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Title: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on March 05, 2015, 02:53:43 AM
Might as well take the plunge, but like Seadude, probably be few and far between posts.  The primary project right now is to get my workspace/office set up, which is after SWMBO's.  Once its up and to my liking, some of the projects I need to finish are-

1/35 modernized Koeningtiger for the Asiarama group build (two years late ;D )
1/48 F-61 Black Widow...which I'm thinking (functional?) contraprops to handle all the horsepower of its T-56s
1/24 NJSP Hurricane

And I was also thinking of a new project- 1/32 Boeing A-14 Kestrel (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,33111.msg672033.html#msg672033), also with a functional contra-prop setup, and built off of Trumpy's new kit.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on March 05, 2015, 04:09:32 AM
Lovely ideas all. Especially the contra prop ideas.

:cheers:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on March 10, 2015, 07:03:48 AM
One other long term project.  Building the Bus in 1/24 scale, with complete RV interior.  Because, frankly, I haven't seen too many school bus kits out there
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Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on March 10, 2015, 07:51:49 AM
That would be a fun project ! Especially in 1:1 scale.

:thumbsup:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on March 10, 2015, 08:55:50 AM
Quote from: Captain Canada on March 10, 2015, 07:51:49 AM
That would be a fun project ! Especially in 1:1 scale.

:thumbsup:

Oh yes, it is- especially when it comes to grinding off Grade 8 harden steel bolt heads (/sarcasm).  I've never yet figured out why bus manufacturers (or at least International/Amtran) don't use nut plates instead of regular bolts.  So much easier to work with.  And if AM General, and every other green fleet manufacturer, can use them on combat vehicles that blown and shot up, they should be perfectly fine for hauling kids around.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Rheged on March 10, 2015, 09:48:35 AM
Quote from: scooter on March 10, 2015, 08:55:50 AM
Quote from: Captain Canada on March 10, 2015, 07:51:49 AM
That would be a fun project ! Especially in 1:1 scale.

:thumbsup:

Oh yes, it is- especially when it comes to grinding off Grade 8 harden steel bolt heads (/sarcasm).  I've never yet figured out why bus manufacturers (or at least International/Amtran) don't use nut plates instead of regular bolts.  So much easier to work with.  And if AM General, and every other green fleet manufacturer, can use them on combat vehicles that blown and shot up, they should be perfectly fine for hauling kids around.
Combat vehicles ONLY have to cope with  occasional enemy action (and the odd duff mechanic)  School buses are on active service twice a day five days a week!......and possibly taking parties of elderly persons on outings on saturdays -------have you never come across the Hell's Grannies??
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on March 10, 2015, 10:18:08 AM
Quote from: Rheged on March 10, 2015, 09:48:35 AM
Combat vehicles ONLY have to cope with  occasional enemy action (and the odd duff mechanic)  School buses are on active service twice a day five days a week!......and possibly taking parties of elderly persons on outings on saturdays -------have you never come across the Hell's Grannies??

Yes, yes I have.  I've even had them curse me out in multiple different languages when I was an EMT.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on March 20, 2015, 12:56:33 PM
So, what have I been doing? Besides trying to survive my classes at college (its fun being the oldest [or almost the oldest] student in my classes  :banghead:), working on the house and yard.  :banghead:  Of course, this gave me some moments of fun-
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While I'm not my late father, who would have done it all in a day, with wood he'd have milled and dovetailed, and cut himself, I think its a pretty decent, mostly finished job done mainly with hand power tools.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: kerick on March 20, 2015, 04:34:47 PM
Looks PDG to me! (Pretty Darn Good!) Is that oak flooring on the wall? Looks nice.
I just got done redoing the living room. Spousal unit ordered new furniture so I had to get it done before it was delivered.
I went back to college at 53 so I understand completely. College kids are not aware of anything that happened more than five years ago, tops. I did get appointed the geology department "class Dad". Only had to be boyfriend/girlfriend drama counselor once.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on March 20, 2015, 05:27:57 PM
Quote from: kerick on March 20, 2015, 04:34:47 PM
Looks PDG to me! (Pretty Darn Good!) Is that oak flooring on the wall? Looks nice.

Yes it is, Armstrong oak flooring left by the previous tenant (gotta love zero cost).  I plan on doing something similar with the master bath, with thinner flooring, to hide the obnoxious bright red paint
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Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on April 17, 2015, 02:46:39 PM
So...while taking a break from working on the house and getting the bus's battery charged, I managed to put together this (https://youtu.be/Sru0BWXjgGE) in the closed beta for World of Warships.  A very lucky run, with three kills in a Phoenix-class cruiser.  FRAPS (what I use to record these, after the fight) isn't picking up system audio anymore.  The klaxon came from the interwebs, and put to music by Richard Gibbs and Bear McCreary from nBSG.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: kerick on April 17, 2015, 07:14:00 PM
Careful putting the wood near a place where it will get wet. Regular oak will turn black and Pergo type flooring will swell at the edges.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 17, 2015, 08:03:46 PM
Don't think I've ever seen a wooden back-splash before...looks good. And cheap !

:cheers:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Howard of Effingham on April 18, 2015, 06:08:09 AM
Quote from: scooter on March 10, 2015, 08:55:50 AM
Quote from: Captain Canada on March 10, 2015, 07:51:49 AM
That would be a fun project ! Especially in 1:1 scale.

:thumbsup:

Oh yes, it is- especially when it comes to grinding off Grade 8 harden steel bolt heads (/sarcasm).  I've never yet figured out why bus manufacturers (or at least International/Amtran) don't use nut plates instead of regular bolts.  So much easier to work with.  And if AM General, and every other green fleet manufacturer, can use them on combat vehicles that blown and shot up, they should be perfectly fine for hauling kids around.

dunno if the USN/USMC still do it but in the 1980's old service buses [similar to these but with a bonnet] were regularly trucked out to some of the ranges in CA and NV for use as targets, especially at NAS Fallon istr. several of the arms and armor press books on say the NSWC et al have pictures of these in service OD very shot up.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on April 18, 2015, 06:24:57 AM
Quote from: kerick on April 17, 2015, 07:14:00 PM
Careful putting the wood near a place where it will get wet. Regular oak will turn black and Pergo type flooring will swell at the edges.

I make sure it gets wiped down whenever it does get wet.

