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November 13, 2018

B-17B in combat

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:57 pm
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A story of the only B-17B to engage in combat.  (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for the link)

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By Way of Introduction

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:19 pm

Jeff Groves has a new blog. Go on over and visit. Interesting stuff and I am sure more will follow.

Inch High Guy

Forsake hope all ye who enter. Here be Dragons.

… and Tamiya, and Eduard, and Revell, and Airfix. So nothing really dangerous save the occasional slip of the Xacto knife.  Nothing of general interest to average folk either, but if you are one of the modeling fraternity then hopefully you will find these pages enjoyable.  I have had an interest in modeling as long as I can remember, and a corresponding interest in military history.  Early on I focused on 1/72 scale due to the wide variety of subjects available in that scale and my desire for commonality.  The name “Inch High” is a reflection of that, a six foot tall man is an inch high in a 1/72 world.

With the desire for accuracy comes the need for research, modelers tend to collect reference material by the truckload. I am but one example of that among many.  Half the…

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The decline of Russia

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:33 pm
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Russia continues to lose population.  My prediction is this leads to an attempt by China to grab part of the Russian far east at some point.

November 12, 2018

Rods from God

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:35 pm
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I’ve been interested in this concept ever since I real about it in a Pournelle sci-fi novel.  With space lift becoming so much cheaper, I can see this becoming viable in the next decade.  The US needs to be the one to do it first.

An amazing story

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:26 pm
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I’ve seen the footage that is referred to in this story.  I suspect many WWII history buffs will recognize it.  Amazing to know the history behind it.  I look forward to the book.

November 9, 2018

Way to go UK

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:15 pm
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United Kingdom, that is.  A scientific breakthrough by the Brits.

Yet another decal manufacturer

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:28 am
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Man, it is tough to keep up with all these.  Here is Exito’s latest sheet.  I’d never heard of them before.  They appear to be a Polish model shop that is making their own decal sheets.

November 8, 2018

Norway loses a ship

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:00 pm
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This is bad news.   Ouch!   Hopefully it can be re-floated and repaired.

Upgraded J-10

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:47 pm
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Looks like China has upgraded the J-10 with a thrust vectoring exhaust.  For modelers I wonder if this is a simple nozzle replacement conversion to the Trumpeter J-10, or is it more complicated?

Interesting alcohol news

Filed under: General — dknights @ 3:03 pm
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2000+ year old wine found in China.  Is it weird that I’d be tempted to taste it?  Knowing my luck I’d be like the guy who ate the slug.

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