Kaja Blackwing

This is an excellent dish to make for winter, especially if cooking for multiple people. It is relatively easy to make, warms you up, and is very filling.

Link to recipe: https://hive.blog/hive-120586/@steampunkkaja/kaja-s-kitchen-heartwarming-beef-stew

Several of my electronic devices started acting up recently, as I documented here:
https://hive.blog/tech/@steampunkkaja/electronics-vex-me-i-fix-them
The fixes are rather simple, and in this short video, I show you exactly how to remove the LCD panel from the Form 3 for repair purposes while listening to Russian synthwave (mainly to drown out the noise upstairs, which I didn't feel like listening to myself, hence not adding the music during editing, as I have previously done).

Small metal components with intricate geometry (such as jewellery) are frequently made by investment casting, a.k.a. lost-wax casting. For this process, metal must be melted in a crucible and poured into a plaster mould, made from wax patterns. I already have a 3D printer capable of printing wax patterns, so now it's time to move on to the next step. In this video, I prepare the gas-fired crucible furnace, electric burnout kiln, and clay graphite crucible. Subsequent videos will show of the process of making moulds and transforming 3D printed models into metal castings.

You can get all this equipment here: https://pmcsupplies.com/casting-supplies/furnaces-kilns

Settle down, "fails" is probably not the best word to describe what happens here. I didn't blow myself up, but I'm still terrible at shooting this gun. So, enjoy listening to me ramble a bit while I take a shot every five minutes. By the way, my shots are still going off to the right, generally speaking, so I have a lot more practise to do, and I can look forward to making more adjustments to the sights.

Finally, the moment you've all been waiting for, assembly day! For all those who might be thinking that this project is a bit too big for a skinny Russian boy of a mere 170 centimetres, here's where I prove you wrong. With proper lifting techniques, a little patience, and careful use of clamps, it is possible for a single person to tackle some fairly large construction projects. A little bit of brute force helps too, of course. Either that, or a bigger hammer. Digging the post-holes was, by far, the most difficult and time-consuming part of the project. Why? Because Pennsylvania soil, better known as "solid rock," that's why.

All the lumber I need for this project fits in a pickup truck - one with a full-length (8-foot) bed, not one of those short-bed four-seaters that "pickup posers" tend to drive. Sarcastic remarks aside, all I needed to do was cut some shelves from the plywood, cut the corners off the ground-contact 2"x4"x8' boards, and drill pilot holes for construction screws. By the way, if you're wondering why I used a hand-held circular saw to cut the plywood, even though I own a table saw, it's because I don't have room. I'm also aware that I need to replace the spring for the guard on my chop saw, please don't bug me about it. Oh, one last thing, to all those people who would drill pilot holes by hand and by eye, rather than by careful measurement and use of a drill press: did you see the engine lathe, the milling machine, the welding machines, and the Rockwell hardness tester? I'm a machinist, not a bloody carpenter.

I was lucky enough to encounter a spider in the middle of building a web one evening, so I decided to film it. Enjoy!

Just six-and-a-half minutes of me playing with a cicada. This may not seem all that impressive, but it's been years since I've found anything other than a shed skin or a dead adult that's been eaten by ants.

This has been a bad year for peppers, so this recipe didn't turn out the way that I wanted, but in case you ever want make your own hot sauce, this is how it's done. Depending on what flavours you like, you can start out with different peppers and add different seasonings to it. Aside from the tomato sauce and turmeric, all of the ingredients in this recipe came from my garden. For the record, I did grow tomatoes as well, but not the right varieties for making sauce.

More information (and also a springboard for other culinary content): https://hive.blog/food/@steampunkkaja/pepper-harvest-and-homemade-hot-sauce

Eleven months after the last installment of this project, and I finally get round to finishing it! I didn't follow my original plan of sewing a canvas canopy, as you'll see, but I can't complain about the results. This canopy blocks 90% of light, which is better than any umbrella, so it serves its purpose. Now, the only question is "will it keep me dry when I'm throwing snow?"

