Sunday, October 17, 2021

Back From The Dead (1)

I had a good time, last night, fitting parts back into place and applying the glue to keep them there. One of the trucks will be a challenge, as it's in really bad shape, but I've had worse. One really bright spot in all this was getting the ladder truck back into action. I had to disassemble the truck to get to the bolt that holds the ladder turntable in place, and then loosen it up. I also added a felt washer between the turntable and the truck body to minimize wear, and I also put a drop or two of very fine oil into the ladder mount's 'hydraulic cylinder' to free it up and allow the ladder to elevate as well as spin. It's worth the extra effort; the ladder extends out to a good 20" on the table, and I can well imagine the trouble that players will get into. See also one of my favorite vintage movies, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World", for why I love to add this kind of thing into my games...

Zombie Fire Trucks

I've mentioned that I love diecast vehicles, and The Missus is very good at finding great deals. (I'm enthusiastic, she's thrifty.) The downside of my addiction is the problems with 'zinc pest', which is what happens when the zinc alloy ('Zamac', for example) gets contaminated with other metals - usually lead. The contamination causes internal stresses to build up in the castings, and any sudden shock can cause the castings to shatter. This an especially bad problem for any vehicles that get shipped, as the (usually) hidden flaws in the castings can break loose when a package gets dropped. This particlar shipment came with all five fire trucks having varying degrees of damage, and some missing parts. So, in addition to my usual buckets of gap-filling cyanoacrylate, I'll be making the missing parts out of Evergreen styrene plastic sheets and formed stock. A little primer, a little red paint, and the Tourni Municipal Fire Department will be ready to deal with the blazes that my players are sure to start out in the forests of Karelia.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Tank Support, via 3-D Printer

A friend with a 3-D printer has very kindly run up some tanks for us; a T-35 and an SMK. He did both 1/144th and 1/56th scale versions, as well as spare turret sets so we'd have some variations. I've never worked with the filament type of printing material before, so I was a little apprehensive about doing much of anything; I did work up the nerve to drill the 76mm turret of the SMK for an open hatch, and it worked well. So, one of Annie Norman / Bad Squiddo Games' "Winter Tank Commanders" came into play, and I'm pleased with the results. I'm looking forward to exploring this medium, in the future... :)

Thursday, September 2, 2021

We're still here, but with not a lot to say...

Well, it's September already; I'm about to take some vacation after a long hot summer to try and get the house all ready for winter. We shall see how well I manage. Building things continues; we do get shipments in, and the photo is of a recent purchase as it appeared when I opened the box. All the little truck were fine, though, and are off to Karelia for our campaign...

Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day, 2021, and we're still alive.

It's Memorial Day. And I am astonished that Janet and I are still here to make note of that fact. Given our health issues, I was pretty sure that we were not going to survive this past year. However, like my dad, we've gotten through to the other side; we've both been vaccinated, and are fine. We'll see what the future holds - he did, in 1944...