AsTec is a small UK based company that retails radio controlled model industry
We now supply mainly 1/14th scale trucks and 1/10th scale crawler together with part to upgrade and modify them.
We used to be one of the largest fast electric specialist companies in the world and have customers in many countries, but due to a downturn in the popularity of this hobby we have diversified and now have an extensive range of truck and crawler parts and upgrades
We started out in 19making ESC's and parts for fast electric model boats. We expanded to offer a complette service for fast electric boat modelers but following UK floods, a downturn in the economy and a loss of market we have moved into Model trucks and Crawlers together with an extensive range of spares and upgrades. Over the years we have spent a considerable amount of time forming partnerships with suppliers to ensure that we can supply one of the largest range of quality products. We have followed that pathe and have old and new partners to supply our needs.
These pages was originally created on an Amiga 1200. Whilst it worked extremely well on the miggy with VoyagerNG it would not work on the PC with Netscape or IE4 as they seemed to be extremely picky. To solve these problems I was forced to use Frontpage hence all the bumf in the HTML. Most of the graphics originated on the Miggy including the original background which I could not re-create on a PC (or even edit as it went strange!!). The software used was PPaint 7.1 (buttons, graphics and animation, animated GIF's are produced by an AREX script via a program interface available on most miggy programs - and available as a button in the application). HTML originally from Wordworth 7 (Though newer pages have been imported from word 7 docs (more work but faster)). Scanning was done on a PC. Recently I have updated the background to give a cleaner look - though the old background still lives on my Amiga as it's equivalent to wallpaper.
Eventually the Amiga went out of support and we moved to PC. Originally the pages were hand coded using nothing more than notepad. Using Notepad rapidly became unwieldy and we found a product called Pageblender which was written by Steve Evans and was an extremely capable IDE (Integrated Development environment). Shortly after that we started using PHP and Page blender supported development in taht also. In 2011 Steve stopped developing and supporting page blender though we still used it but had been using Ultra Edit for PHP. With the integration of our shop (OsCommerce - written in PHP), Forum, some interactive parts on site and a purpose written administration module we have taken the step to move fully to PHP.