Quote from: Howard of Effingham on April 18, 2015, 06:08:09 AM
dunno if the USN/USMC still do it but in the 1980's old service buses [similar to these but with a bonnet] were regularly trucked out to some of the ranges in CA and NV for use as targets, especially at NAS Fallon istr. several of the arms and armor press books on say the NSWC et al have pictures of these in service OD very shot up.

I know Warren Grove Range has a bunch of old civilian vehicles they use, not so much as bombing/strafing targets but as set dressing targets.  Helps give both the TACPs and the aircrews a more "realistic" feel.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on April 19, 2015, 11:51:29 AM
So, today was a lovely, if breezy, day in South NJ, and provided some excellent time to continue the 1:1 scale bus whiffiess in the yard. with some more paint (after scrubbing crud off)-

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Curbside will definitely need a full on scrub down later on in the week.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on June 13, 2015, 11:06:10 AM
A break from the bus, working getting my creative office built this week.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on June 13, 2015, 04:11:04 PM
Blue Bus sounds like an Anne Murray song  :thumbsup: 1:1 work is exhaustive and expensive eh !?

:cheers:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on June 13, 2015, 04:32:24 PM
Quote from: Captain Canada on June 13, 2015, 04:11:04 PM
Blue Bus sounds like an Anne Murray song  :thumbsup: 1:1 work is exhaustive and expensive eh !?

:cheers:

Yes it is.  But, I've got only 4 rows left to pull out.

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Last 2.5 rows of the front

I've also (slowly) started tackling the interior sheet metal as well
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This was after about 45 minutes of attacking the tack welds with a cold chisel and hammer, while grinding off screws that had stripped heads.

Also pulled the front warning lights, but I'm not 100% thrilled with how their mounting holes are covered.  I'll probably do something different with acrylic laminate
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on June 13, 2015, 04:38:04 PM
And here's that piece of interior wall panel.  Ye deities, tack welds suck

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Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on June 13, 2015, 07:16:26 PM
Looks like hard work.
Why are you removing the panelling?
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on June 13, 2015, 10:25:23 PM
Nice. Tonnes of room in there eh ?

:cheers:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on June 14, 2015, 12:55:55 AM
Quote from: Captain Canada on June 13, 2015, 10:25:23 PM
Nice. Tonnes of room in there eh ?

:cheers:

Very much so. You don't realise until the seats are out. I've seen a Routemaster that was being converted into a hospitality bus (buffet area on the lower deck and seating area on the upper) and was surprised at the space with no seats. I've also seen a couple of Routemaster's that have had their roof's lowered (is the technical term chopped ?). One was deliberate and looked fantastic the other had an accident with the low bridge on S Norwood Hill/Portland Rd and did not  :blink:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on June 14, 2015, 03:44:38 AM
Quote from: NARSES2 on June 14, 2015, 12:55:55 AM
Quote from: Captain Canada on June 13, 2015, 10:25:23 PM
Nice. Tonnes of room in there eh ?

:cheers:

Very much so. You don't realise until the seats are out. I've seen a Routemaster that was being converted into a hospitality bus (buffet area on the lower deck and seating area on the upper) and was surprised at the space with no seats. I've also seen a couple of Routemaster's that have had their roof's lowered (is the technical term chopped ?). One was deliberate and looked fantastic the other had an accident with the low bridge on S Norwood Hill/Portland Rd and did not  :blink:

Indeed there is.  Once all the seats are out, I've got 245 square feet (22.8m2) of total floor space, but because of wheel wells, the driver's compartment and the engine compartment, 192 ft2 (17.8m2) is actually usable.  Some folks decide to raise either a portion or the whole roof, for more headroom, but since I've got 78" of headroom there's no real need, even with how I'm doing the new floor.  When I bought the bus, there *was* a Routemaster for sale in Ohio on fleabay, but since the owner didn't know if it still ran or not, I wasn't going to even consider a bid on it.  Shame, really, because it would make a most unique RV conversion.  Granted they *are* overheight for here and the tour companies that use them turn the upper deck into an open air sightseeing deck.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on June 14, 2015, 03:59:18 AM
And the floor plan (which may or may not change)
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The red highlights are the emergency exits, existing and.or relocated
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 14, 2015, 05:30:06 AM
That's awesome, but where's the modelling area?
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on June 14, 2015, 05:55:32 AM
Quote from: PR19_Kit on June 14, 2015, 05:30:06 AM
That's awesome, but where's the modelling area?

The dinette, when we're not driving
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Gondor on June 14, 2015, 07:07:17 AM
May I make a suggestion about masking the windows. Use paper from a large roll and tape that the the windows after you mask the edges with tape, far easier than using tape to mask all the windows, saves cleaning the glue off the windows afterwards too.

Gondor
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on June 14, 2015, 07:51:34 AM
In the back workshop area  :thumbsup: looks good !

:cheers:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on June 14, 2015, 09:07:32 AM
Its in the plan, Gondor; it was a nice day, I wanted to get some more paint on it, and couldn't find my roll of rosin paper.  It's going to get a full on repaint anyway, once the interior is fully gutted and the windows pulled so that it'll be a consistent International Harvester Blue with black rubrails
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on June 15, 2015, 05:32:32 AM
As mentioned last week, I've been working on my office.  Which had a rather nasty and stained tealish blue carpet that was original to the house.  Well, it's been pulled up along with the padding and bamboo tongue and groove flooring going in.

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No carpet monster here to gobble up small bits
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: McColm on June 15, 2015, 05:50:01 AM
Hi Scooter,
Put up five pictures on my FaceBook page; three of the Avro Carlton AEW & C and two of the Proteus.
Search under: Steven James McColm
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on June 30, 2015, 03:21:31 PM
And then there were three ...
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With 4 ceiling panels and oodles of fibreglass to pull down, before pulling up the floor and tearing out the interior walls
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on July 03, 2015, 06:58:51 PM
Bus update.  Went out the other day to grind out the last 3 seats, and realized the cut-off wheel was ground down to bare usability.  Went to find the wrench for the angle grinder...took until today to find it.  But the last 4 ceiling panels and pneumatic ram arm for the door are down, the seats will probably be coming out this week...along with the rest of the fibreglass.  Pics up later

And had a little fun today knocking together a Thompson-based phaser SMG with Gunbucket parts, and based off my updated Tommy gun:
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Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on July 18, 2015, 01:53:36 PM
And all the seats are finally out...save the Captain's

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And here's what a rear heater looks like...with 11 years worth of crud-
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Tasty, innit?
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: kerick on July 18, 2015, 03:01:00 PM
Park it on a hill so the water runs out the door and break out the pressure washer.....
Find some swivel chairs seats from a conversion van for passengers.
How is the engine and drive train?
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on September 12, 2015, 07:58:04 AM
Quote from: kerick on July 18, 2015, 03:01:00 PM
Park it on a hill so the water runs out the door and break out the pressure washer.....
Find some swivel chairs seats from a conversion van for passengers.
How is the engine and drive train?

