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January 28, 2015


Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:08 pm
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Mark my words, if we have a big war in the near future, it will start here. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a move on Taiwan at the same time.

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:07 am
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An asteroid passing by Earth has its own moon.  Cool.

(Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger.  We miss you Mike)

January 27, 2015

2015 Modeling report #10

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:25 pm
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Date: Jan 25th, 2015

Time:  10:20 p.m. to 11:15 p.m (Time: 0.91 hrs)

Yearly total: 15.76 hrs

More work on the Takom Skoda Siege gun.  I got the base assembled.  This is a bit out of sequence, but the base is in some ways a separate item from the gun and carriage.  As of right now, I am averaging 221.24 hours for the year.  I know that won’t hold.  If I was able to finish the year having done 150 hours, I’d be well pleased.  I promise pictures soon.

Stolen tanks?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:06 pm
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OK, this is a crazy story.  The Brazilian army says the tanks weren’t theirs.  They look like M-47s, but the front of the turret doesn’t look quite right.

January 26, 2015

2015 Modeling report #9

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:14 pm
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Date: Jan 23rd, 2015

Time:  10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m (Time: 1.0 hrs)

Yearly total: 14.85 hrs

More work on the Takom Siege Gun.  The nice thing with this build is I am at the stage where I can work on it anywhere, not just in my shop.  However, I am at the point where I will need to prime some pieces to see what shape they are in.  Photos WILL follow.

January 25, 2015

Magazine review: Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol.36 #10 (Dec. 2014)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:54 pm

OK, I am getting caught up on these.  As I type this news has come out that Jay Laverty has left as editor of SAM.  I will be interested to see what effect this has on the magazine going forward.

This issue of SAM builds of a 72nd F-18, 2 UK F-4s,  as well as a very attractive build of the fairly new AIrfix Blenheim Mk.I in Croat markings.  The other builds are somewhat superficial, but the Blenheim is very nice and goes in to some detail.  I only wish that it was longer and more detailed.

The feature article in this issue is on the Fokker DVII.  It is a very nice article with some lovely color illustrations.  I’l like to do a DVII one day, and it is one of the few aircraft that might tempt me out of 72nd scale.

January 24, 2015

2015 Modeling report #8

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:51 pm
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Date: Jan 21st, 2015

Time:  11:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m (Time: 1.0 hrs)

Yearly total: 13.85 hrs

Working on the Takom Skoda gun while watching Chopped on Food Network.  This build isn’t going quite as fast as I had anticipated.

January 21, 2015

Cool things in Louisville

Filed under: Kentucky,Technology — dknights @ 9:19 pm
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This is neat and IMHO is the wave of the future.  I am glad to see this happening in Louisville.

2015 Modeling report #7

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:41 pm
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Date: Jan 18th, 2015

Time:  8:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m (Time: 2.0 hrs)

Yearly total: 12.85 hrs

I swear I am going to add photos to some of these reports.  I got a good two solid hours in, working on the Airfix Hurricane for the Battle of the Barristers and worked on the Takom Skoda gun.  Both are progressing nicely.  I managed to screw up the recently completed Airfix P-51 when moving it to take photos, so now I have some minor repair work to do.  This will put off the beauty shots of it.

Preserving history

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:33 pm
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A neat website where a family member is taking old letters and photos from a WWII veteran and typing them out and posting them on a blog.  I wish more folks were doing this.  A lot of people don’t realize what some of the information in those letters and photos can contain for a history buff.

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