Entry #106 - End of 2019 Update
So, I'm currently back home for a short two-week break for college, then another 3 month semester. I forgot some things back at my college apartment that prohibits me from working on certain things.
I have a little black journal for my newest poems and that is back at the apartment, thus I cannot post any new poems.
I forgot my yellow notebook which contained notes regarding new Order of the Triumvirate tanks and the schedule I had set up to draw them, there's a backlog of 33 tanks on that list that stretch from circa 1943 to 1957. I have my blue notebook which has a bunch of notes for previously posted tanks, but not ones yet ready to be drawn due to the backlog.
I also left some other things that'd simplify the process of making new tanks out of LEGO. I was going to revise the T1, M6A1, M6A2E1-1, and M6A2E1-2 heavy tanks to have triple stud wide track links and working suspension. The T1 and M6A1 HT's do need their turrets to be increased in height and I'll be working on that soon. As for both the M6A2E1-1 and M6A2E1-2, the turret bustle needs to be lowered and the downward angle less shallow.
I have quite a few poems regarding a new girl I met in Army ROTC at college and frankly, she's perfect for me. Those poems will come eventually, but I'm really hoping things work out with this girl because, again, frankly she's perfect for me. I just hope I'm perfect for her. To be honest with y'all, I'd marry her in a heartbeat.
As for the Order of the Triumvirate, how's does an M7 Medium Tank with an oscillating turret inspired by the AMX-13 FL-10 with SS.11 ATGM's with Schurzen off the Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H, stand-off plates from the Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. M, and the armor of an M4A3E2 Jumbo Sherman sound? Because that is coming. How about a Kugelblitz SPAAG-M5A1 Stuart-Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F hybrid?
As for LEGO models up and coming, I've already revised my T71 Detroit Arsenal light tank to be able to be ordered for a physical build just like my M7 Medium Tank. The new T71 DA LT model has a revised suspension, rear hull detailing, a taller, but stronger turret that retains the same level of playability as before. By playability I mean, the gun can not only elevate but also depress.
I have plans to take BrickMania's M48A3 Patton MBT model and make 7 variants off of it. A slight modification of the engine deck and an oscillating turret means a T54E1 medium tank/105mm Gun Tank T54E1. Then I could make another turret and stick it on the T54E1 hull, boom, I've got a T54E2 MT. If I elongate the hull to have another road wheel and make a new turret, there's an M103 heavy tank/120mm gun tank M103. With that M103 hull, I can make two oscillating turrets and have both the T57 heavy tank/120mm Gun Tank T57 and T58 heavy tank/155mm Gun Tank T58. With that T57 oscillating turret, I can stick it on the M48A3 Patton hull and have the T77 medium tank/120mm Gun Tank T77. Finally, the M247 Sergeant York SPAAG is built on an M48 Patton hull, that's number seven.
Those 7 models will take a long while, as I don't want to just copy and paste the hull, even though it is a beautiful work of art. That's not how I operate. Granted, this process could be much easier if I had applied for a job opening at BrickMania during the summer of 2019 as a kit designer and gotten the job. Back then I was really torn about applying for it since I wasn't confident enough in myself and my skills to get the job, and that if I had gotten the job, my 12-year plan would have been out the window. Yes, I have a 12-year plan, it was a 14-year plan, but I already finished the first 2 years of that. Technically, there's only 11 years left of the plan now with 2019 coming to an end and all that.
Anyway, if I had gotten the job at BrickMania, I could have brought up the idea of modular kits much like the recent Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. E that had two add-on kits that would allow you to make either the StuG III Ausf. G, Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. M, or Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. N. Or their M4 Sherman with their add-on kits of the T34 Calliope MLRS, M1 Dozer blade, or Crab Mine Flail. What I'm getting at is that with these add-on kits, that could have been an entire line for the M48A3 Patton MBT. Though making an M103 Heavy Tank kit would be great, people would buy those and have add-on kits for the T57 and T58. The T57 oscillating turret could be advertised to work on either the M48A3 Patton or M103 HT to make the T77 MT and T57 HT respectively.
All in all, I've got a lot planned and going on. Just keep riding with me, this tank has a long, but hopefully bountiful road ahead.