I've definitive plans to clean it out, including flipping it around, since it's already on an incline.  The power plant's a Navistar (International) T444E V-8, governed around 200 hp, attached to an Allison AT545.  Both have handled sitting well, as well as the drive home from Maine last May.  Biggest problem with finding stuff on Craigslist is that the New Jersey Craigslists absolutely sucks when it comes to RVs and Conversion van parts, and most of the Pick & Pull demo yards don't have any either.  So, it's off to build most of the furnishings, and buy everything else, including tanks and electrical.  I'm planning to change out the solid pedestal seat with this (http://www.suburbanseats.com/p/bostrom-wide-ride-core-truck-seat-high-back-with-dual-arms-in-black-ultra-leather) heavy duty air-ride seat.  Driver's fatigue is important when driving a 40' missile.
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Pulled more of the forward side windows today, but the humidity was overwhelming- an hour in, I was drenched.  This afternoon will probably see the tarp put in place for the winter.

As for plastic, I've been doing small work on the updated KT, mated the track suspension to the lower hull.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 14, 2015, 07:17:29 AM
Excellent. With the weather finally cooling you might as well keep plugging away until you wrap her up for the winter ?

:tornado:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on November 08, 2015, 05:32:57 AM
I've gotten her wrapped already, Cap'n, because I've pulled windows and left them out.  It did manage to hold up in some of the storms we had last month, although I did have to get ratchet straps since the stakes pulled out of the sand in the wind.  :-\

I've also been slowly working on pulling the interior wall panels. Nothing like an hour's work swinging a hammer against a cold chisel breaking tack welds and grinding off stubborn screw heads.

I've also been in something of a planning mode for next season, while waiting for winter to set into attack the Asphalteum™ (If it's as bad as NWS and Farmers' Almanac are predicting, the cold will definitely help). Once the floor's up, I've been thinking would it be worth it to run 4 longitudinal beams of double-stacked 1/2" ply ripped into 4" widths, 1" rigid insulation between them, then more double-stacked 1/2" laterally with 7' spacing and more 1" rigid filling the voids.

The inboard beams would be bolted through the existing mounting with elevator bolts, the outboard screwed in place with wood to metal screws through the floor or angle bracketed to the ribs through the chair rail. This would all be sitting on a layer of acoustical barrier.

Asphalteum is what Amtran/International/Navistar used to seal the roof panels and attach the fiberglass batting insulation.  Really nasty stuff to remove.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on December 03, 2015, 01:10:18 PM
As winter sets in with the end of the Fall Semester, and other than minor interior demo still ongoing with The Bus, I'm already beginning the planning stages of my next project- a 1/24 interior scale model of The Bus, mainly for planning purposes so I have a visual representation of what's going where and what isn't going to work.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on December 13, 2015, 02:35:51 PM
As the holiday season, Mrs Scooter Mk.II and I would like to wish you and yours-
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Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 13, 2015, 06:07:39 PM
The same wishes back to all of you from Portugal!  :thumbsup: :party:
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Post by: NARSES2 on December 14, 2015, 02:25:39 AM
Have a good one mate
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Post by: scooter on March 27, 2016, 11:28:00 AM
Whilst I should be working on the Tomcat F.1, my plastic muse seems to have long since fled, I think screaming into the night. :banghead:  But my muse for prose seems to have returned, and a bit of a plot from something I've started working, which Daz3d has helped fleshout.  A chapter (probably the first) from The Dragon and The Slave (http://scooternjng.deviantart.com/art/The-Dragon-and-The-Slave-599300723)
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on May 27, 2016, 08:55:53 AM
Yesterday, SWMBO and I decided to head down to Cape May for the day, to enjoy the sites before the Summer infestation of tourist season kicks off this weekend.  One of the notable sites, on the western shore of the county, is the remains of the SS Atlantus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Atlantus), of which really just her stern is visible most of the time.
(https://www.whatifmodellers.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2FUzh3i4V.jpg&hash=2d3d22783b35d93734ba960bcdbdb67e1aa0a0e0)

(https://www.whatifmodellers.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2F80JbEex.jpg&hash=45e1c7fe5865698520204985b144ad7add35458b)

There's also one of the few remaining fire control observation towers for Fort Miles, which is only open on weekends, so no chance to climb up to the top.
(https://www.whatifmodellers.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2FOw3GKs0.jpg&hash=60b135047fd3b321d04ee02bc3fbc2e258b6d089)
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on May 27, 2016, 10:43:27 AM
And, something completely random.  An asteroid research base in KSP
(https://www.whatifmodellers.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2F8WMyJTM.jpg&hash=8450aec97429f17bc98739465879ce0b2796cdfc)
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on January 05, 2017, 05:33:36 AM
2D profiling is down.  My SSD decided it didn't want to work any more this past weekend.  Hopefully it's just the SATA to IDE adapter.  But until I can properly troubleshoot, I am SOL since all my saved and parts files are on that drive.  :-\ :banghead:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on May 14, 2017, 06:12:51 AM
Some random contemplations, mainly whilst banging away in World of Tanks:

1) M-18 Hellcat
   a) Replacing the 76 or 90mm open topped turret with either a Bradley or LAVIII turret with TOW
   b) Replacing the Wright Whirlwind with a light turbine or Bradley power package.

2) T29 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T29_Heavy_Tank)
   a) Mating an Abrams series turret to the chassis
   b) Replacing the 27L V12 with an Abrams series power package (turbine or diesel)
   c) Replace bow M1919A4 .30 cal with an M-240B 7.62mm MG

3) Adding TUSK (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_Abrams#Tank_Urban_Survival_Kit)/and ERA kits to both vehicles
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: ChernayaAkula on May 24, 2017, 08:36:10 AM
Hellcat with a Bradley turret sounds like a splendid idea.  :thumbsup: And I think the baseline M2A2's add-on armour would look great on this as well.

