Kaja Blackwing

If you enjoy watching skinny Russian boys (not shirtless, sorry) digging in the muck for half an hour, than this is the video for you! By the way, this footage is already almost a month old (10 May is when I actually did the work documented here), but I kept putting off doing anything with it. Since then, I have cleaned up a bit more, but I probably won't make any more dredging-only videos. I will definitely have more to show in the future, once the pond is clean and I can start tidying up around it.

Highlights:

21:17 - I found a frog

23:43 - I found a snake

30:21 - that weird noise in the background is my father grunting. He does that when he can't breath (seasonal allergies, I'm sure at least some of you sympathise).

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

SubscribeStar:
https://www.subscribestar.com/kaja-blackwing

In this video, I show off the process of building and using a fire pit. It turned out so well, that I will likely replicate the design on a larger scale in a different location. As for this one, since I didn't get to use it for about a week after construction was completed, due to rain, a lot of the wood I needed to burn was waterlogged, so I left it on the edge to dry, pushing it into the pit when it began to smoke. The next day, the coals were hot enough that I was able to restart the fire in less than ten minutes.
The process of building the pit is documented in the following Steemit posts:
https://steemit.com/diy/@steampunkkaja/building-a-fire-pit-day-1
https://steemit.com/diy/@steampunkkaja/building-a-fire-pit-day-2
https://steemit.com/diy/@steampunkkaja/building-a-fire-pit-days-3-4-and-5

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

SubscribeStar:
https://www.subscribestar.com/kaja-blackwing

At the end of the video for method one, I mentioned that I had some minor changes to make. As soon as I figured out what to change, I recorded this update. Enjoy!

In this video, I demonstrate one method of making a Soviet Skillet - you know, one of those frying pan turrets that were extraordinarily popular on Soviet tanks, and I chose the very first example of such: the IS-3! This particular method is a but tricky, and depending on the geometry of whatever shape you're trying to create, this may not give you the results you want. The IS-3 has deceptively complicated geometry on its turret, and for this very reason, I have another method to show you for creating this exact same shape in a later video. For those of you who would like to create your own strange tanks with frying pan turrets, but don't want to settle for a simple dome, I hope you find this A.R.T. (advanced rendering technique) helpful.

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

SubscribeStar:
https://www.subscribestar.com/kaja-blackwing

In this video, I demonstrate a second method of making a Soviet Skillet - you know, one of those frying pan turrets that were extraordinarily popular on Soviet tanks, and I chose the very first example of such: the IS-3! This particular method is not as tricky as the first, and is in fact the exact same process I use to make ship hulls. However, depending on the geometry of whatever shape you're trying to create, this may not give you the results you want. The IS-3 has deceptively complicated geometry on its turret, and for this very reason, I have another method to show you for creating this exact same shape in an earlier video. For those of you who would like to create your own strange tanks with frying pan turrets, but don't want to settle for a simple dome, I hope you find this A.R.T. (advanced rendering technique) helpful.

Errata:

27:31 - The IS-3 could actually carry 28 rounds. I don't know why I said 18, that's probably the maximum number of shells that could be carried in the turret. Propellant charges, which had to be loaded separately in the 122mm D25T, could not be stowed in the turret at all.

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

SubscribeStar:
https://www.subscribestar.com/kaja-blackwing

PLEASE READ BEFORE WATCHING, VOTING, OR COMMENTING
I tried to use the GoPro app on my phone as a remote so that I knew what the camera was seeing when mounted on the head strap (first clip) or chest strap (remaining clips except the last one). However, as if getting it to connect in the first place wasn't enough of a fight in the first place, it wouldn't stay connected, and live preview was turned off as soon as I started recording. I got this blasted thing to work before, what happened?! Anyway, This attempt to film myself turned out to be a total bust, but maybe it at least gives you SOME idea as to how I proceeded with this portion of the project. If anyone has some insight as to how to deal with this stupid camera, please let me know before I destroy it out of frustration. I am completely open to the idea of camera glasses, but I need to know which model I should get. Reviews are strangely hard to find.

The only worthwhile part of this video, besides possibly the ending clip:
https://steemit.com/cringe/@steampunkkaja/outdoor-projects-are-one-thing

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

SubscribeStar:
https://www.subscribestar.com/kaja-blackwing

For those of you who don't follow me on Steemit, this is a slideshow of pictures of my pond, some of which were before I did any work on it this year, while the last few photos, as well as the video clips at the end, show you what I managed to get done today. As the weather improves, more and longer videos like this will show up until I get the entire waterway cleaned up.

Unlike my CAD tutorials and vlogs, there will be little to no talking in any of my outdoor videos.

