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August 31, 2020

Close encounter

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:48 pm
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Looks like a couple of Russian pilots got a little frisky.  Next time the USAF ought to have a couple of F-22s in trail.  Also, the camo on those Su-27s looks a little grayer than usual, but that could just be the film.

August 30, 2020

Elon Musk is a wizard

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:35 pm
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This is freaking amazing.  The did this 4 times with this same piece of equipment. ( post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who is enjoying the heck out of this.)


Enola Holmes

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:54 am
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I’ve previously written on the fact that I am a fan of the Sherlock Holmes character.  Netflix has a new movie based on a character set in the Sherlock Holmes universe, Enola Holmes.  While clearly not canon, it looks interesting. When the Jude Law-Robert Downey, Jr. movie trailer first appeared, I was a bit worried as it looked to be a buddy cop movie rather than something truer to the spirit of the canon.  I was pleasantly surprised in that case.  I hope I will be here as well.

August 29, 2020

Model Airplane Maker on the Plastic Model Mojo Podcast!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:23 pm

Our first guest

Model Airplane Maker

I wrote about subject of models and social media a short time ago.  Never being one for having the latest tech, I found myself wondering how I was going to get through an 11+ hour drive to WrightCon in the spring of 2019.

Then I remembered I had an iPod!

969842bb-0d33-4332-9b42-6a3738423cd8 Who still uses an iPod Nano in 2020?

I found plenty of podcasts available for pretty much all of my interests including the On the Bench podcast out of Australia.  This discovery opened up a whole new way for me to consume scale model content.  It certainly made the drive to Dayton, OH and back much more enjoyable.  I then incorporated this podcast into my daily commute.  Soon after, I added the Scale Model Podcast to the rotation.

In early 2020 we also had Plastic Model Mojo start in this scale modeling podcast industry.  It too did not…

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Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:06 am
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Episode 17 is out.

August 28, 2020

New Polish kits

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:59 pm
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PZL.37 and PZL.11 from IBG.

August 27, 2020


Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:52 am
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Glad to see the U-2 still getting a workout from time to time.

August 26, 2020

Falling down the rabbit hole

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:54 pm
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Talking with Jim Bates the other day, we were discussing the latest Starfighter Decals sheet for the B-25.  This led into a discussion of the new Airfix B-25B kit and which Doolittle Raider each of us wished to model.  One of the crewmen on one of the planes was from Kentucky, and I’ve known this for years because there is a historical marker in Elizabethtown, KY near the courthouse.  I’ve passed that marker a number of times and always thought I’d want to build the aircraft that he crewed.

That crewman, George Larkin, Jr. was a member of crew #10, and flew on aircraft 40-2250.  While this aircraft isn’t one of the more colorful Doolittle Raiders, as it doesn’t have any unique nose art or unique markings, there are several good photos of the aircraft, showing its weathered appearance at the time of the raid.  There are several great websites regarding the Doolittle Raiders with lots of great photos.

Since the DK Decals sheet allows you to do most of the Doolittle Raiders, but not 40-2250, I think I can use the sheet and piece together the tail numbers I need.

Jim, I blame you for this post.

Tsar Bomba

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 11:58 am
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I’ve previously written about the worlds largest man-made explosion, the 50 megaton Tsar Bomba, here, here and here.  Now the  Russians have released footage of the explosion and the preparations leading up to it.  Amazing.

The best editorial you will ever read

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:11 am
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William Shatner clears some things up.  I hope the government listens.

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