The T29 with an Abrams turret, I'm not so sure about. They might be too different in style, rounded cast hull vs. angular welded turret. At least to my eye. But a turret from an M60A3 (or even the weird M60A2 Starship turret) might look the part.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on February 15, 2018, 12:25:27 PM
Today's fun with PVC was building solar power station for the motion lights that cover the driveway
(https://i.imgur.com/YDoDWzG.jpg)

The finished product has three panels on it now, and is mounted on an old DirecTV mount that a previous tenant had attempted to get.

And, of course, as I'm going up and down the ladder, I see our Supervisor Kitty playing H&S observer through the window
(https://i.imgur.com/FX6AkLo.jpg)
(This was after I'd dropped my phone and retrieved it)
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on February 16, 2018, 01:50:07 AM
The way the wood on your balustrades has weathered is very attractive.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on February 16, 2018, 04:48:06 AM
Thanks Fred.  The house is pushing 20 years, and the backyard is the only area the seems to get consistent sun because, well we're in the woods. As you can tell by this Google Earth photo
(https://i.imgur.com/ahqkaMS.png)

That silver sausage is The Bus wrapped in its tarp sleeping bag.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on October 07, 2018, 11:31:59 AM
Cross posted over Fred's blog, griping about not getting anything done despite trying to:
Quote
Quote from: zenrat on October 07, 2018, 01:13:55 AM
One of those annoying days where I didn't seem to get much done despite spending time trying to do it.

I get that every time I have a great idea for any one of the books I want to write.  Like, whilst listening to the Victory At Sea soundtrack, specifically The Pacific Boils Over (https://youtu.be/-O4dtu_klTg), I got the brilliant idea of the following:

The SS United States (https://www.deviantart.com/scooternjng/art/RK-SS-United-States-549029873) on a retiree cruise of the South Pacific, through the Caroline Islands enroute to Nauru, gets hit by a cruise missile launched from a Neo-Imperial Japanese Navy Oscar-type SSGN.

Every so often my muse returns from her cavorting in the Pine Barrens with the Jersey Devil.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on November 05, 2018, 04:25:24 PM
As I was reminded by a Canadian Forces veteran FB friend, its that time of the year.

From left to right (in order of precedence):
Army Commendation Medal w/ Bronze Oak Leaf, Army Achievement w/ Bronze Oak Leaf, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Star, Iraq Service Medal, Global War on Terror medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze Hourglass and 'M' Device.

Not shown: NJ Distinguished Service Medal (Iraq service), NJ Commendation Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf (PANYNJ Support Operations [March, 2004], Hurricane Sandy Support Operations)

Non-medal decorations: Army Meritorious Unit Citation, AF Short Tour, Army Overseas ribbon, AF Longevity with 2 Bronze Oak leaves, Air Force Basic Training, Army Basic Training, NJ Good Conduct ribbon, NJ Merit award, NJ Service ribbon

(https://i.imgur.com/NaHDmG1.jpg)
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 06, 2018, 06:22:17 AM
Nice collection Scoot  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on November 06, 2018, 07:51:10 AM
Quote from: NARSES2 on November 06, 2018, 06:22:17 AM
Nice collection Scoot  :thumbsup:

Thanks Narses.  16 years active and Guard, the National Guard being equivalent to the Territorials.  And as a Guardsman, we have the choice between Federal only or State and Federal awards and decs when on Active Guard orders.  When I was at Keesler, back in 07-08 for school, some of the non-prior students were like "Holy sh*t!  He's got more awards than a Master Sergeant" on blues days. And all as a junior EM.  :wacko:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on December 26, 2018, 04:20:47 AM
Whilst no plastic or digital models for Christmas, I did receive a $60 Amazon gift card.  Which was promptly diminished by ordering a pair of wireless headphones for work, our 2019 Calendar (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1449493890/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1), and the hardcopy Into The Dark (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/149922320X/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on May 25, 2019, 02:54:28 AM
A sacrilegious thought whilst I was sitting on the Garden State Parkway in Shoobie (https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=shoobie) traffic yesterday (its the official start of Tourist Season this weekend):  Take a 1/1 scale Volvo 245/740 wagon and turn it into a ute. :wacko:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on May 25, 2019, 04:49:36 AM
Your wish etc.

240
(https://www.whatifmodellers.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdmz9xfeb9gm65.cloudfront.net%2F3435.jpg&hash=a459dc074feb93aee697a9285298f6542bbd2601)

740
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/af/58/bb/af58bbb9ee594c02f7d9dd2a2a3006bb.jpg)

850
(https://i.imgur.com/64svBzF.jpg)

Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on May 25, 2019, 05:12:37 AM
So much for something sacrilegiously original...but still  :thumbsup:

I do so like that 850 ute
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: kerick on May 25, 2019, 05:46:15 AM
I was thinking of doing that to our Ford Fusion. My wife thinks I'm nuts. She's probably right. She usually is.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 25, 2019, 02:09:36 PM
LOVE the Volvo utes Fred, are they Australian production variants or custom jobs?

I hope the 850 ute has a T5R engine etc.  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on May 25, 2019, 05:24:52 PM
I just googled Volvo ute and they came up.
The first one is RHD and that looks like Australian vegetation and number plate.  Second one is LHD and I can't tell on the third.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on May 25, 2019, 05:37:10 PM
Quote from: zenrat on May 25, 2019, 05:24:52 PM
I just googled Volvo ute and they came up.
The first one is RHD and that looks like Australian vegetation and number plate.  Second one is LHD and I can't tell on the third.

