Planet Xdroop

January 20, 2017

Blather Blog


This map on "Intermediate" has been beating me on round 63 for seemingly for ever. Sooo many attempts, soo close, only to fall on level 63. But this time I actually got through. On to new maps!

by David Mackintosh ( at January 20, 2017 02:09 PM


I know nobody except me cares about my progress through a 5 year old iPhone game, but I'm a little amazed that this particular technique actually works.

by David Mackintosh ( at January 20, 2017 02:04 PM


This picture really brings home how large the Space-X rocket that landed on the barge is.

by David Mackintosh ( at January 20, 2017 02:02 PM

Fourth Time Lucky?

This is at least the fourth time someone's been around to stick signs in the snowbanks on this street. On Tuesday we had the "no parking overnight" signs, then Wednesday morning they were gone -- but the snowbanks were still there. Last night, the "no parking overnight" signs were back, and this morning we have "no parking through the day".

This street isn't well designed for dealing with snowbanks -- our side has the nice decorative trees on the piece of grass between the sidewalk and the street, so the snow removal operations have to be careful not to kill any of them, and in doing so they end up leaving around 50% of the snowbank untouched. And our side is the south side of the street, so it gets less direct sun through the day too. Add it all up and our side is stuck with snowbanks longer than the people across the street are.

by David Mackintosh ( at January 20, 2017 10:39 AM

Diecast Collection Blog

Pretentions, Again

Custom '01 Acura Integra GSR OMG BBQ TURBO
2017 Mailine #31

I didn't like the first one of this casting I picked up, but here it works better; the "splattering" of green paint kind of makes the other flaws look acceptable. The name is still totally ridiculous, though.

Note though that the quasi-focus on the side panel up there is probably the fault of the monkey holding the camera rather than a flaw on the car.

by David Mackintosh ( at January 20, 2017 08:00 AM

January 18, 2017

Diecast Collection Blog

Off-Road Truck Racing

Toyota Off-Road Truck
2016 Mainline #152
A 2016 snuck into my pile of 2017s, how about that. Off-road truck racing is one of those things I occasionally like to watch. I also like watching the circuit stadium truck races; even though the "racing" is pretty artificial, it can be pretty funny to watch. So as long as you treat it as "entertainment" rather than "sport", you'll do fine.

I have a couple of off-road truck models kicking around, I think this is the first Toyota, but usually I pass on them because they somehow seem to get damaged in transit more easilly -- probably because of the combination of wide tires and narrow axles. This one came out of the package like this.


by David Mackintosh ( at January 18, 2017 08:00 AM

Second Chances

So one weird thing that's been going on at WalMart is that they still have pegs labelled "BMW Anniversary", even though the set apparently came and went way back in February (at least, that's when I got mine). At the time, I passed on the motorcycle, and I couldn't find a Z4M.

Well it turns out that whomever runs the plans for WalMart knew that there would be more coming, because WalMart Bayshore had what looked like at least one case, maybe two, up on pegs when I was in there back on November 5th. And they did have a Z4M, so I picked it up.

The dark, flat color actually works here. Normally I don't like flat, but here it seems to work. It also has the benefit of nicely setting off the red rings on the wheels. I saw a car in real life that had wheels like this, reflective red material around the inner rim of the wheel, and it looked awesome in the dark when crossing traffic. Makes me want them.

The model has a busy rear diffuser which I could have done without, and a nicely detailed interior which I'd keep. The front chin spoiler isn't going to be very friendly to the orange track, but this car isn't likely to find itself on too many of those.

Overall this is a very nice car.

by David Mackintosh ( at January 18, 2017 06:41 AM

The Night, It Burnerzez

So there's a new Night Burnerz 5-Pack out these days, and the highlight of it is obvious. We'll get to that, but first let's look at the rest of the pack.

First there is the Volkswagen New Beetle Cup:

...which is interesting for two reasons, firstly because it doesn't separate the body shell from the rest of the car the way previous incarnations of this casting did; and secondly because of the non-standard spelling of the car's country of origin:

Secondly is this Audacious, which seems to be a play on the word "Audi" -- even though the resulting car doesn't look anything like any Audi I've seen:

Then, the why-did-they-invent-this called the Pony-Up:

And last, but not least -- thanks to the Pony-Up being in the same set -- is the Chrysler 300C Hemi, a car which embodies "meh" to me but is interesting in that it is the only car in this set with a metal, rather than a plastic, base:

...but the highlight, the one that's got everyone talking, the one that will make this 5-Pack a hot seller (and a hot accidentally-returned-to-the-store) is this Nissan Skyline.

Unusually for a car in such a 5-Pack, this car has tampos on the side and rear, in three colors, including detail on the brake lights. With the metal spoiler and tinted windows, this is a must-have. And now I have it.

I referred to this car causing this 5-Pack to get returned to stores in greater numbers -- I've already seen discussion on the internet regarding 5-Packs on the pegs which had a car different from the Skyline. The speculation is that people are buying the 5-Packs, replacing the Skylines with something else, then returning the 5-Packs to the store of purchase for a refund. Presto, free Skyline! Seems like a dirty trick to me, and I can't really see it being worth while doing. If you can't eat $6 for a car you'll want to turn for $10 or $20, you are in the wrong business. On the other hand, since the numbers involved for each physical car are so low, maximising profit on any car you can sell like this helps the overall bottom line. It still seems like a low-down dirty trick to me.

One interesting thing is that the base of the car identifies it as a Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) instead of the original Nissan Skyline.

by David Mackintosh ( at January 18, 2017 06:38 AM

January 17, 2017

Diecast Collection Blog

Inventory and Wants

Just a note to the future that today I put the links on the right-side bar that point to my collection on CollectHW as well as a "list" that has my current "wanted".

The collection list has pretty much all my post-2013 cars, plus entries for those interesting cars I have which are older -- but I have several boxes of "inventory" -- stuff from the flea market inventory I got, plus a box of mid-'00s through 2012 things that I collected but didn't open -- that are currently not in the list. Updating the list on CollectHW is less tedious than it is on HobbyDB, but it is still tedious, especially when you come across cars that are unlisted.

Ideally I'd inventory all that and make a "for trade" list as well. It all takes time, though.

The wants list is usually more or less up to date. I doubt that I'll get any trade action on these, as you can see from my wants list I have champagne tastes but since I open most of my cars I don't have much in the way of valuable trade bait for going the other way. The most valuable un-opened cars I have are the two Speed Machine 599XX cars, which I am willing to trade since they don't really do much for me, but I don't know how to leverage them into something I would like.

Anyways if you have any ideas, let me know.

by David Mackintosh ( at January 17, 2017 05:00 PM

January 16, 2017

Diecast Collection Blog

Simple and Clean

2017 Mainline #55
Now here's a properly executed model -- simple lines, faithfully recreated, and nice detailed tampos on the front (headlights) and back (tail lights and badging). This body/paint combinations has turned out much nicer than most of the other 2017 zamac bodies I've seen so far. I wasn't a fan of these wheels when I first saw them (I think here); but in this case they have grown on me. I may have been disappointed last time, but I like this model the more I look at it.

by David Mackintosh ( at January 16, 2017 08:52 AM