Thursday, August 12, 2021

Crosman 1077 - Putting it back together.

 Hi All,

So I attempted to replace the end seal and reassemble my 1994 Crosman 1077 pellet rifle.

So here is the the Plug Assembly (1077-036) broken down into its component parts.

Showing the dirt and wear on the Piercing Pin (38A027) and the cracks in the bottom of the End Seal (38-128)

Brand new End Seal for comparison,

I then cleaned all the parts with Q-tips and 91% isopropanol. I'm sure 70% would have been fine.

Plug Assembly reassembled. Piercing Plug, Screen, Piercing Pin, End Seal, and Guide Collar.

Plug Assembly goes back in the Tube (100-017).

You want to line up the pin side with the hole,

and the tube side with the notch.

Theoretically you still have the pin in your vice grips.

You just reverse the process and push while twisting.

The Tube (1077-017), Spacer (1077-039), and Barrel Housing (1077-010) are all held in place by the Barrel Band (1077-008).

Here they are assembled. Just tight the Band Screw (1077-026).

Next fit the end of the Transfer Tube (1077-016) into the Plug Tssembly (1077-036) via the tube Bushing (1077-029).

Next, find the part you didn't know existed until you saw it fall out of the Receiver when trying to put things together. That would be the Hammer Roller Pin (106-024) under the metal arm of the Trigger Assembly (1077-033).

This next step is very important. Drop the Valve and Tube Assembly (1077-034) and Trigger Assembly (1077-033) on the floor, thus learning how to disassemble a portion of the Valve Assembly into its component parts. Realize you only have Detent (106A011, which is then called 106B011 in the list) and Detent Body (106A010) but not the Detent Spring (106A046) because of course you didn't see where that went when it hit the floor. Grab a beer.

Don't give up and eventually find said Detent Spring.

Reassemble the Valve and Tube Assembly. Now we're cooking.

Get the Receiver together with all the assemblies put back together correctly, for the third time after having springs be springy.

Insert a cylinder without the stock on to see if it leaks. It seemed to hold.

Put the stock on with the three screws, remember that the one furthest from the trigger is a bigger diameter than the other two, but by now you've pulled this thing apart so many times that's not difficult.

Find a target online or go old school and draw an X on a piece of paper. (Sorry for the gratuitous broken toe shot.)

I then went outside to try and sight it in at about 10 paces.

I got off one shot, then realized I left the Allen wrench for adjusting the site inside. I came back out, lined up my second shot, finger on the trigger and...


Somehow it started leaking again. I tried some in situ adjustments of the guide collar and then had a hard time getting the cylinder to pierce. Finally I figured that maybe I just need a new piercing pin. It is, however, possible that the gun is leaking at the plug assembly and tube junction.

So I'm waiting on the new part. In the meantime the replacement 1077 arrived and my brother and I spent about an hour shooting cans and targets. It was great fun.

So the jury remains out on whether I can resuscitate this gun. I'm at the point where I don't want to spend anymore to fix it because I'm halfway to the purchase of a brand new one. I'm also running out of time. So we'll see if I have anything further to report.

Happy hobbying.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Field stripping a Crosman 1077 pellet rifle

 Hi All,

Things have been busy and hectic, so hobby has taken a little bit of a back seat of late. But nerdery knows no bounds, so I started trying to figure out why my old Crosman 1077  (you can also get it from Amazon, here) wouldn't hold a CO2 charge.

While not really into gun culture, I am an American male of a certain age and I enjoy plinking beer cans and shooting the occasional varmint.

After wasting several 12 gram cylinders I decided to try and find out if it was possible to to fix this rifle that I think I bought in 1993.

So I found the manual and the parts list and watched a few videos.

I tried the Pellgunoil hack. It didn't work. Before I could try using teflon tape my brother saw the crack in the end seal. (Part #  38-128)

So a quick search revealed that EBay was my best bet for parts if I didn't want to wait a month. I got the parts from here.

The last thing I needed was a half inch wide standard screwdriver to open up the Guide Collar (Part # 338-041) from the Piercing Plug (Part # 1077A018). I ordered that from Amazon here. In one video a guy just ground the point off of a 1/2" spade bit. But I'd rather just have the tool.

Here's the pictures.

The stock easily comes off with the three phillips (circled in red) head screwdriver. Note that the one towards the front is larger. 2mm hex screw (circled in yellow) that holds the CO2 tube to the barrel. The four screws that hold the body (reciever?) are 3 phillips (Green) and one Standard (Blue), although I had to use a standard head driver to get the last green one out. Top tip, take the scope rail off first. It holds the two halves of the gun together if you don't.

If you push the trigger down sideways you're not supposed to have the trigger spring pop out. I failed (Green Circle). The  Tube Pin (Part # 1077-031 circled red) holds the Piercing Plug in place. Just lock some vice grips on it and twist and pull.

