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Kaja Blackwing
Kaja Blackwing
A creator of 3D models, 2D graphics and animation, music, and video tutorials of all those things. I work on custom projects all the time, and I welcome a challenge.
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End-of-Month Update for March 2020: I'm making some wackier and wackier items in my shop.  The second of the disappearing guns is also available on Wargaming 3D, and each .zip folder purchased will give you multiple positions for that particular miniature weapon.  I'll be working on adding more configurations soon, as well as additional components.  I can make every component for the Zaphnora on my own 3D printer except the hull, which will cost $500 from Shapeways in 1:220 scale.  I'm not in any hurry, seeing as Shapeways is located in New York, and unless they are making face shields or other "essential" pieces of equipment, they won't be open for business for some time.  In the mean time, all I can provide is either entertainment or manufacturing consultation.  In fact, I have returned to working on my pond, I have another half-hour video showing the start-of-season clean-up already done (which I will probably upload in a week or two, depending on what shop-related content I have to share), and another video half-done showing the process of repairing the dams to raise the water level.  Hopefully, this year I will be able to stock the ponds with fish.  You all laughed at me, but when the stay-at-home order comes to where you live, I'll be the one laughing, since I won't have to go out to get food.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/ewyjQppKIceV/
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The first of the Zaphnora's weapons is now available for sale on Wargaming 3D!

https://www.wargaming3d.com/product/15mm-disappearing-gun-platform-9-barrel-42mm/


The zipped folder contains two .stl files, with the gun in two different positions.  Here are some photos of one of them:

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I have finally gotten around to publishing the video showing the construction of the Zaphnora.  I figured that this was a good time to upload it, since I've already started recording my next project, and I may have something else to share a week from now.  Enjoy!
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End-of-Month Update for February 2020: last night, I FINALLY began recording the walkthrough videos for Marie de la Cordelière, and I have five half-hour videos done so far.  One more ought to be enough to finish the ship itself, and then I might make another video after that showing how to wreck the ship.  In addition, I have several subscriber-exclusive previews of my most intricate model yet, so (((givememoneygivememoneygivememoney))) if you want to see what I've been working on immediately, rather than waiting for the video to appear.  There are several other new models that I've made and haven't shared anywhere yet, so keep your eyes on my Steemit blog in case you want to see them as well.  Next month will be more productive, I hope.
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Last night, I recorded myse...

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The last of the re-designed...

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The airship Zaphnora is equ...

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I can't focus on the work that I need to do when I get an idea in my head.  Therefore, before working on my next CAD tutorial, I decided to re-design one of my airships.  You can read about the exact nature of the project here: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/aboard-the-zaphnora/
If you are interested at all, I will be posting subscriber-only previews of this project, the first of which will appear very shortly after this one.  Over the next few days, I will post subscriber-exclusive previews of each new item, with multiple pictures of each new item per day until the project is finished.  Much as I would love to post a subscriber-exclusive video before uploading it to BitChute, the last time I tried that, I couldn't upload a high-resolution video, so if you're willing to spend  $1 per month to see the pictures, you'll still have to wait to see my video when I put this whole thing together.  
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End-of-Month Update for January 2020: I finally got coloured resin, and I started making coloured miniatures.  The stuff is far less forgiving than white resin or castable wax, but when it doesn't malfunction, the results are superb.  I have a video showing off exactly what sort of problems I have with it, while the rest of the videos I uploaded this month show off the post-processing of sailing ship models.  You can see some of the other issue I've had with this stuff here: https://steemit.com/print3d/@steampunkkaja/lessons-from-a-miniature-t-10m
and here: https://steemit.com/print3d/@steampunkkaja/another-wtf-moment-with-coloured-resin
I'll find a way to get this under control eventually, but at least I have some better photographs in my shop now.  Likewise, if you're interested in getting into 3D printing yourself particularly of model ships, then I would suggest checking out my four-part video demonstrating the post-processing.
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End-of-Year Update for 2019: so, what have I done so far this year?  Well, I've been on SubscribeStar for almost the entire year, so there isn't a whole lot that you wouldn't already know about.  The most important things, however, have all been related to my 3D print shop.  Here's a list:
1) I've made my own website, where I sell printed models (tanks only, at this point, but I will eventually expand it).
2) I set up a high-resolution 3D printer, to replace the third-party printing service that my customers and I both used.
3) I've published videos showing the printing process, and more will come.
4) I am now offering model files of my miniatures for sale on Wargaming3D, in case you want to print them yourself.  This is also where most of my website traffic comes from.

