Detail Casting Updates
mentioned in our last Newsletter, after our return from our
Holiday trip we began making room for the van of "stuff'
retrieved from Tom's workshop. Fortunately, Tom had already
cast some SMM details that did not get shipped to us before
his passing and this did replenish some of the resin cast
details in our inventory.
We have spread the word around that we were looking for a
new resin caster. But as of this Newsletter, we have not
been successful. Meanwhile, after a close inspection of a
number of the SMM RTV molds I began test casting some of the
SMM detail molds that
we brought back from Tom's workshop with Labstone gypsum. To
my surprise and after a few castings, the Labstone removed
the resin particles and mold release from the RTV molds and
the Labstone castings began turning our near perfect! This
is amazing news!
then a new dilemma emerged; what do we do with all these
imperfect "Seconds"? We have always had a policy that we do
NOT sell less than first quality castings. But, we DO give
the "Seconds" away to customers who make purchase weighing
several pounds or more (you know who you are!). Since the
USPS & UPS/FedEx always rounds up the weight of a package to
the next pound, we have included "freebies' of Seconds ever
since we purchased Thomas A. Yorke Enterprises a number of
years ago. The castings may be Seconds and NOT good
enough to include in a kit or sell, but the Seconds still
have amazing detail and are great castings to
practice Staining & Weathering Techniques!
For the record, I personally prefer the Labstone cast
detail parts because just like the Labstone gypsum and
natural wood, I prefer to "stain" vs. paint. This is because
I feel that I have more control over the colors and finish.
Also, I like not having to worry about filling in the minute
details and grains of the castings with having to paint a
resin or metal casting detail to get stains to stick or
cover the color of the resin casting. Just my preferences
here; I'll get back off the soapbox.
So, just exactly how do you get these free Seconds? Lucky
You! You don't have to do anything special. This message is
just a heads-up for those who wondered and did not know why
they were receiving these goodies as well as sharing with
the rest of you this opportunity. The next time that you
purchase that Stain or Solution Set and find a little
package inside the package, now you know why & what for. All
we ask, is that maybe you will take a moment to flash a
quick picture of your practice Second so that we may share
it in our Customer
on the website. Thanks for watching and Happy Modeling!