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    • 2018: Last Hurrah of RTX

      1 year ago

      Turdy1

      So, it's time for another convention notice.  And this one comes with a sad little notice.  My usual room partner for RTX won't be able to make it, and judging by the state of their page on the site, they probably won't be going next year either.  That's a big blow, seeing as they were what made RTX so fun to go to.  


      As a result, there's a good chance that this will be my last RTX, depending on how it goes.  a Weekend plus badge may help, but if Things do go as well as I'm hoping they do, I'll simply focus on other conventions.


      The other conventions are Otakon again and AnimeNext.  I'll be driving to both with friends again, so they'll be tons of fun.  We're also taking an extra day after AnimeNext to hit the beach.  Should this RTX be the last for me, this is the stuff that'll replace it. 


      Lastly, ConnectiCon.  I'll probably go one Saturday.  ConnLUG hasn't said anything on having a display yet, but my friend will be there Saturday so why not?


      There's also a chance Ota will feature the unveiling of my first Cosplay.  It all depends on if I finish it.

    • 2017 Convention Report

      2 years ago

      Turdy1

      Well, It's a bit late, but here's how all two of my conventions this year went:


      RTX was...interesting.  Definitely a lot more waiting than last year, it felt.  Pre-panel raves were awesome, lines were not.  At this point, I've probably run out of things to impulse buy at the RT store, so next year, I'll spend less.  I'll also focus on the smaller panels.  the Ask the CEO one, for example, was pretty good, and the line wasn't hell.


      Otakon, holy crap, was that fun.  And I can name a number of reasons.  I went with a good friend, lines were non-existent, it was in DC, and we always had something to do. While my friend had been to Ota before, they just moved to DC, so it was kinda new for both of us, letting us explore a bit.  Next year...well, I'm not sure what to change up.  Maybe figure out when the DPRKartoon panel is. 


      Now, since this list was a bit short, I'll throw in the family trip to Cape Cod that started the day after I got back from Ota.  It...was a mess.  You see, I like to do things on trips.  With Ota, there was always something to do.  Cape Cod...no real plan. I mean there were things to do, but outside of that, utter disorganization.  And on top of that, there were little problems everywhere.  What would I do differently?  Lots.  I'll leave it at that.


      Next year, I think I can go big.  RTX is less expensive, Ota was less expensive than I was expecting.  I'll return to ConnectiCon next year, but since I'll be at the ConnLUG booth, there's not much to spend money on, plus I can figure out other ways to cut costs.  That means a 4th convention might be possible.  I'll need to talk to my friend, since I'm positive she knows another good con.


      Now, to work on that Lince video...

    • A Fistful of Vids

      2 years ago

      Turdy1

      So, as of today, I've got five videos on YouTube.  Here's the list:


      Rise of Flight: Quick Fight-Sikorsky S-16 vs Fokker E.III

      Just a quick test of what I could capture.  No editing at all.  It's a shame I never recorded my previous fight, a running fight between my Fokker E.III and an Airco DH.2


      War Thunder: The Regia Aeronautica Day One Experience

      I was excited for the new Italian planes War Thunder added recently, to the point where I actually decided to give making proper videos a shot.  Unfortunately, everyone else wanted to play, completely fucking the matchmaker and preventing me from playing.  I still managed to make a video out of frustration.


      War Thunder: Premium Pizza

      The video I originally wanted to make.  I heard the shitty music around the same time as the initial Regia Aeronautica announcement, and the gears started turning.  I'd say it's my best work yet.


      War Thunder: I Can Make It!

      Something that happened while making the previous one.  I tend to fly back when I get damaged rather than tough it out, but trying to cross almost the entire map was a tall order.  So I managed to turn it into my longest video yet.  I also figured out words as I made it.


      War Thunder: Challenge Accepted

      Something I noticed a while back was that the Ki-45 tei could carry ammunition belts designed to destroy ground targets in guns that were decidedly useless against ground targets.  Naturally, I tried to use them.  "Tried" being the operative word.


      And that's what I have.

      I have another video planned, but after that, I'm at a loss.

