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April 30, 2012

Holy Crap.

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:03 pm
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Governments at all levels are worse than I thought.  Story here. Tar and feathers.

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April 29, 2012

Apologies

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:49 pm

I’ve been very busy the last week.

Little angel

April 24, 2012

Global climate change update

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:26 pm
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Now he tells us.  Nevermind that he was so confident that the scientists understood completely forces that any normal person could tell you were probably beyond complete human comprehension.  Nevermind that they were urging countires to enact onerous taxes to solve a problem that may not even be a problem.

April 23, 2012

Homeland security?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:13 pm
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Why is the Deparment of Homeland Security chasing counterfit goods?  Story here.

April 20, 2012

1:1 scale Spitfires

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:13 pm
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Here is a great story.  I can’t wait to see what they pull out of those crates.

April 19, 2012

April MMCL meeting

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:45 pm
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The April MMCL meeting was held tonight.  Even with the great summer weather, there was a good turnout.  In addition to a raffle, slideshow and a discussion of our upcoming contest, there was a show and tell.  Below are some of the models brought by club members.

A 72nd scale Fairey Hendon. You don't see one of those every day.

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A 72nd scale Airfix P-38 backdated to a D model.

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More in God's one true scale, a 72nd Go-9

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A 48th scale CR-32

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48th scale He-112

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Sd.Kfz 222 dio, as featured in this month's Tactical Notes

 

April 17, 2012

New decal manufacturer

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:28 pm
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I attended the Region 4 Regional in Dayton on Saturday.  I’ll post a report and photos soon.  One thing I did discover is a new decal manufacturer with an interesting idea.  Fundekals is a new decal manufacturer.  The make aircraft decals in 72nd, 48th and 32nd.  Jennings Heilig is one of the principals of the firm.

The neat idea the firm has is small decals sheets covering one aircraft.  The instruction sheets are downloaded by the buyer from their website.  The cost of each sheet is between $3 and $5.  I like this idea.  I wish them well.

April 13, 2012

Cool model stuff

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:37 pm
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Khee-Kha is a neat little manufacturer of civil and floatplane resin and decals from Alaska.  (H/T  Jim Bates)

April 12, 2012

Tooting my own horn

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 12:12 pm
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The latest issues of RT (IPMS/Canada) and the IPMS Journal (IPMS/USA) are out.  Since I have two book reviews in the Journal and a small article in RT, I’ll refrain from reviewing either issue.

April 11, 2012

Kit comparison: J2M3 Jack Hasegawa v. Sword

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:12 pm
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I like Japanese aircraft.  They are unusual and they have some really interesting markings and paint schemes.  The first Regional contest award I ever won was a first place in 72nd scale Prop at a Region 4 regional in Cleveland.  The model was a Hasegawa J2M3.  Sword has recently come out with a new J2M3 and I picked it up so I thought I’d compare the two kits.

HASEGAWA

Hasegawa J2M3 box

The Hasegawa kit dates back to the 80s, if not before.  It is a very typical Hasegawa kit from that period.  The modeling is excellent.  It has engraved panel lines and the interior is pretty basic.  The decals are the typical Japanese manufactured decals.  They are well printed but a tad on the thick side.  The kit parts come on two sprue trees (along with the small canopy sprue).  The canopy is molded in the closed position.

Hasegawa sprue 1

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Hasegawa 2

SWORD

The Sword kit is brand new.  The kit is on one sprue tree (plus the clear parts tree).  The molding is finely engraved with a fairly well detailed interior.  The decals are of modern manufacture and while I haven’t used them yet, they look as if they would be as good as any aftermarket decals.

Sword J2M3

The exhausts on the Sword kit have been molded separately, which I think was done to allow two things: a) to allow the later J2M5/6 to be issued as a separate kit and b) to allow the builder to hollow out the exhaust stubs.  The canopy of the Sword kit is also made to be easier to build an open cockpit version.

Sword 1

Comparison:

The kits are very similar.  The shape of the main components match exactly.  The engraving on the Sword kit is a little more delicate and detailed.  However, the small parts, particularly the landing gear legs and prop are better on the Hasegawa kit.  The decals are better on the Sword kit, but not a lot.  Sword has the better interior.

The big difference is price.  The Hasegawa kit can be had for between $14 and $18. The sword kit is a whopping $30.  For the price difference, you can buy a lot of aftermarket to add to the Hasegawa kit.

Conclusion:

If I was going to go whole hog, I’d start with the Sword kit.  If you were going to build OOB with a closed canopy, the Hasegawa kit is the natural choice.  While I think the Sword kit is an improvement and I am happy to see it, I don’t think it is enough of an improvement to justify that kind of price.

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