Sunday, June 30, 2013

Its Always Something....

The caster and I were really trying to preserve the finish of the Vulture...but it turns out the original builder used that dark paint job to cover a world of issues including air bubble, seam lines, and the like.  So, the paint job is going to have to be sacrificed...primed, seams and bubbles filled, new molds made then casting.  What does this mean to you?  About a 3 week delay.  Are any of my mechs going to have a clean production run?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I am on the horns of a dilemma.  Its time to paint some of these builds.  Usually, I don't paint/detail them as it would get messed up when they are cast as kits but I am getting tired of the primer gray army.  Another reason I had quit was that my airbrush was shot. Now, it was not the fact, it was a Kopycake airbrush I tweaked. However, my wife got me a new airbrush and my father-in-law got me an air compressor so I have no more excuses.  Interesting story on the airbrush...the price tag said $149.99 but the cashier rang it up as $14.99.  The store manager was utterly confused when we returned to pay the difference.

So, any suggestions on how I should paint up some of these guys?  I was thinking Kell Hounds for the Fafnir.  There was an image made years ago depicting a Kell Hounds unit leaving the mech bay.  I had it on the PC that died and now I can't find it on-line. For the Anni, Warhawk, and Daishi I was thinking of Zeta Battalion from Wolf's Dragoons but I am not sure I want to go from all gray to all black. I can say I would like some uniformity...I don't want 12 mechs with 12 different units.

Oh, the Vulture pre-order is closed.  Further purchases will be at the $125 retail price.  On that note, I got an e-mail that accused me of price gouging on these mechs. I would like to refer everyone to the old Armorcast page showing the Vulture going for $98 and that was back in 2007.  Prices HAVE gone up on rubber, resin and supplies.  Heck, the plastic sheet I use has gone up 50 to 60 percent in that time. I was at my LHS yesterday and a sheet plastic I would use for the vents on a mech is now at $6.50 a sheet. So, if you don't like my prices then I would suggest you make your own and try to get it cast...then come back and tell me (with a straight face) that I am over charging.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Vulture Pre-Order Closed

I am going to close the pre-order of the Vulture Friday June 14, 2013 at 11:59 PM.
Once the pre-order closes, all orders will be charged the retail price of $125.00.  If you request and invoice before Friday and pay within 7 days you will receive the pre-order price.

E-mail for an invoice...

Friday, June 7, 2013

Vulture Pre-order....really?

I am shocked that the Vulture pre-order has had such a slow start.  So far, only 6 pre-orders.  That is a surprise. I would have thought that people would be falling over themselves to get a Vulture.  Maybe there are just too many on the market right now? Scott is producing his Catapult, SMTK has produced some of his 3d printed designs plus there has been a slew of people making smaller mechs based on MWO.  Who knows....

I got the Daishi masters & molds back from the caster.  I sent 15 pieces and got back 20.  Damn, this thing got trashed. I am also not thrilled that they made changes to the masters without consulting me...just to make casting easier.  Now, what to do with these molds....its not like I know how to cast anything.