    • Coming Soon

      2 years ago

      Turdy1

      Well, I'm finally making use of that old YouTube Channel.  First, I put this up.  It's just raw footage and is a bit quiet. But now, I'm looking into video editing stuff for a War Thunder video.  It's...not what I was planning on making, but Matchmaking's no good today.  That's lead to a different, but maybe just as good video.

    • 2017 Con-going Season

      2 years ago

      Turdy1

      Haven't made a post in a while, so here goes.


      This year's gonna be a bit weird for cons.  I normally go to three, but RTX and ConnectiCon are on the same weekend and World War Brick won't be happening in Hartford.  Thus, I ended up with a rather sparse schedule, perfect for something different.


      RTYX is naturally going to happen.  As of right now, I just need to find a room.  Flight took some time due to the need to coordinate with my dad, but it all worked out.  I ended up with an odd square trip around the eastern half of the country:  I leave Bradley international (First time there) for O'Hare, then from there it's off to Austin-Bergstrom.  The return trip then takes me to Orlando International, and from there I land at Westchester County Airport, where I normally depart from.

      Drawing lessons from last trip: Less shirts, more panels, and more gaming.  And more fun in Austin.  Also make sure my roommates are awesome.


      Now, the new con I'm going to was a suggestion from a friend.  I mentioned having only one con, and she suggested going to Otakon in DC.  I'm not sure if she's been there before, but I'll be joining her and a friend.  The plan is the drive down in her new car, which marks the second time a plan calls for a road trip, but the first one to actually follow through with the trip.  


      All in all, it's going to be an interesting season.  RTX Is going to be great thanks to two years of refinement, and I can't wait to travel with my friend for Otakon.

    • In Memorium: Parsifal Kassmeyer

      2 years ago

      Turdy1

      A few days ago, my longest lived Rise of Flight Career came to an end.  The game started about one year ago, with the in-game start date being 30 September 1917.  Serving with Seeflustation Flanders II out of Ostende, we would fly patrols over the North Sea every other day or so.  I've had a number of close calls over the course of this career, including an encounter with a SPAD S.VII and colliding with a British sub I was strafing, but managed to gain two victories.  Unfortunately, this streak ended a few days ago.  


      Three aircraft were assigned to an extremely long range patrol that took us within sight of Britain.  After sighting a Felixstowe F.2a flying boat returning from a patrol, Kassmeyer, flying Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 Marine Number 2008, dove after it.  after a brief exchange of fire, he ducked under the boat to let his gunner shoot, before it turned away, exposing him to the boat's three gunners.  two bullets hit Kassmeyer, while the upper wing of his plane was torn off.  It plunged into the sea nose first.  Neither he nor his gunner survived.

    • Let's Play Live New York

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      Turdy1

      So, our neighbors in New York will be hosting the next Let's Play Live. So, who's gonna go? It's still about a month and a half away, so there's still a fair amount of time to plan any meet-up/traveling stuff.

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    • More news from Paulus Aviation

      3 years ago

      Turdy1

      Well, there was a tournament in Simpleplanes and I FUCKING MISSED IT! I was going to enter my Model 3, but I guess that's not happening any time soon... God Damn it.


      Anyway, I've been making plenty of progress. We now have three new fighter designs. The Model 4 fighter, the Model 5 flying boat fighter, and the Model 6 export fighter. The Model 5 in particular has proven to be a dream to fly, to the point where I have my own. And I'll buy a 3D model of it. We also have the Model 7 racer, based loosely on the Scaled Composites Pond Racer. It's alright, but not too competitive. On top of these are a few (As of writing) unrevealed designs, up to the Model 10. All of these can be seen on my part of the site here.


      It looks like, based on my preferences, more flying boat designs are to be expected. Two of the unrevealed aircraft are boats, and I'm already thinking of several more, including a full size Patrol Bomber. I'm not sure how muchmore I'll make, but I'm going to be pretty busy.

    • Convention Results

      3 years ago

      Turdy1

      Well, it's finally over. No more conventions for the rest of the year. Which means it's time to start planning for next year. But first a Recap:


      RTX Was awesome. My Room mates were awesome. Master Pancake theater was awesome. But there are ways I can improve. I could have totally made more panels. Also some games, could've done those. Oh, big thing: NO MORE SHIRTS! It took me almost 2 weeks to wear all the shirts I got. Only three next time. And that's if I need them.