I'm guessing by the dash, but its probably LHD
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 25, 2019, 07:09:49 PM
Quote from: scooter on May 25, 2019, 05:12:37 AM
So much for something sacrilegiously original...but still  :thumbsup:

I do so like that 850 ute

Like we find so often on this forum, a lot of the things we think are off the wall and completely original... aren't, so much.
We obviously aren't the only set of maniacs in the world... a comforting thought.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on May 26, 2019, 04:09:02 AM
You think a Volvo is sacrilegious...
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-OkTTUoJlUTY/UQVcad2SDcI/AAAAAAAAWa0/4a4rpALvSNs/s800/rrute1.jpg)
(https://www.whatifmodellers.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F_6QDgIabT-gQ%2FR28GO4VharI%2FAAAAAAAACz0%2FteBFkyaKSEE%2Fs640%2F1972.shadow.1976.dodge.1.jpg&hash=628f8f88bf114344816580c7f3dab6733f2ef546)
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on May 26, 2019, 04:17:56 AM
I'd actually heard about someone having turned a Rolls into a pickup/ute before.  But not a Volvo ute.

And, in terms of sacrilege:
(https://24hoursoflemons.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/IOE_Rolls.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DpVzu56XoAATpqt.jpg)
This one apparently has a a MOPAR V10 out of a Viper swapped in
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on May 26, 2019, 04:21:40 AM
I presume those are both Lemon racers?
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on May 26, 2019, 04:32:17 AM
Quote from: zenrat on May 26, 2019, 04:21:40 AM
I presume those are both Lemon racers?

Of course.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 26, 2019, 12:40:41 PM
There's this one I mentioned last year, owned by Lord Bamford of JCB fame.

I think it's pretty smart.  :thumbsup:

(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/6213/Ri6a4m.jpg)
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Old Wombat on May 26, 2019, 06:24:17 PM
Utes are cool, (almost) no matter who makes 'em! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: rickshaw on May 27, 2019, 06:03:53 AM
From what I can tell, there are no production Volvo utes.   All the ones online appear to be conversions of Volvo Estate Wagons.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on August 05, 2019, 04:28:52 AM
So...I start my new job as a state-level bureaucrat.  And I make sure I don't miss my train, but...I miss my stop and wind up in Philadelphia.  I hate Mondays :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 05, 2019, 05:01:45 AM
Quote from: scooter on August 05, 2019, 04:28:52 AM

..........but...I miss my stop and wind up in Philadelphia. 


Sounds like start of a movie script.  ;)
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on August 05, 2019, 05:43:01 AM
Oooops.

How long is the commute?
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 05, 2019, 05:57:18 AM
Quote from: PR19_Kit on August 05, 2019, 05:01:45 AM
Quote from: scooter on August 05, 2019, 04:28:52 AM

..........but...I miss my stop and wind up in Philadelphia. 


Sounds like start of a movie script.  ;)

Or a song title  ;)

Best of luck with the new job Scoot
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on August 05, 2019, 08:28:40 AM
Quote from: zenrat on August 05, 2019, 05:43:01 AM
Oooops.

How long is the commute?

By car, about 90 minutes.  By rail, and assuming I don't miss the last station again, a little over 2 hours, but without the aggravation of rush hour .

Thanks guys.  And Croydon PA, looks absolutely nothing like the proper Croydon  :wacko:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 05, 2019, 09:52:35 AM
Quote from: scooter on August 05, 2019, 08:28:40 AM

Thanks guys.  And Croydon PA, looks absolutely nothing like the proper Croydon  :wacko:


These days Croydon, Surrey looks more like Chicago!  :o
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on August 06, 2019, 05:17:20 AM
One thing about a commute of that length by train is that you'll be able to catch up on your reading.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 06, 2019, 06:15:47 AM
Quote from: zenrat on August 06, 2019, 05:17:20 AM
One thing about a commute of that length by train is that you'll be able to catch up on your reading.

Mine used to be long enough to read my papers properly  :thumbsup:

Quote from: PR19_Kit on August 05, 2019, 09:52:35 AM
Quote from: scooter on August 05, 2019, 08:28:40 AM

Thanks guys.  And Croydon PA, looks absolutely nothing like the proper Croydon  :wacko:


These days Croydon, Surrey looks more like Chicago!  :o

Can seem like it on an evening as well nowadays (I am getting old  :banghead:).

Oh and it hasn't been part of Surrey since 1965  ;)
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on August 06, 2019, 06:40:10 AM
Quote from: zenrat on August 06, 2019, 05:17:20 AM
One thing about a commute of that length by train is that you'll be able to catch up on your reading.

Or sleep.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 06, 2019, 06:53:23 AM
I used to do that on an evening as well  ;D
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 06, 2019, 10:37:53 AM
Quote from: NARSES2 on August 06, 2019, 06:15:47 AM

Oh and it hasn't been part of Surrey since 1965  ;)


It'll always be in Surrey to me.  ;D
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on August 07, 2019, 05:13:35 AM
One Friday night after a few* post work swift halfs I fell asleep on the train home.
After travelling from London to Brighton to London to Brighton to London I was half way back to Brighton when I was awakened at 3am by the platform announcer at Gatwick Airport Station saying the train terminated there and anyone still on it (basically just me) should get off.  I went up to the airport concourse, used the facilities and then slept on a metal bench.
The only good thing about the whole experience was when I was reawakened by the cleaners there was available to purchase coffee, fried food and bottled water.


*probably about 12.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 07, 2019, 05:56:29 AM
Quote from: zenrat on August 07, 2019, 05:13:35 AM
One Friday night after a few* post work swift halfs I fell asleep on the train home.

*probably about 12.

Only 6 pints, you should be ashamed unless they were one of these silly 5.8% or similar brews  ;) ;D

Fell asleep on the bus a few times, and a mate fell asleep under the couch in the pub only to be discovered by the cleaners in the morning  ;D
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 07, 2019, 08:21:35 AM
Quote from: NARSES2 on August 07, 2019, 05:56:29 AM
Quote from: zenrat on August 07, 2019, 05:13:35 AM
One Friday night after a few* post work swift halfs I fell asleep on the train home.

*probably about 12.

Only 6 pints, you should be ashamed unless they were one of these silly 5.8% or similar brews  ;) ;D

Fell asleep on the bus a few times, and a mate fell asleep under the couch in the pub only to be discovered by the cleaners in the morning  ;D


After spending many boring hours trundling around BR's metals on Class 8 test trains in the 70s (meant we were the lowest of the low and even slow freights had priority!) I found I could go to sleep standing up so long as I wedged myself into a suitable corner.

