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Star Trek Starships - Defiant

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I took a few more great deliveries this week; (not all of them completely frivolous), but with the Defiant, Equinox and the Nebula class Honshu and Phoenix, that's my little collection finally finished, at least for now...
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Logitech MX

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My big Logitech MX's wheel stopped spinning after a lot of years.
I cleaned it with a toothbrush and a bit of WD40 and got it spinning real nice and smooth again, but it must have damaged the sensor because it would only scroll 1 line for every 10 spins after that.
I gave it a few weeks to recover because I didn't want to spend my own money replacing it with the new MX 3.
But I eventually decided that my life would be better if I had a mouse that works.
Anyway, the new one has a lot of wizzbangs but it's not as comfortable and as natural a shape.
So, if you have the original one, try not to mess it up.
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Star Trek Starships - Equinox

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I got tired of waiting for Eaglemoss to re-stock its prime timeline Star Fleet ships (2/3rds of which have been out of stock since last year).
So I eventually resorted to the 'secondary market'/eBay, and here is the first arrival.

I already had the Equinox but its paint finish wasn't great.  
For that, you can get them where the models are unopened but they don't come with the magazines, which is ideal in that case, and that way, they're very reasonable.
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Laptop Storage Upgrade

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Doctor, would you care to assist me in performing surgery on a... photon torpedo?

I almost dismantled the entire machine before I found the single tiny screw that allowed you to push the hard disk caddy in the optical drive bay out through the side of the chassis.

It had a 1TB WD Blue in a caddy in the optical drive bay. I asked the manufacturer to do it that way, years ago. But that drive was for File History and it ran full.
Plus, the machine was running slow because the main hard disk, which was a Seagate hybrid was starting to die, according to its SMART data.
So it got a 2TB WD Blue mechanical and a WD Blue 3D nand SSD, which seems remarkably fast.
Anyway, it's all back together now and it is running.
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Gameplay - Level 3

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I haven't accomplished much with X-Bomber this week.
My laptop is not very healthy but is still hanging in.
I ordered an SSD and a 2TB disk to replace its OS and File History drives, which are failing and full, respectively.

I finally got the game running well on the latest Fusion runtime.
They introduced something back in 2017 that stops the engine from destroying objects that travel too far away from the action.
That way, the number of objects would build up-and-up-and-up and the game slowed to a crawl.
I found the obscure option that fixes that and the game runs nicely.  This video of level 3 is compiled with the new runtime...
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Gameplay - Level 2

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Work on X-Bomber the Game ground to a halt over the last several weeks, but now that I have the first full week's holiday since November, I should be able to revisit it.
In the meantime, here's a playthrough video of level 2; the asteroid field.
The WingBlade lock-on-lightning weapon for Dai-X gets some use near the end.
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'Lower Decks' Phaser

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I got my Lower Decks type II phaser!
Actually, that's a complete fib.  This is the phaser released for Star Trek: Insurrection when I was 12 but it's clearly meant to be the same one as this, that they use in ST:LD.
I think, this came from Beatties, which was a great hobby shop in Newcastle.  It mustn't have been long before they closed.
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UFO Lunar Interceptor

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After about a month of working from home, I was really feeling the need for a bit of a boost, so I found a Product Enterprise SHADO lunar interceptor, from UFO to reinforce my top cabinet, which is mostly full of Gerry Anderson gear.
I just took it out of its box today.
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Gameplay - Level 1

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We might get complaints here, along the lines of "This isn't Star Fleet Saturday.  This is a shameful plug."

Anyway, a few people were asking if I could do some video walkthroughs of X-Bomber the Game, and so, here is Level 1.

I found that Windows will record any full-screen application that it identifies as a game, if you hit [Win+Alt+R] with it open.
You can go into [Windows > Settings > Gaming] and make it record at 60fps in higher quality and it gives quite a good result that way.
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Star Fleet Saturday 43

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In 2014 Evolution Toys released a combining die-cast action figure of Dai-X with magnetic joints as part of their Dynamite Action line.

Twitter user; Diaclonexxx found a novel way of assembling it.

Meanwhile Unyao made a nice project out of repainting and weathering it.
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