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28
Jul
16

Random Thought

What if the wolf was an innocent land owner, and the three little pigs were illegal squatters, who made themselves out to be the victims, to anyone who listen?

19
Jun
15

Greetings, from the Swamp

So, that post I made, about all that water coming down in such a short period time? Apparently, there’s a price to paid, for finding fascination in such things.

 

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15
Jun
15

The One Day Flood

This all happened from a single cloud burst, that lasted maybe an hour, if that. It’s that short period of time that it happened in, that makes it interesting, not its severity. We’ve had worse, and it’s pretty mild, by most people’s standards for a flood, I think. So, when I “flood” I basically mean “the low part of the back yard turned into a swamp, again.” Continue reading ‘The One Day Flood’

27
Jun
14

Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S.

1/18 scale action figures made with customizers in mind? Yes please! Boss Fight Studio has a new line of highly articulated action figures coming out.

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Cool, yeah? They’re designed to come apart without too much trouble, but not fall apart from just handling them. Given that I make custom figures, I’m all over these. There’s a Kickstarter going for it, right now. It’s funded, but there are still stretch goals to meet.  And, they don’t just have undecorated blanks, either. They’ve got Spartans in full hoplite armor, along with other ancient Greek warriors. (Yes, you can get 300 Spartans) At 700 backers, they’ll add Amazons to the mix. You know what else they have?

 

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GORGONS!

 

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Check out those articulated tails. I need this in my life. One of the stretch goals is articulated skeletons. Get your Harryhausen on!

 

They’re not just sticking to Greco-Roman mythology. They’ve shown previews for half-orcs, and phoenix knights. And, a robot. There’s a retro sci-fi line planned, alongside the mythology and fantasy. Yeah, I’m looking forward to these. A lot of other 1/18 scale customizers are. Any of this sound interesting to you? Then hit that Kickstarter! I don’t back many Kickstarters, (this is my second) but I’ve backed this one. I hope you will too.

30
May
14

Makin’ Things to Make Things

For several years now, I’ve been using a small tool that I built. Originally, I just wanted something I could use to apply small amounts of glue to things, without constantly replacing a toothpick. I had a push-pin, that was falling apart, from being heated up over a candle, to melt plastic with the tip. I took the metal bit out of the push pin, and jammed it into a piece of plastic tube. Eventually, I glued a length of brass rod into the other end of the tube, and filled the end into something of a chisel. It was perfect for reaming out holes to accept that size rod, for hinges or reinforcement. Another, larger piece of tube was glued on over the original, to provide an easier to hold handle. This eventually gave way to a second tool, made from a single piece of brass, with both ends filed; one into a tapered tip, the other into a chisel. That second tool served me well for quite some time, but the plastic was beginning to fall apart, and I eventually put an irreparable kink in the long end of the brass. It was replaced by a slightly longer duplicate.

 

Now, this tool gets used quite a bit, possibly more than any of my other tools. The short pointed end gets used for applying small amounts of glue or oil to various projects, and for putting model putty just where I need it and smoothing it out. The chisel end has been great for carving out narrow trenches in plastic, when I need a slot. But, brass bends easily, and doesn’t hold an edge well. I prefer the tapered end to be somewhat blunt, but the chisel end is effectively a cutting tool. I’d been wanting to make one with a harder central shaft. (Oh gods, the search hits that phrase is going to get me….)

 

Anyway, I was using some of the larger size of piano wire I keep around on a project. I’d ruled this out for making a tool out of, because I thought it was too narrow. While it is narrower than the brass I’ve been using, it actually fit very well into the small styrene tube I use. With the brass, I always had to bore the tube out just a little bit to fit. This is not as easy as it sounds. At least, not with the tools I have on hand. The piano wire filed easily enough, and readily took on a much sharper edge, than the brass ever would. In fact, the tapered end is a bit sharper than I’d like. I’ve already had a chance to use this new tool on a couple of projects, with different materials. It’s even more useful than the old ones. That sharp chisel end not only digs and cuts much better, but it’s also great at removing burs from soft plastic after I’ve been grinding on them with a moto-tool. The old ones were never very good at that.

 

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From top to bottom, is the original tool (mk.1), the replacement for the second tool (mk.2.1), and the new one, with the piano wire core (mk.3) laying on a one inch grid.

31
Jan
14

My Hat

A few years back, I started thinking I’d like to get a fedora, instead of always wearing a baseball cap. In late 2012, I finally got sick enough the caps to actually get a fedora. It helped that I found one for less than $60 after shipping. It was a cheap wool felt job, but it let me know if it was something I would actually wear. Wear it, I did. For Christmas, I got a hat a little more to my liking; fur felt with a slightly narrower brim. Unfortunately, the pictures online lied. 042

 

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The the ribbon on it was roughly the same color as the felt. I’m not a huge fan of gray ribbons on gray hats. Doing a little research (and little is how I often research) I found out that you can’t just pop into the local fabric or department store and grab some grosgrain ribbon. The ribbon used on hats is made from different fibers, and has properties the regular stuff lacks. Properties you need to get the ribbon laying right against the crown of the hat. I found some online, but had to get 50 yard spools of the ribbons I wanted. I’m never going to own that many hats….

 

Anyway, got all the stuff needed (really could have used a curved needle, though)and found a tutorial for making bows on hats, as well as a bow design that I liked. Ironically, the bow design I used is from a different model hat from the same company that made this one. I found a few tips and pointers on prepping the ribbon, and found out that the liner in the hat was easily removed. Excellent! So, I finally went to town, on it.

 

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The ribbon is navy blue, with a narrow strip of baby blue ribbon down the middle of the knot. The knot stripe was not in the ribbon that inspired me. It was just something I wanted to do. For that knot, the navy ribbon was folded over so that the left edge (as it sits on the hat) overlapped the right edge, slightly. The lighter ribbon is basically just tucked under that upper edge of the darker ribbon. There’s a couple of stitches tacking it together on the back side, where it doesn’t show. That baby blue ribbon is quite a bit narrower than the navy blue. There’s probably less than four inches of that baby blue ribbon there, I’ve got a 50 yard spool of it….

 

The ribbon sits just as nicely as the old one did, and my tacking stitches holding it on are ,honestly, less noticeable than the factory stitches. The bow itself isn’t quite perfect, but I’m pretty happy with it. It was certainly frustrating enough, getting it sitting right. It’s not just a hat, now. Now, it’s MY hat. halm

 

Not sure if I’m gonna keep the feathers in it. Not sure it really needs the extra color, with the new ribbon.

24
Dec
13

The Flood

From time to time, we get enough rain in a short period to cause the low area between three locals hills to fill with water. This wouldn’t be a huge problem, save for a couple of minor details. The road (two of them, actually) goes through it, and my house is built in it. The neighbor’s house is also built in it, and it’s in a lower spot than mine.

So, we had a bit of snow recently, and then it warmed up. Most of the snow melted. Then, we had two or three days of constant rain. It melted the rest of the snow. Between the snow and the rain, the ground had all it could it take. The local pond came back. These pictures were taken from just past the end of my driveway. (The big pine tree and the overgrown bush is my yard)

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The neighbor can’t even get to his driveway. The small road to the right is a single lane, and a FedEx driver thought he was going to make a U-turn in it. He sank up to his chassis in my yard. When the tow truck was trying to pull him out, FedEx kept turning his wheels the wrong way, landing him back in the yard.

Water was rushing into the sump hole, from at least Saturday, until well into Monday night. As of typing this, it’s just trickling in, so the sump pump isn’t in a constant on off cycle, anymore. I don’t know what happened to the rabbits that live under the pine tree.




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