Regrettably, I'm getting over a cold as I'm writing this, so between that, everything else that I've had to do outside my shop, and my recurring depression, I haven't been very productive this month.  Were that not the case, I would have much more to share with you at the moment.  Hopefully, I'll be able to pick up the pace next year, and maybe return to weekly updates.
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End-of-Month Update for November 2019: I haven't been quite as productive as I would have liked, but I have several new videos up on BitChute, including one of me visiting my old shooting range.  This is relevant because today is the first day of rifle hunting season where I live, though today was a horrible day for hunting.  I will not be returning to my 3D print shop until after either this season is over, or until I fill my tags, whichever comes first.  In the mean time, I will still spend evenings and bad-weather days working on designing more models.  I have another virtual shipbuilding video planned, which I should have recorded over a month ago, but I had other priorities.  Hopefully, I'll get everything on my list done by the end of the year.  Until then, enjoy watching some post-processing videos, like this one:
https://www.bitchute.com/video/3TtSF0WEPgZr/
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End-of-Month Update for October 2019: Happy Halloween, I'm the Mad Toymaker!  Seriously, I've been so busy with setting up my 3D print shop that I've had to neglect blogging, for the most part.  Since releasing the T26E5, I've printed a couple of them, along with most of my other tanks.  I don't have video footage of post-processing tank models yet, but I do have a video showing the post-processing of a sailing frigate.  Here are my two print shop videos that I have public so far:
https://www.bitchute.com/video/VGkavFVZUdoc/
https://www.bitchute.com/video/ARR9UdQ1yx9a/
My setup has changed since these have been filmed, and there is one more piece of equipment I'm waiting for before I make my next video.  If you want to see what I've printed so far, I have links all over the place.  Check out my photos on Steemit, an outline of my plans on my WordPress blog, model files for sale on Wargaming 3D, or actual models for sale on my website

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I finally finished the T26E5.  Those of who saw my previous Steemit post on the subject will note that I've been working on this project for four days, and I rarely take so long on a single model.  Then again, as I've explained, American tanks tend to be much more geometrically complicated than Soviet tanks.  Even the bizarrely-shaped Object 279 wasn't as frustrating as this thing.  However, now that it's done, I may re-make the T29 hull with more detail, but that won't be for some time.  Hunting season starts tomorrow, so, depending on the weather, I'll either spend all day outside, or go back to virtual shipbuilding, as I have several pending requests, the first of which I will probably record.  Anyway, you can find the T26E5 on Shapeways, and here are some pictures:

