By: Uncle Bruce • NT • 33 comments • 5 years ago
Gather round chillrens. Get you a cup of hot chocolate, or some egg nog. Uncle Santa Bruce has his mug of Jack Daniels Egg Nog, and I'm gonna share some of my favorite Christmas songs with ya. So take a seat on the floor here. Except you Sister Mary Agnes. And you Perrie. I heard you two girls have been naughty this year. You two come sit on Uncle Santa Bruce's lap. I got a special...
Uncle Bruce's weekly take on things. Vol II
By: Uncle Bruce • Current Events • 51 comments • 5 years ago
A little late. But hey, it's my blog.
I'll start with what I like to call "Well, I thought it was funny!"
So Stormy Daniels got some bad news this week. One of her lawsuits against President Trump was dismissed. AND...she has to pay his legal fees. I bet Cohen wishes he was still Trump's lawyer right now. Of course, the Meme/Twitter-sphere had a field day with this news....
Uncle Bruce's Weekly take on things.
By: Uncle Bruce • Current Events • 34 comments • 5 years ago
I think I'm gonna try and post a blog entry each week at give my take on things. I'm doing this for several reasons. First, as a blog on NT, it's sacred. Which means I can post what I want, and I can delete comments. Blogs are sacred. Moderation is not needed, nor desired.
I will warn you, as a Submarine Sailor, my language is rather salty. Be warned.
Well, lets start with a few memes...
Update, and New Endeavors
By: Uncle Bruce • NT • 16 comments • 5 years ago
Nope. Not dead. Not yet anyway.
But I will give an update on things here at the Tarleton Dog Run Ranch, home of the Big Cocks.
For those of you following Penny and her fight with Breast Cancer, everything is fine. She had a complete scan earlier this year, with no indication of new tumors or growth of old. Her cancer markers are monitored on a monthly basis and have shown no signs of...
Rumors of my Demise have been Greatly Exaggerated...
By: Uncle Bruce • NT • 26 comments • 5 years ago
...to borrow from the group Rise Against.
No, I have not been kicked out of NT. No, Perrie and I have not had a lover's quarrel. And no, I have not died.
Frankly, I've been taking a mental health break from NT. Because...well...this place is chock full of lunatics and Kool-aid drinking liberals. And sometimes, it gets tiring saying the same thing to the same people and getting the same...
Building the USS Lapon: The Hull
By: Uncle Bruce • History • 0 comments • 5 years ago
It has been a while since I posted about this build. Frankly, after building the custom fairwater to model the USS Lapon, the rest of the build is rather vanilla. The only variations are the PE additions.
And that’s what I started with. I used the Eduard PE set to replace the kit’s bow free flood baffles.
This assembly is installed within the bow section. I painted...
Building the USS Lapon: Fairwater Details
By: Uncle Bruce • History • 10 comments • 5 years ago
I finished my last blog with the Periscope Shears and the lookout platform built. I’ve been rather busy adding quite a bit of detail to this part of the superstructure. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a lot of pictures (read none) to show the progress. But I will show each of the details I’ve added now. Reference photo is at the bottom.
I’ll start with the SJ Radar mast....
The Revell Gato Project: Fairwater Build
By: Uncle Bruce • History • 1 comments • 5 years ago
Okay, I know the Fairwater isn’t the first step in the assembly instructions for the Revell model kit. But I’m a Submariner. And we are referred to as Pirates. So I treat instructions like the Pirate Code: they’re more like guidelines than actual rules!
At any rate, it’s easier to get the fairwater built first before installing it on the model. Besides, this is the area that will...
Revell Gato Build: Fairwater Conversions
By: Uncle Bruce • History • 0 comments • 5 years ago
As I’ve said before, Revell did a great job of modeling the Gato class from the early years of the war. But many of the fleet boats went through major changes over the few short years they were in service. It is not uncommon to see different configurations of the boats in pictures taken no more than 6 months apart. Much of the conversions were due to technology advances, as well as...
Revell Gato Build: Photo Etched additions
By: Uncle Bruce • History • 5 comments • 5 years ago
As I plan out the build of my Revell Gato Submarine configured as the USS Lapon, I’ve had to research the additions and conversions I’ll need for accuracy. This has been quite fun, and educational as it has bearing on the boat constructions and modifications over the war years. So let’s review the available PE sets for this model.
First, of course are the Eduard sets. There are...
The Revell Gato Submarine Project
By: Uncle Bruce • History • 4 comments • 5 years ago
What makes a great model stand out from glued together pieces of plastic? Detail. But not just detail of the model. Oh sure, recessed panel lines, a bit of rust and dirt wash, paint that’s neat and clean all add detail to a basic model. But there’s more a modeler can do to bring life and realism to a model.
When I build, I always build to a theme. When I built my 1:48 scale F-102 Delta...
By: Uncle Bruce • History • 21 comments • 3 years ago
Reposting by popular demand.
She was 24 years old when she died. In an age of technological advancements, she was getting old. But don't tell that to her crew. They will tell you she had a punch. She could throw a 14" 1,400 lbs armor piercing shell 34,000 yards at 2,700 feet per second. She was a force to be reckoned with. Apparently, the Japanese felt the same...