And now you have the plug out and can really see the crack in the End Seal. The slot in the Guide Collar is about 2mm and of course my 1/2" screwdriver blade is about 2.3mm thick, so I ended up having to grind it down anyway.

And it's off. Now I just have to wait 5-7 days for my End Seals to come in.

I'll try to take better pictures of how it all goes together when I button it back up.

Happy Hobbying.

Friday, July 23, 2021

WFRP 4th Edition - Inputting your Character on Roll20

 Hi All,

As a follow on from character generation, we have a situation where we needed to put our characters onto the platform we re playing on. For our group that is Roll20. Our GM has gone ahead and purchased the system specific add ons and there is a digital character sheet involved.

To be fair, all digital character sheets have their own idiosyncrasies. Based on the system and the person who built its interpretation of the rules/ character creation process.

So I'll try to forensically rehash what I did for my character. I also helped one of our group input his, perhaps I will go over that one as well.

Alright I took a bunch of screenshots, lets see if we can make sense of this thing.

So we start on the "MAIN" page button/tab. It's a little weird in that you input values into the blue shaded cells, but not all of them. So I entered Name, Species, Class, Age, Height Hair and Eyes. I think I also input my initial characteristics. I am not totally sure, but I think we found out you had to click on the header text to activate the cell for entry. I guess it's a good way to prevent inadvertently changing your values, but it was frustrating. I think when I input my movement of 4 it calculated and filled the other two. I also input my Resilience and Fate.

Although the timing is a bit off, ie I had to go to the advanced tab for some things first, I entered Talents  and specific advanced skills. You just hit the little plus sign. If you need to delete something you need to hit the edit (pen) symbol.

Just showing the bottom of the main page.

Now we're at the "ADVANCES" page. You don't have to re-enter the top part with your name etc.  You definitely need to click on the column text to be able to put in your advances. As a Human I got 5. You also need to input your career Skills and Talents and distribute your 40(?) points or whatever it is. I can't remember at the moment.

At the bottom of the page is your Species Talents and skills. Now I thought you could play with the bonus values, like the career skills, but you cannot. You have a choice of +3 or +5 only and you get 3 of each. I also found out when I helped another player that if you click on a +3 or +5 you can't seem to remove it. Not sure why that is.

Here we are in the "COMBAT" tab. 

Your wounds are calculated for you from your stats.

Trappings, armor and weapons are all pretty self explanatory. The one weird thing is that if you wear something it's Encumbrance no longer counts. Seems odd. You of course have to wear armor and/or shield to get the armor point fields to populate. I'm not sure if I put the dagger damage in correctly or not, but I think so. Oh and wealth you just input.

Hopefully that helps if you are struggling to get your character into roll20. If you have any tips or hacks for doing it better, please let me know.

Happy hobbying.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Map making resources - Nice Photoshop Brushes

 Hi All,

Well, life grinds ever onward and I haven't had as much "free" time as I thought I might. To be honest I might also not be using my downtime very effectively, but that's nothing new.

For today I wanted to share some photoshop brushes I found for fantasy map making. As many of you may recall, I have been making some and mostly waffling about fantasy maps. I have used Hexographer and Worldographer, but never really been satisfied with my attempts with it. I recently purchased Campaign Cartographer through Humble Bundle. It looks good, but I haven't had it in me to work through the tutorials yet.

So I thought, maybe someone has made some photoshop brushes for the Dutch Cartographer Blaeu? I had this idea way back when, but like most of my ideas, never pulled the trigger. One Google search later I found this gentleman's website. K.M. Alexander

He is apparently an author and it looks like he likes to make his own maps for his novels. I might try out one of his books or just "buy a coffee" for him as a way of saying thanks. Anyway, where you want to go is the Free Stuff tab.

Although the brushes are now no longer in the Free Stuff section, you can see they have their own page now. There are some tutorials on how to use the brushes at the bottom of this page.

He has a bunch of interesting sets, but I was interested in cartography sets in particular. The original search lead me to the Blaeu set.

This other set, Janssonius, looked interesting so I downloaded it as well. I hope to have something to show you soon, but who knows? I'll probably do something else and forget all about this for another half decade.

Theoretically I'll have some posts about my Perry Plastics and how to input you WFRP 4e character into the online character sheet, but don't hold your breath.

Happy hobbying.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

WFRP 4th edition - Character Creation

Hi All,

I've had some down time so I had a chance to finish fleshing out the character that I started a few weeks ago for our transition to 4th edition WFRP. If you go to my WFRP page on the blog you will find links to youtube of our actual play. We just finished The Thousand Thrones campaign. It only took us several years and 54 episodes.

