David Knights' Weblog

January 30, 2021

The recent stock market shenanigans

Filed under: General,Politics — dknights @ 12:18 am
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The article is the best take I’ve seen on the recent goings on in the stock market. A lot of folks in business and government need to wake up. There is a revolt brewing.

January 29, 2021

Plastic Model Mojo Ep. 30

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:19 am
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It is out. Give it a listen.

January 28, 2021

MiG-41

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:12 pm
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I’ve written previously on the rumored to be in development MiG-41.  While I remain skeptical that we will see one in the near term future, this is an interesting analysis.

January 27, 2021

Dialed in

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:05 am
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Mojo level 10 out of 10

We’ve all had that experience where we go to model and nothing works.  We drop parts, the airbrush spits, and nothing is going right.

Much rarer is that time where we get into the model room and everything is working right.  Where we are in the pipe, five by five.

This was my experience on Tuesday night.  Got home from work.  The wife went over to dinner at the neighbors and I had time in the model room and everything was working well.  Even more amazing, I was modeling out of my comfort zone.  I was working on the M-30, highlighting with a brush, an experience I don’t get with aircraft models.  Everything was great.  I was trying new stuff and it was working.

These occasions are rare.  When you are dialed in like this, enjoy it.  Revel in the experience.  Now, if I can only figure out how to make it happen more often.

January 26, 2021

SBS

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:20 pm
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This company out of Hungary does some of the finest resin kits of some very unusual subject. Here is a lovely build of their Caudron C.450. I have two SBS kits in the stash and need to get them onto the table.

72nd scale aircraft forum

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:13 pm
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If you are a 72nd scale aircraft modeler, head on over to the 72nd scale aircraft forum.  Lots of new members lately and lots of great posts.

January 25, 2021

Tamiya 2021

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:45 pm
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Sad news for 72nd scale modelers, Tamiya came out with their announcement of what new kits they are doing in 2021,, and sadly, nothing new in 72nd scale.

January 20, 2021

In praise of the H & S Infinity

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:54 pm
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Last year, after the Chattanooga Nats, I purchased an Harder & Steenbeck Infinity airbrush. While I own several very nice airbrushes, what I’d seen of it impressed me to the point of being willing to shell out the not insubstantial cost of the item. I’ve begun using it over the last year, and have really put it to use in starting to color modulate and weather then M-30. To say that I am impressed understates things. This is the finest airbrush I’ve used. I can do things with it that I simply can’t do with other airbrushes.

This brings me to another point. When it comes to getting better at airbrushing; “What is your plan for getting better?” My plan, and I think the only real plan, is to airbrush more. Airbrushing isn’t like riding a bike. If you don’t do it regularly, your skills degrade. One thing I recommend, besides airbrushing regularly, is when you are done with a session, use the paint remaining in the brush to practice, either on a paint mule or a scrap of card. There is no better way to experiment and get better.

I’m coming for you, Mike!

Practice.

Don’t waste that paint.

 

January 19, 2021

Painting Japanese Aircraft Markings Now on YouTube

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:20 am

Good video. This is the main reason I bought my Thinnerline circle cutter.

Model Airplane Maker

I’ve uploaded a video with a demonstration of how I make my own paint masks for Japanese aircraft. With the right tools (ie good tape and sharp blades) masks can be made very easily and with complete control. The result are markings that perfectly conform to every surface, panel line and rivet without the need for decals, decal solutions, more powerful decal solutions, sharp objects, frustration, annoyance, cursing, paint stripping and repainting…. Yes, decals are awful when they do not cooperate.

Which is often around here.

The subject is a Hasegawa Ki-27 Nate that was recently completed for a blitz build over the holiday. The model had some quirks and I decided to live with a few of them rather than spend days correcting them.

For anyone thinking of panting markings, you can’t get much easier than Japanese. I’ve been doing them for years and I have gradually tried US…

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January 16, 2021

ICM MiG-25 PD

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:33 pm
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A Foxbat-E from ICM. This is in my wheelhouse.

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