Behind the scenes

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  1. SBt

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    This thread will be added to as an when and shows what goes on behind the scenes here at SBt developments.

    Today I'm preparing for Bristol Gauge 0 and having done a stock check am not ensuring I have enough stock to cover. It's going to be minimum stock - the Class 26/27 Project wipped me out resource wise!

    Here Class 20 and 37 Engine kits are being cast before being laid out, cleaned up and packed. The casting rig can hold up to 12 two-part Moulds meaning up to four kits can be cast at anyone time. However I usually only do one set at once.

    It's comprised of frames with wire running accross that help keep the top and bottom parts of the mould together as the resin expands.

    The moulds laying on the frames are the open moulds used to cast spare parts from left over resin ensuring minimum waste.

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    And here Western Engine kits are being produced. This shows the two part mould. I'm using Sylmasta G26 resin and I'm really pleased with the results. There's very little flash if any and looks like there's no air bubbles.

    It takes 20 minuets to cure plus another 30 mins I allow to fully harden.

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    On the road Just after 07.20am Yesterday - an hour later than planned. Arrived in good time though and set up uk. It take about 20 mins to set up and break down a stand. This is a view from the traders side!

    Today it's rest and reconcile, clean up and take stock, make plans for the future. It all comes round again in five weeks at Kettering.

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    Hope it was a worthwhile show Steve

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    Shows can be hit or miss and a pain. If you get your stand fee back and cover your travelling costs it's a result let alone make money. But they're important as it allows customers to touch and see the products before buying.
     
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    I quite agree with that Steve and of course the other aspect is it sends out a strong message to customers that you are active in trading and embrace friendly on hand contact developing potential new customers. I know of at least two traders on the circuit currently who I wouldn't go out of my way to communicate with because they are not only curt to the point of being rude but it is obvious they have no interest in nurturing a good business relationship, sadly lacking in social skills as well. Pity as these people both sell the 7mm accessories and products that I would otherwise invest in.
     
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    If anyone would have whitnessed my reply to a certain individual at Telford! Hardly text book customer service allthough they've had it comming.

    Just picked up another show for April - more details later...
     
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    :avatar::avatar::avatar: ... well those characters who have nothing better to do than dish criticisms should take a long hard look at their own making skills and abilities first, for them it's a case of "engage brain before operating mouth". :thumbup:
     
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    Steve
    Thanks for look.

    I have a friend who makes an rc model sub kits who casts his own parts. A lot is involved. It can be difficult at times. The shows he attends (I go as eye candy when he is off demonstrating his subs) doesnt move a lot but generates interest which is now gaining momentum

    Keep going
     
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    Motivation can be an issue at times, especially when living directly opposite a pub. So every Sunday I issue myself a job list for the forthcomming week. Usually five or more key tasks of stuff I need to do. This week I amazingly acheived all 7 tasks by lunchtime! :cheers: So have the whole weekend to mess about doing bit's and pieces - and attend to stuff like food shopping and washing etc....

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    Don't worry Steve,

    I'll soon get you another list to work on.

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    Just remembered to send the Word Doc. for the instructions so you can edit them....:facepalm:
     
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    Cheers.:thumbs:
     
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    With aim of Solid Works course achieved yesterday there was no need to go in today so decided to play cath up from Friday and weekend's resdesign of etchings!

    Today I repaired the Class 26/27 canopy mould that caused a couple of issues. These will be for my personal use ( I quite fancy a couple of early 26's as used in Herts on outer subburban runs), as Highland Models will create their own, but as I have three spare sets of etchings and a bit of silicone left, may as well put them to use.

    Later today I'll be printing off Engine kit instructons and packing for Kettering. Got a Class 16 spare too but lost the STL's for the 3d printing so will have to re-do those. Will do that tomorrow - spent too much time already starring at computer screens....:)

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    And this morning I was completing the instructions on the new 16 CVST engine kit.

    Basically this involves screen shots from the 3d CAD program imported into paint then printed out onto a A4 sheet.

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    And in Primer:

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    A small consideration when packing things like engine kits is making sure they fit togeather properly. Yes there's always some fettling going to be required but it does help if the primary pasrts join up.

    Here the rings for the EE 16 cylinder are being 'mated' prior to packing.

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    One of the perks of my 'job' is getting to go behind the scenes at a number of museums and preserved railways. Today I paid a visit to the London Bus museum at Brooklands and had a very enjoyable day out. £16.00 Entrance fee is to Brooklands Museum itself and includes a number of other items of interest, busses being one of them.

    I got to meet the chassis designer of the AEC Swift single decker (Park Royal body) bus as well as full access and offers to measure two other types at any time. They also gave me some amazing research material.

    Allthough not railway related - it will be an item when completed that would grace any 7mm layout.

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    A great resource to have. :thumbs:
     
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    Is that the short 33' version or the longer SMS Merlin Steve?
     

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