I've not tried it in recent years, beds are a MUCH better choice!  ;D
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on August 08, 2019, 03:57:32 AM
I tended to go for beers of around 5%.
Mrs z once fell asleep sitting at the bar in a London Blues venue while a band were playing.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 08, 2019, 04:05:02 AM
Quote from: zenrat on August 08, 2019, 03:57:32 AM

I tended to go for beers of around 5%.
Mrs z once fell asleep sitting at the bar in a London Blues venue while a band were playing.


Been there.............

Mrs_PR19 once fell asleep at a club in Derby we used to go to.

Except we had the table nearest the stage and the band playing was Rainbow!  :o
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 08, 2019, 05:53:10 AM
Quote from: PR19_Kit on August 08, 2019, 04:05:02 AM
Quote from: zenrat on August 08, 2019, 03:57:32 AM

I tended to go for beers of around 5%.
Mrs z once fell asleep sitting at the bar in a London Blues venue while a band were playing.


Been there.............


As have I

Quote from: zenrat on August 08, 2019, 03:57:32 AM
I tended to go for beers of around 5%.


Ah, I tend to be a 3.8% to 4.2% man nowadays. My favourite couple of bitters are 3.8%
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on November 06, 2019, 06:18:55 AM
So, as I dabble in fiction, I'm in need of some good sources of RN courts martial that don't require booking a trip to Kew Gardens, particularly called due to grounding or other noncombat loss.  Online is preferred, but hardcopy is always appreciated.

And why Royal Navy courts martial over US Navy courts martial?  Because the size of the RN, particularly during the age of sail, leads to a larger source of primary sources
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 06, 2019, 06:44:49 AM
I've used the on-line National Archives a few times for other things, but I'm not sure how much it could help. However this intro might help you get started ?

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C1865 (https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C1865)

Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Old Wombat on November 06, 2019, 08:54:18 AM
A point to note, scoot, is that courts martial for running aground were very rare during the pre-steam era & were usually dealt with as fairly minor infringements, mostly because the ships were much more at the mercy of the wind & currents than they were once they were self-powered.

Once the admirals got their heads around the new-fangled steam engines (ie: by rising up through the ranks having commanded such ships as less senior officers), & because of the greater expense of the steam ships, the running aground of a ship became a more serious matter & could lead to a court martial followed by terminal stagnation of the offending officer's career (even now it's rare for an officer to lose his/her commission &/or do any prison time for running aground).
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on March 24, 2020, 06:56:08 AM
Working from home as a government bureaucrat, due to COVID-19 = doing almost the same thing I do every day in the office, but with more internet accessibility, and less paperwork (which is a bad thing, since the field staff apparently didn't get the memo the Central Office is closed for the duration.)

Also, building 3D stuff for Let's Be Pirates, and perhaps a turn at Three Little Maids or Elven Blend
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on March 25, 2020, 03:35:50 AM
Same length working day but no commute means more fun time for Scooter.
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on March 25, 2020, 04:28:21 AM
Quote from: zenrat on March 25, 2020, 03:35:50 AM
Same length working day but no commute means more fun time for Scooter.
:thumbsup:

And no spending money on gas or food and coffee at the food court at work.  That is one thing I do miss about working in the Spencer Gifts home office.  The coffee was free and the cafeteria subsidized.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on March 26, 2020, 04:38:06 AM
I'm not saying it applies to you, but it strikes me that those with a habit (smoking, drinking, drugs, porn, model building) could indulge them while WFH with a much much lower chance of retribution from the employer.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on March 26, 2020, 04:57:21 AM
Quote from: zenrat on March 26, 2020, 04:38:06 AM
I'm not saying it applies to you, but it strikes me that those with a habit (smoking, drinking, drugs, porn, model building) could indulge them while WFH with a much much lower chance of retribution from the employer.

Just be smart about the 4th one...
(https://www.the-sun.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/03/NINTCHDBPICT000572155552-e1584715084744.jpg?strip=all&w=378)

That's why I keep a tab up with Youtube (which is blocked at work) for music.  Along with my 3D render program, FB, Gmail, work email, deviantArt, What If...
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on March 26, 2020, 07:01:00 AM
I used to find working from home was suitable for some tasks, report writing and appraisals, that type of thing, but as the majority of my job was to manage people you tended to need to be in the office. Or at least you did 12 years or so ago when I retired.

Biggest change now would be the reduction in numbers I suppose ?
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on March 27, 2020, 03:02:41 AM
Back when I had a job where I could, when I WedFH I would start late, do as little as I thought I could get away with (I was usually writing minutes or OH&S documentation) and then spend the rest of the day either playing video games or making models.
The trick was to keep everything up and running so if someone rang I could answer their enquiry promptly.

Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on March 27, 2020, 07:32:50 AM
I think sometimes people are surprised by how much quicker they can get their job done at home because there are no interruptions or at least none of the non work ones ? Once this is all over a lot of management will be looking at numbers and office space ?

Quote from: zenrat on March 27, 2020, 03:02:41 AM

The trick was to keep everything up and running so if someone rang I could answer their enquiry promptly.


I knew people who based 40 year career's on that concept.  ;D They were in the office though. Type of person who always managed to be there just as the M.D. came out of the lift so they could open the door for them  :rolleyes: Most senior managers knew what the situation was though, not all though.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on March 28, 2020, 04:33:04 AM
Quote from: NARSES2 on March 27, 2020, 07:32:50 AM
I think sometimes people are surprised by how much quicker they can get their job done at home because there are no interruptions or at least none of the non work ones ? Once this is all over a lot of management will be looking at numbers and office space ?

Quote from: zenrat on March 27, 2020, 03:02:41 AM

The trick was to keep everything up and running so if someone rang I could answer their enquiry promptly.


I knew people who based 40 year career's on that concept.  ;D They were in the office though. Type of person who always managed to be there just as the M.D. came out of the lift so they could open the door for them  :rolleyes: Most senior managers knew what the situation was though, not all though.

In my case the enquiry was usually from the boss and was often along the lines of "I forgot tell you we have a new job.  You need to write a Work Method and a Job Safety Analysis for it".
"OK, I can do that.  How long do I have?  When do we start?"
"Yesterday."
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Post by: NARSES2 on March 29, 2020, 06:43:31 AM
I knew managers like that.
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Post by: scooter on March 30, 2020, 07:06:57 AM
Quote from: zenrat on March 27, 2020, 03:02:41 AM
The trick was to keep everything up and running so if someone rang I could answer their enquiry promptly.

