Jump to content


The Chieftain's Random Musings Thread


  • Please log in to reply
7661 replies to this topic

SpectreHD #7641 Posted Mar 02 2017 - 06:32

    Major

  • Beta Testers
  • 16187 battles
  • 14,330
  • [TT] TT
  • Member since:
    07-12-2010

View PostThe_Chieftain, on Mar 02 2017 - 02:26, said:

The good news is that we've reached the requisite number of Firepower pre-orders needed to move to the off-set printing method (the higher quality/higher volume one). As a result, we're closing the shop this weekend. The bad news is that off-set takes a while once the 'go' button is pushed, so it'll still be about two months before the books start shipping.

 

Nice. Two months means in time for my birthday. Probably not though if shipping takes a while to reach South East Asia.

The_Chieftain #7642 Posted Mar 02 2017 - 18:45

    Military Specialist

  • Administrator
  • 9406 battles
  • 9,313
  • [WGA-A] WGA-A
  • Member since:
    09-08-2011

View PostAndrewSledge, on Mar 01 2017 - 23:03, said:

 

That's awesome that you got enough orders to get the high-quality printing! Once you stop taking orders this weekend, I assume it will be a long time before another printing would be possible? (i.e. If you're thinking at all about purchasing, get off your butt and order now?)

 

We don't forsee any more WoT editions of Firepower with off-set. We barely made the cross-over point for the high quality run as it is. You will still be able to purchase the print-on-demand non-WoT version in the future.

Mow_Mow #7643 Posted Mar 02 2017 - 23:35

    Major

  • Beta Testers
  • 11576 battles
  • 14,821
  • [CMFRT] CMFRT
  • Member since:
    10-25-2010

View PostThe_Chieftain, on Mar 02 2017 - 09:45, said:

 

We don't forsee any more WoT editions of Firepower with off-set. We barely made the cross-over point for the high quality run as it is. You will still be able to purchase the print-on-demand non-WoT version in the future.

 

This WOT edition is the one linked on the website article, and at $52.95? I must have this.



Avalon304 #7644 Posted Mar 02 2017 - 23:44

    Major

  • Players
  • 14187 battles
  • 4,388
  • [IOC] IOC
  • Member since:
    09-04-2012

View PostMow_Mow, on Mar 02 2017 - 14:35, said:

 

This WOT edition is the one linked on the website article, and at $52.95? I must have this.

 

This is the one: http://www.echopoint...story/firepower

 

I assume if you miss it, Echo Point will go back to seeling the reprinted non WoT versions after the preorders go away.



CK16 #7645 Posted Mar 05 2017 - 03:19

    Captain

  • Players
  • 9083 battles
  • 1,829
  • Member since:
    02-26-2011

Chief anyway to bring up in a serious manor for the USA TD rework to PLEASE look at a Medium rework or additional tree with it as well? There would be a chance to use the T-20 series properly (IIRC the T-25 is not really a TD or something like that). 

 

Please Nick, can you get the ball rolling on this for the M60A1 or a prototype of it or something. The USA tree does lack the "cool icon" that every other nation has pretty much. People say WoT has some issues with marketing or something like that in the US? Maybe thay is why...the M60A1 is a mainstay American tank to many more than the M48. 

 

Please let this year be the year we get confirmation or something :/



The_Chieftain #7646 Posted Mar 14 2017 - 01:21

    Military Specialist

  • Administrator
  • 9406 battles
  • 9,313
  • [WGA-A] WGA-A
  • Member since:
    09-08-2011

The joys of having a German car which is well out of warranty.

 



Slayer_Jesse #7647 Posted Mar 14 2017 - 01:43

    Major

  • Players
  • 25719 battles
  • 8,816
  • [SAKU] SAKU
  • Member since:
    08-31-2013

View PostCK16, on Mar 04 2017 - 21:19, said:

Chief anyway to bring up in a serious manor for the USA TD rework to PLEASE look at a Medium rework or additional tree with it as well? There would be a chance to use the T-20 series properly (IIRC the T-25 is not really a TD or something like that). 

 

Please Nick, can you get the ball rolling on this for the M60A1 or a prototype of it or something. The USA tree does lack the "cool icon" that every other nation has pretty much. People say WoT has some issues with marketing or something like that in the US? Maybe thay is why...the M60A1 is a mainstay American tank to many more than the M48. 

 

Please let this year be the year we get confirmation or something :/

 

as much as i would like that, im pretty sure his influence is limited.

 

He can give advice all he wants, but home office does what home office does.



SpectreHD #7648 Posted Mar 14 2017 - 02:54

    Major

  • Beta Testers
  • 16187 battles
  • 14,330
  • [TT] TT
  • Member since:
    07-12-2010

View PostSlayer_Jesse, on Mar 14 2017 - 08:43, said:

 

as much as i would like that, im pretty sure his influence is limited.

