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Mermaid_Witch #45041 Posted May 20 2020 - 23:04

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View Postgodofdun, on May 20 2020 - 15:54, said:

Speaking of something that may in fact be dead but is still moving anyhow, Star Trek

 

The best part of this review was the ending where it was a hard cut from "Let's see what's out there. Engage" to murder, drug use, torture, suicide, and all the other happy story points from "Star Trek Picard".  Then just to make it even funnier, YouTube's advertising algorithm decided "this person just watched a 90 minute video about Star Trek, this is a good time to show an advertisement for CBS All Access". 


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Oh cool, the Republicans have nominated a Q-Anon lunatic to represent half of Oregon in the Senate.   I wonder what his stance on Sasquatch rights is, since he's from the Pacific Northwest and all.  I wonder if he's ever been abducted by Aliens, or knows someone who has.

Avalon304 #45043 Posted May 21 2020 - 05:09

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Hmmm... this didnt take long:

 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/20/us/westgate-arizona-shooting/index.html

 

America starts reopening... and this happens. 



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Well, I guess it's time for the update nobody asked for.

 

My AS-90 is going along all right. I still haven't found the ability to justify paint to myself economically, but I'm leaving the pieces that require it unassembled for now in case I do choose to pursue the option in the future.

 

The kit's gone together not bad. I managed to lose one of the hinges for the front hatch so silent internal reeeee (I'll find it someday... probably) but otherwise it's been mostly painless. I regrettably managed to screw up alignment on one of the drive sprockets (there was a notch I needed to line up) so now I have to figure out how to un-superglue that. Learned from my mistakes and used cement for the others though. Currently starting on the turret.

 

A question - is there any sort of bath that I can put my finished pieces in to remove all the excess glue? I'm a very clumsy idiot and it's very much my fault in the first place, but I'd like things to not be covered in residue. I'm scared that I'll accidentally end up disintegrating the model or something of the sort. 

 

Also, what's a good method to remove the tiny bits extra from when one cuts a piece off of a sprue? I'm currently using sandpaper and a hobby knife, none seem to be particularly effective.

 

Pictures might be posted tomorrow, depending on whether I forget or not.



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View Postel_01, on May 21 2020 - 04:45, said:

Well, I guess it's time for the update nobody asked for.

 

My AS-90 is going along all right. I still haven't found the ability to justify paint to myself economically, but I'm leaving the pieces that require it unassembled for now in case I do choose to pursue the option in the future.

 

The kit's gone together not bad. I managed to lose one of the hinges for the front hatch so silent internal reeeee (I'll find it someday... probably) but otherwise it's been mostly painless. I regrettably managed to screw up alignment on one of the drive sprockets (there was a notch I needed to line up) so now I have to figure out how to un-superglue that. Learned from my mistakes and used cement for the others though. Currently starting on the turret.

 

A question - is there any sort of bath that I can put my finished pieces in to remove all the excess glue? I'm a very clumsy idiot and it's very much my fault in the first place, but I'd like things to not be covered in residue. I'm scared that I'll accidentally end up disintegrating the model or something of the sort. 

 

Also, what's a good method to remove the tiny bits extra from when one cuts a piece off of a sprue? I'm currently using sandpaper and a hobby knife, none seem to be particularly effective.

 

Pictures might be posted tomorrow, depending on whether I forget or not.

 

 

A: if you're using CA, you can try to unbond it by freezing it in the freezer [which weakens it], and then cracking it with force [since the glue is weaker than the plastic]. Your level of success may vary based on how much glue you use or how large the bonded surface is, no no guarantee. I was able to un-bond the arms of all my Wolf Guard Terminators this way to trade them out for Thunder Hammers, but I wasn't able to unbond an Immolator's Heavy Flamers.

 

B: no. If you're got CA glue all over it, your best bet is to scrape it off. Anything else will burn it's way through the model. That said, if it's just white splotches and discoloring, it'll be okay, you can paint over it, no catastrophe unless it's on clear plastic parts.

 

C: Usually, I remove flash with an knife immediately after taking it off the sprue. There are also flash remover tools [which are basically hobby knives] and sandpaper. Once it's glued together, it's often pretty hard to remove.

 

D: go ahead and share! I'm sure we don't judge WIP pictures...

 

 

 

I painted a GK interceptor today. And the shoulder of the vendread. So much progress...


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Aside from sandpaper or knives you can get a needle files (very narrow). I use one of those.

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On Russia and Dagestan again:

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The minister told a blogger that 40 medics had died in the republic: more than the total, official number of Covid-19 fatalities.