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

SubscribeStar:
https://www.subscribestar.com/kaja-blackwing

In this video, I finish the trireme hull (for now, I will probably make minor changes to it at a later date), which includes installing the ram, "painting" the eyes, and processing the model file for 3d printing. This is easily the most informative of the three videos in this tutorial.

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/YZPCHHKJ4/1-300-trireme-hull?optionId=91432102

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

SubscribeStar:
https://www.subscribestar.com/kaja-blackwing

In this video, I show you the beginning stages of rendering a Greek trireme hull. Although similar to the quadrireme that I previously made, there are a number of notable differences in both the shape of the bow and the construction method used to replicate that shape. There isn't much else going on, because my recording method is so much less efficient than last time.

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/YZPCHHKJ4/1-300-trireme-hull?optionId=91432102

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

SubscribeStar:
https://www.subscribestar.com/kaja-blackwing

In this video, I start off with some slight alterations to the end of the last one, and things go a little better, though still somewhat tiring what with all the time I wasted trying to convert my recording to an uploadable format (I eventually abandoned .mp4 and switched to .wmv, even though it takes longer to process). I also show how to make the array of holes for the oars, which is not as straightforward as on the straight-sided quadrireme.

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/YZPCHHKJ4/1-300-trireme-hull?optionId=91432102

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

SubscribeStar:
https://www.subscribestar.com/kaja-blackwing

In this video, I decided to try using a GoPro to record myself making some minor adjustments to one of my 3D-printed models. I admit, this is rather crude, but it's a start. For instance, rather than stitching together clips, I simply record myself playing the GoPro footage in VLC media player. What a hack I am! Anyway, below are links to the models that appeared in this video. Object 901-2 will not have a link until I offer it for sale, and I have no idea when that will be.

Errata:
10:56 - new prices will be implemented on 4 Feb, giving you an extra month to get most of my models at the old prices.

All models are 1/100 scale, or 15mm wargaming scale.

SU-100Y: https://www.shapeways.com/product/73V4R9WY7/1-100-su-100y?optionId=76754112

ZiS-5: https://www.shapeways.com/product/HBNVBG8N3/zis-5-scale-1-100?optionId=65518487&li=ostatus

IS-2: https://www.shapeways.com/product/CLCUHUWJA/1-100-is-2?optionId=65227873

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

I made this video before my last one (vlog № 0), as an audio test to see how my new microphone setup would work for me. Upon reviewing the footage, I decided that it simply was too funny to not share. I don't intend to turn this into a gaming channel by any stretch, and Dr. Weird will, most likely, not be returning except to say certain lines at appropriate times. I really want feedback on this video: if you think I should make more silly gaming videos, let me know. I could probably make Tetris absolutely hilarious. On the other hand, if you think that this is dumb, or that there are too many gaming videos on the internet already, or both, I'll take this one down and we will never speak of it again. By the way, sorry about the poorly-cropped window. My recording software doesn't do that unless I buy the full version, and I'm not spending money on software unless I know that I'm going to need it.

Source: https://www.playing-with-fire-game.com/

I haven't uploaded anything in a month, and, truth be told, I don't have much to show you. Therefore, I decided to open up some old projects and share THEM. I didn't script this video, even though I really should have, and I intend my actual vlogs to be properly scripted, edited, and animated. Therefore, this is the zeroth vlog. I put it into the category of "Anime & Animation," even though it may not quite belong here. I hope you hate it. Speaking of which, I start to fall apart at 08:30, so that may be a good point to stop watching.

My original cringe-worthy art post:
https://steemit.com/art/@steampunkkaja/a-look-at-some-of-my-cringe-worthy-art-old-and-new

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

In this video, I make a pitiful effort to give a size-comparison/tour of my starship collection. Were it not for an inordinate amount of attention I recently received on my blog in the wake of a post with futuristic science fiction as the topic, I probably wouldn't have bothered making this. That, and I've gotten some other encouraging feedback with regard to these designs. I hope you enjoy seeing my work up close, with some further explanations. Additional information is available in the product descriptions for these models in the "Chuyinka Empire" section of my Shapeways shop, with the exception of the titanic monstrosity featured in the thumbnail and the end of the video, for reasons that are obvious if you finished watching before you read this description. If you have any questions about any of these, or about my design process, please let me know.

Chuyinka starships and other weapons:
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/steampunkkaja?section=Chuyinka+Empire&s=0

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

In the final part of this CAD tutorial, I put the finishing touches on the quadrireme hull, including the holes for the oars, the rowing deck, and the decorative mast near the stern. After that, I demonstrate the very simple process of chopping off the hull at the waterline to create a model suitable for tabletop wargaming. In total, this model took me under 2 hours to make, with hardly any of that process not documented in this tutorial.

