If you want something done properly
Posted by Martin on March 4, 2010
I know that people get frustrated about the apparent lack of news/progress from Calpe Towers sometimes. Peter F. and I do try to keep people informed but it’s a delicate balance between providing those titbits and raising expectations too high. After all, Peter’s a one-man-band and regular BfK readers will know the sorry history of the Wars of the Vulcanizers.
Tonight the time has come to unveil the next episode in this gruelling contest. Full details are available over at the Calpe Miniatures website but I think it’s helpful for to me to offer my take on things. The first salient fact is that the new Italian vulcanizer, which made a promising start, has proved to be usatisfactory in various ways. Now, I saw the problem for myself during my last visit to Calpe Towers when Peter and I spent a day sculpting an mould-making together, so I know and understand how cheesed off Peter is about the issue. That’s the bad bit, now for something more cheerful…
By a twist of fate, Peter happened to come back into contact with Ray Tutt who designed the original vulcanizer that Peter used successfully for many years (the one that packed it in and caused all the problems in the first place). It turns out that Ray still had the original plans, had continued to dabble in repairs and had even thought of some experience-based improvements to the design. And we’re not just talking about the vulcanizer here, but the casting machine too.
After some meetings, visits, phone calls, e-mail and what have you, things have progressed to the stage that Peter, Ray and Ray’s ex-business partner’s employers have clubbed together in a project to re-start manufacturing vulcanizers and casting machines in the UK. Now it’s all in the early stages just now – construction of the first vulcanizer is nearing completion under Ray’s expert supervision and the next step is to install it at Calpe Towers and test it thoroughly. If all goes well, Peter’s troubles will be over and the new joint venture will be ready to take orders to build vulcanizers (and subsequently casting machines) for other businesses in the hobby.
Keep your fingers crossed for a few weeks longer and we may well see Peter’s backlog of sculpted figures finally make it into production moulds. There’s a really interesting selection of greens sitting on that workbench – believe me!