 

Medical worker deaths shouldn't be more than 1-2% of the total, so there's a distinct possibility that Dagestan has around 2000-4000 deaths in total, versus their official count of just 29.

 

So yeah... more evidence that Russia is fudging their coronavirus statistics to a ridiculous degree.

 

 

EDIT: more about medical worker deaths in Russia... they're dying at 16 times the rate of other countries with comparable outbreaks.

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 New analysis by Russian outlet Mediazona found that healthcare workers in the country make up 7% of COVID-19 fatalities, equal to one in every 15 deaths from the virus.

 

The study gave two possible reasons for medical workers’ high death rate: Either mortality statistics are being underestimated or the risk is unusually high because of insufficient personal protective equipment

 

It's definitely the former; the death statistics are hilariously understated and it's being done on purpose by the Kremlin.

 

So if Russia has 16 times the 'official' death count of 3,099, they'd have 49,584 deaths in total, which puts them at 340 deaths per 1 million population, versus USA at 287 (of course, the USA's death count is underestimated too; there's a fair chance it is actually twice as high as the official count).

 


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View PostZergling, on May 21 2020 - 06:52, said:

On Russia and Dagestan again:

 

Medical worker deaths shouldn't be more than 1-2% of the total, so there's a distinct possibility that Dagestan has around 2000-4000 deaths in total, versus their official count of just 29.

 

So yeah... more evidence that Russia is fudging their coronavirus statistics to a ridiculous degree.

 

 

EDIT: more about medical worker deaths in Russia... they're dying at 16 times the rate of other countries with comparable outbreaks.

 

It's definitely the former; the death statistics are hilariously understated and it's being done on purpose by the Kremlin.

 

So if Russia has 16 times the 'official' death count of 3,099, they'd have 49,584 deaths in total, which puts them at 340 deaths per 1 million population, versus USA at 287 (of course, the USA's death count is underestimated too; there's a fair chance it is actually twice as high as the official count).

 

I saw some numbers on US "excess deaths" that looked like the below, I'd have to go back and find the area and time frame, but I was looking it up to refute someone's claim that deaths were being exaggerated in the US.  

 

13000 confirmed COVID19 deaths 

5000 probable or suspected COVID19 deaths

5000 additional "excess deaths" from the long-term statistical norm for that area and time period.  

 

They were trying to dismiss the probable and suspected deaths as "overcounting", and even calling the 13000 into question.  My response was that for every death you want to dismiss from that 5000, there was another death from the "excess" statistic they'd have to explain -- what's going on besides COVID19 that would be causing all that "extra death"?   Of course, the with some people, asking that sort of question is maybe not a great idea, I'm sure they have all sorts of sinister suspicions as to what we're being "lied to" about.  

 



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Just found out my uncle passed away.  He's been recovering in a care facility after surgery for a tumor in his skull last fall.  He's been almost entirely alone there with no visitors for months because of the pandemic.  Not sure if my dad can even have a real funeral for his brother because a lot of the family is older and thus high-risk.  No idea what we're doing yet.  

 

So [edited]  China, [edited]  the WHO, [edited]  Trump and all his pathetic [edited]-sucking boot-licking cronies, and [edited]  all his enablers,  [edited]  everyone in the CDC and FDA  who couldn't get out of the way at the start of this,  [edited]  every Cuomo and De Blassio who tried to pretend this was nothing for weeks.    To hell with them all, they can die in a fire for all I care. 

 

He died alone, and my family can't even mourn him as they need to, because of the world is full of myopic incompetent worthless slime.  

 


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View PostKilljoyCutter, on May 21 2020 - 08:24, said:

Just found out my uncle passed away.  He's been recovering in a care facility after surgery for a tumor in his skull last fall.  He's been almost entirely alone there with no visitors for months because of the pandemic.  Not sure if my dad can even have a real funeral for his brother because a lot of the family is older and thus high-risk.  No idea what we're doing yet.  

 

So [edited]  China, [edited]  the WHO, [edited]  Trump and all his pathetic [edited]-sucking boot-licking cronies, and [edited]  all his enablers,  [edited]  everyone in the CDC and FDA  who couldn't get out of the way at the start of this,  [edited]  every Cuomo and De Blassio who tried to pretend this was nothing for weeks.    To hell with them all, they can die in a fire for all I care. 

 

He died alone, and my family can't even mourn him as they need to, because of the world is full of myopic incompetent worthless slime.  

 

 

[edited], condolences :(.

