The Thirteenth Hour Podcast Episode #384 and Like a Hood Ornament #45: Making a Rocketeer Game Piece 1

This week, I’m starting the process of casting part of the game piece that came with the Rocketeer board game to make a helmet and rocketpack to modify a Heroclix figure into a Cliff Secord!  We will pick this up in the new year (once I get some new silicone).  


In this episode, we’ll be taking the Rocketeer game piece, adding some vents (toothpicks) to the protruding parts of the figure when it’s upside down, since the pour spout will be the base of the figure.  I’ll be using the helmet and pack to hopefully add to the Technocrat figure 


These toothpicks will form the vents once the mold is made to carry the air out and hopefully help the areas that protrude fill.


Turns out there wasn’t enough silicone to fill even this K-cup container, so we will shelve this project until next year.  But, I was able to case the upper body, which should be enough for my original intention.


And here are some cast torsos next to the original Hero Clix game piece.  To be continued!

Lastly, last week, I was talking about a film called Max Q with Billy Campbell who plays a very Cliff Secord type of character.  If you liked the Rocketeer, you’ll probably like this film as well.  I really enjoyed it.  Sadly, it’s very hard to find, though a kind soul uploaded it to Youtube.  Check it out!  The entire playlist of all eight parts is here:


This winter, if you’re looking for an adult of child mask, check out Thirteenth Hour mask combo package on Etsy.  This fall, it became really hard to find good quality masks for our kids as they were going back to school.  There are still long wait times for some of the companies we like best, so I thought, why not try to find an alternative?  I eventually settled on the triple layer masks available for printing on by the company Flashbay.  They were one of the few companies I found that were transparent about their third party safety data (Junior:, Adult: which is nice.  I was impressed by how well these masks performed on the filtration tests, even after repeat washings.  Also, I really liked how both the ears and nose piece could be adjusted for a good fit.


The Thirteenth Hour mask combo also comes with Thirteenth Hour hand sanitizer! (But of course.)


There are now Thirteenth Hour toys!  If you’d like to pick up one of these glow in the dark figures for yourself, feel free to email me or go to the Etsy store I set up ( and get them there.

If the past few months have got you needing a break, you may want to chill out to this 80s synth throwback track for a upcoming LP with the accompanying music video:

Empty Hands, the synth EP soundtrack to the novella, Empty Hands, is now out for streaming on Bandcamp.  

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Stay tuned.  Follow along on Spotify!  There is also a growing extended Thirteenth Hour playlist on Spotify with a growing number of retro 80s songs.

Check it out!

As always, thanks for listening!


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