A momentous occasion! The 15” Aries is in production! I know it’s been forever, but the day has come. As I write this (Sept. 14), the level of production I want to achieve is something I'm still reaching for. Development of this kit is finished, but some minor necessary changes are being worked through. I am sending out kits, though. I've made parts long in advance of the entire kit being finished and am using those parts in place of the one's being changed. This does not mean anyone is getting something inferior, it just means future kits are easier to make at my end.
IMPORTANT: While I am happy to accept any new orders during Aries production, when the last part of the last order is cast, production of new kits will go on hiatus as I move on to the next project. This means the kit will be available on a limited basis as new projects progress. Please see the “ORDERING INFORMATION” thread for ordering details.
For those of you waiting on other build projects (like Discovery), rest assured that work is still happening on those projects in parallel with the Aries production run. That never stops.
It’s very busy here, so I’ll leave you with a few pictures of the casting process taken over the last couple of days, and then it’s back to work. *Please resist the temptation to ask me for more details or where you are on the list.* There’s a bunch of you, and it will only take from the time I need to pour the many hundreds of parts this project requires. You’ve waited this long…
… and lastly, thank you to those who have waited, in most cases for years. It’s been humbling to have had your support for so long.
I can’t wait to see photos of completed builds!
Here you can see resin in mid cure.
A finished part.
Heavy plate is used to ensure flatness.
More finished parts.
How the engine nozzle comes together.
Experimenting with using inner boxing of kit parts. The quest for the optimum packing method. Placing all of these in a single large box may not be practical. Perhaps two medium sized boxes would be better than a gigantic single box.