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January 31, 2011

I love modeling

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 7:55 am
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One of the many reasons I love modeling is that the hobby is filled with really good, giving people.  Below is a photo with recent gifts from some fellow modelers.

The decals and P-51 are from Jim Bates, and the 14 year-old scotch is from MMCL member Noel Walker.  Great gifts!

Gifts

January 30, 2011

Jury duty

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 7:30 am
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Apparently one of the Supremes was called for jury duty.  It is a shame that the Justice wasn’t selected.   I cannot imagine what trying that case would have been like.  Story here.

And, it turns out that our Vice President has also recently been called for jury duty.  Story here.

January 29, 2011

Model Airplane International #66 (Jan. 2011)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:57 am
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Model Airplane International isn’t one of the magazines that I buy every issue of.  Jim Bates and I have had a number of discussions over which modeling magazine, SAM, SAMI, MAI, etc. is the best.  All seem to have their faults, with none of them rising to the level of the old SAM or MAM before it eliminated modeling content.

This latest issue of MAI is a good, if not great one.  The feature articles are on construction of a 48th scale MC.200 and a 32nd scale F6F.  Obviously, neither is of great interest to the 72nd scale modeler.  There is a build of the new AZ Spitfire Mk IIa and a very nice in-depth conversion article on converting the Airfix Nimrod to the AEW.3 configuration.  This article is a good one and does a nice job documenting the conversion as well as all the faults of the original Airfix kit.

The historical article covers the Sea Venom.  Not exactly my cup of tea.  There are a number of nice side view illustrations of different versions of this aircraft.

As I said, all in all, a good issue, if not a great one.

January 28, 2011

Seawings

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:06 am
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The one site for all modelers and anyone else interested in flying boats is Seawings.  There isn’t a more complete site for all things related to flying boats.  As I plan on building a CSR-110 (Hu-16B) in the future, I am sure I’ll access the site a lot.  Give it a visit.

January 27, 2011

Favorite quote #5

Filed under: General — dknights @ 7:57 am
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“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly, one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”- Sherlock Holmes

 

January 26, 2011

Snow

Filed under: Kentucky — dknights @ 4:37 pm
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Another snowfall in Louisville overnite.

Snow in Louisville

Modeling update

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:52 am
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I’ve got several projects in work, plus a huge nuumber in the Hall of Shame.  The Kaiten, Japanese manned suicide torpedo is the one that I have been working on.  It has been primed and is ready for paint.

Kaiten

January 25, 2011

Downtown Louisville

Filed under: Kentucky — dknights @ 5:19 pm
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From 7th and Chestnut on Jan. 25, 2011. 4 p.m.

Downtown Louisville.

Good on ya.

Filed under: General — dknights @ 7:26 am
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Lest Americans think we have the monopoly on brave men fighting evil, read this story.

January 24, 2011

Magazine review: SAFO Vol. 34 #3 (135)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:09 am
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The latest Small Air Forces Observer maintains the tradition of presenting aviation information of interest to both the modeler and the small air forces historian.  This issue has the third part of an article on T-6s used in the Congo in the 60s.  It also has a reprint/summary of interviews with two Japanese pilots who flew in the Russian-Japanese skirmish in 1939.  In addition there are reviews of a number of recent aircraft books and summaries of aviation and modeling related magazines.  As always, highly recommended.

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