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January 20, 2021

In praise of the H & S Infinity

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:54 pm
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Last year, after the Chattanooga Nats, I purchased an Harder & Steenbeck Infinity airbrush. While I own several very nice airbrushes, what I’d seen of it impressed me to the point of being willing to shell out the not insubstantial cost of the item. I’ve begun using it over the last year, and have really put it to use in starting to color modulate and weather then M-30. To say that I am impressed understates things. This is the finest airbrush I’ve used. I can do things with it that I simply can’t do with other airbrushes.

This brings me to another point. When it comes to getting better at airbrushing; “What is your plan for getting better?” My plan, and I think the only real plan, is to airbrush more. Airbrushing isn’t like riding a bike. If you don’t do it regularly, your skills degrade. One thing I recommend, besides airbrushing regularly, is when you are done with a session, use the paint remaining in the brush to practice, either on a paint mule or a scrap of card. There is no better way to experiment and get better.

I’m coming for you, Mike!


Don’t waste that paint.


January 19, 2021

Painting Japanese Aircraft Markings Now on YouTube

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:20 am

Good video. This is the main reason I bought my Thinnerline circle cutter.

Model Airplane Maker

I’ve uploaded a video with a demonstration of how I make my own paint masks for Japanese aircraft. With the right tools (ie good tape and sharp blades) masks can be made very easily and with complete control. The result are markings that perfectly conform to every surface, panel line and rivet without the need for decals, decal solutions, more powerful decal solutions, sharp objects, frustration, annoyance, cursing, paint stripping and repainting…. Yes, decals are awful when they do not cooperate.

Which is often around here.

The subject is a Hasegawa Ki-27 Nate that was recently completed for a blitz build over the holiday. The model had some quirks and I decided to live with a few of them rather than spend days correcting them.

For anyone thinking of panting markings, you can’t get much easier than Japanese. I’ve been doing them for years and I have gradually tried US…

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January 16, 2021


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:33 pm
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A Foxbat-E from ICM. This is in my wheelhouse.

January 15, 2021

Who knew?

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If you make a place hellish to live, people will leave.


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:23 pm
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Finally, I am living in the time of routine commercial spaceflight.  I thought I would see this after 1969. Never imagined it would be 50 years later. Latest story here. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who I am sure would be as pleased as I am.)

Plastic Model Mojo Ep. 29

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:09 am
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Episode 29 is out.  Give it a listen.

January 13, 2021

SpaceX does it again

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:39 pm
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January 12, 2021

Paper tiger

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:56 am
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You have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at this story. Modern Russia is the very definition of a Kleptocracy. 

Airfix 2021

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:15 am
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On January 7th, Airfix announced their 2021 new releases.  While not as numerous as years past, it is good.  See here.

January 10, 2021

Taking a day off

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:02 pm
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I try to get some modeling time in every day. Saturday was a particularly productive. However, even thought I had the time to do some modeling on Sunday, I didn’t. Why? I felt like I needed a day off. I model because it relaxes me. If it feels like it is becoming a duty, then you may need a day off. I think it also recharges the batteries. Already looking forward to recording the next podcast episode tomorrow.

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