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June 19, 2021


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Hale Wallace has another great video.

June 18, 2021


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Please let this be trueMore here.

Read everything….

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:09 am
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Professor Glenn Reynolds writes.

June 17, 2021

Chinese space success

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I noted here that the Chinese had launch their first manned space mission in 5 years. The three man crew successfully reached the Chinese space station module.  The race is on. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

Regular Modeling Guys, 3D Printing, and Where It Could Be Heading

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:41 am

More on 3D printing.

Sprue Pie With Frets

Model Airplane Maker recently shared his thoughts about 3D printing and scale modeling, comparing the current state of 3D printing as a modeling tool to personal computing on the eve of Windows 95 25 or so years ago.

It’s an apt comparison: use of a home computer in the early 90s required commitment and a sense of humor, and progressing past ‘low-fi’ for things like printing, high-speed internet access, and digital photography required significant hardware and learning investment.

MAM’s post specifically contemplated what it would take for 3D printing to join X-Acto knives, sanding sticks, and airbrushes as tools in use by most scale modelers. The cost of 3D printing hardware capable of the fidelity and finish expected by scale modelers has plummeted in recent years, with a decent resin printer in the price range of a high-end airbrush or quality compressor.

A few taste-making influencer-modelers (yes, skeptics, scale…

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Space race

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:13 am
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The space race is on.  China just launched the first three astronauts to the first module of their space station.  They will spend the next few years constructing it.  China is serious and we need to be too. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 15, 2021

What happened in Hawaii?

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Why did F-22s scramble?

June 14, 2021

Episode 32 of AScaleCanadianTV

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The latest is out, and Jim Bates engages in hockey delusion. Go listen.

June 12, 2021

A private space mission

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A December crew dragon mission will take a private space crew to the ISS.  The times we live in. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger who would be on the list for sure.)

June 11, 2021

MiG-21 or MiG-23

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Friend of the blog Jim “X-Acto” Bates recently told me about this story.  I’d like to know more, including whether it was a MiG-21 or MiG-23.  The story says both.  Anyone know?

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