One of the things that has driven us is the desire to innovate in the production of our products. While it is important to retain the core values of “hand crafted” and “Australian made” there have been opportunities to progressively improve techniques and methods of construction.
The major step we have taken is to examine the different mediums available today to make the badges. The resin used in the past has been prone to damage if dropped. (Video demonstration of Fiberglass resin dropped) While this is unusual, the simple act of having to take the boards off the wall and pack them away to remount them on a wall (as happens in a military life) exposes your memorabilia to potential damage.
After a great deal of experimentation and research, we have selected a polyurethane based resin that offers resiliency if dropped (Video demonstration of Polyurethane resin dropped)and a suitable substance that meets our needs in production.
Additionally, we have also sought an adhesive that will bond your ship’s badge to the mounting board that offers some resilience over an extended time. All of these materials are selected to ensure the best chance of survival of your treasured items, should they have a rough time.
We are also changing the overall design of our representations of ships badges to better reflect the design of ship’s badges actually in use by the RAN. As new ships are commissioned, we shall be producing the badges on a white background (as you see on ships and establishment badges).
We are still in the early stages of design, however, our first iterations of these badges are looking good and we hope to have HMAS Canberra ready for production in the new form soon. The older styles shall still be available to order to maintain consistency with your collection.