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End-of-Month Update for September 2019: from now on, I'm going to post regular updates on the last day of every month, as a report of what I've gotten done.  This month, I signed up for Wargaming 3D, and once I start printing models, I will start populating that storefront.  I had a "business trip," to be unnecessarily self-important, that turned out to be a complete waste of time, since my client cancelled the meeting at the last minute, thus pulling me away from my tractor canopy project for two full weeks.  However, I still found things to do.  I re-scaled the Preussen, and wrecked one of my own ships, which you can see here.  Per a customer's request, I'm going to be adding another ship and a corresponding wreck.  Both of those models will appear after I finish the T26E5, and all of this should be done in the next few days.  Since the ship in question is a carrack, I make those in a different manner from steamships of ancient war galleys, and will therefore record another walkthrough video showing that process.
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After my last post, I almost abandoned SubscribeStar, but some recent encouragement on Steemit has changed my mind.  10, 561, 1545, and finally, 1549 - those were the numbers of upvotes on my most recent tractor canopy update post, I watched the count skyrocket over three days.  There is a link to a BitChute video there, but you can watch it here as well:  https://www.bitchute.com/video/o4sRZlcXXwEt/
So, now I have reason to shamelessly beg for money again: you can help me keep my metal shop running (at least until I start making a profit off my projects)!  I have no idea how I should start restructuring my goals, but a new welding machine may be one of them (I hate touch-start TIG), or at the very least, new hoses, since mine have sprung leaks (don't fear for my safety, it's only argon).  Of course, I'm not going to give up on my 3D printing shop either, but Formlabs is behind on delivery.  I have a list of my most important projects on WordPress, if you're interested in checking it out.  I'll be happy to add to that list as well, and document the progress for the purposes of education and entertainment.
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Weekly Update for 25 Jul, 2019: Sorry for missing last week's update (oh, who am I kidding, no-one follows me on this site anyway), but it wasn't for lack of productivity.  I've been working on my website quite a bit, and I have most of my models indexed, even if the product pages don't exist yet.  I described in detail what my intent is in a recent Steemit post, and provided some preview screenshots on WordPress.  I still need to get more information about what type of resin I should make these models from, but communicating with Formlabs is next to impossible.  I have two more tanks available, the VK30.02D, and the fictional AMX M4 mle 54.  Yes, I know, it's listed under "historical tanks," only because both the hull and turret actually are historical, but not that specific combination, which is the same problem my T-150 model has.  On the DIY front, I've had to delay working on the tractor canopy because of multiple other things that required my immediate attention, among them my car (I hate cars), problems because of the weather (I hate summer), and several things round the house breaking all at once, simply because of age (I hate modern manufacturing).  Well, I may not be able to assemble that tractor canopy any time soon, but I still get to do some welding.  
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Weekly Update for 11 Jul, 2019: I've switched briefly to working on German tanks, and the hull for the VK30.02 Ausf D is now done.  There are three different turrets I could put on it, so I'm probably going to offer three different options, depending on what my customer wants.  I went into more detail in a recent Steemit rant, in which I discuss some issues I've faced making model tanks.  On the DIY front, I've also started work on a custom tractor canopy, and I go into that here.  There's a video link in the Steemit post, and I'm not going to add one here directly until I start on the actual construction, since that will be much more interesting to watch.  
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Weekly Update for 4 Jul, 2019: To all my Yank customers and followers, Happy Independence Day!  Since I currently live in the US, I'll be celebrating along with you.  Anyway, since my last update, I've finished the AMX AC 46, which you can see here.  I have two versions available, one with a 100mm cannon and another with a 120mm cannon.  After finishing that, I put together yet another pond video, and unlike my previous pond videos, this one has generated some interest in the project.  You'll have to view it on BitChute to see the comments, but you can still watch it here.  I had other outdoor projects planned, but before I can move on to them, I really need to do something about the sun.  Therefore, the very next thing I'm going to do is design and build a canopy for my tractor.  This should be fun, you'll get to see a more practical application of CAD, and I'll get to show off my metalworking skills.  Anyway, that's all for now, I have grilling to do!
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Weekly Update for 27 Jun, 2019: Sometimes, I don't understand what goes on at Shapeways.  Just when I think I've figured out what I can get away with in terms of design features, somebody changes the unwritten rules.  When the customer who requested my ship chain went to order it, it got rejected, even though each of the individual ships in it was approved for production without the need for validation.  So, having to deal with that has thrown a spanner into my plans, but it's nothing more than a minor delay to my other projects.  However, this unpredictability increasingly justifies getting a selective laser sintering machine for the production of tiny sailing ships.  I can still make them with the Form 3 LFS that I will be taking delivery of in early-to-mid August (I had to postpone my order because of some fraudulent activity on my debit card that needed sorting out), but while LFS is capable of much greater detail than SLS, post-processing is much more time-consuming.  I expect about five minutes to clean up a model tank, but up to half an hour for a similarly-sized sailing ship - unless I make the hulls and masts separate pieces, but there are plenty of reasons to not do that.  Therefore, since the LFS machine has already been paid for, I will probably update my goals soon, and change the top goal back to paying for a small SLS machine.  

