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November 21, 2019

Airfix Me-262 build

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:16 pm
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Over on his website, Model Paint Solutions’ John Miller has a beautiful build of the newish Airfix Me-262 in an unusual paint finish.   Having seen this model in person at the Chattanooga IPMS/USA Nationals I can attest to the fact that it looks as good as it does on the website.

My favorite Modeling tools #10: Trumpeter seam scraper

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:29 pm
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I don’t know what particularly possessed me to buy this item from my local hobby shop.  For years I’d used the classic #11 Xacto blade for seam scraping and it worked very well.  But I picked this tool up and I must say, I am impressed.  It works well, better than the #11 blade.  It is solid-feeling in your hand and the scraper portion of the tool is hefty enough that it does a good job and you don’t get the flex that you sometimes get with a #11.  Sometimes I buy a tool and rarely use it.  That isn’t the case with this.  It is a tool I use all the time at the bench.  Worth the cost.


November 20, 2019

The mess that is our criminal justice system

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:12 pm

The Court of Last Resort

Illustrated here.  To be sure this is written from a criminal defendant/defense point of view. However, it is for the most part accurate.  The one thing that is left out is that many times the delay is the choice of the defendant/defendant’s attorney and is a strategy designed to make evidence goo stale and witnesses disappear over time thus eventually causing the state to drop the charges altogether or offer a plea they would not normally offer.

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Modeling content

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:27 pm
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Can you identify this?

What is this?

November 19, 2019

Feel good stories of the day

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 2:52 pm
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Two here.

One more here.

Pilot defections

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:00 am
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Thanks to late night texting with Jim Bates, I came across this Wikipedia list of pilot defections.  Way cool.


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Look at this photo of and SBD on USS Santee CVE-29.  My guess on the date is late 42 or early 43.  Look at the weathering.  Look at the grime around the wing roots and notice even at this distance many panel lines are visible. Color period pictures like this are a real help to the modeler who wants to weather their model.

November 18, 2019

Hypersonics. Not ready for prime time?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:03 pm
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Model-blogger Jeff “Inch High” Groves points to this article which has a very sober take on the “hypersonic craze”.  Well worth reading.

Embarrassing doesn’t begin to cover it

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:25 pm
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The story of the DDG-1000 just keeps getting worse.  Of course, no one will ever end up taking responsibility for this mess.  Every USN officer above the grade of Captain ought to have a portion of their pay docked just to remind them not to behave in ways that enable this type of disaster.

November 17, 2019

Modeling zen

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:19 am
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I find that basic construction, and especially sanding, is a very zen experience for me.  I like basic construction.  This explains why I tending to start more models than I finish.

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