Kaja Blackwing

This was too funny to not share. It's my shortest video yet, but I found myself watching it over and over.

For the first time in the 21 years she's been with me, I finally managed to get Natasha, my pet tarantula (named after my favourite crazy Russian redhead) to shed her skin on camera. To be fair, the last time she shed her skin was three years ago. The entire process, from when she finally started wiggling to when she was out of the old skin, took two hours, but I sped it up. Enjoy!

I picked up a traditional bow for the first time in at least three years, and I'm just as bad as ever. At least now that we can all see what I'm doing, maybe I'll be able to fix my bad habits. Either that, or you can just laugh at me.

Three minutes of me playing with dry ice. Great fun, as long as you don't touch the stuff with your bare hands!

After a few days of rain, the weather cooled off, and lots of flowers bloomed. Naturally, the bees loved it! I like bees, I hope you do too.

But filming it, not so much. About a year and-a-half ago, episode 3 of this series showed a very bad print job in coloured resin. Between tweaking my process, machine firmware updates, and switching to grey resin, I seem to have fixed all my problems. However, trying to film the post-processing isn't easy, but at least this should give you an idea of how to process model tanks. Once I improve my filming setup, I'll be able to process a full-size tank batch unhindered, and you can see how I REALLY work.

If you are curious about the tanks in question, each one of them got its own post.

VK 30.02 D: https://hive.blog/tanks/@steampunkkaja/the-vk-30-02-ausf-d

KT-3 "Kalinka": https://hive.blog/tanks/@steampunkkaja/the-kt-3-kalinka-medium-tank

Type 97-Kai: https://hive.blog/tanks/@steampunkkaja/the-type-97-kai

Chaos Mountain Tank: https://hive.blog/tanks/@steampunkkaja/chaos-mountain-tank-gornyi-tank-khaosa

I found an unusually large jumping spider, so I caught her and decided to take some pictures, using a 1-rouble coin (which is the size of a nickel, or 21mm in diameter) and some of my miniature tanks to show how big she is. Unfortunately, she would not sit still. Nevertheless, I hope you find this to be cute. You can see more photos at a higher resolution here: https://hive.blog/hive-101587/@steampunkkaja/playful-jumping-spider-igrivyi-pauk-skakun

This massive airship is a central element to a subplot that I recently added to my story. I had the idea in my head for quite a while before I finally got round to working on it, and I've already gone into a bit of detail about both the airship itself and the secret society that operates it.

Types of airships: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/airships-of-the-nine-empires-part-1/

The Order of the Iron Rose: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2021/03/16/the-order-of-the-iron-rose/

Screenshots: https://hive.blog/hive-129496/@steampunkkaja/new-steampunk-airship-the-iron-rose

This is more than just 3D printing, this is the entire process of making metal items using a combination of 3D printing and investment casting. This is a process I became aware of while in the process of getting my engineering degree, but never did until now. I am entirely self-taught with casting, and I've documented my successes and failures on Hive: https://hive.blog/hive-103035/@steampunkkaja/bronze-rings-cast-from-3d-printed-patterns

In order to drown out the noise upstairs of my shop while I worked, I put on some Russian classical music. Expect to hear Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Prokofiev, and Glinka.

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

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Created 3 years, 8 months ago.

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Category DIY & Gardening

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/

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

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

Hive (replacement for Steemit):
https://hive.blog/@steampunkkaja

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