Good Morning everyone.
I thought i'd write to get some input on a project i've been working on for some time now.
I have a ton of artwork for tabs and brackets that i've been doing here and there for the past couple years to have them photoetched.
The problem i always run into is how to put those pieces into logical kits to have them made.
The thing i run into time and again is wondering, "what if a customer doesn't want that many of this part on the fret, what if a customer needs more of another part and would have to buy multiple frets to get what they need".
I go around in circles trying to make a decision, changing my mind, and never actually get a completed fret together and put it onto a plate to get etched.
So last night i started thinking about doing all of these brackets A la carte, A single small fret with multiples of a single type of bracket, and offer a whole bunch of different ones and you'd just get what you want for your project. Pick your tab's radius (for what tube it would fit onto), pick the offset you want for the tab, and pick what hole size you want (to match whatever pin, screw, or bolt you are putting into it)
This goes against classical thinking for model parts. Most PE products are kitted together for a single project in mind.
My thought when i started Dirt Modeler was always to create a sort of mini parts shop. Not so much one that sold kits of different pre determined projects, but something like a scale version of Jegs and Tabzone.
I'm going to go ahead and take the gamble and move head on this project. There is only so many parts i can fit on this plate i'm working on, if there is enough interest i'll definitely continue on with the project on future plates. The first release will be around 100 different tab choices in multiple scales, starting with basic radius and flat tabs.
I hope it ends up being something that can be universally utilized by modelers, regardless of what your subject or scale is.