Thermoforming, also known as vacuum forming, is the process of using heat and vacuum pressure to form sheets of plastic into 3D shapes over a pattern. I didn't decide to get into this on a whim, but rather because a prototyping job that I'm working on for a client necessitated that I do so. Luckily, I should be able to find plenty of other uses for this machine.

There are many different thermoforming machines available, and after due consideration, I decided on this one: https://www.hdindustrialdesign.com/
Mine and many others are also available on Amazon.

I decided to make this video because Formlabs has needlessly complicated instructions for cleaning out their wash unit, but I've found a better way: just remove the IPA tank and dump it! I used the siphon pump only when the 5-gallon IPA drum is fresh: next time I change the alcohol, I'll just pour it in from the drum, since it's less likely to spill.

A few months ago, I bought a Work Sharp 3000 wood tool sharpening system, with the intent of using it to sharpen knives and swords. I finally got round to setting it up and using it, and the results it produces are superb, far better than any other machine I've ever used; in fact, I would say that's just as good as a hand stone, but a lot faster. Since it's designed primarily to sharpen wood chisels, I may make a separate video in the future demonstrating that process, but you can definitely expect to see it put to good use sharpening swords in the future!

Where you can get it:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PVHIMW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Rockler Woodworking: https://www.rockler.com/work-sharp-ws3000-tool-sharpener

Well, this was a success, so I think I may continue with this vlogging thing after all! This will be more of an impromptu update format where I plan to be silly and incoherent, as opposed to my written updates. Today, I'm showing off all the new figures that I've designed in Hero Forge, as well as rambling about upcoming projects, including a tease for the third and final part of the tractor canopy series. Enjoy!

It's finally done... for the most part. I ended up making a few more tweaks to the design, which I share in a Hive post that you can see below. What I recorded here, however, was the process of adding lines, hinges, and bolts to the screens attached to the sponsons, so that panels can be opened up for maintenance purposes, as was done on many historical tanks, such as the T-28 (the second most important design to inspire the KT-3). The reason that these lines have to be so wide, incidentally, is so that they are easily visible on a 3D-printed model. Make these lines too thin, and not only will they be hard to see, but they will easily be filled in and utterly obliterated during painting.

Modifications made after recording: https://hive.blog/tanks/@steampunkkaja/the-kt-3-kalinka-medium-tank

15mm Challenge: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/my-new-15mm-challenge/

Why this took so long since I teased it at the end of my last vlog: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/where-have-i-been/

Final product: https://www.shapeways.com/product/9BJR8G2JX/1-100-kt-3-quot-kalinka-quot-medium-tank?optionId=167092053&li=shops

Links: https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

I start off this video under the impression that it will be the last in this series. Psych! As it turns out, I can't add all the details I'd like in twenty-five minutes, so there will be another one to follow. Anyway, with the turrets in place, I add sponsons to hold heavy machine guns - thus giving away the main inspiration for this design, at least for those who are already familiar with it.

15mm Challenge: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/my-new-15mm-challenge/

Why this took so long since I teased it at the end of my last vlog: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/where-have-i-been/

Final product: https://www.shapeways.com/product/9BJR8G2JX/1-100-kt-3-quot-kalinka-quot-medium-tank?optionId=167092053&li=shops

Links: https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

I start off this video with a much better looking main turret, having tweaked a couple of dimensions to make it look better (and also more functional). Are you noticing a pattern yet? Anyway, I also add details to the main turret, I make the forward machine gun turret (all at once, which should be much more helpful), the main gun, and put them all together. the KT-3 is finally looking like a functional tank!

15mm Challenge: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/my-new-15mm-challenge/

Why this took so long since I teased it at the end of my last vlog: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/where-have-i-been/

Final product: https://www.shapeways.com/product/9BJR8G2JX/1-100-kt-3-quot-kalinka-quot-medium-tank?optionId=167092053&li=shops

Links: https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

I finally finish the hull in this video, and start on the main turret. Here, you'll get to see my standard tank turret clip base, which I use on ALL of my model tanks, and variations thereof are used for turrets on ships as well. This spring clip design is the product of an experiment that I did seven years ago, when I first started designing model tanks and uploading them to Shapeways. It's optimised for 1:100 scale models in laser-sintered nylon.