      Next Connecticon. It was nice to see My friends again, and running the ConnLUG display was fun. Honestly, everything that went wrong was beyond my control. It's not my fault they decided no schedule in the program was a smart idea. Same for lumping pre-reg and on-site registration into one line. The only thing I think that needs work is what I've got to display. All I really had was a TIE Fighter and an ARC-170. I need more. I need ideas.


      Lastly, World War Brick. This was a doozy. The display was excellent, but that wasn't the problem. Money management was the problem. Normally, I take roughly half my money in cash, and the rest stays on my card. The cash is used for shit I don't need, while the card is for shit I do need. This time, I took significantly less than half. The result was me spending all my cash instantly (The lego Chi-Ha was worth it), then having to use my card for the rest of the con. I ended up unknowingly blowing the last of my money on a Lego BT-7, then couldn't afford food for the rest of the con. Thankfully, I'm good at ignoring hunger, but the fact I ran out is unacceptable.

      But it was still fun. I got to talk about planes, and I think Will Chapman, the guy who started Brickarms gets a kick out of me modding his weapons. Most people take their time and carefully modify little weapons so they can use them in their displays. Then he looks over at me and starts laughing as I furiously file away at a scope so I can use it as a gun barrel. I've made some real abominations, trust me.


      So, Con Plans for next year. Well, this is weird. First RTX and Connecticon are on the same weekend. So I gotta pick one. Then there's word that they might not do World War Brick in Hartford because there's like three other Lego conventions nearby. They'll just do their Anaheim one, and maybe Minneapolis. But all in all, I might be down two of my three cons.

      So, I can expand my horizons.

      I could theoretically do another convention. PAX East, for example, is feasible. The only real limit is the fact I don't know how much any of this would cost. I'll ask around.

      So, Here's to the 2017 Con-going season. Which might barely exist.

    • Paulus Aviation

      3 years ago

      Turdy1

      Oh, that tournament? Yeah, we lost. Not surprising. we only won the first round we were in because the opponent crashed everytime.


      But, for the next tournament, Paulus Aviation will be submitting its own design. Our first attempt at a purpose-built air racer, the Model 1, was a failure. It was built with a sleek fuselage, cockpit incorporated into the vertical fin, and a pair of inverted gull wings supporting fixed, spatted landing gear. It was a bit difficult to fly, and stalled in sharp turns, to the point where the AI couldn't fly it.


      The next aircraft, the Model 2, was inspired by our Gee Bee entry. Boasting a stumpy fuselage, short inverted gull wings, and retractable landing gear, the massive propeller prevented it from safely getting off the ground. It showed promise, though, as the AI could get fairly far into our test race. Unfortunately, turn performance was lacking, and it had the same stall tendencies as the Model 1.


      After much deliberation, we eventually constructed the Model 3. Unlike the previous two designs, the cockpit was centrally mounted and the fuselage wasn't kept short to reduce weight. The fuselage had a circular cross section with a finlet running from the cockpit to the vertical stabilizer, and it tapered to a point from the engine to the tail. the wings are a shallow inverted gull design with retractable landing gear and long, thin "Low drag" Ailerons created by our designers to maintain speed during maneuvers while still allowing ideal control. The aircraft has proven to be an incredible success, capable of 605 mph in level flight and fully eliminating the stall tendencies of our previous designs. all that remains is to improve maneuverability for racing.


      The next two developments from Paulus Aviation will be incorporating lessons from the Model 3 into the Models 1 and 2, and a fighter based on the Model 3, to be designated the Model 4.

  • Comments (21)

    • Soxfan112 C/LCDR

      3 years ago

      I'm not sure why but I think you like flying. Do you just like older planes or do you like any kind cause most of your profile only shows pictures of older ones.

      • Turdy1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Generally, I do prefer older ones. I'd say nearly all of the "Favorites" are from 1914-1945, but there are a few past that point, such as the F7U Cutlass, MiG-25, and anything Saab has ever made.

        But yeah, most of my favorite planes are older ones.

      • Soxfan112 C/LCDR

        3 years ago

        Personally I prefer the newer kinds such as the new F-35 lightning and the older but still newer F-14. The old ones are still cool though like the P-40 tiger shark.

