Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kicking Back and Relaxing for a Few Days

The weeks leading up to a big show can be extremely stressful, involving long days and little sleep in preparation for the event. Telford is the biggest show of the year, and the biggest pain to get ready for, as I have to pack up half my business and take it with me. Makes for some ponderous travel.

The show is over, and I'm finally working on catching up on my sleep and getting past my jet lag, only to do it all over again shortly in the other direction.

A funny anecdote. After posting my last blog from the hotel lobby, I went off to have coffee with the boys from Pittsburgh IPMS. While we were having coffee, Bill Dedig was reading my new blog post about me having coffee with them! Disaster was averted somehow, as the incident failed to rip a hole in the fabric of the space/time continuum.

I look forward to getting home and reading up on others experiences of the show, and seeing pictures of the competition models. I had very little time to wander around, as I was either talking with customers, or talking with other people in the business. Really enjoyed myself, despite the rocky start.

I promise to post some pics from the show and blog more about it when I get home.  Thanks to all who stopped by to say hello. Thanks to all for the kind words and ideas and thoughts for future projects and directions.

Now, I am going to get back to my micro-vacation (holiday) already in progress.

Happy modelling!  Roy

Monday, November 12, 2012

Post Show Post Mortem

Hi Guys.

Another quick blog to catch you up on whats been going on with the man from BS.

I am in the hotel lobby fighting with this funny UK keyboard. Some of the keys are in different positions, and I keep mistyping caps like this:  |telford.  Arrrgh. :-)

The show wrapped up at 4PM yesterday. It is amazing to me how quickly it can go from bustling show to empty hall. It was a great show, and I had the pleasure of meeting and catching up with old friends and new. Made some great new connections that should translate into some interesting products down the road. More details of the show later.

My product showed up finally, and we started setting up at 1PM on Saturday. It was crazy for about 2 solid hours as modelers were grabbing product as we were pulling it out of the boxes! The show went well for us, and the new Blenheim wheels (which some have questioned as extremely esoteric and coming from out of the blue) went very well.

Anyway, lots to fill you in on later when I have more time. I am now off to have coffee with Hyperscalers Barry Numeric and Bill Dedig. More soon with pictures from the show.

Happy modelling!  Roy

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Case of the Missing Case

Hi guys,

If you have been following the Blog for the last few posts, you will recall that a dramatic setback, in the form of all of my product for the show being lost (creatively routed as the airlines might like to describe it) in transit, had beset my best laid plans.

I arrived in Birmingham Airport yesterday afternoon to find that my bag with all my resin had not arrived. I filed a report with the airlines. As of 8PM last night, Air France could find no trace of it. I was becoming resigned to thinking it was gone, and unlikely to be recovered.

After a good solid eight and a half hours of badly needed sleep, I called the airlines to see if there was any news. I was greatly relieved to hear that they had located the bag and would be sending it on to the hotel as soon as possible.

I went over to the exhibition hall, set up what little I could, then decided to take some time and walk around and see the show as a civilian for an hour or two. Rarely get a chance to do this anymore. I can't post images right now, as the card reader on this computer does not seem to be working. I will post in more detail on the show later on.

Long story short, the bag arrived at the hotel around 12:30. I ran over (literally) to pick it up. I got back and the Barracuda Studios stand became a hive of activity as myself and my very good friends Lee Coll, Robin Powell and Linda frantically tried to get the stand stocked, while enthusiastic modelers swarmed the stand. It was about 2 hours of very intense model related fun.

Well, thats about all for now. I have some friends waiting down in the bar, and there is a beer or two with my name on it.

Happy modeling!  Roy

Friday, November 9, 2012

Barracuda Studios arrives in one piece!

with one important caveat.

I am at Birmingham airport, waiting for my friends Robin and Linda to pick me up. Flights were fine... BUT!

One of my bags did not arrive. You have two guesses what the missing bag contains, and the first guess doesn't count.

