Monday, July 17, 2017

1/600 Spanish Galleon last steps

Unless something starts going seriously wrong, I expect this will be my last update on our Spanish galleon designing project, before we plunge into the process of tooling it for production.

After all, as you can see by the image above, we have designed the model with two alternative bows and sterns, to reflect the design changes suffered by the ship over the centuries. Thanks to this artifice, we shall be able to launch not just one but two different galleons (sharing a central hull, but with interchangeable bow and stern pieces, in order to facilitate the construction of hybrid models).

In the end, this is the shape our upcoming 03NAV001 Early Galleon is going to take:

And this is what the 03NAV006 Late Galleon following afterward is going to look like:

That's not all though, because we have also designed each mast in two different configurations: with either fully unfolded and partially furled sails. As both kits' masts will be interchangeable too, this will allow for even more customization and variations.

Worth to confirm that ultimate model kits will be waterline (despite drawings above are showing hulls complete to keel).

POLL REMINDER

As already announced, we shall start releasing soon a collection of naval flags suitable for this upcoming ships range. Our first releases are to comprise ensigns, jacks and pennants for Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French and Ottoman ships (either men-of-war and merchants/privateers); but we've also set recently a poll to help determine real priorities in this matter among users. Please help us decide by answering it!

Monday, July 10, 2017

New XI International Brigade flags

We've just released a new sheet of Spanish Civil War flags, this time devoted to the 11th International Brigade. The new set comprises the flags flown by three battalions once belonging to it: Thälmann, Commune de Paris and Edgar André. Once again, it has been released at 1:100th, 1:72nd and 1:56th scales simultaneously. They can be found on our wbsite under labels 15GEC915, 20GEC915 and 28GEC915, respectively.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

1:600 Naval Flags project, and Poll

Now that our Spanish Galleon project is closing to a hopefully happy end (whose results will be shown soon), it comes the time to start thinking of a 1:600 scale accessories range, that in my mind should unavoidably begin with an appropriate set of 17th and 18th centuries Naval Flags --so as to allow each one to further customize and decorate his/her ships --either those we're gradually going to release, or from other brands as Peter Pig's 1:450 sailing ships range for instance.

Consistently to the already existing collections of SCW 1:100, 1:72 and 1:56 flags, this new range will be printed as separate DIN A7 paper sheets, each one devoted to one particular ship type and nation. Each sheet will include one ensign, two alternative (or complementary) mast flags, one bow jack and one triangular or swallow-tailed pennant, following the general pattern shown below (using a fictional sample, BTW):

Sample

According to Minairons commitment toward Iberian Peninsula nations History, we have already designed and printed some first sheets devoted to Spanish and Portuguese galleons (such name deliberately standing for either merchantmen o privateering ships), as well as for a French Indiaman --not an Iberian nation, certainly, but one whose history is inextricably tied to those.

We are now completing the series with some sheets else devoted to warships of the above mentioned nations, as well as to both civilian and military galleons of Catalonia and the Ottoman Empire --another powerful nation whose naval history must be taken into account. Please have a look at what the first three sheets look like:

Samples

THE POLL

Beyond our commitment with Iberian History though, we believe that our highest priority must be given to your own will, so as to allow you decide what maritime nations flag sheets should be designed next. In the end, it's you who are going to game this or that setting, so that we must comply your wishes and/or needs!

This is why I've decided to place a complete poll consisting of two related questions, which I invite you to answer. While the first question pretends to know your preferred period (thus allowing only one answer), the second one is aimed to establish a priority order among several nations --thus allowing multiple answers. As it's always possible that some user would suggest an additional option, I don't discard to set a further poll to accomodate to such eventual suggestions.

Poll will remain open all long July month. After this, results will be published and printers will start working hard!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mailing List, July edition

I just come from having e-mailed our newsletter, which is addressed to a list of subscribers willing to be regularly acknowledged about Minairons' current projects, works and upcoming releases.

Such newsletter is always sent on a monthly basis, usually accompanied with some sample pictures, drawings or designs; also, it provides the links for downloading an updated catalogue, in PDF or Excel format at choice.

If eventually interested or just curious, you can check a PDF copy of our latest issue by clicking here.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Website fully restored

I'm still awaiting a complete report from the team who've been working on the www.minairons.eu malfunctions detected recently. Anyway, according to a talk with them I held yesterday, only website's "friendly URL" creation tool was affected (thus masking product pages URLs, as if they didn't exist anymore).

They were skeptic whether this odd malfunction had been caused by any eventual hacking (not so I am), but the good news is that database itself is intact. No illegal accesses recorded.

Friday, June 23, 2017

New British Battalion flags!

Some time ago, we placed a poll in order to let users decide which new SCW International Brigades flag set we should release first. Following poll results, this resulted to be 15th IB, British Battalion, and now we are happy to release them --at 1:100, 1:72 and 1:56 scales altogether!

You can already find them at our website following the links below:
1:56 flags collection
1:72 flags collection
1:100 flags collection

Accordingly to poll results too, our next release will be that of 11th IB, or Thälmann Brigade. Once this is done, we're going to place a new poll to further develop the range.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Website status update

Well, not everything has been fixed yet, but at least I can confirm you now that our www.minairons.eu website is able again to take and process orders normally.

Website was hacked last weekend in a quite odd, insidious way: all product pages were masked so as not to be accessible from their respective category/subcategory listings. That is, website was apparently normal to a first sight, provided the user was just browsing through the various folders and sub-folders hosted in it. All them showed normally.

However, if user wished to check in detail one precise item before purchasing (red arrow on picture above), in order to watch sample pictures, or to learn kit composition, or to read some historic briefing on the real thing, the website link unfailingly failed as if that product page didn't exist anymore (404 message below).

As said, the good thing is that if user dispenses with accessing product pages, he/she can still add items to his/her cart from the respective category/subcategory page (green arrow on picture below). I mean, a full cart filling up and checking out process can still be performed normally in our website, despite individual product pages aren't accessible yet.

I understand these explanations are going to be little help to first time users, who'd be logically willing to know what kind of stuff we're selling; but regular customers who already know our products high quality can be confident their orders will be taken and processed undisturbed.

A technical team is currently working hard to fix the problem; as soon as website functionalities are fully restored, I'll let you know.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Website wreck

At an undetermined point of this weekend, our www.minairons.eu website has ceased to work, due to an apparently serious internal damage. Right now, Sunday night, it's still impossible for me to know the damage degree, or the working time it will take to our technical support team to fix the error cause.

Those eventually willing (or in the need) to get in touch with us, whatever the reason for, can still write to any of our e-mail addresses (info[at]minairons[dot]eu or lvilalta[at]minairons[dot]eu for instance), because they're fully active and working. We can of course take eventual orders using e-mail, too. And last, those among you accustomed to using eBay portal will perhaps greet to know that Minairons does run an eBay store comprising a great deal of our own products, whose URL is stores.ebay.es/Minairons-miniatures.

Believe me I'm consternated and so sorry for the eventual inconveniences this unexpected event might cause. I'll do all my best to restore Minairons website as soon as possible.