 

In [edited]those people that can't/couldn't handle this news, Alabama is NOT doing well:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2020/05/20/dire-situation-in-alabama-capital-icus-full-coronavirus-cases-double-in-may/

 

View PostMermaid_Witch, on May 20 2020 - 15:59, said:

Oh cool, the Republicans have nominated a Q-Anon lunatic to represent half of Oregon in the Senate.   I wonder what his stance on Sasquatch rights is, since he's from the Pacific Northwest and all.  I wonder if he's ever been abducted by Aliens, or knows someone who has.

 

I can't see this person winning against Merkley.



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View PostKilljoyCutter, on May 22 2020 - 01:24, said:

Just found out my uncle passed away.  He's been recovering in a care facility after surgery for a tumor in his skull last fall.  He's been almost entirely alone there with no visitors for months because of the pandemic.  Not sure if my dad can even have a real funeral for his brother because a lot of the family is older and thus high-risk.  No idea what we're doing yet.  

 

So [edited]  China, [edited]  the WHO, [edited]  Trump and all his pathetic [edited]-sucking boot-licking cronies, and [edited]  all his enablers,  [edited]  everyone in the CDC and FDA  who couldn't get out of the way at the start of this,  [edited]  every Cuomo and De Blassio who tried to pretend this was nothing for weeks.    To hell with them all, they can die in a fire for all I care. 

 

He died alone, and my family can't even mourn him as they need to, because of the world is full of myopic incompetent worthless slime.  

 

Condolences :(

 

 

 

View PostKilljoyCutter, on May 21 2020 - 22:58, said:

 

I saw some numbers on US "excess deaths" that looked like the below, I'd have to go back and find the area and time frame, but I was looking it up to refute someone's claim that deaths were being exaggerated in the US.  

 

13000 confirmed COVID19 deaths 

5000 probable or suspected COVID19 deaths

5000 additional "excess deaths" from the long-term statistical norm for that area and time period.  

 

They were trying to dismiss the probable and suspected deaths as "overcounting", and even calling the 13000 into question.  My response was that for every death you want to dismiss from that 5000, there was another death from the "excess" statistic they'd have to explain -- what's going on besides COVID19 that would be causing all that "extra death"?   Of course, the with some people, asking that sort of question is maybe not a great idea, I'm sure they have all sorts of sinister suspicions as to what we're being "lied to" about.  

 

Yeah, New York Times and others have been posting articles about excess death analysis, I think I've linked a few here.

 

Here's the one from NYT, they've been updating it as time goes on with more data.

 

There's a caveat that even excess death analysis can undercount though, because some deaths might not be reported at all to the health system or government of a given region/country.

Or if the government is rigging those statistics too (I wouldn't put it past Russia to do that).

 

 

EDIT: been looking into the coronavirus situation in Sweden; I noticed that with it becoming increasingly apparent that Sweden has mishandled the coronavirus, Swedish government and health advisers have been displaying some over-optimistic outlooks and claims, while also shifting goal-posts, like claiming herd-immunity was never their goal.

 

Now it's turned out a study has shown just 7.3% of the population of Stockholm region (2.37 million people) has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, putting Sweden waaaaaaaay off from achieving the 60% figure needed for herd immunity.

But the chief government adviser on coronavirus has basically dismissed it and claimed that the antibody study was 3 weeks ago, so by now it's at 20%, and will be at 40-60% by the middle of June.

 

That's the kind of over-optimistic I mentioned above; based on confirmed cases in the Stockholm region/county, there's only been a 33.84% increase in infections in the last 3 weeks, nowhere near the 174% growth needed to go from 7.3% to 20% of the population there being infected.

 

While it's possible test bottlenecks and limitations in Sweden are preventing such a massive explosion in growth from showing up in the confirmed case count, there isn't any explosion in deaths either, and in 3 weeks there would probably be signs of it.

 

Incidentally, Stockholm has 1864 confirmed deaths; with 7.3% of the population/173,527 people infected, that results in a 1.07% mortality rate (it's fair to compare the 7.3% infection population to current 1864 deaths, due to how deaths lag 2+ weeks behind infections).

 

Oh, and it looks like Sweden's economy isn't doing any better than neighboring Finland, despite less severe restrictions to counter the pandemic. 

 

So tl:dr? Sweden decided it was better to let thousands of people die for the sake of the economy, and they failed to save the economy too. Now they're doubling down on the bullcrap instead of admitting they screwed up and caused thousands of unnecessary deaths.

 


Edited by Zergling, May 21 2020 - 19:18.


