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January 23, 2013

The 2013 modeling project (week 3)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:48 pm
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In which the previous blistering modeling pace comes to a screeching halt.

I managed 1 session last week for 1 hour.

I’ve gotten a total of 10.1 hours in for the year.  I am hoping to pick the pace back up in the coming week. At the current rate I am still on pace for a respectible 175 hours for the year, but as I said before I fear the pace isn’t sustainable in the long run.

Big trouble in big China

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:33 pm
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This is the tip of the iceberg.  Labor unrest may be the beggining to the larger unrest in China.  The western nations and companies need to take steps to assure that the workers at their contractors are observing “westernized” labor practices, and if they can’t then they shouldn’t buy from those contractors.

The 2013 modeling project (entry 9)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:45 am
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Date: 1/21/2013

Time: 9:34 p..m.- 10:34 p.m.

Session time: 1 hour

Total time for the Year: 10 hours 6 minutes.

Another short session.  Got the SSBN ready to apply the base coat of paint.  Sanded on the MiG-21.  Trying to decide whether or not to prime the MiG in pieces, which isn’t something I usually do.  I promise some photos in these posts in the future.

January 22, 2013

72nd scale 737

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:27 am
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I want one of these.  Here is the first look at the kit.

January 21, 2013

Bad idea

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:07 pm
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I can’t think anyone would think this is a good idea.

January 20, 2013

Magazine review: Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol.34 #4 (June 2012)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:13 pm
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Yes, I know this one is just a touch late.  I have a bunch of magazines that I’ve read but not reviewed.  I will try to get some of them posted.

If you’ve been reading my magazine reviews, you know that in general, I think Scale Aircraft Modelling is the best of the commercial aircraft modelling magazines.  It is far from perfect, and can be real hit and miss.  However, in general its competition is much worse or much more expensive.  The $12 price of each issue of SAM does hurt it in my opinion, especially compared to the $8 price of its 3 main competitors.

The main feature in this issue is on a 48th (boo!) Eduard 109.  However, the other main feature is a very nice build of the Fly Whitley.  Along with a nice, but underdeveloped build article, there is an article on the history of the Whitley and a number of color side-view profiles.

There is also a build of the Revell F-22 in Transformers paint scheme and a nice build/review of the Airfix Gnat.

It is a good, though not great issue.

January 17, 2013

News you won’t see reported

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:42 pm
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This would be national news is the individuals on both sides were on the other sides of the political spectrum.

Odd story of the day

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:02 am
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WTF?

Hmmm.

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:52 am
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I’ve got to give this guy an A for ingenuity.

January 16, 2013

The world continues to change

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:25 pm
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Example here. I was thinking the other day of how many jobs and businesses in the last 20 years that have just become obsolete.  I remember the 24 hour-hour film processessing kiosks.  Don’t see many of those anymore.  The internet cafe (where you use their equipment) has pretty much come and gone.  I am sure there are tons of other examples.

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