Most of what I do can be done by email and phone.  The problem, though, is when a caseworker wants to know exactly why their travel claim is *lower* than what they submitted.  For that, I need the paper records which are up in Trenton.  Which I'll then talk to them on my one day in the office.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on May 03, 2020, 10:02:16 AM
There are times I'm actually proud of my state...
(https://i.imgur.com/VixdED4.png)

And the offical twitter (https://twitter.com/NJGov) feed.
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Post by: scooter on May 11, 2020, 12:49:44 PM
Something 3 dimensionally rendered planned, blaspheming the Arthurian Legend, for this weekend. :wacko:
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Post by: scooter on May 31, 2020, 10:22:57 AM
Currently working on another set of renders, in my own particular style, based on what is essentially a D&D adventure hook:
(https://img.ifunny.co/images/d979e3f06967b4aa93c09cfe251df03d2f68d6353c6f2d3114135a785bc936ff_1.jpg)
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Post by: NARSES2 on June 01, 2020, 05:33:37 AM
It's certainly plausible. Set in the 1870's, just after the Franco-Prussian War ?

Brain just moved another cog and a thought occurred. If the French pirate had been a powder monkey (or whatever the French equivalent was) then set in the 1870's and he wouldn't need to be that elderly ? Could have him as a young member of the nobility who's fled the 1830 French revolution ? Family was on the wrong side ?
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Post by: scooter on July 08, 2020, 08:45:36 PM
On a side note, I'm thinking of modifying the Class of 1940, as mentioned here (https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?topic=47176.msg888182#msg888182) on the blurb for the Boudicca.  As stated, four light cruisers and three fast BBs.  However, I'm thinking 8 ships- 4 light and 4 heavy cruisers- ordered from various shipyards before the runup to World War II, for two ships, the Fall of France.

Already, I've got the Brookylyn-class CL Plentyn Taranau and Town-class Boudicca.  To round out the light cruisers, a La Galissonniere and a NĂĽrnburg.  For the heavy cruisers, I'm thinking Wichita-class and County-class.  I'm thinking either German, Italian, or French for the other two.  No need for anything heavier as, according to my headcanon (https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=headcanon), Londthyrian government purchased the four Mackensen-class battlecruisers in the early 20's, for a negotiated price of 16 million RM in gold, were completed and are in service when the Class of 1940 is entering service.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on October 15, 2020, 04:43:34 PM
Seeing Ericr's Sunderland/RB-50 (https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?topic=40517.msg899857#msg899857) mashup in red got me to thinking...and I wonder how a Sunderland would look in either USAF TAC or SAC SEA camouflage.

Which reminds me...I *really* need to learn how to work with (and, obviously get) Adobe PS.
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 16, 2020, 06:08:29 AM
I was only thinking of a Sunderland in BPF colours/markings yesterday Scoot. Thoughts triggered by that very same model  :thumbsup:
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Post by: scooter on January 17, 2021, 01:35:30 PM
Whilst I know I should be slogging along on either the Great Elven Sith War, Three Little Maids, Elven Blend, or plotting what to do for the Blue Lights GB, there are times when I pull up my render program and whatever transient nodes of inspiration I had suddenly go POOF.  Of course, I also blame the fact that SWMBO has introduced me to Rockstar Games' MMO (massively multiplayer online game) Red Dead Online, set in the waning days of the American Old West.  And being the oddball that I am, I've a mustang named Thunderbolt.  Of course, I've also got another mustang named Rossini.
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Post by: scooter on March 29, 2021, 11:35:13 AM
Some random thoughts for Elven Blend: The War Years, I thought I'd put down to get the headcannon out of, well, my head.

The Londthyrian Confederacy purchased a number of examples of German armor and production licenses- Panzer III/IV, Sd Kfz half tracks, etc. -prior to the Japanese attacks in the Pacific, while acquiring plans for late war armor (StuG IV, Panther, JagdPanther) through industrial espionage (as a non-belligerent, neutral state with both Germany and Italy), via diplomatic pouches through Switzerland and Turkey.

Power packs and transmissions would be replaced with...sturdier American-made (GM 6046 (DD 6-71)) diesel engines and transmissions.  The JagdPanther's 88mm Pak43/x replaced by 90mm M3, produced locally.  Also produced locally are American 76mm M1 replacing the 75mm KwK 40 on the StuGs and Panzer IVs, and KwK 42 on the Panthers.  Also helps with parts and ammo availability.


(It also helps that I already have a few of these 3D assets)
Edit- remembered to "Americanize" the Stug IVs and Panthers
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Post by: scooter on September 11, 2021, 03:09:31 PM
Today's been my annual "Avoid the Book of Faces" day, mainly because I don't want to be reminded of what happened 20 years ago.  I did, however, very early this morning share the below image taken when the US Embassy was over in Mayfair, whilst on leave during my leave from Iraq in 2005:
(https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.18169-9/1937005_143072766813_6176432_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=cdbe9c&_nc_ohc=ekz4UTnHoFMAX9iwinO&_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&oh=446dc95954c77b6f9a9229a6bca6bc75&oe=61647D96)
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on October 29, 2021, 12:26:46 PM
Elven Blend musings at work today...

Could Concorde (blasphemously) be upgraded to GE F101s?  Random speculations on a (pair of) receptacle equipped Concordes kitted out as executive transports
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Post by: Rheged on October 29, 2021, 12:49:40 PM
Quote from: scooter on October 29, 2021, 12:26:46 PM
Elven Blend musings at work today...

