Archive for July, 2014

The wheel keeps on turning. It took me a while to tally up all the production from the last couple weeks, but I’m happy to announce that I’m now past the halfway point in casting!

The new molds are already helping to speed things up, and now that the count of finished pieces is done I know just where to focus my efforts. I’ve broken down what’s done building by building, which you can see on this convenient infographical device below:

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Some quick notes about the chart, and what it means…

– After the problems I had with the master parts for Tall High Gothic, I finally have some cast and I’m now putting the production molds together. This bar should be growing quickly.

– For some buildings (like the Small Fortified and Tall Corporate Tek) I’m only being held back by a shortage of one part, usually the doors. I’m making up some smaller molds with just the pieces I’m short on so I can finish the nearly-complete buildings.

– The Tenements and Tenements Upper Level use the same mold, so I’ve been counting all those pieces as part of the regular Tenements buildings so far – hence no bar for the Upper Level yet.

– I now have two full sets of molds just for Small and Medium Roofs, and they’re already making up the numbers for those pieces.

– I just finished the first production mold for Parapet Roofs on Monday. It casts seven roof pieces at a time, so I’ll be able to make some rapid progress here.

So, still lots of work ahead but I’m proud of how far we’ve come. I’ll be pushing hard to complete casting as soon as possible, and I’ll keep you updated as the bars grow further towards me getting to take a break :D

Thanks!

-Chris

Production Update #6

Posted: July 6, 2014 in News
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Production keeps trundling along. Since the last update, I’ve done a more thorough count of the completed pieces, and fortunately the number of buildings completed at that point was actually closer to 30%, rather than 20-25% (even that number is now a little out of date, because I’ve since cast more parts). The downside is, it looks like the roof pieces turn out less frequently than most of the others – since they’re the largest and thinnest pieces, any bubble on the bottom of the roof piece has a higher chance of damaging the finished surface on the other side of the mold.

The plan to offset the deficit of roof pieces is pretty straightforward – I’m laying out a couple new molds that will be just roofs. I can add these to the mold stack in each pressure pot, so I’ll be able to produce more roof pieces at the same time.

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions for cutting the corner columns – I’ve upgraded my band saw setup and found a finer blade that makes much cleaner cuts. The first batch of columns looks promising so I’m moving ahead on full-scale cutting.

Lastly, I figured I should give you a look at some of the newer building designs, which up to this point have only been shown as renders. Since they’re all real-life objects now, I stuck together a few mock-ups out of the piles of finished pieces. Take a look and tell me what you think!

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Gothic Tenements, with Upper Floor add-on

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Medium Fortified Building

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Small Industrial, plus the Smokestack Add-on

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Tall Fortified, featuring the Parapet Roof

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And Tall Corporate Tek, this time with Dome Roof

Thanks for reading!

-Chris