Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cool Toys

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I'm a big toy guy, love 'em. My idea of a good time is hanging out in Toys "R" Us, especially in the Lego department. When The Naviguesser was a wee lad, we introduced him to Legos, he loved them, probably still does. All the grandkids love their Legos.

As does The Nuke's significant other, who has a nom de blog, but I haven't revealed it yet as The Nuke does not find it all that amusing. He and I though giggle like school girls about it. When I have sufficient notice that The Nuke is visiting Japan, or the United Kingdom, or some other place a long ways away I might reveal it, it's an excellent callsign.

Anyhoo...

Last time I visited The Nuke I saw that item pictured above in her living room. Of course, I immediately started right in with noting how cool it was and oh-my-gosh I want one. I'm that way with cool toys.

Then I ran across this video, might have been on koobecaF. I don't think I'd spend all that time assembling that cool model and then do this.



But it is kinda cool. I think that's what those German fellas are on about near the end. Of course, being German, they're also probably discussing ways to over-engineer the thing. It's what Germans do. Which is something they did with this beast as well. (And yes, I want one, of course I want one.) In the video, those action figures (they're not dolls damn it) are 12 inches tall. That's a remote controlled Tiger I from the Second World War. I was seriously looking into one of these about ten years ago. At $2000, The Missus Herself figured that money could be used more wisely elsewhere. Yes, she was right. Smart lady that.

But still, isn't it awesome?



For those of you who might have a spare wheelbarrow of cash lying around, you can get that Tiger and other tanks here. I could drop some serious coin over there. (I envision a fleet of RC tanks wandering the neighborhood, with me laughing maniacally in the background.)

Someday, someday.




Did ya know that Porsche also designed tanks?

24 comments:

  1. That is cool. For the tank though, maybe a starter trial at a smaller scale?

    And my mind doesn't even pause before saying, "Well of course the main gun on the Tiger tank model should shoot something!"

    But why limit yourself to 1/6 scale? This link is about an Aussie who built a Sherman that he could drive.

    http://jalopnik.com/5541643/how-to-build-a-sherman-tank-in-your-garage

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    1. If you chase the link to where you can buy the beast, there are add ons for the gun to make it actually fire. (The engine noise in the video comes from an add on, it wasn't dubbed in.)

      I will add the driveable DIY Sherman to my ever expanding list of wants. (Another is a scale reproduction of a battleship which I can sit in and drive around Narragansett Bay. Wouldn't that be something? Yes, the guns would have to work.)

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  2. Now I want to see that Tiger in a crash test!

    If you scaled the 88 down you'd have a 14.6. Slap in a KPV 14.5 (roughly .57 cal) and install a VR control system and you could take over the world if you had a large fleet of them. Can you imagine 10,000 of those things swarming into an isis camp/goat brothel?

    Every time I see a Tiger and dudes in black I think of Gavin MacLeod as Moriarty hollering, "The fuel system leaks all over the place! It's a piece of ....!"

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    1. In the video the Tiger does take down a shrub, a good sized shrub and the Tiger barely slows down.

      Damn! 14.6mm is a good sized round. Now I will spend the rest of the day laughing about the isis camp/goat brothel, what a wordsmith you are. (Yes, I mean that in a good way.)

      Gavin McLeod was hysterical in Kelly's Heroes, one of my favorite movies.

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  3. I think you're going to have to figure out a way to monetize this blog in order to to buy those cool toys.

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    1. My plan is to have some incredibly rich person stumble across the blog, and say "Oh wow, I wish those guys could spend all of their time writing so I'll pay them fantastic sums to do so."

      And no, that hasn't happened yet. Isn't much of a "plan" is it? More of a hope, a dream, an impossibility.

      But hey, it could happen.

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  4. Perhaps set up a " go fund me " account and tell the contributors that they can come help you play with your tank(s). If I didn't live so far from you, I'd be there in a heartbeat.

    Paul L. Quandt

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  5. What's up with the " papers please " stuff again?

    Paul

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    1. Blogger is apparently going through a phase. Not a particularly good one.

