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June 29, 2021

This would make a neat model

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:16 am
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The most interesting vehicle you’ll see at an airport.

June 28, 2021

I am not as optimistic..

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:57 pm
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as Professor Reynolds is, but as I have said previously, read everything he writes.

June 22, 2021


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:54 pm
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I like Colourcoats enamel paints.  While they are a bit hard to come by in the US, they are just really nice paints.  They remind me of the original Humbrol paints from way back when.  I am using them on my Mosquito, which, by the way, has entered the paint booth.  It was primed with Mr. Surfacer 1500 Black and as usual, the primer performed great.  I applied the underside Medium Sea Gray, thinned with Colourcoats thinner.  It performed well.  However, I wondered if you could thin Colourcoats with Unicorn Tears™.  I had never tried it.  I didn’t see any reason it wouldn’t work.

So, tonight I thinned some US Medium Gray.  I sprayed it on my paint mule.  Unsurprisingly, it worked well.  Not 100% sure it was any better than thinned with the Colourcoats thinner, but it is nice to know it works.  My mojo is high.  Looking forward to getting the Mosquito painted.


June 21, 2021

I want this

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This here. Think of the possibilities.

June 19, 2021


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:51 am
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Hale Wallace has another great video.

June 18, 2021


Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:15 am
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Please let this be trueMore here.

Read everything….

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:09 am
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Professor Glenn Reynolds writes.

June 17, 2021

Chinese space success

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:22 pm
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I noted here that the Chinese had launch their first manned space mission in 5 years. The three man crew successfully reached the Chinese space station module.  The race is on. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

Regular Modeling Guys, 3D Printing, and Where It Could Be Heading

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:41 am

More on 3D printing.

Sprue Pie With Frets

Model Airplane Maker recently shared his thoughts about 3D printing and scale modeling, comparing the current state of 3D printing as a modeling tool to personal computing on the eve of Windows 95 25 or so years ago.

It’s an apt comparison: use of a home computer in the early 90s required commitment and a sense of humor, and progressing past ‘low-fi’ for things like printing, high-speed internet access, and digital photography required significant hardware and learning investment.

MAM’s post specifically contemplated what it would take for 3D printing to join X-Acto knives, sanding sticks, and airbrushes as tools in use by most scale modelers. The cost of 3D printing hardware capable of the fidelity and finish expected by scale modelers has plummeted in recent years, with a decent resin printer in the price range of a high-end airbrush or quality compressor.

A few taste-making influencer-modelers (yes, skeptics, scale…

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Space race

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:13 am
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The space race is on.  China just launched the first three astronauts to the first module of their space station.  They will spend the next few years constructing it.  China is serious and we need to be too. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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