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March 18, 2019

Nuclear powered rockets

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:30 am
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One of the most efficient ways to travel between planets would be nuclear powered spacecraft.  However, treaties banning the introduction of nuclear weapons into space have always been seen as an impediment to such spacecraft.  However, NASA seems to be re-examining the issue. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)


March 17, 2019

737 Max

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:49 am
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Interesting article on the 737 Max software issues.  I think it is telling that US flag carriers haven’t had any problems and that the accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia involve local carriers whose pilot training may not have been as vigorous.

March 16, 2019

NASA budget

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:19 am
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Interesting story on the latest NASA budget proposal.  (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 15, 2019

A true hero

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:31 pm
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Man, this is bravery.

Cool B-1

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:59 am
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At least one B-1 has been given a red cockpit.  Story here.  (h/t to J.C. Bahr over on 72nd scale forum)

March 14, 2019

A5M2 video

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:31 pm
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I previously mentioned Clearprop are releasing an A5M2 Claude.  Here is a cool video of the assembly process.


Wise quote of the day

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:41 am
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You can vote your way into socialism, but you have to shoot your way out.

March 13, 2019


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:39 pm
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ICM is releasing a kit of the I-153 in Chinese markings.  Since that is what I’d want to build it in, it is good news for me.


I blame Jeff Groves!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:07 pm
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Well, after a multi-week absence, I’ve finally made it back to the modeling bench.  I am masking the MXY-7 canopy, which is a pain in the butt.  It only reinforces my conviction that I’ll never build another model for which their isn’t a pre-cut canopy mask available.

Since you can only do so much of that in one sitting, I wanted to keep modeling, but needed a break from the canopy masking.  So, inspired by Jeff “Inch High” Groves, I started working on the IBG 917t Japanese truck.  Here is where I am.  Jeff, this is all your fault.

IBG Japanese truck frame

March 12, 2019

India-Pakistan analysis

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:03 am
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An analysis of the recent India-Pakistan air combat.

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