15mm Challenge: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/my-new-15mm-challenge/

Why this took so long since I teased it at the end of my last vlog: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/where-have-i-been/

Final product: https://www.shapeways.com/product/9BJR8G2JX/1-100-kt-3-quot-kalinka-quot-medium-tank?optionId=167092053&li=shops

Links: https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

Time to add some details! This video is the first to show the complete tank hull (as opposed to just half of it). You may also start to see where I got some of my ideas for this little tank as I add provision for a forward machine gun turret. I do also ramble a bit about certain design considerations for tanks in general, so in case you don't understand me, but would like to know more, feel free to leave a comment. I communicate much better in text.

15mm Challenge: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/my-new-15mm-challenge/

Why this took so long since I teased it at the end of my last vlog: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/where-have-i-been/

Final product: https://www.shapeways.com/product/9BJR8G2JX/1-100-kt-3-quot-kalinka-quot-medium-tank?optionId=167092053&li=shops

Links: https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

You tweak me, I tweak you! Seriously, much like making lots of tiny turns with a car in order to get out of a tight space, sometimes I have to go through this when making the tracks. You may want to watch this video at 150% normal speed, though you likely won't understand my rambling if you do so.

15mm Challenge: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/my-new-15mm-challenge/

Why this took so long since I teased it at the end of my last vlog: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/where-have-i-been/

Final product: https://www.shapeways.com/product/9BJR8G2JX/1-100-kt-3-quot-kalinka-quot-medium-tank?optionId=167092053&li=shops

Links: https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

Continuing to prattle on, I don't get very far in this video either, completing only the front idler and drive sprocket. By the way, the comment I made at the end about the "chrysanthemum sprocket" is in reference to the fact that it closely resembles the chrysanthemum-pattern tsuba commonly found on Nihontō (Japanese swords).

15mm Challenge: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/my-new-15mm-challenge/

Why this took so long since I teased it at the end of my last vlog: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/where-have-i-been/

Final product: https://www.shapeways.com/product/9BJR8G2JX/1-100-kt-3-quot-kalinka-quot-medium-tank?optionId=167092053&li=shops

Links: https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

I imposed a 15mm challenge on myself about two years ago, which was to keep the same number of historical tanks and fictional tanks in that scale in my Shapeways shop. I decided to make this tank to match the addition of the Valentine Bridgelayer. In the first video of the series, I make the basic hull shape and add the road wheels. Not very impressive.

15mm Challenge: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/my-new-15mm-challenge/

Why this took so long since I teased it at the end of my last vlog: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/where-have-i-been/

Final product: https://www.shapeways.com/product/9BJR8G2JX/1-100-kt-3-quot-kalinka-quot-medium-tank?optionId=167092053&li=shops

Links: https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

I wasn't able to make a pond update because reasons, I have a tank walkthrough to make, but I didn't want to keep all twelve of you waiting for my next cringe-fest. So, enjoy watching me playing around in Hero Forge!

Errata:

22:13 - This will not be the LAST video of this type that I make, stupid me!

Summary of the new airships that I'm working on: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2020/05/29/airships-of-the-nine-empires-part-4/

Don't forget to follow me on Hive: https://hive.blog/@steampunkkaja

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This channel has no consistent theme, other than "stuff this crazy Russian boy works on." I originally created this channel to share CAD tutorials, such as model tank and ship rendering walkthroughs, as well as other valuable tips and tricks that I cannot so easily share in a text-and-screenshot format. However, after posting a few outdoor project videos as well, I no longer have the slightest clue where this channel is headed. Feel free to check out other platforms on which I share my work, and you can support me by either throwing a few Roubles my way on SubscribeStar, or by purchasing my products from my website, on Shapeways, or my designs from Wargaming 3D.

Website:
https://kajminiatures.com/

Shapeways:
https://www.shapeways.com/designer/steampunkkaja

Wargaming 3D:
https://www.wargaming3d.com/vendor/kajminiatures/

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https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

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https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

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https://hive.blog/@steampunkkaja

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