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December 11, 2008

Weathering

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:48 am
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Next time someone tells you that you’ve overweathered your model, show them this photo.  If you haven’t been following it, Google has recently put the Life photo archives online.  This is a treasure trove for historians and modelers.  Go to Google and take a look.

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December 9, 2008

How I wish I could celebrate the holidays

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 5:15 pm
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Holiday wishes

Holiday wishes

New IPMS/USA Journal

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 3:23 pm
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I apparently sacraficed sacrificed to the proper postal gods, since in my mail yesterday was the new issue of the IPMS/USA Journal. I usually get it after everyone else, but this time it seems my name was at the top of the list.

Another great issue.  I am afraid that Chris and the crew have made the same mistake NASA has.  They have made the extrordinary extraordinary look routine.  If you are a modeler and aren’t a member of IPMS/USA, you don’t know what you are missing.  Join today.

December 8, 2008

Change of markings?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:00 pm
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According to this thread over at ARC, the Russian legislature is considering changing the national marking of Russian a/c.  They are proposing something like these:

New national markings

New national markings

 I’ll be interested to see if this happens.  If it does, it ought to make the decal manufacturers happy.

December 5, 2008

I am actually glad to see this

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 6:00 pm
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Apparently at least one Judge in Cincinnati wants to keep civility in his courtroom.  An attorney, who was representing himself  BTW, was held in contempt for dropping the F-bomb in the courtroom.  He directed his comment to the opposing attorney.  Read about it here.

Photos on the net (Su-25)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:13 pm
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OK, folks, I’d like more information on this one.  It is a photo that accompanied a story in Wired Magazine on the recent conflict in Georgia. (The country, not the senate runoff.)  It doesn’t look like typical Russian camo.  However it doesn’t look like the Georgian camo I have seen either.  The aircraft doesn’t appear to have markings on the top of the wings.   Take a look.  I’d appreciate any info.

Su-25

Su-25

December 4, 2008

Just when you think it can’t get any funnier…..

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:36 am
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Mark Steyn delivers yet another smackdown to the “Journalism Doctor”.  At some point this is going to turn into a baby seal clubbing and will be to horrible to watch.  However, we haven’t reached that point.  It is still funny as hell.

December 3, 2008

My favorite modeling tools (#3): Testor’s Acryl Cleaner

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:48 pm
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Ok, color me shocked on this one.  At a recent MMCL meeting, MMCL member Randy Fuller was giving a talk on airbrushes and airbrushing. One thing he recommended was this product, which he uses to clean his airbrush whenever he has been spraying acrylics.  I don’t spary acrylics much, but I picked some up on his recommendation.

Acryl cleaner

Acryl cleaner

Recently, did some airbrushing with acrylics and used this stuff to clean my airbrushes.  It works every bit as well as Randy said.  I’ve added it to my favorite modeling tools.

December 2, 2008

The battle of the barristers (Round two)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:52 pm
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Well, we aren’t in Revell of Germany land! 

Despite what I implied in my post below, I did get some modeling done this weekend.  I worked on the Academy F-8 that Jim Bates and I are challenge building.

Knowing that the Academy kit was a new release and having just come off building the Revell of Germany Hawker Hunter, I expected that the Academy kit would be as nice a fitting kit as the Hunter was.  Wrong!

I was working on the main gear well, which is one of the pieces that gets sandwiched between the fuselage pieces before they are assembled.  I test fit the parts and found, to my horror, that the gear well stood proud of the fuselage.  See the photo below.

F-8 main gear well

F-8 main gear well

The solution to this problem was to cut notches in the corners of the well so the well would sit flush in the fuselage.  I removed the portion represented in red in the photo below.

F-8 well insert

F-8 well insert

This allows the well to sit lower in the fuselage and not leave a lip on the fuselage side.

Corrected gear well

Corrected gear well

Now this does create an area at the end of the well that has to be filled, but I think that will be easier to fix than the well sitting proud of the fuselage.

Area to fill

Area to fill

Ok Jim, your turn.

The holiday weekend modeling

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 10:40 pm
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Well, I started the Thanksgiving weekend with the best of interntions.  I was hoping to get a lot done.  I did manage to get a lot of airbrushing done, but not much modeling.  Let me explain.

The modelwife bought two ceramic flowers that are suppose to be mounted on the wall and items are hung from a wire or string hung between them.  Well, they were pink, but the modelwife wanted them to match stickers that she had put on the modeldaughter’s bedroom walls.  This is what those stickers look like.

Wall flower

Wall flower

 Well, I told the modelwife I thought that I could paint the ceramic flowers to match.  Given that I didn’t have any lavender model paint this turned out to be more of a challenge than I thought.  However, I was able to mix up some paints that came up as a close match.  Here is the result after a few hours of airbrushing.

Ceramic wall flower

Ceramic wall flower

I was surprised but it actually turned out to be good practice with the airbrush and with mixing paints.  So I can’t say that I got nothing model related done over the holiday.

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