Kaja Blackwing

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

Right, so after I read an article about how difficult it is to paint yellow models, I thought "why paint them at all?" I cook with turmeric a lot, and it stains EVERYTHING, so I figured that it would make a nice alternative to yellow paint. Therefore, I took a few of my models and stained them, including two 1:1800 scale prints of the Soviet diesel-electric ballistic missile submarine K-129. This particular shade of yellow may not be to your liking, but if you start with a different base colour, you may get different results.

The article about painting yellow minis: https://tangibleday.com/how-to-paint-yellow-space-marines-easy-and-fast/

The products featured in my video:

K-129
1:1000 scale: https://www.shapeways.com/product/DUW8PRACZ/1-1000-k-129?optionId=55932670&li=shops
1:1800 scale waterline model: https://www.wargaming3d.com/product/k-129/

Athenian hemiolia: https://www.shapeways.com/product/DRVWY5NWP/1-1200-athenian-hemiolia-game-pieces?optionId=65211137&li=shops

Egyptian trireme: https://www.shapeways.com/product/44QCUBX48/1-1200-classical-egyptian-trireme-game-pieces?optionId=67908530&li=shops

9 Anti-diamond frame: https://www.shapeways.com/product/Q27XENNJ5/9-anti-diamond-frame?optionId=63125188&li=shops

Gamma star: https://www.shapeways.com/product/JAPW5BBY5/gamma-star?optionId=9829232&li=shops

This footage is already a month old, and it's nothing you haven't seen before. Fortunately, it's a lot better than last year, and moving forward, I'll find ways to keep the waterways clean in the future, so that when I stock the ponds with trout (hopefully this year), I won't have to relocate them every single year. The next pond video will show the process of rebuilding the dams to raise the water level.

The name "Grozniy Klinok" is my best effort to translate "Baneblade" into Russian. I designed an oversized tank hull to fit a variety of Soviet weaponry on it, most notably three BMP-1 turrets and the main turret from a T-10. I did all of this just for fun, but the model was too good to not share. It was a bit of a pain to process, but I may improve upon it in the future. If you are interested in other variants, such as the Tëmniy Metch (Shadowsword), I'd be happy to draw something up for you. Then again, unless there is a Red Alert-themed tabletop game that I don't know about, I don't know what use such a thing would be.

How I designed this monstrosity: https://steemit.com/tanks/@steampunkkaja/soviet-baneblade-why-just-why

Please do not ask me about the audio - I have no idea what went wrong, and my efforts to fix it resulted in only a very slight improvement. I suspect the reason for the problem was the fact that I was playing a clip in VLC while I had my microphone turned on, and it messed with me. Anyway, in this video, I show the process of measuring the area for a new shooting range, which I hope will accommodate a wide variety of targets for both guns and bows.

I recorded this video before my last CAD tutorial, and my running commentary was even more rambling and nonsensical in this one. I'm not sure which was worse, to be honest. There is no actual rendering in this video, just assembly, but I tried a few new things, including using a poorly-rendered figure of my self-insert character (which I have since named "mini-me") to show the scale.

You can skip to 1:01:30 if, at any time, you get sick of watching me install disappearing gun platforms.

Some more pictures of mini me, and why she's not as bad as she could be: https://steemit.com/figurine/@steampunkkaja/mini-me-version-1

The original model, which I showed at the very beginning of the video: https://www.shapeways.com/product/K2SWUBV98/trireme-airship-zaphnora?optionId=60789859&li=shops

Rubina Karamazova's experience aboard the Zaphnora: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/aboard-the-zaphnora/

Additional pictures: https://steemit.com/bitchute/@steampunkkaja/building-the-armoured-airship-zaphnora

In this video, I show off the finished ship before proceeding to wreck the bloody thing. I had tried a few times to make a joke about the French (Breton, actually) captain wanting to "take a few English pigdogs with him" when his ship caught fire and exploded, but I flubbed it, so you're left with a horrible, tongue-tied attempt to tell the story, because even though I can normally work and talk at the same time, attempting to record myself doing so has always been a disaster.

Source:
https://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/renaissance-ships/

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/ML5GRYZZ4/marie-de-la-cordeliere?optionId=150393964&li=shops

Links:

https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

In this video, I show off the process of making a lateen sail, which is what ships had before modern spankers (and some still do). I mess about with the topsail and the mizzen crossjack as well, since I don't consider the rig in my source drawing, which has one lateen sail on top of another, to be historically accurate. This isn't the first time I've deviated from my source material, but hey, I had to start with something!

Source:
https://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/renaissance-ships/

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/ML5GRYZZ4/marie-de-la-cordeliere?optionId=150393964&li=shops

Links:

https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

In this video, I finish the bowsprit and rig the foremast. Once again, this process is a good bit quicker than if I had chosen to build a more modern ship, such as a frigate, or worse, a clipper.

Source:
https://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/renaissance-ships/

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/ML5GRYZZ4/marie-de-la-cordeliere?optionId=150393964&li=shops

Links:

https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

In this video, I add some more details to the hull, mostly windows, before taking the whole thing and making a mirror image. After that, it's on to the masts, though I don't get very far before reaching my self-imposed half-hour time limit.

Source:
https://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/renaissance-ships/

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/ML5GRYZZ4/marie-de-la-cordeliere?optionId=150393964&li=shops

Links:

https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

In this video, I add the gunports to the carrack. There aren't many on this ship, so this demonstration is a good bit quicker than it would be if I had chosen to make a first-rate ship-of-the-line, for example.

Source:
https://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/renaissance-ships/

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/ML5GRYZZ4/marie-de-la-cordeliere?optionId=150393964&li=shops

Links:

https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

In this video, I do a bit of tinkering in order to get the decks to look right. This is a tedious process that I've never done the same way twice, owing to each ship hull being different, and depending on the deck plan, may require different methods. This ship also has a forecastle, which is quite straightforward to construct, by comparison.

Source:
https://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/renaissance-ships/

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/ML5GRYZZ4/marie-de-la-cordeliere?optionId=150393964&li=shops

Links:

https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

In this video, I demonstrate the process for constructing the shape of a round ship hull. This particular method can be used for any carrack or galleon, and will produce the shape characteristic of those types of ships. It may require a lot of tweaking depending on the type, but keep in mind that a "round ship" is one whose length-to-beam ratio is 3 to 1.

Source:
https://www.naval-encyclopedia.com/renaissance-ships/

Final Product:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/ML5GRYZZ4/marie-de-la-cordeliere?optionId=150393964&li=shops

Links:

https://kajminiatures.com/resources/

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CategoryDIY & 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

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