Digital print proof

Document to be signed and accepted by customer prior to starting manufacturing attesting conformity of product. Any further modification will either be not accepted or invoiced accordingly.Any product supplied by Socatec based on a signed digital proof will be reputed as conform to the customer wish even if the customer has overlooked details and accepted a product that is not conform to the object it has cleard for production. 

 

License:

Contract by which a manufacturer and/or an airline company authorizes the recipient used its drawings, logos and trade marks. it guarantees the legality of the product and a higher quality because of the close cooperation between the authorized manufacturer and the owner of the license.

 

Plastic ABS:

The acrylonitrile butadiene styrene ¹ is a thermoplastic employed by industry for rigid, light and moulded products which can be metalic. It has the advantages of having a great impact resistance and a good quality aspect of surface.


Polyurethan Resin:

It is a thermohardening polymer. A polyurethan is a polymer of urethan, macromolecule, organics or inorganic, made up by the repeated sequence of the same pattern.

 

Scale:

It is the relationship between the measurement of a real object and the measurement of its representation (geographical map, model, etc). One speaks about representation of the scale. It is expressed by a fraction. A scale factor 1/100 (equivalent at “1:100” or “the 100e”) implies the following formula: representation = object represented X (1/100)

 

Snap-fit:  

A molded-in piece in a plastic assembly that is designed to form a mechanical joint system where part-to-part attachment is accomplished with locating and locking features to connect components together).

 

Decals:

As opposed to hand painted or pad printed  decoration, decals are water soluble prints that are applied to the objects prior to overcoating with varnish. This technique ensures a regular decoration pattern.

 

EN71.

EN71 is a european norm for all toys for infants of more than 36 monthes which is enforced in all the european union. Socatec products complty with this norm and cetificates are availlable to your local authorities if needed to  attest  conformity. gemini jets, Hogan wings and Charlie bravo products do not need to comply with this norm as they are not considered as toys and should therefore not be offered as such.

 

Treasure trove

Chasing worlwide after the best in aeronautical items, Socatec buyers also come across wonderfull objects that fall into the frame of their passion. We thought we could also let you profit from our finds, and if it is a mechanical  historical masterpiece we would like to offer it to you as well.These items are necessarly availlable in limited quantities and cover beauty and power in the air, on the road, on rail and on water.

 

Charlie Bravo models

Charlie Bravo models are large scale models made of carved mahogany, polyurethan or fiber glass. They are hand made and decorated by decals or hand painted and although being extremely accurate in shape and decoration they have that extra touch and charm which only artisanal work can convey .Being individually hand made, no minimum quantity is required and unique custom model will be made on request.

 

Gemini Jets models.

A very large range of high precision white metal models made in limited quantities based on manufacturers drawings and airline licences. Main scales 1/400 and 1/200. representing the world's airlines both past and present. Check us out for monthly new releases.

 

Hogan Wings models

Injected resin snap fit models that can be assembled in minutes with no tools or glue. These highly detailed models are decorated by pad printing for total accuracy and come with detailed landing gears. limited quantities in the scale 1/200 they are  great value for the size. Occasional production of  metal diecast models in scales 1/1000; 1/500, 1/400 will be announced on our web site and are not to be missed as they are produced in limited quantities to the highest possible degree of perfection.

  

Premium models

Very limited runs of airliners made under licence from the main frame manufacturer and the airline operator. These large models( scale 1/200) are the non plus ultra for demanding amateurs as every availlable technique is put to use so as to ensure that our more skilled craftsmen turn out the best of the best. made of tampo printed white metal or resin.

  

SOCATEC PREMIUM MODELS.

Very limited runs of airliners made under licence from the main frame manufacturer and the airline operator under SOCATEC supervision and only availlable through SOCATEC. These  models( scale 1/200 and 1/400) are the non plus ultra for demanding amateurs as every availlable technique is put to use so as to ensure that our more skilled craftsmen turn out the best of the best with sometimes the help of engineers and pilots involved with these aircrafts in their time.. Made of tampo printed white metal or resin.

  

Souvenir models

These models are made in white metal and plastic. Whilst great care is taken in terms of accuracy and decoration, they are mainly aimed at the traveller or kid colector who wishes to bring back a souveinir from his trip or play pilot  at home. Slightly less deatiled than our other ranges they offfer however a great value for money ratio to the starting collector. These models cover all aspect of aviation and come in large variety of scales.

  

Pantone

Referred to as PMS as well, Pantone is a colour refernce chart created by Pantone inc USA to be used so as to ensure accurate colours are used when commissioning an aircraft model.More than 800 colour shades are  availlable and should be specified when you ask us to develop a custom model for you.

 

ABS Plastic:

The acrylonitrile butadiene styrene  is a thermoplastic employed by industry for rigid, light and mouldedproducts. It has the advantages of having a great impact resistance and a good quality of surface appearance. This material is used for certain Socatec models.

 

Polyurethane resin( also called PU.

It is a thermo hardening polymer. A PU is a polymer of methane macro molecule, organic or inorganic, made up by the repeated sequence of the same pattern.

Mainly used by SOCATEC for large scale desk top models. Models made

in PU must be handled with great care as they are more fragile than

models made in other qualities of plastic.

  

SNAP-FIT:

A moulded piece in a plastic assembly that is designed to form a mechanical joint system where hand-to-hand attachment is accomplished with locating and locking features to connect components together.

Injected resin snap fit models  can be assembled in minutes with no tools or glue. Wings, engines and verical and horizontal stabilizers are supplied loose in the box.

 

Padprinting

Pad printing is a printing process that can transfer a 2-D image onto a 3-D object. This is accomplished using an indirect offset  printing process that involves an image being transferred from the printing plate (cliché) via a silicone pad onto a substrate (surface to be printed). Pad printing is used for printing on otherwise impossible products in many industries including  promotional items, electronics, and toys. It can also be used to deposit functional materials such as conductive inks, adhesives etc.

Physical changes within the ink film both on the cliché and on the pad allow it leave the etched image area in favor of adhering to the pad, and to subsequently release from the pad in favor of adhering to the substrate (material being printed).

The unique properties of the silicone pad enable it to pick the image up from a flat plane and transfer it to a variety of surface (i.e. flat, cylindrical, spherical, compound angles, textures, concave surfaces, convex surfaces).

 

White metal 

The white metals are any of several light-colored alloys used as a base to manufacure jewelery, miniatures and toys.White metals are a mix of antimony, tin lead, cadmium,copper, bismuth and zinc as best adapted to the object to be manufactured in  considering that it needs to be castable, polishable and non porous as well as in  accordance with regulations pertaining to the destination of the object.