 

He can give advice all he wants, but home office does what home office does.

 

That's all we are asking really. At least let Minsk know the NA players, as small as it is, wish to have the M60A1.

The_Chieftain #7649 Posted Mar 14 2017 - 04:50

    Military Specialist

  • Administrator
  • 9406 battles
  • 9,313
  • [WGA-A] WGA-A
  • Member since:
    09-08-2011
Believe me, Minsk knows

SpectreHD #7650 Posted Mar 14 2017 - 05:16

    Major

  • Beta Testers
  • 16187 battles
  • 14,330
  • [TT] TT
  • Member since:
    07-12-2010
Then I would hazard they will work on it after they are done with sandbox testing and the new HD maps.

Mow_Mow #7651 Posted Mar 14 2017 - 08:29

    Major

  • Beta Testers
  • 11576 battles
  • 14,821
  • [CMFRT] CMFRT
  • Member since:
    10-25-2010

View PostSpectreHD, on Mar 13 2017 - 20:16, said:

Then I would hazard they will work on it after they are done with sandbox testing and the new HD maps.

 

They will offer it as a tournament prize :trollface:

SpectreHD #7652 Posted Mar 14 2017 - 09:09

    Major

  • Beta Testers
  • 16187 battles
  • 14,330
  • [TT] TT
  • Member since:
    07-12-2010

View PostMow_Mow, on Mar 14 2017 - 15:29, said:

 

They will offer it as a tournament prize :trollface:

 

:trollface: Don't trigger me please~~

FrozenKemp #7653 Posted Mar 14 2017 - 13:00

    Major

  • Players
  • 38305 battles
  • 2,740
  • [27PZR] 27PZR
  • Member since:
    04-24-2011
Chieftain, WHAT happened to your car?!?

The_Chieftain #7654 Posted Mar 14 2017 - 17:41

    Military Specialist

  • Administrator
  • 9406 battles
  • 9,313
  • [WGA-A] WGA-A
  • Member since:
    09-08-2011

View PostFrozenKemp, on Mar 14 2017 - 12:00, said:

Chieftain, WHAT happened to your car?!?

 

You see that little rectangle of white plastic, which has broken into three pieces, in the middle of the window regulator assembly? That little bugger, costs about $5 to make, I'm sure, would set me back some $500-800 to repair if I took it in. The car isn't worth enough to spend that kind of money (and I don't have that kind of money)

Yankee #7655 Posted Mar 14 2017 - 20:17

    Major

  • -Players-
  • 31848 battles
  • 9,377
  • [-G-] -G-
  • Member since:
    08-02-2010

Chieftain, 

 

Does that look like something that could be reverse engineered and 3D printed? I'm not sure what part here is broken. 

 

I've got skills, and love a challenge. ;)



chrisibare #7656 Posted Mar 14 2017 - 20:34

    Corporal

  • -Players-
  • 10169 battles
  • 47
  • Member since:
    04-09-2016

View PostThe_Chieftain, on Mar 14 2017 - 17:41, said:

 

You see that little rectangle of white plastic, which has broken into three pieces, in the middle of the window regulator assembly? That little bugger, costs about $5 to make, I'm sure, would set me back some $500-800 to repair if I took it in. The car isn't worth enough to spend that kind of money (and I don't have that kind of money)

 

Chieftain,

                 Could you please tell Us, what year, make, & model of German automobile ?  I can certainly appreciate the frustration of window regulator assemblies, having done it Myself to numerous American & European cars I have owned in the past.  The dealerships of course, will rake You over the coals for repair costs.  In some cases, You can contact the Audi, BMW, VW, manufacturers directly in Germany for small replacement parts.  Depending on year/ model, costs are just above shipping.   Just a possible suggestion.



Legiondude #7657 Posted Mar 16 2017 - 08:20

    Major

  • Players
  • 19666 battles
  • 22,674
  • [CMFRT] CMFRT
  • Member since:
    08-22-2011
My (Black Irish-American) Dad is definitely going to get a kick out of that recruitment story Chief, he's got a similar one for when he hopped into The Corps

Iron_Soul_Stealer #7658 Posted Mar 18 2017 - 04:34

    Major

  • Players
  • 2899 battles
  • 8,035
  • Member since:
    01-26-2012

View PostThe_Chieftain, on Mar 14 2017 - 17:41, said:

You see that little rectangle of white plastic, which has broken into three pieces, in the middle of the window regulator assembly? That little bugger, costs about $5 to make, I'm sure, would set me back some $500-800 to repair if I took it in. The car isn't worth enough to spend that kind of money (and I don't have that kind of money)

Hey Nick, I remembered you're Irish. So happy St. Patricks' Day! :)

I hope you're celebrating.