Not sure when it went astray, but the Airline is saying that hopefully I will have it before the end of the day. Possibly tomorrow morning.

Now the show STARTS tomorrow morning. No point in getting wound up about it, although its going to be a pretty awful show business-wise if it doesn't arrive in time.

Here's some shots of the A380 what brought me here. Nice airplane, and Air France does a great job with food and service. No charges for beer, wine, champagne.

That's all for now. More news as it happens!

Happy modelling! Roy

Thursday, November 8, 2012

On the big silver bird!

Well, I'm at LAX, waiting for this A380 to finish boarding.

Heading across the pond. I'll be in Telford tomorrow. Hope to see those you attending on Saturday at the convention center.

Will try to blog again at the show, but I'll have to hop on someone's computer with Internet access.

Gotta fly... Literally!

Happy modeling. Roy

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Barracuda Studios Downsizing... Mustang Parts that is!

Ron O'Neal's superb 1/32nd scale Tamiya P-51D Mustang serves as eye candy to help announce the new P-51 wheel sets in 1/48th scale.

Hi Guys.

That scary title is nothing to worry about. We are just releasing P-51 Mustang mainwheels in 1/48th scale. Two styles with different tread patterns. More info below...

A real quick update tonight as I have way too much to do still before I jump on an airplane bound for the UK. A bit too stressed and short on time right now for more, so.... I will supply you with a link to an excellent website run by my friend Adam Norenberg that has just posted the information I'd like to share with you, soooooo.... without further ado (what IS that anyway? I don't recall getting any "ado" before this!), here's The Modelling News.

Happy modelling!  Roy

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bristol Blenheim gets some Long Overdue Attention!

This classic air to air shot of the Blenheim I shows its unique and (to some) attractive lines.

Hi Guys. I have really been lax about posting here on the blog. It takes time and energy, and I have been pretty busy keeping this ship afloat and moving forward in the last 6 months. Still, I enjoy writing for it, and I must make a real effort to make this a more regular thing.

Now, the Scale Model World 2012 show in Telford, UK is this weekend, and time is very short, so I will keep this brief. If you have never been to this.... blah blah blah. GO! It's great. It's huge. It's model-tastic.

Barracuda Studios will be there at our booth and we invite you to stop by and heap praise on us and drop some serious coin while you are at it. My good friend Lee Coll will be there with me, working the table and charming the ladies. Speaking of Lee, we have a couple of new products with a Blenheim-y flavor to discuss. Lee mastered these new parts and they are really beautiful. They certainly fill a big need for fans of this Bristol twin.

The first of these is BR72057 Bristol Blenheim Mk I-V Mainwheels. These new resin wheels replace the undersized and inaccurate main wheels found in any 1/72 Blenheim kit currently available. Below, you can see the new resin wheel compared to the mainwheels found in the very nice Special Hobby family of Blenheims. These new wheels are designed from photos and measurements of surviving Blenheim mains, and are detailed down to the raised logos on the tires. A simple, cheap and very noticeable upgrade for all of your Blenheim kits. Also notable as our first of many resin sets in 1/72nd scale.

The second set is BR48058 Bristol Blenheim Mk. I-V Mainwheels, this time in 1/48th scale. These new resin wheels replace the undersized and inaccurate main wheels found in the Classic Airframes Blenheim I, IV and V kits. They will also work for the old Arba (Jaguar) resin Mk IV as well as any vac kits you may feel crazy enough to tackle. 

Below, you can see the new resin wheel compared to the tiny mainwheels found in the Classic Airframes family of Blenheims. These new wheels are designed from photos and measurements of surviving Blenheim mains, and are detailed down to the raised logos on the tires. They are the correct diameter and proportions. Yes, the tire was that big compared to the hubs! Some minor work will be necessary to make them fit to the gearlegs, but the result will be worth it.

More new release info later today, with 2 new products for the P-51 Mustang in /48th scale. Back to the bench!

Happy modelling!  Roy