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  1. Here is the third part of the Glory series. So, is this the absolute end?! Wellllllll...Even though the ships look quite different in size, they are all to the same scale.Three new (to me) games to try out on my unsuspecting Star Fleet Battles group. Reports will be posted.
  2. I have done some modification to the "winging it" section of the Chem Plant module.The landed tank that was tied to the tank on the tower, has now been put on an elevated stand. This tower with the multiple redirect components is presently being glued to the tower it rests on to hold it's position when connections are being made to the fourth elevated section, which has eleven possible connection points. I think the pipe runs around this component will get a bit crowded.
  3. A quick update. This one, I am winging it. Just trying to use up different leftover parts. This one has added pipe runs going around the tank and crossing overin the center.
  4. The next box opened and prepping. There are many parts leftover from the other kits. Most common remaining parts are tower bases, pipe connectors, with and without valves, and the multi-pipe connectors. It would have been a good idea to have an additional box of tanks, vessels, and towers. Here is the most valuble tool for this project. It is a side cutter with only a bevel on the inside of the blades. It has a smooth face that is excellent for flush cut from the parts tree. I have yet to see another in the last 25 years or so. All I have seen sold are the double bevel.
  5. Here is the second group, just arrived from Spaztica. This will probably be the last group unless i am able to locate more metal CAVs. I still am receiving infantry, unless they switch to plastic for them. The second photo is closest to the actual colors.
  6. I have no idea how well this will go over but I will give it a try on two different groups to see if I can get any victims.
  7. The nice detail of this game is it can be used with just the Aircraft Cards without the miniatures if you need to travel light. So now the WWII game:With all the planes to scale, makes the bombers huge. As I said, there is more to come, stay tuned.
  8. Soooooo, those who read my Armada post may remember a statement I made that went like this: THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE... I think. Well that went out the window when I saw some clearance planes called "Wings of War". The models would look good on my display shelf... that is until I looked up "Wings of War" and then "Wings of Glory" was listed also. Needless to say when I saw the Videos they got me hook-line and sinker. Ah, the Emperor again, for scale comparison. The painting detail is quite impressive. So this is not the half of it. Check out my next posting.
  9. Here is the current status of the Chem/Bio Plant, with two CAVs on guard duty. I like Emperors, what can I say? So, there is still a great deal of space leftand many parts left over and five more kits to add on with.
  10. I whole heartedly agree. There is nothing like picking up a metal Emperor, Rhino, etc.
  11. For what it is worth, the True-Scale Hedgehog measures: 5/8" (.6250) tall, 2 7/8" (2.8750) long. So @ 14' tall it would work out to 64.4' long. As always my measurements are with a Starrett Machinist's Rule.
  12. Completed. There are some alignment issues in its appearance, but it finally all fit together. The main point of the kit would be to keep the seams of the piping as lined up as close as possible to better aid in alignment. Here are the other two assemblies I will tie in to the big one. I will also attempt another big one since I now know what the inside layout is and the other big assembly indicated on the back of the box. I will keep going until the board is filled up.
  13. The big design is definitely not one to jump right in on, unless you have a good deal of patience, or have experience banging your head against a wall. Nearing completion on this phase, and will incorporate the first two designs and see how it looks.
  14. Current progress. I find, depending upon the configuration you use, there is a shortage of pipe adapters. If you end up in a situation where two pipes meet up face to face, then an adapter is needed. My two solutions are: remove the flange from a pipe section to make an adapter, or glue the sections together which is what I am in the process of accomplishing in the second photo.
  15. Continuing on, here are some internal shots of what I have been able to figure out from the box photos for those daring enough to purchase one... two... many of these.
  16. Progressing in identifying the internal structure. Opened the third box, that is 900 parts to deal with.
  17. Continuing progress figuring out the internal structure. Not perfect as it appears there may be a few parts from the Platformer kit, but this is what I have come up with to date. Also other components completed so far.