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Condolences KilljoyCutter. That's just awful :( 

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On Don Orange's absentee ballot meltdown. 

https://reason.com/2020/05/21/why-does-trump-want-to-stop-people-from-voting-by-mail/

 

As for worries that Don Orange could try to postpone the 2020 election, it is important to keep in mind that the states, not the federal government, have most of the control over how elections are conducted.  To some degree, this has been deliberate on the part of some Republicans.   Plus, the law that places the election on the second Tuesday in November specifically states that both houses of Congress have to sign off on any delay or change.   Plus, the Constitution firmly places the end of each Presidential term on January 20th, so if there's no election then there's no actual President after Jan 20th -- there's no provision for extending the term under any circumstances, and instead, the speaker of the House becomes "acting President".  

 

https://www.bbc.com/...canada-52326166

https://constitution...ential-election

https://www.washingt...delay-election/

https://www.cnn.com/...pone/index.html


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In a spot of good news and irony, Chechnya's warlord has gotten coronavirus.

 

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/21/chechen-leader-kadyrov-hospitalized-with-coronavirus-in-moscow-reports-a70339



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View PostKilljoyCutter, on May 19 2020 - 19:56, said:

 

Ugh.   Slimier every day. 

 

:angry:

 

 

 

Nah, it's standard for Guardsmen, we've come to expect it. Back in 2005 we found it amusing that the military seemed to be moving heaven and earth to get us out of theater before we hit 365 days. Training evolutions are rarely more than a month long, else we start to earn BAH. And so on. Doesn't make it any less of a d. move, but it's not any slimier than normal.



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View PostThe_Chieftain, on May 21 2020 - 15:32, said:

 

Nah, it's standard for Guardsmen, we've come to expect it. Back in 2005 we found it amusing that the military seemed to be moving heaven and earth to get us out of theater before we hit 365 days. Training evolutions are rarely more than a month long, else we start to earn BAH. And so on. Doesn't make it any less of a d. move, but it's not any slimier than normal.

 

You guys (non-gendered) deserve better than that. 

 

 



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View PostKilljoyCutter, on May 21 2020 - 15:10, said:

 

You guys (non-gendered) deserve better than that. 

 

 

 

Agreed, that's it's just accepted makes it worse I think :facepalm:.

 

View Postavenue94, on May 21 2020 - 12:54, said:

In a spot of good news and irony, Chechnya's warlord has gotten coronavirus.

 

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/21/chechen-leader-kadyrov-hospitalized-with-coronavirus-in-moscow-reports-a70339

 

I hope his cat is ok.

for reference https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/24/fur-flies-chechen-leader-ramzan-kadyrov-comedian-john-oliver-clash-lost-cat



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Yeah, ending deployments and contracts and any of that kind of stuff a day before to avoid paying what's due is %!()U#!% behavior.



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View Postel_01, on May 20 2020 - 23:45, said:

Well, I guess it's time for the update nobody asked for.

 

My AS-90 is going along all right. I still haven't found the ability to justify paint to myself economically, but I'm leaving the pieces that require it unassembled for now in case I do choose to pursue the option in the future.

 

The kit's gone together not bad. I managed to lose one of the hinges for the front hatch so silent internal reeeee (I'll find it someday... probably) but otherwise it's been mostly painless. I regrettably managed to screw up alignment on one of the drive sprockets (there was a notch I needed to line up) so now I have to figure out how to un-superglue that. Learned from my mistakes and used cement for the others though. Currently starting on the turret.

 

A question - is there any sort of bath that I can put my finished pieces in to remove all the excess glue? I'm a very clumsy idiot and it's very much my fault in the first place, but I'd like things to not be covered in residue. I'm scared that I'll accidentally end up disintegrating the model or something of the sort. 

 

Also, what's a good method to remove the tiny bits extra from when one cuts a piece off of a sprue? I'm currently using sandpaper and a hobby knife, none seem to be particularly effective.

 

Pictures might be posted tomorrow, depending on whether I forget or not.

 

I don't know whether it would help at this point or not, but do you know about CA debonder? It works pretty well for getting CA off your hands.

 

https://bsi-inc.com/hobby/un_cure.html



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View PostFrozenKemp, on May 21 2020 - 18:14, said:

 

I don't know whether it would help at this point or not, but do you know about CA debonder? It works pretty well for getting CA off your hands.

 

https://bsi-inc.com/hobby/un_cure.html


I wouldn't use that.  As I recall, CA debonder tends to eat Polystyrene. 






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