David Knights' Weblog

June 21, 2016

Definitely true

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:47 am
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Prof. Glenn Reynolds gets it right again.

June 20, 2016

Neat 72nd modeling blog

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:46 pm
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This is cool.  How did I not know about it before now?  A great site that just lists new 72nd scale kits, decals and aftermarket.

Tamiya White Tape

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:59 pm
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Last year on a business trip to Denver, I picked up Tamiya White tape at Colpar Hobbies.  (Colpar is great BTW.  Well worth the visit.)  The other night I finally got to try it out.  I highly recommend it.  It works exactly as advertised, masking around curves and even compound curves like nose cones.  Get some.  You won’t regret it.

Mother of the year

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:04 pm
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This woman is clearly in the running.  Good for her.

June 19, 2016

My favorite modeling tools #7: Coffee cup warmer

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:36 pm
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I looked back and I haven’t done a favorite modeling tool entry since Nov. 2010, almost 6 years ago.  That is sad on so many levels.  Way back in the late 80s, early 90s, Verlinden broke on the modeling scene.  In reading one of several good modeling books he published, he  recommended warming paint before spraying it thru an airbrush.  It makes the paint flow much smoother.  I’ve tried it several times over the years, and it really does work.

Verlinden recommended using warm water to heat the bottle of paint. (I think this only works for enamels.) A few years ago, I picked up a coffee cup warmer.  While you can use it to keep your coffee warm, you can also use it to heat up your paint.  Just turn it on, put the jar of thinned paint on the warmer for a few minutes and you are good to go.  Just don’t leave it on there too long.  Try this, it sounds weird, but it works.

June 17, 2016

A great question

Filed under: Legal,Politics — dknights @ 9:06 am
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Why does the IRS have so many guns?

June 13, 2016

Smart move?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:40 pm
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Moving NATO units into Poland and the Baltic republics.  I personally think this is the right thing to do.  I don’t think Putin is doing anything but bluffing, but I think it is smart to show that we are taking things seriously.

June 8, 2016

Wrong place, wrong time

Filed under: General — dknights @ 3:23 pm
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If you are going to rob a McDonald’s, make sure that 11 members of the French special forces aren’t eating there at the time.

June 7, 2016

I love decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:44 pm
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I am a decalholic.  They are the modelers version of women who are addicted to shoes.  Our friend Jim Bates has done a review of a couple of Illiad decal sheets. Enjoy.

June 2, 2016

Sad space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:47 am
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I believe the future of space is in private companies.  As such I think this news is sad.  The more companies that are competing the better chance we have of developing space. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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