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February 25, 2011

More war of photography news

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Apparently it happens in New Hampshire as well.  Story here.  Interestingly, here is an app for the EVO for recording the police.

February 24, 2011

Scott King’s BT-1

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:46 pm
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Scott “Skippy” King has been working on the Valom BT-1.  This is a dog of a kit and as usual, Skippy is turning it into a masterpiece.  Photos below.

BT-1 fuselage


More BT-1 fuselage

February 21, 2011

Columbus Pt.2

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 9:11 pm
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Here are more shots from Columbus.  Again I apologize for the photo quality since I was using my EVO phone to take the photos.

Here is one that is in my hall of shame.  The Ar-234 night fighter version.


I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these built up.  The MPM Blenheim I.

MPM Blenheim

A really nice Yak-9.  This one was an award winner.


This Hasegawa Nell was a 1st place award winner.


Finally, a model that you are not going to see built up anywhere else.  A Fairey Hendon from the Contrail vacform kit.


This model illustrates the major flaw in the current IPMS judging system.  It was a beautiful model.  Yet, it won no award.  The IPMS system gives no credit for “difficulty” and thus this modeler who did much more work than any of the three award winners, all built from very current model kits, received no recognition for a fine model built from a very crude vacform.  That is a shame.

February 20, 2011

Columbus Pt. 1

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 5:00 pm
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Some of us MMCL guys were able to travel up to Columbus for the 2011 version of Blizzardcon.  Fortunately this year, Blizzardcon didn’t live up to its name.  Temps were in the 50s.  Unfortunately, the venue was the same as usual.  This cave is the worst venue for a contest currently in the contest circuit.  This doesn’t seem to hurt the contest.  This year they had over 600 models.

Here is the MMCL crew at the local Hooters for lunch.

Hooters of Columbus

Mark Smith from northern Ohio was there.  In addition to his Taube, which was featured on the blog in the report on the Cincinnati show last year, Mr. Smith brought a beautiful DVII

Smith's DVII

I forgot my Olympus E-500 so all the photos were taken with my new EVO.  The camera is excellent.  However, my natural hand shake shows up in some of the photos.  My apologies.

Speaking of Mr. Smith, here is his Spanish Italian Harrier was great and I had the unfortunate luck to be entered in the same category with my Revell Hunter.

Smith's Harrier

In 72nd scale single engine prop there was an aircraft you don’t see often.  Here is a Caudron C.714 in French markings.  I didn’t get a good photo of it.

Caudron C.714

I’ll be posting more photos tomorrow.

February 19, 2011

Good news on the photography front

Filed under: Legal,Politics,Technology — dknights @ 7:59 am
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The Atlanta PD now understand.  I hope this becomes standard across the nation.

February 18, 2011

February MMCL meeting

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 7:59 am
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Unlike the January meeting which occurred the same night as a major snowstorm, the Feburary meeting was held in near tropical temps.  The meeting was also much better attended.  There were at least 24 members in attendance with several new members.

Here are some random shots from the meeting.

Dennis Sparks models

Doc’s Se-5


Terry Hill’s latest dio.

Major distraction

The awesome February raffle


February 17, 2011

More dumb attorney craziness

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 7:53 am
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Don’t piss off appellate courts.  Just don’t.

February 16, 2011

Self publishing

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:31 am

This seems to be a growing trend.

February 15, 2011

Police misconduct

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 7:58 am
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I don’t think this sort of thing is common, but I think its more common than most people would like to believe.

And behavior like this only makes me believe that the statement above is true.

February 14, 2011


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:41 am
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Here is a shot of the Hasegawa F4F-4 that I have backdated to an F4F-3 for the MMCL Yellow Wings group build.  I hope to have more shots to come.

F4F-3 in primer

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