      I have "Show word verification" set to OFF, I have "Comment Moderation" set to ON for posts over 7 days old. The former means that if someone wants to leave a comment on a post newer than 7 days, should be "No problem, come on in, beer's over there, everyone's out by the pool." The latter (moderation > 7 days) means that a comment will not show up at all until I personally bless it.

      Why you are on the comment "your papers please" watch list I have no idea. I will have to dig further into this. Perhaps something else needs to be set. I will let you know.

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    2. Thank you. At least here I can leave a comment, no matter if I have to jump through hoops to do so. I just tried to leave a comment at Instapundit, but I'm not one of the in crowd, so no joy. Oh well, flame them.

      It was an article about the A-10 and the USAF effort to replace them. I wanted to say: just make new ones. It would likely be easier and better in the long run to just spend the money to do that than what the brass are trying to do now.

      Sorry about dragging in a soap box, but I'm steamed about both issues; the USAF stupidity and Glenn Reynolds' lack of openness.

      PLQ

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    3. Here's something more to make your day. I did some digging and Blogger says

      4. In "Show word verification," select Yes.

      Note: Even if this setting is turned off, some commenters may be asked to enter a code before posting.


      So basically Paul, you're one of a select few who will, from time to time, have to show your papers, so to speak. (The "code" Blogger speaks of is basically the "Pick all of the cars in the photos" thing. And those pictures are always so clear and large.)

      I too am steamed about Air Force stupidity, regarding the A-10 and a number of other things. I tell ya Paul, we wouldn't recognize today's Air Force.

      And soapboxes are always welcome here.

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    4. Ain't I lucky.

      Paul L. Quandt

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    5. " "Pick all of the cars in the photos" thing. And those pictures are always so clear and large.)" Yes, that one is easy; however, on others, blogger and I don't always agree on what the terms mean. My wife wants me to get exercise; I don't think that jump through these sort of hoops is what she has in mind. Don't mind me kevetching ( if I'm going to use a word, I should learn how to spell it. Neither my Webster's nor my OED have the word and I don't have a Yiddish dictionary ), I don't have much else to do.

      Paul

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    6. You and Alemaster are both "lucky."

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    7. I too will argue with Blogger as to what's in those picture puzzles.

      (Not to kvetch but you were oh so close. From the Yiddish kvetsh which came from the middle high German quetschen. It's amazing the things you pick up over the years.)

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  6. 12" tall - that's the original G.I. Joe size. I've fallen down the YouTube rabbit hole and watched the RC tank battle recreations, etc. Lots of interesting stuff.

    Legos. Our entire living and dining rooms are full of them. If I could sell them for cost I'd likely be able to fund half my son's future college costs. He and I be at our 4th Lego Brick Fair convention at the beginning of August. This will be the first year I have a MOC (My Own Creation) to display, a model of Frank Lloyd Wright's Meyer May House from Grand Rapids, MI.

    /
    L.J.

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    1. And can we expect pictures from the convention?

      As to original GI Joe size, correct, I have a few of them as well.

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    2. Its completed and I've got photos, just need to figure out where to post. With Picasa shut down, I've got to find a new way to share.

      Maybe on that BookFace thing.......

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      L.J.

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    3. Heh. BookFace, I like it.

      That would work. (They shut down Picasa? I had no ideer. I see they're replacing it with Google Photos. Hhmm...)

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  7. A Tiger? HAH! Bring it on! Katy has a Bazooka, and she knows to hit the cat from the side. I know that she wants one of these, though: http://www.armortek.co.uk/kompact-kit-by-armortek/17-pdr-antitank-gun/

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    1. Oh my, nice AT gun.

      Katy also probably knows that a hit in the rear will put Mr. Tiger out of business as well!

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  8. But this would cost less, and still work. http://www.monkeydepot.com/1_6_Model_Kit_Dragon_1_6_Sherman_MK_IC_Firefly_p/bd1290.htm

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    1. I am drooling (again). Had no idea that Dragon made a 1/6 scale Firefly. Super nice. (And now I know what I want for Christmas!)

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