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December 31, 2020


Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:30 am
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Is going to fly in 2025.  Do I believe this? I do not.  Do I think this is motivated by the announcement that the next generation US fighter is already in prototype form?  Yes, yes I do.

December 30, 2020

A long shot

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:33 pm
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The US Army just achieved a pretty amazing milestone.  An PGM artillery shot from 43 miles away.  It seems as if our military is pulling further and further ahead technologically.  Now, if we can just keep China from stealing all of it.

December 29, 2020

Evolving model room

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:42 pm

Does your model room evolve? Do you make it better over time?  Regular readers of my blog know that 2 1/2 years ago my wife and I bought a new house.  The modelwife was very considerate in her search and made sure that one of the requirements was a hobby room. (Maybe she was trying to make sure I’d stay the hell, out of her hair, but I try to view this in the most positive light possible.)

Anyway, one of the first things I did on moving in was build a custom model bench with about 13 ft of benchtop space.  Slowly, the rest of the room developed into what I have now.  13ft of bench top sounds like a lot, and it is.  But, because I am not the most organized of people it really isn’t enough. One thing that happened is that my laptop began taking up space on the bench.  While I have an office at home, I like having my laptop in my model room for easy access, watching YouTube videos and recording podcasts.  However, having it there took up a fair amount of bench space.

So, looking forward to the coming year, I wanted to reclaim that space on my bench.  I went looking for a solution, and found it in a company called Mount-It! (Alright, enough with the juvenile jokes.)  They make, among other things a sliding , under desktop movable laptop  mount.  This was the perfect solution to my problem and $50 later and a night of home improvement work and I mounted the hardware under my bench.  Now, I’ve regained valuable space and the laptop is easily accessible, yet out of the way when I am modeling.

I also installed a door sweep to try and keep some of the pet hair out.

What solutions have you come across to make your room more efficient?

Another “story like this”

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:47 pm
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I linked previously to an interesting story of Polish air combat in WWII.  Here is another one of those endlessly fascinating WWII stories.  A submarine that killed an airplane with a torpedo

December 28, 2020

I have questions

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:49 am
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Story here.  This sounds amazing. And there isn’t any reason it shouldn’t work. A 400 times yield increase has to come with some sort of trade-off and I am wondering what it is.  If it is scalable, you certainly could all but eliminate hunger and the worry of over-population in the foreseeable future.

December 27, 2020

Stories like this…

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:05 am
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are why I got into modeling and will never get tired of it. There is so much history to know.

December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 10:05 pm

Merry Christmas to all.

December 23, 2020

AScaleCanadianTV Ep. 23

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:51 pm
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Listen to the crazy.

Painting and Weathering Engine Exhausts – Now on YouTube

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:29 pm

A nice tutorial. Go and watch.

Model Airplane Maker

I’ve uploaded a video with a demonstration of how I paint and weather my propeller engine exhausts. I demonstrated using the supercharger on the 1/48 Tamiya P-38 Lightning.

I did not invent this technique! I first read about using thin coats of brown paint to simulate rust in JM Villalba’s FAQ book. I added Tamiya pigments to make the finish more random, blotchy and somewhat textured. I have been using this technique for years because it is quick, not messy and very controllable. I think it can be used for non aircraft subjects as well. For those wishing to see how I do it, here is a direct link to the video. Let me know what you think!

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December 22, 2020

Time management

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:42 pm

As 2020 comes to a close, I look back pretty satisfied.  I completed 4 models, which, while not a record, was more than I’ve done in a year in quite a while.  I also experimented with new techniques and managed to keep at least 1 kit, the AS-1 from becoming a shelf queen.

While satisfied, that doesn’t mean that there is not room for improvement.  While I completed 4 models, I also recognize I’ve spent more time in the model room than ever before.  I feel like I should still be more productive with the time spent.  Also, overall, as I get older, I realize how precious our time is.  I’ve taken some steps to try and “recover” more time.  I’ve cut down drastically on my TV viewing.  I probably spend more time watching modeling videos on YouTube, than I spend watching TV.  More importantly, I am trying to become more organized.  If I can spend my time more efficiently, then I should be able to squeeze more modeling out of the time allotted.  Finally, something I’ve known, but only now fully appreciate, that modeling is a perishable skill.  It isn’t like riding a bike.  The more you do it, the better and more efficient you will be at it.  Take time off, and your skills will quickly atrophy.

So, what are your tricks and tips for being better time managers?

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