I referenced this post from The Ginger Noob to guide me through the process of character creation. Honestly, the rule book does a pretty good job of walking you through the process, but it's nice to have a reference.

I give you Johannes Knappen.

I started this character a couple of weeks ago, and was taking notes of my rolls etc to do a similar walk through post, but then of course I left those notes at home and finished the character without them or writing things down.

I have 3 extra points to distribute between Fate and Resilience. I was thinking to make both my fate and resilience 3, but I don't really know how resilience works yet. I also haven't written down my ambitions, but they may develop from the 10 questions that you're supposed to ask yourself to flesh out your character.

These are mine:

Ten Questions to flesh out your WFRP character.

1. Where are you from?

From the town of Hupeberg at the foot of the Grey Mountains.

2. What is your family like?

The Knappen family has recently come into the academic class. Peer Knappen was the son of an Imperial officer and Katrin the daughter of farmers. They met as students in Altdorf and returned to their home town Hupeberg upon graduation. Johannes’ younger brother Karl “Shwartzkopf” is studying Bright magic in Altdorf.

3. What was your childhood like?

My parents always stressed education and encouraged me and my brother to go to school and become academics as well.

4.Why did you leave home?

To pursue further studies as an apothecary.

5. Who are your best friends?

Ulli, a fellow apothecary student from home and Sigismund, a brawler and gambler from the Inn that Johannes and Ulli carouse in.

6. What is your greatest desire?

To unlock the secrets of potion making and rid the world of disease.

7. What are your best and worst memories?

My best memory is completing my goal of becoming an Apothecary’s apprentice. My worst memory is being unable to keep my mother from dying of the bloody flux.

8. What are your religious beliefs?

Like all good citizens of the Empire I observe the rites of Sigmar, but I pray to Shallya to help me heal others.

9. To whom, or what, are you loyal?

I am loyal to my friends, family, and the Emperor of course.

10. Why are you adventuring?

To uncover the secrets that will rid the world of disease.

So if you've seen any of my previous characters or listened to our game play, you'll note that this is a bit of a departure from my normal type. Usually I play a guy who hacks stuff with a sword and asks questions later.

I'm not sure how dooming works in this game, hopefully I get one that I can get my head around for gameplay purposes.

What's everybody else playing?

Monday, June 21, 2021

Getting back to "Normal"

 Hi All,

Once again I'm back to apologize for abandoning the blog. Totally unintentional, but it happened.

To be honest, I've been having a rough time. I didn't really want to bore whoever still reads this with it, but I've been in perhaps the deepest and darkest depression that I've had in 30 years or so. Many people online are sharing their stories, and I think overall that's a good thing. I don't really want to do that here, I just wanted to sort of explain myself a little. I've always felt like my blog was more or less like having a conversation with people about what we are mutually interested in.

So the gist of it is this. I'm going to be changing the blog and perhaps the way I do hobby. Right now the things I've been doing for the last few years are not doing it for me, so I'm going to work towards finding the joy in the hobby rather than let the dark side of my thoughts get in the way.

I'm going to go back to a more of "this is what I'm doing" rather than a completely polished" what I've done" approach. (I know, my polished may be the WIP of someone else.)

Anyway, the blog will be nine years old at the end of the week. I had hoped to have retooled it and having some new posts, but I've had another life gut punch in the interim. So it may be a little while until I can really get back into the full swing of regular posting.

I've also been very irritated by all the spam on blogger these days. Perhaps that is because I'm not really active on it and I'm getting notifications from other blogs that are semi abandoned as well.

Anyway, I am getting help for my depression and, gut punch aside, things are getting better. It's ok to not be ok. It's ok to be open about it. It's ok to keep it to yourself and your healthcare provider. Just know that you don't have to "suck it up" and that you will be alright. You can find joy in things again.

So that's pretty much it. Sorry if it's a little disjointed, I'll sit on it as a draft and see how it looks after a good nights sleep.

Have fun hobbying your way and I'll see you around.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Defend the Gate - MESBG:BC

 Hi All,

Last in person game before things really got crazy COVID wise in Arizona.

Again at Fantastic Legions house with his amazing terrain.

I pushed him to 50%, but lost the game because I couldn't get close enough to the gate when I rolled to see if the scenario was over.

Still fun. Enjoy.

I feel like my Uruks outperformed. My dice, for once, were pretty hot. However it was not enough. Lots more work to do on the force.

Not sure what is coming next. I have a few new figures in that are calling to me, so that may get me back to the painting table.

My son got exposed to someone with COVID at school, so we're trying to navigate testing and all that right now. The system is pretty confusing and my attempt to be proactive may be for nothing as we may not get his test results before he's done a full quarantine anyway. Oh well. I guess we're lucky to have gotten this far without having to test.

Hope you all are healthy, safe and getting in hobby where you can.