 

 

I would have posted this sooner, but I was trying my hardest to get that damn shamrock emblem {really just a four leaf clover}. But anyway, it only took me 5 hours and almost 20 battles to finally get it...:facepalm: I was playing horrible tonight. For a while there I thought I wasn't even going to get it. I did though, but just barely. I hope you all got your four-leaf-clovers, too. ~Cheers everyone!

 

 

 

 



The_Chieftain #7659 Posted Mar 20 2017 - 17:58

    Military Specialist

  • Administrator
  • 9406 battles
  • 9,313
  • [WGA-A] WGA-A
  • Member since:
    09-08-2011
Upon closing the top last week, the windows rolled up, and an almighty crack was heard from the right rear window. Lowering the window seemed to work without difficulty, but raising it again was another matter entirely. Obviously something had gone amiss with the mechanism. Wonderful. Not having the discretionary funds available to get it repaired, nothing for it to figure out how to do it myself.

Taking the back apart was helped by the fact that it was a convertible. Lower the roof, and all the room to work with.

A video on youtube gave instructions for accessing the regulator system. Unfortunately, the video was part of a total disassembly of the car, and I seem to have missed the bit requiring that the back seat be removed before the side panels.

Nothing that suitable application of brute force can't fix. More on that later. The lid for the top had to be raised in the up position, to allow the seat belt 'frame' by the head restraints to be unclipped and slid out of place. Once that was done, according to the video, just undo the bolt up underneath the frame, then slide the interior panel forwards. Yeah, no. There's a fair bit of up and out as well, not mentioned. But the stuff all came out. Then the foam, unscrew the speakers, the regulator is visible. Loose winching wire. Pull off the seals by the window frame. Undo six bolts on a metal spacer, pull that up. Getting the regulator out required pulling up the glass, then punching through the foam insulation to get the bolts. Don't forget to undo the power cable.

See above for photo of broken part.

Fortunately, it seems these things break often, and BMW, Volvo and Audi all use the same part, so third-party manufacturers can buy replacements. $30 and a few days later, it shows up.

Put the new one back into place, and realise that the cables are under significant tension. However, examination of the pulleys indicates that they have a 'short' axle. Wrap the cable around that, and as the system turns, it'll 'push' the cable into the correct groove, tensioning it. Fantastic. Start putting it together again.

Plug into the power socket, lying on the back seat, just to test it. Only very partial movement. Turns out that the 'loosened' wires resulted in the wrapping around the winch/capstan getting crossed. Had to pull off the motor in order to access it and re-thread the wires. Screw motor back in. Drop motor. Screw it in properly, and hope for the best.

Testing again, and it works. Hooray. Now to reassemble. Get the regulator mounted back in, lose my ratchet socket down the side panel just after tightening the bolt. Walk across street, borrow neighbours ratchet set. Undo, pull out regulator. Retreive socket. Return ratchet set. Screw two of the three regulator mount bolts back on, search for five minutes for the third one. Walk over to neighbour, borrow ratchet set. Retrieve bolt used for sizing which had accidentally be placed into ratchet set, return ratchet set. Take best guess as to what the adjustment was for the third bolt so that the window seals correctly.

Now looks like this. Replacement part, the blue thing.


Test again. Still works.

Screw in speaker, control module, frame. Apply trim/seals. Test again. Window only half-raises.

Curse profusely. Take everything apart again, even pulling out the regulator. Seems I may have over-tightened the screw holding in the blue connector. Loosen it a bit, replace, test repeatedly. Incidentally, for some reason, with the top's lid raised for the few days for the replacement part to show up, the battery died in the car, so I had to pull the VW around to jump it.

Add parts back in, test repeatedly. Now just down to the interior panel. Now I can see all the clips (what's left of them after I pulled them out with brute force, I can see how it's supposed to go back in. And I have no clue how to do it.

After much more research, the back seat has to come out. The base is easy, lift up, pull out. Curse as I lean back too far, and snap the clip for the sun visor. The backrest is another matter entirely. I still don't know how to do it, but by undoing the two bolts at the bottom, and removing the head restraints, I got enough 'leverage' room to squeeze the interior panel back into roughly the right place. Put back the head restraints and bolt, then the base. Replace the seat cover frames. Get band-aid for the cuts received to the hand.



It won't pass Stuttgart quality control, but I seem to have repaired my window. I have now ordered replacement sun visor clips.

zloykrolik #7660 Posted Mar 20 2017 - 19:09

    Staff sergeant

  • Players
  • 28031 battles
  • 404
  • [RDTT2] RDTT2
  • Member since:
    05-05-2012
Was that better or worse than changing a broken & frozen torsion bar?




5 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 5 guests, 0 anonymous users