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Thursday
Mar242011

Changing colors of our kits with Photoshop

Ok, This one is a bit specialized for those of you who use PhotoShop but almost any image software will have similar tools to do this. You have a building you like but the color doesen’t work for your scene. That blue/purple “Road Side Stand” looks great but why can’t it be green?

Well, It can be. Here’s how you do it (at least one way. there are others)Hope you like it.

Thom

Wednesday
Mar232011

Flat roofs

You would think a flat roof would be easy, (I did) but they are not.  We have changed how we approach them over the years.  I recently had a request for help on the Woolworths flat from the “brick and mortar” disc and worked up this illustration.  I think it helps clarify the basic concept we are using now.  In general walls will have a tab that bends back and is glued under a coping tab which is attached to the roof art.  This in turn might be capped with additional coping of stone or tile.

Thursday
Mar172011

Some web TV coverage

http://www.traintalk.tv/

Monday
Mar142011

A digital die cutting update

As I mentioned earlier we are looking into making a line of Digital die cutters available. We have an agreement with the Boss Kut co. to offer their Gazelle Die cutter. We also have an agreement with Accugraphics to offer their line of KNK die cutters.

With the cheepest practicle lasers costing $6000. or more (build it your self kits are around $3000.) Digital die cutting is an affordable desk top alternative.

Together these cutters cover a wide line of pro level machines with prices ranging from $449.00 up to just under $1000.00.

These cars are from the yahoo KNK site. Sorry I can’t give credit I don’t have the builders name.

They are made from .020 styrene cut on a KNK machine. Just think what we can do with card stock.

It’s going to be a new age.

Stay tuned. I have additional tests being cut right now and pending those results we are hoping to be able to put these amaizing tools into modelers hands very soon.

Thom