November 15th 2005
Well, it may not be a big deal for some, but for Liam it sure is!
Yep, here we are the 15th of November and it is snowing – almost an inch on the ground as I write this. Finally, got Liam to come in for a story and to go to bed. He is so excited about his first snowfall, that it was hard to get him to come in – he was out in the dark and was getting cold but he didn’t even notice until he came and realized that his hands were cold. Being 4 has its advantages!
It has been getting colder here, last night I was out in the shop and it was downright cold – good thing we got a heater for the shop – not a final solution, but it should get us through this first winter here. And without it, I would never get Alison to work on the colder days!
Production is starting again, we are still very slow and really backed up, but some small orders have headed out the door.
Work has begun on a new website – well, more than one site. I have few things I’m looking at. I expect to launch a new site for our Custom Casting service within the week. Our main website is also undergoing renovation. After all we have only 13 months until we need to start the big celebration. What celebration, you might ask. Well, the answer is easy – 50 years of Scruby Military Miniatures! It was 1957 when Jack Scruby launched his Military Miniature business, and we are planning some big celebrations for the year 2007. We have ideas, but if you have any, please pass them along!
Now, to get closer to current times, we are looking at how we want to structure things for 2006. Right now, we are looking at putting a strong emphasis on the larger scale figures (40mm and 54mm). We will keep the smaller, wargame scales active, but will be changing production and shipping policies – we have come to realize that we just cannot keep up with orders for these figures due to the amount of work involved. Many of the molds are nearing or reaching the end of the line. It takes much more time to coax “good” figures out of the molds. We are working on new molds, but with many hundreds of molds, it takes time and money to replace them, so we will need to schedule and prioritize the work. The larger figures have been out of production for too long, so we want to put a little extra effort into bringing these back into production. Our Custom Casting service has been successful enough that we now have a little extra capital for the new molds (as well as a few new projects). SO why not strike while the iron is hot?
As we begin to firm up plans for the coming year we will share them with you here in the News and with a traditional mailing closer to the end of the year. We think you will like where we are steering the ship…