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January 23, 2019

Jamaican military moves

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:26 am
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Jamaica’s small military force has recently been active in supporting the national police in fighting a mostly drug-related crime wave that threatens the peace and importantly the tourist industry that Jamaica depends on.  As part of this move, the Jamaica Defense Forces (JDF) are redeploying one of their two active infantry battalions to new barracks on the north side of the island next to the Sangster (Montego Bay, MBJ) airport.  Given the importance of this airport to the island’s tourist industry, this move seems prudent.  The state of emergency which saw the military supporting law enforcement operations ends at the end of January, but the 2nd Bn will remain permanently in barracks in Montego Bay.


January 22, 2019

Brengun MXY-7 Ohka update

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:23 pm
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Y’all may not remember, but I do actually model from time to time.  I’ve been working on the Brengun MXY-7 Ohka.  Given how small it is, you would think it would take a lot less time than a larger kit.  This isn’t the case.  In any event, it is together and due to the shorter run nature of the kit, I’m having to put a little extra time in on the seams.






















Yes, the seat seems to have a slight tilt to it.  No, I am not going to fix it.

Failed mutiny?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:19 pm
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As regular readers know, I have a special interest in watching the developments in Venezuela.  I’ve predicted for a while now that the situation cannot last and that either internal or external pressure would build and bring down the government.  Apparently an abortive uprising of national guardsmen has been put down.  I will be interested to see if this is the spark of a new revolt or the crushing of one in its cradle.

Space news

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:00 am

This is sad news.  Stratolaunch, the late Paul Allen’s space company is cancelling its own booster development.  While I was dubious on the concept, it was part of the flourishing private space development market.  Allen’s death certainly had a lot to do with this move.  (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)


Hurricane decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:05 am
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Hi, I am David and I’m a decaloholic! (<crowd> Hi, David).  DK has announced a new sheet of Hurricane decals.  I have no doubt that there will be tons of options on the sheet, which is a hallmark of DK sheets.  Skippy recently used some DK decals and reports they are of high quality.

January 21, 2019

Special Hobby Potez 25

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:40 am
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Looks like Special Hobby is moving along on their Potez 25.  I’ll be interested to see how many versions you;ll be able to build.

January 20, 2019

Jamaica news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:07 am
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Jamaica had the best performing stock market in the world last year.  Interesting to see the turn around in the Jamaican economy.

Interesting find

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:55 am
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The War Department Technical Manual from 1944 on Japanese forces and equipment is online.  This is a great item for identifying pieces of ordinance and equipment from old photos.

MXY-7 Model 22

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:39 am
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Brengun is going to release a Model 22.  I am currently building their Model 11.  The 22 was produced, but never used operationally.

January 19, 2019

Japanese Airfield equipment–Good news

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:50 pm
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I’ve had some interest in WWII Japanese airfield equipment lately.  Now comes good news that Brengun is doing two pieces of such equipment.  Info here and here.

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