A Gallery of Expression

DSC09273 Been doing some head scratching, thinking, and wandering through the dimness of the deep woods. Why are there so many trees? I can’t see the forest!

 It’s the path I have taken with my 3D printing addiction. 

 I have been trying hard to change my bias about 3D printed Junque. Yeah, it’s a real bias. I scan through the ThingiverseGrabCADand now about 50 other places to get .stl files. At least 50% of what’s there is plastic Junque. Frivolous plastic trinkets. All those trees in the way.

 I admit, some of them are quite useful. So this additive method of making things will be with me for a very long time. (It’s really here to stay.) I am happy to be able to participate, being a part of it.

 For me to expand my three dimensional printing, I need some long term tangible purpose for the things I will create. Durable valuable objects. That’s a hard assignment for hobby level 3D printing.

 I have made many purposeful plastic items for personal use and application. A new hobby application for printed plastic has come to my consideration. 

I have always enjoyed building scale models of all types of things. I spent a lot of time in my childhood, assembling plastic model kits. Everything including battleships, airplanes, military battle machines, cars, scale model buildings for model railroads, and even railroad cars from plastic assembly kits. 

 Now with 3D printing, there is the possibility of making the plastic parts themself. From my own designs. No limitation to something that has been mass produced in a plastic injection mold. 

 So that is the basic spark. Scale models for display. Could be for diorama shelf display or a scale railroad. Any subject matter. Plastic models are a form of Junque, but less frivolous, a bonafide hobby.

 It is true. Scale models and miniatures are already being done by many 3D print enthusiasts. But that is a good application of the process. It’s a change in my thinking from trying to print one big solid object, to realizing the best models are made from many detailed parts, assembled as I did when I was a kid. A modular approach to scale model building.

 My first project is a large railroad caboose. (Large model of a small caboose.) Model railroads have always been a hobby interest for me, but this will not be the only subject matter. No limitations are intended.

 I thought of a blog name. Ramblin Dan’s 3-D Scale Model Parts. (RD3D SMP) The sky is the limit for designs. I’ll Fire up the CAD software and 3D printers and make kit parts, not just one piece models.

 Blognasium seems a good place for the display. Contributions welcome!

bustedIt’s apparent.  Blognasium is a bust at becoming a popular community website.

I created Blognasium as place for posting private community and family member archives. Extended family members are not yet attracted to the site. Therefore, Blognasium has not (yet) produced an active extended family or social community. That’s OK. Better to try and to lose than to not try at all. Naww…  not true, that just sounds good… Ha!

I understand. Many people today don’t seem to know, or if they do, don’t care about the loss of personal privacy with the likes of Facebook and other “social” postings. Blognasium has no "mission" or need to exploit members.

I coerced my adult children to register, and they occasionally check in. That's good. They know what's here. I agree, Blognasium is much too private and "special purpose" for everyday use. Facebook is where ALL the "friends" hang. Such is life in the 21stcentury.

I have abandoned the “Community” in the menu tab and will purpose Blognasium as a regular, but “Members” only blog, for family and private posting. Anyone, even YOU are welcome to register and join in as a member. That’s an official invitation.

The photo’s posted here are backed up in cloud storage (Amazon S3). If it’s anything, Blognasium continues as a secure archival family photo and history blog.

MtDenaliI pumped some new blood into Blognasium. By that I mean I have decided to keep it living for awhile longer. Today (1/31/18) was going to be the day I took Blognasium off life support.

One application it handles well is photo storage. I dumped a few hundred more old photos into its system. Most are in the private Kautz group, only available to family members and friends within that group.


I placed my collection of Alaska pictures in the common area for anyone to peruse. They were taken by me back in 2002 on my construction project I manage with the FAA in Anchorage, Alaska. That was back in the high security days. I had some innocent job-site photos that the Feds called me up and said to take off-line. My bad… oops.  So, there is nothing concerning my project in any of these photos.

If you like rugged outdoor beauty, and earthquakes, Alaska is the place to find it. Also, very cold weather. I had an outstanding experience. Enjoy the pictures.

There are some great photos of Mt. Denali or if you prefer Mt. McKinley. Most of the time I was there (8 months) Denali was shrouded in clouds. I waited and watched the weather reports. When a huge high-pressure area settled in over central Alaska, I figured the mountain would be in the clear. I had already scouted out the best photo locations while it was in the clouds, so I knew just where to go to get these shots.

What’s Next

Not certain. I will continue adding photos. I may add new SIG’s (Special Interest Groups) or activities I like, if the mood strikes me. It is easier than building another stand-alone website. I have some features hidden for members only, but I won’t actively solicit members. Blognasium is just another blog, but open to contribution if desired.

Most of my friends have sold their souls to “FaceBloke” and surrendered all personal privacy. Identity thieves and government data collectors have a smorgasbord of information on everyone participating.

I would use FB only for a commercial or business billboard. FB was continuously harassing me to spend money on my KautzCraft page to “move it up” for better exposure. I understand. FB is just business. Back in the “old days” Ad-men sold space in the Phone book Yellow Pages using the same reasoning. The more you pay, the bigger and fancier the ad and the more business you would receive.

Blognasium is not trying to sell anything. I hope you just like to see what’s new from time to time. “Lurkers” are welcome. If you want more, join the community.

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