 06, 2017, 02:28:27 PM »
Further on the subject of possible M4 variants, here is a list...


Work In Progress / Re: Codename: Sherman 2016 - 75mm Turret Sprue 171205
« on: December 06, 2017, 12:13:31 AM »
Is F08 the hatch for the Firefly?

Quite correct!

Work In Progress / Re: Codename: Sherman 2016 - 75mm Turret Sprue 171205
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:58:00 PM »
Just in case you are not aware what M4 variants you can do, here is a possible list from our current M4 offerings... The M4A1 was put on hold due to our busy schedule, work will resume soon!

M4 - 280060
M4(105) - 280060
M4(105) HVSS - 280060 + 280042
M4 Composite - 280061

M4A1 - WIP
M4A1(76)W - WIP
M4A1(76)W HVSS - WIP

M4A2 - 280055
M4A2(76)W - 280054
M4A2(76)W HVSS - 280054 + 280042

M4A3 - 280042
M4A3(75)W - 280042
M4A3(75)W HVSS - 280042
M4A3(76)W - 280042
M4A3(76)W HVSS - 280042
M4A3E8 - 280042
M4A3(105) - 280042 + 280060
M4A3(105) HVSS - 280042 + 280060


Work In Progress / Re: Codename: Sherman 2016 - 75mm Turret Sprue 171205
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:22:02 PM »
Was working on the upcoming M4 Sherman & M4 Composite supporting material, and come up with this... Useful info if you are not aware of what our M4 Sherman Digital Project can do!

Just imagine what M4 Sherman tank variants you can build with several basic M4 kits from us? All interchangeable...


From feedback, we have revised the Allies sheet with the inclusion of the Guards and added "gun sight calibration markings" to the design.


This is the waterslide decal sheets that you will be getting for our upcoming "M4 Sherman / Firefly IC" plastic kit. You get not one, but TWO decal sheets - one for the American and one for the Allies... talking about value for money (cartoon and graffiti humour included)!


My only concern would be with the crews. Not just for the Flak36/37, but also with the Pak38 and Pak40. If you make them too anatomically correct, they will not blend in well with other 28mm WW2 miniatures (plastic or metal). Also, they will not be popular with gamers. For some reason, gamers hate anatomically correct miniatures. There must be a fine line between anatomically correct and looking "gaming" good.

There are just times that we must make our stance.  In the old days of the garage or home-brew foundries, many figures were sculpted anatomically correct; but the final product (the metal figure) was being distorted due to bad rubber mould castings... they got squeezed and deformed.  Of course, there are many factors that lead to the horrible "gorilla" style (some called them heroic-scale to make themselves feel better) human proportion.  We have seen much better sculpts in 15mm and 20mm, so why cannot 28mm?

Our figures are more or less based on the style of the Perry brothers, only slightly bigger to match the size of other metal figures in the market.  Don't think you will notice a big difference between our figures and from other manufacturers when placed on the gaming table.

If you look at the 28mm market right now, many manufacturers had begun to sculpt anatomically correct figures, both plastic and metal, to reflect a change of style because it is just wrong to sculpt these figures incorrectly!


To start the month of December, let's have something new!


Work In Progress / Re: Codename: Sherman 2016 - Decals for the M4 171129
« on: November 30, 2017, 04:56:54 PM »
Also - I don't have my references handy, but I don't think the Free French used this type.  They certainly didn't use the Firefly.

We have two reference books on the Free French.  Both 501 RCC and 12 Cuir had M4 and M4 Composite.

Work In Progress / Re: Codename: Sherman 2016 - Decals for the M4 171129
« on: November 30, 2017, 12:18:35 PM »
If there are no more comments, will send them off to the printer over the weekend.  There are some minor cosmetic changes, other than that, the layout will remain the same.


Work In Progress / Re: Codename: Sherman 2016 - Decals for the M4 171129
« on: November 29, 2017, 11:48:18 PM »
WIP waterslide decals for the M4 Sherman and Firefly IC...


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