JTech 3.8w Laser – X-Carve

This is meant to be a quick review of the JTech Laser Upgrade for the Inventables X-Carve, It will be updated as more progress is made. Building the Addon We bought the JTech 3.8w Laser upgrade in early August. We received it in a timely manner and everything was in good condition. We bought. The 3.8w Laser with 2.5amp Driver, the Laser Fan, 3 sheets of 24"x12" shielding, the X-Carve Mounting Kit, and an extra pair of Goggles. All of the mounts, the Fan Mount, The Laser Mount, and the Driver Read more [...]

Dragon 1/72 Churchill Mk. III, Dieppe 1942 – Paint Scheme: Dieppe Muddied

The model kit I actually bought was the "MK. III Fitted for Wading" edition, but I had intended to build the "Dieppe 1942" edition model since they use the same sprues. I managed to find a semi-high quality scan of the "Dieppe" instructions, but the two instructions were almost identical, save an extra step or two. This is my first time putting in decals and my second time weathering, although my first time with the knowledge of proper techniques. Someone I met through Patch Gaming paints miniatures Read more [...]

Revell 1/72 Me 262 A-1a – Paint Scheme: German Desert Spotted

I was a moron and I forgot to take any pictures of my model when building until I had painted the base coat and put on the masking tape; because of this, I will be dedicating this post to how I did the camouflage and what I learned along the way. I am using these pictures as reference for the pattern and I ended up making a combination of the two patterns. I know that the camo pattern is not historically accurate, I just wanted to do something a bit different. For reference, I use a Paasche Model Read more [...]

The X-Carve: 2-ish Months Later

NOTE: This article was meant to go live mid March, but medical issues delayed that until now. It has been 2 months since we built the X-Carve. It has been a very eventful couple of months, We have both done a lot and learned a lot since then. What we learned along the way: It is always best to go stock before adding anything to it, even if what you are doing has tons of evidence behind it. The "30 Minute Stiffening Mod", despite the 75+ posts about it, lead to our rails being improperly Read more [...]

Minicraft 1/144 P-51D “Old Crow” – Paint Scheme: German Captured Aluminum & Yellow

This is my brother and I's first model and our first time using an airbrush and we would greatly appreciate any feedback that you could give us. Step Zero - Taking note of the instructions and the sprue: This is the most important part just because how the instructions flow, how many parts there are, and how the parts fit together dictate how you will proceed. We noted that the landing gears were too tiny for us to reliably glue in and we also noted that we would have to paint the prop and Read more [...]

Lightly Salted Crunchy Chickpeas – 8 Servings

1 15.5 oz Can of Goya© Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans (about 1 4/5 cups) 1 1/2 Tablespoons Canola oil 1/4 Teaspoon salt Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Rub the chickpeas thoroughly dry with paper towels, their outer skins may come off and this is to be expected. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Toss the chickpeas with the oil. Put the coated chickpeas on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer and evenly sprinkle with the salt. Bake the chickpeas on the lower middle rack until they are golden Read more [...]

Building the X-Carve: A Journal of Our Experiences

Day 1: 3 1/2 Hours Unpacking - 1/2 Hour: Everything arrived very neatly packed, and basically on time, there was a minor delay on UPS's end, but Paul over at Inventables worked with us to figure it out. Every type of component came in its own bag that was clearly labeled, but, as a side effect, this creates a lot of wasted plastic. I would highly recommend getting the toolkit, mainly because you are guaranteed to have tools that fit and it is a good backup just in case. The X-Carriage - 2 Read more [...]

[BossConstructor] Build Your Way to the Top of the Food Chain

Price as of Writing: $14.99 BossConstructor is a top down physics based shooter where you build your ship using the modules in the game. The game is being developed by a singular developer, Mirko Seithe. The current game is filled to the brim with content, over 60 modules, several game modes, and a ship editor. The current game modes are Exploration, Skirmish, Wave Survival, and Random Skirmish. In Exploration, you start with one of several basic ships or a ship you create in the main menu ship Read more [...]

[Angels Fall First] Combined Arms 2.0

Price as of Writing: $17.99 Angels Fall First is a 64 Player Multiplayer First Person Shooter developed by Strangely Interactive Ltd. Strangely Interactive is the same team that developed the other mods set in the Angels Fall First universe. There are 2 factions in the AFF universe, the United League and the Antarean Empire. There are currently 9 distinct vehicles for each faction, 4 ground vehicles and 5 space vehicles. The ground vehicles are a buggy, a tank, an APC, and a gunship. The space vehicles Read more [...]

[PULSAR: Lost Colony] The 5 Hour Mission

Price as of Writing: $25.00 PULSAR: Lost Colony is a 5 Player Coop First Person Starship Bridge Simulator developed by Leafy Games. There are 5 roles, Captain, Pilot, Weapons Officer, Chief Engineer, and Science Officer. Everyone can do everyone else’s job, excluding the captain’s job, but with lesser ability. This allows for groups of 2-4 people to fully control a ship. The game also has AI, which allows a player to play alone with an AI crew or a small group to fill the rest of their crew Read more [...]