Sunday, 15 January 2017

A Birthday Post.

Before I start, I'd like to offer a belated welcome aboard to Paul McWhirter and William Lancaster. They joined a week or so ago but in my fervour to post, I never got around to welcoming them. Welcome aboard, guys.

So welcome everyone, to Inso's World.

Today is a momentous one because, not only is it my birthday but it is also my very last day in the Royal Air Force. Tomorrow, I am unemployed for the first time in my adult life. I won't be rushing out to get a job tomorrow but will start looking in a week or so.

This week, I travelled up to RAF Benson and attended my leaving do. It couldn't have been better with a great turn out, some excellent banter and a chance to catch up with people I haven't seen for many years. I stayed an extra day to make sure that I was safe to drive and when it came to signing out of the mess for the very last time as an airman, it certainly had a poignancy I wasn't expecting.

So... That's it. I'm a veteran from tomorrow after 28 years and 3 months service. It was certainly an experience but it is definitely time to move on.

In other news, I have been in contact with my caster and it is likely that my 50 pairs of LEGS will be finished around the end of the week and I am very pleased about that because I had expected it to take much longer. Once they arrive, I will clean them up as much as they need and then assemble my little squad of Tartaros styled Exo Squats before being in a position to provide a review and also prepare to get some ready for selling. Once I am happy that everything is ready, I will think about pricing etc and THEN, I will accept orders (if anyone wants them).

My German half track arrived and I have been in contact with the guy who converted/scratchbuilt the model that caught my eye enough to want to try and copy it. He has been kind enough to provide me with some dimensions so I can try to get the proportions right. It will not be an exact copy but with what he has provided, I am confident that I can create something that fits my purposes. SDKFZ is the guy who inspired me to give the conversion a go and one of his awesome projects can be found HERE.

Here's a couple of pictures of SDKFZ's scratch built vehicle:

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I think it will fit my vision for my Squat army perfectly (assuming I can get the proportions right).

Well that's about it for now. 

See you from the other part of the table!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

A new venture.

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

This week has been all about family because both our children came to visit us for a few days and my in-laws have visited as well. That means that I have been enjoying going out, socialising and doing family things.

That said, I have also been carrying a bit of a cold and also not sleeping very well at all so when I haven't been with family, I have been proper lazy.

Here's a nice picture of my family visitors (my wife is there as well... she sort of visits all the time... because she lives with me...):

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That has mostly been my week. However, things are stirring in the aether...

... I have sent the newly sculpted Terminator legs for casting:

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The legs were sent off on Saturday and I will be getting 50 copies at some point in the future. Once they arrive I will share more information but restassured, if they are as good as I expect them to be, there will be some up for sale to those of you who would like the opportunity to convert some of your terminators into Squats in exo armour.

I have been torturing myself over Squat transports again. I even bought a tank kit to convert but it turned out to be too big. Grrrrr... I know what I want to achieve but I am having a nightmare finding the right path to getting there. I think that it will be something that will bother me for a while yet.

With thoughts on my Squat army, I have been sorting through the plastic bits I have and it looks like I have plenty for all of my army needs... in fact MORE than enough for my army needs so I may be putting some stuff up for sale at some point (but not until I have completed my infantry).

Finally, I have started to get the wood together to begin work on my storage area. That means that soon I will be focusing on getting that done so I can unpack some of my hobby boxes again. I still need to build a work station... but it will be nice to clear some more cardboard boxes from the spare room.

This coming week, I am travelling up to my old RAF unit for a leaving function so I have speeches to prepare and journeys to take. On Sunday next week, I will not only have my birthday but it marks the very last day of my RAF career. I may well become very drunk on that day... I have been saving a vintage bottle of port for the occasion and plan to throw away the cork. Next week's blog post may be interesting for all the wrong reasons.

I reckon that about does it for this week.

See you from the motorway!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

It's 2017... Happy New Year.

Hello again. Welcome to Inso's World on the first day of 2017... so without further ado, I'd like to wish you all a happy new year.

So...2016 has definitely been a year of extremes, hasn't it? Brexit, Trump, terrorist attacks, war in Syria, earthquakes and other natural disasters, Olympic drug cheating and of course a long list of celebrities who passed away have all played a part in adding a dark shadow to the year. In fact, it is difficult to remember anything that wasn't gloomy in the world, during the year.

I can safely say that I drunk my way through New Year's Eve and am still suffering this evening but I felt that it was only right and proper to welcome in the new year and put 2016 in the bin.

From a personal perspective, the year has been one of change. Both our children have now left home, I have now left the RAF (I am on terminal leave at the moment with my actual leaving date being mid January), me and my wife have bought a house together and we have moved from Oxford area down to sunny Cornwall. I bought a cat called Sam (or sometimes Floof because he is so fluffy) who has grown massively in the seven and a half months he has been with us:

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We definitely have some hurdles to overcome... getting jobs is top of the list there... but we have started on another great adventure together.

During 2016, my hobby time has mostly been dedicated to my Squat army project and that is set to continue into this new year because I have not been unable to unpack very much of my hobby stuff at the moment; due to lack of storage space and the only stuff I have handy is my Squat army. However, the work continues and I am looking to start getting some of my work cast up to see whether there is any mileage in selling some of it... and with that in mind, I am in the process of getting these legs cast up so that I can have a little squad of new-style Exo armour and then offer any spares up for sale:

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So 2017 is going to be interesting... hopefully it won't be too horrendous!

Good luck travellers and stay safe in 2017.

See you from the tightrope!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Is it Christmas?