  18. Construction continues with a second box. As usual pictures are with and without camera flash bulb. Some 600 parts here, then more parts and some basic assembly. Next some major assembly started. I had to stop for a moment and draw out the plan from the picture. It took a bit for the front half trying to figure out the base supports, which works out ,so far, as the two stands in the lower left of pictures three and four. I still need to draw out the back half plan. As is evident from previous pictures, the box shows two different plants. I am working on the black and white checkerboard plant. Last picture... yes that is five more plant kits for a total of eight... well that is a big base board I want to cover.
  19. Sometimes things can be in plain sight. The front and back box pictures show various angles of picture 31 that I am working on. The one part I cannot reproduce is the Platformer Kit platforms shown on the back.
  20. Here is the base board covered with, I think, a copy of a Star Fleet Battles miniatures game sheet. I am not sure who produced it and I am quite sure after 30 years it is no longer in production. I probably should try to have it printed on something heavier if I do another, as the paper started stretching while I was gluing it down. So as you can see, you can get an idea of how much area I plan to cover, and how high it is... so far. Pictures are with Camera flash and Fluorescent light.
  21. I started on the next two kits to attempt to duplicate the plant in picture 31 of the instructions. It is not going to be easy with so much hidden in the picture. I have, I think, identified most of the major components. So I think I will try a front to back type of assembly. To fill out one of my mountain bases with a Chem Plant, I will need more kits... so I ordered five more!!! If this gets as big as I think it might, I will need to anchor it to the base panel. Not quite sure how, as yet.
  22. Some more progress, still working on parts from the first kit. I am building modules then putting them together. Eventually I will need to prepare the base board as it will become too large to transfer from the work/gaming table to the base board. In the close-ups you can see pipe runs to connect to future modules, and connectors on the sides of the tanks.
  23. So, the current battle took place on the Romulan/Inter Stellar Concordium border. Map plan is from the Star Fleet Tech Manual and would place the I.S.C. to the right of Gorn and Romulan space. Both Admirals committed tactical errors but the I.S.C. fared the worst. The I.S.C. entered the battle with a 700+ point force facing an 1,100+ Romulan force of five heavy Cruisers and one Dreadnought, whereas the I.S.C. had three Destroyers and one heavy Cruiser and one Dreadnought. The weapon status of the Romulans was level 3, which required the Romulans to charge all heavy weapons for three turns. The I.S.C. took advantage of this fact and raced in reaching an uncomfortably close range the Romulans had not planned for. The Romulans had cloaked before they were too close but then started to de-cloak the three heavy Cruisers to the right. The I.S.C. immediately opened fire on the closest of the three and quickly reduced his shields and his shield reinforcement to the point of the Romulan Captain reversed his de-cloaking. The I.S.C. quickly switched fire to the other two but neglected to concentrate fire and merely reduced their shielding. The critical mistake for the I.S.C. came when he reversed course in front of a, now, fully charged Romulan force that promptly de-cloaked and launched many Plasma Torpedoes that caught up to the retreating I.S.C. The Romulan fire was concentrated on the Dreadnought and a Destroyer. The Destroyer was crippled and had to be towed from the area and the Dreadnought suffered heavily also. The best course of action for the I.S.C. would have been to proceed through the Romulan formation using his superior speed advantage over the Romulans Tactical maneuvers, also dropping mines in front of the Romulans and then behind them after passing through the line. The Romulans would not have been able to respond fast enough to track and fire upon the I.S.C. until well out of effective range. The mine placement may have been sufficient to reduce the force size advantage. As it were the I.S.C. determined the damage suffered, warranted a retirement from the area, the Romulans had avoided having their shields breached.
  24. Okay, here are some pictures of what has been completed so far. I have chosen to use glue in several places, Testor's Plastic Glue, for strength. It dries quite fast with this plastic. The first two pictures are something I designed and the second two are a basic design from the instructions with a modification, adding the down pipe in the tower. As you can see with the two assembled structures there is quite a bit left over so I will add them to the second and third kits and see how big I can increase the plant size. The two structures can be added together and to the next assembly. Pegasus Hobbies indicates they have quite a few of these kits, sooooo I think I might purchase a few more just in case I want a rather large Chemical Plant. There are many pieces but once the parts are removed from the trees and cleaned of any excess plastic then it gets addicting/fun in the assembly mode. I think I will use one of the base boards I use for the mountains, for the Chemical Plant.
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