    • Austin0434

      4 years ago

      Nice German uniform
      Truly awesome 1914 spring right?

      • Turdy1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        No problem. I would love to get a full uniform, though. And a Blue Max to go with it.

      • Austin0434

        4 years ago

        oh but still bad ass man

      • Turdy1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        Honestly, I've only got the hat. The Jacket's a gray one I had lying around, and it looked like it matched, so I used it.

    • Stanty16 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Graphics guy

      5 years ago

      I see you're a fan of the F4U Corsair. Great aircraft. One I've always liked, originally for it's wing design, and now I've grown up knowing some of it's history.

      • Stanty16 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Graphics guy

        5 years ago

        Still a very impressive ratio. It's definitely one of the iconic aircraft of WW2

      • Turdy1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        I think it was more like 12:1. I say that's because they flew more ground attack missions than other aircraft like the Hellcat, but I'm also pretty biased.

      • Stanty16 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Graphics guy

        5 years ago

        I guess with the loadouts they could carry, they would have still been very useful for the likes of the Korean war. I believe I read that they were particularly good for ground attack, but still had something like a 15:1 air kill ratio

      • Turdy1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        I've seen a picture of a massive pile of aircraft fuselages. It was certainly a sad sight. but in the case of the Corsair, I know not all of them were immediately chopped up. Plenty served into the 60's with all sorts of air forces.

      • Stanty16 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Graphics guy

        5 years ago

        I'd imagine a lot of them would have been shipped off to the desert and cut up, like the B52's which were. It's horrible knowing that so many of the classic aircraft were cut up like that. A large number of P51's were cut up at what used to be an Airbase a couple of miles from my house.
        But it's good knowing that some WW2 era aircraft have survived, even in private hands

      • Turdy1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Yeah. A wise man once said "An airplane, when it's all done and sitting there, is a nice object, but it's not an airplane until it flies."
        I know there are three in the state: one is in private hands but I don't know its condition, one is on display in a museum, and the third is being restored. I've seen that last one, and it's come a long way from the mess it was when it was on display.

      • Stanty16 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Graphics guy

        5 years ago

        I'd hope that they got some of the survivors airborne for that day every year. That would be a great site to see. As good as museums are for seeing classic vehicles, it's always a little sad to see old Warbirds grounded. We have a group here in the UK who keep the sole remaining air-worthy Vulcan bomber flying. I've yet to see it in person, but it's great to know it's at least still flying

      • Turdy1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Yeah, it's pretty cool. we've got a surprising number of aircraft from the state, but the Corsair is the only one that can be compared to others, and it compares favorably. Sikorsky has built Flying boats here, but the only important one was probably the S-40, since those were the first of Pan Am's clippers. Sikorsky also built a number of helicopters, but there's so many it's hard to choose just one. With the Corsair, we have an excellent aircraft that saw widespread use, and during WWII, the Stratford plant was the only place making them. We even have May 29 as Corsair Day, though I may be one of the few people that celebrates it.

      • Stanty16 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Graphics guy

        5 years ago

        Sounds like it's essentially the state bird! It's cool that a particular state would have such an engrained connection to an aircraft. It's definitely one of the iconic aircraft of the war, similar to the P-51, Spitfires and ME109s as a stand out aircraft

      • Turdy1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Yeah, it's a pretty good aircraft. Besides it's performance and design, I like it because it's Connecticut's State aircraft. We actually have the XF4U-4 on display. Plus, I've seen the factory where they were built during the war and I've been in the building where Vought assembled the prototype. The Corsair's sorta ingrained in Connecticut lore, even if most people don't know about it.

    • Mortonator

      5 years ago

      I am new to this site so I have no idea how to reply to you on GO! #11 but that thing was in fact a racing controller with a stand attached to it. Guess they were using it as a prop. I owned one for XBox, PS, and Gamecube back in the day.

      • Mortonator

        5 years ago

        Hah, ya that is definitely an quite the addition. I don't even know if it would work since sometimes those things had petals. Still, that was quite the innovative move by him.

      • Turdy1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        I've honestly never seen anything like it, probably because of that stand slapped on it.
        Which makes me wonder what they were using it for before Ray showed up...

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