Source:

Naval Encyclopedia
http://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/carthaginian-ships/

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/C8DCMHAAM/1-300-carthaginian-quadrireme-hull

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

In this video, I continue work on the Carthaginian quadrireme, beginning with finishing the shape of the stern, then proceeding to add the array of shields and the sponsons that hold the oars. This video shows the completion of the basic shape before making a mirror to complete the hull.

Source:

Naval Encyclopedia
http://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/carthaginian-ships/

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/C8DCMHAAM/1-300-carthaginian-quadrireme-hull

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

In this video, I start work on an old and fairly simple ship design, a Carthaginian quadrireme. This part of the lesson is particularly valuable for demonstrating the basic rendering techniques used for making a model ship hull.

Source:

Naval Encyclopedia
http://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/carthaginian-ships/

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/C8DCMHAAM/1-300-carthaginian-quadrireme-hull

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

This is mostly a demonstration of how bad my audio settings are. I will probably delete this video in the future and replace it with one that has both better sound and a more interesting background. Nonetheless, I had planned to add music to my channel, both original compositions as well as my performances of other people's works. This is "Orlënok," or "The Eaglet," my favourite Soviet song, sung by me, set to a slideshow of some of my Soviet tank models (there were supposed to be planes in there as well, but the song isn't long enough for them to show up). Lyrics are below, in Russian and English.

Русский - Орлёнок

Орлёнок, орлёнок,
Взлети выше солнца
И степи с высот огляди.
Навеки умолкли весёлые хлопцы,
В живых я остался один.

Орлёнок, орлёнок,
Блесни опереньем,
Собою затми белый свет
Не хочется думать о смерти, поверь мне,
В шестнадцать мальчишеских лет.

Орлёнок, орлёнок,
Гремучей гранатой
От сопки солдат отмело,
Меня называли орлёнком в отряде,
Враги называют орлом.

Орлёнок, орлёнок,
Мой верный товарищ,
Ты видишь, что я уцелел,
Лети на станицу, родимой расскажешь,
Как сына вели на расстрел.

Орлёнок, орлёнок,
Товарищ крылатый,
Ковыльные степи в огне,
На помощь спешат комсомольцы - орлята
И жизнь возвратится ко мне.

Орлёнок, орлёнок,
Идут эшелоны,
Победа борьбой решена,
У власти орлиной орлят миллионы,
И нами гордится Страна!

English - The Eaglet

Eaglet, Eaglet
Soar above the sun,
And on the steppe form heights looking at all.
Forever silent merry lads,
Alive, I was alone.

Eaglet, eaglet
Sparkling plumage,
He eclipses the white light.
Not wanting to think of death, trust me,
In his sixteen years of boyhood.

Eaglet, eaglet
Detonating a grenade,
From the hills of the (enemy) soldiers (dug in) shallow.
I called on the Eaglet Detachment,
The enemy called (me) an eagle.

Eaglet, eaglet,
My faithful comrade,
You see that I survived.
Fly into the village, dear tell,
How his son was shot.

Eaglet, eaglet,
Feathered friend,
The grassy steppes are on fire
To help hasten Komsomol eaglets
And life returns to the country

Eaglet, eaglet,
The trains go on,
The war has been won.
The ruling eagle has millions of eaglets,
And our country is proud!

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

In this video, I use the example of one of my fictional tanks to provide a short lesson on how to give yourself the option of multiple possible configurations on any given component. I would like to emphasise that you need not limit yourself to two options for this sort of thing: if you have enough room in your sketch, then you can give yourself three or more options.

Sources:

Terrible Writing Advice about Steampunk:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2qWCMVRzNk&t=472s

How to make real threads in Autodesk Inventor:
https://steemit.com/cad/@steampunkkaja/improvised-worm-drive

How the JN-2 is used:
https://steemit.com/tanks/@steampunkkaja/the-jn-2-redoubt

History of the JN tank series:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/fighting-vehicles-of-the-nine-empires-part-5-the-jenufa-noszimal-gun/

David Fletcher on the A7V:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXO9VK1uyFs

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

Kaja finally finishes the SU-100Y! Well, almost. There are still adjustments to be made, and the mechanism may need to be tested before the model can finally be offered for sale. Nevertheless, the frustrating journey is over, and Kaja celebrates the only way he knows how: by being silly! Be warned, this is by far the LOUDEST video in the lesson, between that "pop" sound effect in Autodesk Inventor and Kaja SINGING.