On that note, since I'm pushing back the beginning of production by about a month, this will likely interfere with my travel plans to Moscow.  Regrettably, this likely means no pictures from the Great Patriotic War Museum until much later, but perhaps I can use this opportunity to book a trip to Kubinka (which must be reserved at least two weeks in advance).  So, for all my existing customers who enjoy my work, how much would you be willing to pay for an autographed photo of me standing in front of your favourite tank?  I'm serious: give me a list now, so that I have something special to add to my miniature shop.
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Weekly Update for 20 Jun, 2019: I took a brief break from working on tanks to make a chain of ships for another customer.  This was a fairly simple process in Blender, and I made a video of it.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/cmHLOYiTqx71/

Upon returning to tanks, I started on the AMX AC 46, a French tank destroyer built on the AMX M4 chassis.  Here are some pictures.  If you're wondering why there is a complete vehicle half and another set of road wheels, that's because the suspension is asymmetric.  I explained why I have to make tanks like this in such a manner in a blog post about the King Tiger.  Speaking of which, I sincerely hope that I haven't been making the suspensions BACKWARDS on all these tanks, since I've gotten conflicting information and bad drawings in the past.  In fact (and I mentioned this at some point in the five-part walkthrough) I had to reach out to someone at Kubinka to ask what the roof of the SU-100Y looked like, because there is a drawing out there that has two round hatches on top of the casemate.  Those are not there on the actual vehicle, and since it's a self-propelled artillery gun, not a tank destroyer, it has no need for them.

I'll post pictures of the AMX AC 46 to Steemit when it's all done, just as I always do.
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Weekly Update for 13 Jun, 2019: Now that the pricing system at Shapeways has stabilised again, I've begun to fix minor problems with some of my 1/285 scale tank models, among them the IS-2 M1944 and KV-5.  As of this post, the only two left to fix are the IS-4 and IS-6, but I may not get to them for a while.  The IS-2 in particular underwent the greatest change, specifically to the front end of the hull.  I explain that change in this video, which I made back when I updated the 1/100 scale IS-2 M1944 model.  As usual, here's a link to my shop in case you want to browse my collection: https://www.shapeways.com/shops/steampunkkaja?section=Historical+Tanks+1%2F285&s=0

Keep an eye open for my next CAD tutorial on BitChute, I'll have another pond-related video after that, and probably some cute wildlife videos in the future.

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Double bogies drive me crazy!  Seriously, Sherman fanboys can defend them all they want, but there is a reason that most modern tanks use torsion bars, and no-one uses double bogies anymore.  As you may know, most of the tanks in my collection are Soviet, and most Soviet tanks, even during the War, used a torsion bar suspension, as did many of the German tanks, especially the late-war heavies.  The same cannot be said for British or American tanks, which have complicated bogie suspensions that take a long time to render.  The problem is only made worse by the fact that 3-view drawings don't show how these mechanisms are constructed, so I end up spending hours at a time looking at photographs of both the real tanks and plastic model kits trying to get a good idea of how to make them.  The first time I went through this was with the Valentine Bridgelayer, which has two mirror-image triple bogies mounting road wheels of different sizes.  I had made my own tank with a double-bogie suspension based on the Soviet T-35 prior to that, but it doesn't count because I wasn't trying to copy anything.  I wound up featuring that in a video.  The other examples are shown below:

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Weekly Update for 6 Jun, 2019: I'm working backwards here, since I totally forgot to share the link to my latest pond video.  I've done a bit more work on-and-off since recording this, but in recent days, the weather has been so damp and the vegetation so thick that I have to take frequent breaks to strip nude and check every square millimetre of my skin for parasitic arthropods - and I've lost count of how many I've found.  So, not at all efficient.  Hopefully, with the weeds now cut back and the clippings raked up, it won't be so bad when I go back to it.  On the bright side, I keep dredging up lots of large stones, which will become my raw materials for later parts of the project.

On the tank front, I'm currently working on the VC Firefly, and since it's a well-known design, I don't have the problem of trying to find decent drawings.  I may have something to show in the next day or two.

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Monthly operating cost. This covers everything I have to pay for once a month - electricity, coffee, petrol, and wine ("step aside, coffee. This is a job for ALCOHOL!"). Yes, two of those power my machines, the other two power ME.
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Outdoor projects - I need to build a roof for my spring-house, another one for my cesspool (and I'd also like to build a deck to hide the whole thing and keep potted plants), and a canopy for my tractor to keep the sun off my head (noticing a theme here?). As of September, that last project is almost finished, and will soon be taken off this list.
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New TIG welder. My current machine is touch-start, which I am not fond of. Since the hoses are wearing out and starting to leak in multiple places, I now have an excuse to replace it.
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Annual software cost. Subscriptions aren't cheap, and the new stuff can do a few things my old programs can't. If you enjoy my digital artwork, please support this goal.

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