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January 31, 2019

More F-35 good news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:23 pm
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Looks like per unit costs are falling again, to below $80M per unit starting next year.

RAF drone gets new missile

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:04 am
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The RAF version of the the MQ-9B is going to be armed in the future with the British-built Brimstone missile.

January 30, 2019

Great gold heist?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:10 pm
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Is Russia about to move gold reserves out of Venezuela?  (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for the link)

Ki-51 decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:28 pm
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New Ki-51 decals.  I have a soft spot in my heart for the Sonia.

First KC-46 delivered

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:57 am
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First KC-46 delivered.  Two years late and $3 billion over budget.  The Air Force needs these aircraft desperately.


Movie review: Song of the Thin Man (1947)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:34 am
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This is the last of the six Thin Man films and the only one to take place post-WWII.  In this movie, Nick, Jr., played by Dean Stockwell in one of his early roles, is about 10, which places the movie about 5 years after the last film, The Thin Man Goes Home.  In this movie, we come to the end of the Thin Man saga.  Nick and Nora, who were young, newly married and carefree parties have progressed to a middle aged married couple concerned with family life.  In the first film and through the early ones, Nick and Nora go to clubs and enjoy big band music and drinking.  Now, they’d rather be home. Jazz is coming on the scene and Nick and Nora are fish out of water when it comes to the new musical scene.

The movie starts with Nick and Nora on a gambling and booze cruise among a society party.  They are there because Nora wants to try and fit in more with upscale society.  This is a change from the early films where Nora actively disdained high society and liked hanging out with Nick’s lowlife friends.  Of course, there is a murder aboard the ship and the usual adventure ensues, culminating with Nick solving the murder after gathering all the suspects back on the ship.

While many of the critics rate is one of the lesser Thin Man films, I rate it about 3rd or 4th mainly due to the progression shown in the main characters over the 13 year span of the films. (11 years pass in the timeline of the films)  Still better than most of the dreck put out by Hollywood today.

Five stars.

January 29, 2019

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:55 pm
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New rocket engine plant in Huntsville, AL.


“Private” Chinese space companies ready for orbital launches.


Moon mining


(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 28, 2019

RS E8N1 released

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:08 pm
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The RS kit of the E8N1 has been released.  Yea!

Tamiya Me-109G-6

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Image of the newly announced Me-109G-6.

January 27, 2019

Japanese Airfield Equipment

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:51 pm
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As readers know I’ve been doing some research on Japanese Airfield Equipment in WWII.  Super modeler Jeff “Inch High” Groves pointed me toward the series on the Arawasi blog on Japanese Airfield Equipment.  Well worth studying.

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