All right, I'm going to take my own advice here and stop with the bloody third-person descriptions. I added up the amount of time it took to make this thing, between the length of the videos and the music that I played while working on stuff that I didn't bother to record. It took a grand total of 4.5 hours to make this model, and one hour can be attributed to both the tracks and bolt heads EACH. Besides, there was that mouse thing. All in all, this is less than one day's work.

Sources:

History of the SMK and T-100 heavy tanks:
https://tech.wikireading.ru/12255

Wikipedia (Russian):
https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A1%D0%A3-100-Y

Wikipedia (English):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SU-100Y_Self-Propelled_Gun

Complete History of the Soviet Union, Arranged to the Melody of Tetris:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWTFG3J1CP8

Tank Model Database:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/update-on-the-tank-collection-and-database/

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

Kaja has completely lost patience with his mouse... almost. He hasn't yet started swearing in Russian, lucky for us. Still, the frustration is enough to make his brain skip an entire decimal point when trying to explain what he's doing. Don't worry, he'll eventually figure out how to use the editing portion of his screen recording software, and spare us all from any and all future cringe he may generate - probably around the same time that he figures out speaking (typing?) in the third person is a bad idea in these video descriptions. After all, he IS self-taught with all this software.

Sources:

History of the SMK and T-100 heavy tanks:
https://tech.wikireading.ru/12255

Wikipedia (Russian):
https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A1%D0%A3-100-Y

Wikipedia (English):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SU-100Y_Self-Propelled_Gun

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

Kaja returns to give a short (but not very helpful) explanation of what went wrong halfway through the last video. He then proceeds to bog himself down in the process of adding all those tiny details that make a model tank so much nicer. On the bright side, the SU-152 makes a brief appearance!

Errata:

9:10 - I said "Z-axis," because the Z-axis is normally vertical. However, for some reason, it is the Y-axis that is vertical in Autodesk Inventor, while the Z-axis is front-to-back. Clearly, whoever came up with this coordinate system was fixated on lathe work. For those of you who have worked with CNC lathes, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Sources:

History of the SMK and T-100 heavy tanks:
https://tech.wikireading.ru/12255

Wikipedia (Russian):
https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A1%D0%A3-100-Y

Wikipedia (English):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SU-100Y_Self-Propelled_Gun

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

After the lengthy process of making the running gear in part 1, Kaja is back to correct his earlier mistakes and continue on! Unfortunately, crazy Russian boy is a bit more scatterbrained than usual, and probably gives more examples of what NOT to do in this part. At least it isn't nearly as LONG as the first one.

Errata:

14:34 - the reason that this doesn't work is simply because I had forgotten that the two sketches have to line up perfectly, which they don't in this case because the edges are not parallel, and 1.43 on one face does not translate to 1.43 on the other face. I will explain how to make this type of feature in another video.

Sources:

History of the SMK and T-100 heavy tanks:
https://tech.wikireading.ru/12255

Wikipedia (Russian):
https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A1%D0%A3-100-Y

Wikipedia (English):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SU-100Y_Self-Propelled_Gun

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

In this video, Kaja introduces himself and his work, then dives right into rendering the Soviet self-propelled artillery gun SU-100Y, which one of his customers had requested. He also discusses the vehicle's history a little bit, but if you want a real history lesson, check out the links below. Now, there is a lot going on here, and errors are made, but give the crazy Russian boy a break - he's new to making videos; besides, his last mouse is dying, and it's not the batteries this time. This is an unfortunate problem throughout this entire lesson, and as you will notice, poor Kaja gets tongue-tied when he gets frustrated.

Errata:

11:04 - I meant to say "front idler"

25:43 - it was too muffled to discern, but I said "which is the same as the T-10," in reference to the width of the tracks

35:32 - I meant to say "both of these TANKS"

44:37 - I said a number of incorrect things right here, but I correct them almost immediately afterward. Please do not bring this up.

46:45 - I didn't read the article beforehand, I merely skimmed it. After going through it, the T-100Z is clearly stated to be armed with a 152,4mm M-10 howitzer, the same main weapon as the KV-2.

58:05 - I'm not going to ARRAY this part. It's already been extruded.

Sources:

History of the SMK and T-100 heavy tanks:
https://tech.wikireading.ru/12255

Wikipedia (Russian):
https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A1%D0%A3-100-Y

Wikipedia (English):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SU-100Y_Self-Propelled_Gun

Links:

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

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Created 8 months, 4 weeks ago.

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CategoryEducation

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 on Shapeways.

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

WordPress:
https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/

Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@steampunkkaja

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