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December 31, 2019

This is good news

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:52 pm
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The increasingly excellent kit producer Arma has announced a 72nd scale FM-2, promising to fill a much needed space in 72nd scale Wildcats.  Now if we can get them to do an F4F-3.

December 28, 2019

Thank you

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:51 pm
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One of the real needs in 72nd scale aircraft was for a new kit of the C-130 family.  Thanks to Zvezda, we are apparently going to get one in 2020.  Details are sketchy, but this is a hopeful development.

December 27, 2019

US Navy acquisitions

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:46 pm
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Looks like the USN is getting a new fleet of harbor and patrol craft.  Good news, I hope. (post for Jeff “Inch High” Groves who misses the smell of salt air)

December 26, 2019

Russian spy ship

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:54 pm
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A Russian intelligence gathering ship is off a US sub base off the coast of South Carolina.  This is just more of Putin trying to look like he is flexing muscles.  As I’ve repeatedly said Russians doing things like this is a sign of their weakness, not their strength.

China’s financial woes

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:05 am
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China has some very dicey financial problems.  Story here.  Almost inevitably the Chinese economy will crash at some point. How that affects the rest of the world will depend on how entangled each country’s economy is with China.  As such, it is quite possible that the current administration’s move on Chinese trade may have an unintended beneficial effect.

December 24, 2019

Su-57 Crash

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:11 am
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Looks like the Russians have one less Felon. Given the cost, the Russians can ill afford this type of loss.

December 23, 2019

I want this

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:54 pm
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Yes, I know I say this too much.  I want this.

Espionage

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:58 am
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Story here.  We should be much more careful than we have been regarding foreign students in the US.  US Universities have a strong financial incentive to allow in as many students as possible.  However, a thorough vetting and monitoring program in necessary to protect US interests.

Clearprop Ki-51

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:33 am
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I previously praised Clearprop kitsHere Libor Jekl demonstrates what can be done with the Clearprop Ki-51.  Damn.

December 22, 2019

Clearprop La-5 early

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:25 pm
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Man, Clearprop is killing it.  They are just announcing kits that fill a lot of holes.

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