Hello and welcome to Inso's World on Christmas day.

So... without further ado, Merry Christmas... and if it isn't your chosen festival, best wishes to you on your chosen festival.

Today has been a very quiet one for us. This is the first Christmas since we've been married that we have spent alone... just my missus and me... so we kicked off the day with a walk on the beach:

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This was followed by a cup of flask-tea in the car, before returning home to open presents and sort out dinner. The Queen's Speech followed and now it is just a case of chilling out and enjoying a bit of festive cheer.

From a hobby perspective, I have found some time to get a small amount of sculpting done over the last week and have a WIP to show off:

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I still need to up-armour the legs and crotch, add the lightning claws and replace the head with something more Squat styled... but it is a start.

I reckon I am going to see if I can get these legs cast up for me so that I can learn the system (and maybe allow a few sets to be sold on)... but I am in no rush because I have plenty to keep me busy at the moment.

Well, this week saw the delivery of the bulk of our new furniture and after Christmas we will be looking to thin down the boxes in the spare room by putting some contents into the furniture... which should also mean a bit of a purge again to get rid of the less essential clutter.

It never stops!

Well, that's about it for now. I hope you have a safe and happy new year's celebration.

See you from the beach!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

DIY... DIY... DIY...

Hello and welcome to Inso's World again.

I'm afraid to say that this week has been a bit of a non starter on the hobby front because I have discovered that I needed to unwind more than I thought... which has meant that I have been a total slob and have flopped around like a fish out of water.

So if not the hobby, what have I been doing?

Well, we have ordered the bulk of our furniture which means we will finally start to get some decent storage up and running... that means my clothes will move from the kit-bag on the bedroom floor into some drawers, the documents will end up in a sideboard and some of the many items still in boxes will end up in some shelving/drawers/cupboards. All we have to do is wait a little while for it to be delivered... but it has been guaranteed for before Christmas so that will be a fantastic Christmas bonus.

In addition to that, our sofa arrived so we now have somewhere comfortable to sit, our kitchen table and chairs arrived a week or so ago so we have somewhere to eat and we have an awesomely comfortable bed that I seriously need to learn how to sleep in (it would appear that, no matter how comfortable a bed is, I am still able to lie awake all night). Basically, all of the little pieces are slowly coming together and we are getting to a position where our house is turning into our home.

I have also been doing lots of DIY but I am finding that every job I start, unearths a number of faults so things have to be done more slowly than I like... but I guess that is what owning a house is all about.

And that, I am afraid, sums up me week... apart from the trips to the sea shore... I have been doing that on the odd day and to be honest, everything negative just gets washed away for the time I am at the beach so the world keeps turning smoothly.

Hopefully, next week will have some hobby stuff turn up on here.

See you from a place of peace!

Monday, 12 December 2016

I've had the starter... now for the main course.

I warned you I wouldn't be posting on Sunday so welcome to Inso's World on what has been a 'history' defining Monday.

Well... what a week it has been (again).

I have travelled from Cornwall upto Oxfordshire and been on the work's Christmas do (which was excellent apart from me getting a really bad headache and needing to go home early like some proper light-weight). The following morning, I had a pre-handover check of the house (which went well), then the rental furniture was removed the following day. After that it was a weekend of cleaning and house preparation ready for the handover which was today (and that also went very well). My accomodation for the weekend, was this:

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 I then drove back to Cornwall with no physical ties to my old house.

That means I have officially moved to Cornwall now. I think that our cat, Charmmy, is glad because I don't think she wants me to leave again:

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As it stands, I still have lots of DIY and shopping to do for the new house but I plan on getting some sculpting time in at some point this week... so there may well be hobby stuff at the weekend.

With hobby in mind, I am going to have to really think about what direction I need to take in order to keep things rolling. At the moment, the only accessible hobby stuff I have is my box of Squats (and associated sculpting kit); the rest is all packed away in boxes in the spare room because I have nowehere to store it. We have limited furniture in a much smaller house so I am going to have to be a bit clever with storage and work areas. That said, I am a techy... so I should be able to sort something out! All it means is that until I start unpacking things, it will just be Squat sculpting for now... no painting or sculpting other things... just Squats... and repeat... and repeat... but on the bright side; my army should grow nicely.

So watch this space. I should be back to regular updates on Sunday from now on... everything back to normal again.

That's about it for now.

See you from my new home!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

It's been a while.

Hello and welcome back to Inso's World.

The last four weeks have been the longest time without updates since the blog began but now that I have some internet, that should change... even though there won't be a blog post next week due to me travelling again.

So... it's time for an update on the situation.

We have moved now and my wife, cats, fish and snail all live in sunny Cornwall. I am in Cornwall at the moment but will have to travel back to the old house in order to hand it back... and that happens Wednesday through to Monday. Once that is done, I will be living in Cornwall permanently.

The house we have bought is quickly turning into a 'fixer upper' and on a daily basis, the list of jobs grows ever longer but it has certainly kept me entertained while BT messed us around with our internet connection (over a month and we don't have a phone line yet). There was also a lot of 'stuff' left behind in the shed and loft which has meant a few trips to the dump and charity shops.

On a hobby front, nothing has happened because I have been far too busy. That said, I have found some shops in the local area that sell some unusual kits and there are plenty of places to get supplies so I am happy about that.

Now it is just a case of me moving to Cornwall and finding some time to relax with a bit of converting or sculpting.

That is about it. I know it's not particularly interesting but hopefully, everything will settle down and I can get back to some sort of normality soon.

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See you from Kernow!