First the important business i.e. fixing a Martini. My daughter and I are a odds as to what quality Vodka to use in a Dry Martini. She ops for a decent brand of Vodka such as Absolute &etc and I think the quality stuff diminishes the taste; I use the cheap stuff. like Zelko or Bowmans
In a blind taste test she preferred the Zelko. I never use my Primo potato vodka for Martinis. That stuff is best as a stand alone imbibment perhaps with a little freshly ground pepper in it.
I keep my vodka in the 'frig all the time so it isn't diluted with the ice when you mix it. I have a stainiless steel shaker in there as well. I use filtered water for the ice, nothing special.
The brand of vermouth is most important, I use Noilly Prat Dry which I think is the best. That doesn't necessarily be chilled as you're only going to need a drop or two.
A bartender years ago showed me how to put just the right amount of Vermouth into a Martini. She poured a bit just into the bottle cap and then dripped the drops out of the cap which gives you more control on the amount of Vermouth you are dispensing. I use two drops.
I shake my Martinis; stirring doesn't make it cold enough. I never touch the shaker with my bare hands but always wrap the shaker in a bar towel so the liquid doesn't warm from the touch of your hand.
My shaker has a built in strainer so mini icebergs don't make it into the glass. and of course I use a chilled crystal six ounce Martini stemware.
I garnish with an unpitted olive because stuffed olives contain too much brine with the pimento.
Of course always hold the glass by the stem never the bowl so the drink doesn't warm too quickly.
It's only when you try to replicate one of these resin masterpieces that you get a full appreciation of the exacting work that goes into the prototype production of the piece.
The track segments have to be just the right size to circle the wheel or the treads will look clumsy.
I'm hoping I have left enough excess link overlap to make the run workable; I can probably take off about 2,0 MM more per link if needs be but I'd prefer not to, we'll see once the rest of the links are installed.
I picked a skull tread at random and it's not one of the better ones; I may replace it or at least swap out the skulls.
The comparison shot with an original Baneblade is optically deceiving. both treads appear much the same size........ Ha!
Here we see the side view of the tread and the object of my concern regarding the width of the link in relation to the idler wheel.
i'll know later on this evening whether it's a go or not..............