Could Concorde (blasphemously) be upgraded to GE F101s?  Random speculations on a (pair of) receptacle equipped Concordes kitted out as executive transports

Apparently there was reckoned to be quite some development potential in the Olympuses (Olympii?)  so more thrust is possible.    To quote the Skipper of the Clyde puffer  The Vital Spark  "More steam Mc Phail!!"    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vital_Spark (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vital_Spark)
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Post by: PR19_Kit on October 29, 2021, 01:10:30 PM
That would have been a downgrade..................
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Post by: scooter on November 06, 2021, 03:39:26 PM
Acquired today at a semi-local store of the Duluth Trading company:
(https://i.imgur.com/i8IOiKK.jpg)

I'm channeling my inner Kit. :wacko:
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Post by: PR19_Kit on November 06, 2021, 05:16:23 PM
Quote from: scooter on November 06, 2021, 03:39:26 PM

I'm channeling my inner Kit. :wacko:


;D ;D ;D

That's a CRACKING hat there, nice one!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: NARSES2 on November 07, 2021, 05:23:01 AM
Quote from: PR19_Kit on November 06, 2021, 05:16:23 PM
Quote from: scooter on November 06, 2021, 03:39:26 PM

I'm channeling my inner Kit. :wacko:


;D ;D ;D

That's a CRACKING hat there, nice one!  :thumbsup:

It is indeed  :thumbsup:
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Post by: scooter on December 24, 2021, 07:46:19 AM
Today's Christmas Eve shenanigans involve building IKEA Ivar in our spare room.  Well, more like taking two of the Ivar cabinets which single stack (I think?) and turning them into a double stack cabinet for the cat blankets.
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Post by: Rheged on December 24, 2021, 08:47:14 AM
Quote from: scooter on December 24, 2021, 07:46:19 AM
Today's Christmas Eve shenanigans involve building IKEA Ivar in our spare room.  Well, more like taking two of the Ivar cabinets which single stack (I think?) and turning them into a double stack cabinet for the cat blankets.

I built quantities of  IVAR  last year,  to transform a double garage into a storage area.   This was for a lady in the village who has spent her life collecting vintage clothing, hats, shoes, handbags etc and wanted it all organised.  I was paid a  case of Pinot Grigio  for a couple of days work.....seemed like a good deal to me!  Madame R was there as my gorgeous assistant (but no gold lame leotard) to  pass me pieces as required and offer critical comments.

One piece of advice I would offer is to go round the whole construction a couple of weeks after assembly, and tighten everything up.
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Post by: scooter on March 29, 2022, 08:25:29 AM
Contemplations on yet another Scooter's Randomness CGI thingy

How to get a crew of ancient Egyptians into space and into the modern/near future/far future eras, without going all Stargate/SG1?
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Post by: Steel Penguin on March 29, 2022, 10:13:34 AM
star trek style slingshot, the USS ????  loses a lot of crew and some of the folks that help, go  forward with them.
From one of the Iain M Banks books, one of the older races turns up and pulls people off any promising planet, to ensure the race survives.
Poul Anderson's the high crusade is similar ish,  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_High_Crusade.

A slaver race turns up, kidnaps them and puts them in statis pods, as they leave a combination of shoddy shipbuilding and old fashioned Earth germs causes the slavers to die, and the ship to go into a cometry orbit ( similar to the 80`s Buck Rodgers)

if i think up anything else ill add it later
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Post by: scooter on March 29, 2022, 11:21:24 AM
Quote from: Steel Penguin on March 29, 2022, 10:13:34 AM

A slaver race turns up, kidnaps them and puts them in statis pods, as they leave a combination of shoddy shipbuilding and old fashioned Earth germs causes the slavers to die, and the ship to go into a cometry orbit ( similar to the 80`s Buck Rodgers)

if i think up anything else ill add it later

Working on some notes late this morning, thoughts of similar vein:

1) Aliens! (Greys?)
- Crystal sleep slaves/food
- DeadKennedys aliens
-- Humans are a biohazard!
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 29, 2022, 01:30:52 PM
great minds think alike !!   :unsure: 

and in other news,  who's terrified right now?
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Post by: zenrat on March 30, 2022, 02:55:18 AM
My Fair Lady meets David Brin's Uplift Chronicles.

A pair of senior academics at an alien university have a bet that primitives from an uncontacted planet they were observing couldn't be evolved/selectively bred to a stage where they could operate a simple sub-light shuttle.
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Post by: Old Wombat on March 30, 2022, 08:26:34 AM
Quote from: Steel Penguin on March 29, 2022, 01:30:52 PM
and in other news,  who's terrified right now?

There are several things to be somewhat terrified about at the moment, do you have anything in particular in mind? :unsure:
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Post by: Steel Penguin on March 30, 2022, 09:52:53 AM
my ideas being simaler and useable  ;)
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Post by: scooter on September 01, 2022, 07:03:06 AM
More random CGI thoughts...

A Shorts Sunderland leading a formation of B-17s with Corsair and P-40 escort somewhere in the SW Pacific.

My commute give me *way* to much time to think some days
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 02, 2022, 05:37:58 AM
Interesting mix Scoot,
Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: zenrat on September 02, 2022, 06:37:01 AM
Would the Sunderland have a lead ship paint job?

Title: Re: Scooter's randomness- The Blob...er, Blog
Post by: scooter on September 02, 2022, 07:11:11 AM
Quote from: scooter on September 01, 2022, 07:03:06 AMMore random CGI thoughts...

A Shorts Sunderland leading a formation of B-17s with Corsair and P-40 escort somewhere in the SW Pacific.

My commute give me *way* to much time to think some days

Quote from: NARSES2 on September 02, 2022, 05:37:58 AMInteresting mix Scoot,

I was thinking about it as a (dangling) plot thread in Undercooked Adventures, wherein a Cold War scenario has settled in post-armistice (https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?msg=900575) (link to Reply #19 to jog memories), with some further refinement of the referenced post (Kit's Rule #2) and into a "low-intensity" conflict, with the primary mercenary forces based Australian-administered (and liberated) Papau, with the bombers based at the (old) Jefman Airport, outside Sorong, and the fighters based in Aru, and ThunderPig's hoom base somewhere in between

Quote from: zenrat on September 02, 2022, 06:37:01 AMWould the Sunderland have a lead ship paint job?

No, because it'll be right there at the forefront of the formation, heading into Japanese occupied territory (the Philippines, Sulawesi, eastern Borneo), and/or peel off and be the formation's air-sea rescue resource.
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Post by: scooter on September 02, 2022, 12:25:08 PM
And the dangling plot thread has been rendered and cross-posted here (https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?msg=969576)
(https://i.imgur.com/ayxvlnC.jpg)
Hi Rez here (https://www.deviantart.com/scooternjng/art/Scooters-Randomness-Undercooked-Adventures-928106547)
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Post by: NARSES2 on September 03, 2022, 05:54:03 AM
 :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Geoff on September 14, 2022, 03:14:34 AM
Superb art - love the idea of a blue Sunderland  :wub: