Behind, behind, behind. This is the third straight TW3 to fail to go up on time; indeed, the previous two (and their week’s movie reviews) didn’t launch at all, which makes us feel a little better, because at least we got you a Saturday Matinee before the weekend was out.
Still, fun stuff like regular daily life around Hog Manor, walking Small Dog, preparing for the onslaught that will be New Hampster winter (in part, by decamping from time to time to warmer climes), and the regular writing of regular stories — of which there were fewer than normal this week, but with more words, as you’ll see — take up time.
And the airplane project continues apace. Sunday night (the night after this post was supposed to go up, backdated into its slot) we wound up taking off a temporarily attached fuselage skin panel because we didn’t like the way it fit. One of the edges had a gap here and there — only 0.010″ or 0.020″ (that’s twenty-thousandths of an inch) — but you could see it, and so we took the skin off, and ran an edge-breaker along its edge, and clecoed it back in place. No gap. Smiles all round. The skin itself is a marvel — only 0.020″ thick, it gets its strength from any ridges in it, and by being attached to formers and other skins in a semi-monocoque structure.
We’ve also been prepping wing ribs. Each one has 65 holes in it, all of which are a hair undersize, so we have to drill them out and deburr them (we’d have to deburr them any way). Then wash, etch, rinse, prime, dry… and assemble. There are, we think, 24 ribs, which gets us to 1560 holes have to be finish-drilled, and 3120 sides of these 1560 holes need a kiss from the deburring tool (all the edges of the ribs need deburring, too). Wait, is that 24 ribs per side? If so, double everything! Whatever it is, there’s drilling enough to entertain the Rong Brothers for quite some time.
Airplane parts have inundated the gunsmithing bench, rather like asylum seekers and European borders. The difference is, we’re not just pretending to want the airplane parts. But of course, the guns are not getting smitten at the moment.
The Boring Statistics
This week saw a brief interruption in the regular four-posts-most-weekdays posting schedule. Wednesday we just gave up after When Guns Are Outlawed and did analog stuff for a while. We posted 27 posts instesd of the “new normal” of 29, leaving off the end of the day (1800) post and the Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week. We had heavier than usual traffic thanks to an Instalanche (thanks Glenn & Ed) and some other mentions on heavily trafficked blogs (thanks John, Ace & Maetenloch), all linked to a post from last week: Smart Diplomacy, etc. by the Roman Numerals). We had 333 comments by our somewhat en retard press time for this post, and a high-ish total of over 26,000 words. We didn’t pass significant milestones this week, but unless and until we backfill the week 40 TW3,we ought to mention two from that week: on 2 Oct 15, we had our 1,000th post of the year go live, and some time that week we passed 25,000 approved comments since the blog went live on 1 Jan 2012.
Our word count was higher than usual and what drove that was a few long posts. We had one over 3,000 words, three more over 2,000 words, and another five more (counting this one) of over 1,000 words — every one of those being a gross violation of every rule and guideline for web writing. Well, if you want clickbait as deep as a birdbath, Buzzfeed is still in business for now.
Those long posts drove a large delta between mean post length (950 words!) and median (~700).
The Week in Posts
Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:
- Sedentary Sunday is our usual Sunday laying about post about what Seinfeld was about.
- We look into How Spree Killers Get Their Weapons, examining two somewhat slanted media reports. It’s interesting how different their weapons approach is to that of the street criminals, armed robbers, and drug dealers who drive most murder statistics. (We may not have mentioned this, but most of them also select decent quality weapons, not the street gangstas’ junk).
- We describe some of The Limits of Air Power. The USAF doesn’t believe it, but those limits are totally a thing.
- Do not feed the animals: When Guns Are Outlawed Only Outlaws Will Have Teh Kitteh.
- Brown Deer Matter! But the wardens were exercising “albino deer privilege”; exhibit 32,767 in the ongoing trial of college students for dumb-ass in the first degree.
- A very pretty (and fetch-the-smelling-salts priced) set of .45s had us Seeing Double? Well, maybe we do need a set of dueling pistols around Hog Manor. But maybe something more in the Airsoft price range.
- We take a look at some of The Insurgents’ Superior Information Operations.
- When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Rough Sex. That’s his story, and damned if he knows why the women are dead. (If he’d had a gun, at least he’d know the answer to that little puzzle, eh?)
- A photo makes us wonder how a guy came to be a German Invader With Russian Defender’s Rifle?
- Archaeologists find old guns — Civil War Naval cannon, from a rebel ship — right where the Johnny Rebs said they dumped ’em, back in 1865. So The South May Not Rise Again, But These Rebel Cannons Did.
- If you did UW, COIN, human intelligence or counter-intel, you have to be wondering What Percentage Are Infiltrators? as you look at the European migrant problem. The one number you can rule out is zero.
- When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Elevators. Keep your heads inside the ride at all times, kids.
- Miss America, 1http://weaponsman.com/?p=26103907 is our nickname for a lovingly restored Colt pistol that was a milestone on the way to the US adoption of the 1911.
- Ever hear of The Special Forces Ranger Regiment? It was almost a thing, circa 1952.
- When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Drain Cleaner, and do unspeakable things with it. Or get struck-off psychologists to do it for them.
- We look back on one of our regular visits from 2012 and 2013, and find out he’s doing even better: T’ursday T’rowback: Travis Thursday.
- We go OT: Effects of an Instalanche, etc. because we were so impressed and pleased with getting all these links. And it was interesting that a lot of the newcomers didn’t comment but looked at 6 pages on average. Heck, we don’t look at six pages on this site every day.
- Cats and Dogs lying down together, aluminum and steel and a ductile alloy: Impossible Alloys of the Near Future.
- The Fine Military Tradition of Making Heads Roll has somehow become corrupted, when it now depends not on what he did but on who sponsors him.
- When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Sunshine. Don’t bake the baby!
- The long overdue fortification series launches with: America’s Spanish Fort – Castillo de San Marcos. Look for San Marcos follow ups this week.
- Friday Tour d/Horizon, 2015 Week 40 — a taste of all the stuff we couldn’t fit in this week.
- Sometimes It’s Just Too Easy was our cocky headline for ID’ing some kind of Piston AR derivative bolt, which we then utterly failed to identify. Nathaniel F is chortling at our expense.
- We see A Pinpoint of Light in the Gloom: Martland’s Discharge Delayed. They’ll probably still boot him: buggery is now an Army Core Value, integrity isn’t.
- When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Crates. The difference between a normal parent and Ma Bat Guano Crazy here is that the rest of us just imagine locking the little darlings in crate, but never act on it.
- We visit Stalingrad on the Soviet side, and see the price of victory. Saturday Matinee 2015 041: The Hot Snow (Russian, 1972) takes you forward with the antitank artillery at the point one of Hitler’s top tank commanders picked as the nexus of his main effort.
- That Was the Week that Was: 2015 Week 41 — which title should sound familiar to you — it’s this post. If you know why a dog chases his tail, you can just keep coming back to this line and clicking that link!
We have tons of stuff lined up for this week but hate to promise specifics. We will say you’re going to be seeing more of the Castillo de San Marcos. By the way, for anyone planning a visit to NE Florida and San Augustine, if you’re interested in military history or military medicine do not miss the Spanish Hospital.