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April 13, 2021

AA-5 Ash

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:57 pm
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One of the kits I am slowly working on is the Trumpeter Tu-128.  Recently I’ve been on hold on the M-30 and Mosquito for various reasons.  So, I decided to turn my attention to the AA-5 (Ash) missiles in the Tu-128 kit.  I figured I could weak point of most 72nd scale kits.)  However, much to my surprise the missiles in the Trumpeter kit are pretty good representations of these missiles.


Really, the only problem that jumped out at me is that the missiles seem to be molded with rear cover protective plates that you only see in place on museum examples of the missile..  The actual in service missile has this removed for operations.  Thus you can see into the rear of the missile to the exhaust.  I decided this would not do.  But, how to simulate the hollowed out exhaust.  Then I remembered that Mike convinced me that it would be a good idea to order some Micro chisel drills on eBay from China.  I did , but this was my first opportunity to use them. (Ignore the stray hair in the shot as I didn’t see it until later and didn’t feel like shooting the photo again.)


I have to say they produced exactly the effect I was looking for.


April 9, 2021

Plastic Model Mojo Ep. 35

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:11 am
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The new episode is out.  Come and get it.

April 4, 2021

On The Bench

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:38 pm
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The latest episode of On The Bench is out. You might even hear a mention of someone you know.

April 1, 2021

Valom C-46

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:05 pm
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On the Plastic Model Mojo podcast a few months ago I was talking with Mike about the abundance of new 72nd scale aircraft kits that have been released in the last few years. I talked about how few mainstream subjects were left that needed updating. One aircraft I did mention is the C-46. Well, it turns out Valom must have heard me. (ha). They have announced a new C-46, in several different boxings.

March 30, 2021

I never thought I’d see….

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:24 pm
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An injection Ki-54. Now, if it isn’t too much trouble, can I get a Ki-57?

March 26, 2021

Plastic Model Mojo Ep. 34

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:45 am
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Episode 34 is out. Give it a listen.

March 19, 2021

Operation Archery

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:48 pm
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This commando operation in Norway is one of my areas of particular interest.  This is a good YouTube on it.

T-6C Texan II

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:43 am
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Tunisia bought the T-6C for both training and counter insurgency. I don’t know if there is a 72nd scale kit.

March 16, 2021


Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 10:31 pm
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No, not the musical group, the airplane.  This article claims that there is now discussion of keeping the 52 in service thru 2097.  That is crazy.  However, a good re-engine followed by a complete software systems upgrade would surely make sense and could keep them flying thru at least the 2040s

March 12, 2021


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:42 pm

It is a belief that as men get older, they lose stamina.  Women believe this….in regard to modeling (hey, what did you think I was talking about?)  And I have to admit that it is true.  I am 59. When I was 49 I could model all night long.  I could even complete a blitzbau in a weekend.  Now, I have to say that I have to admit that age has caught up with me.  I can’t model for more than an hour and a half before I have to take a break.  It sucks.  It gets in the way of finishing more kits, which is my goal.  I need to model smarter, not longer.

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