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February 14, 2019

USS Hornet CV-8

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The wreckage of the Hornet has been located.  This is good news.  Some of the photos released so far are very interesting.



Great Wall F-15C

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Looks like Great Wall is doing an F-15C.

February 12, 2019

Modelsvit upcoming releases

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Here.  Interesting they are doing some trainer versions of 80s Russian jets.  I wonder about the demand, but am happy to have them.

February 11, 2019

Movie review: They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

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Wow.  Just wow.

OK, now let me tell you why you must go see this, and go see it while it is in theaters.  Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings fame (and Wingnut Wings fame for all of us modelers) was approached by the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in 2013/14 to take all their archival footage and recorded interviews and do a documentary on the Great War.  He was given no specific theme, just access to all the resources and a request to do something innovative.  Boy did he.

Through the use of groundbreaking digital technologies, some of which they had to invent for this film, Jackson and his crew at Wingnut Films (yes, that is the company’s name) put together a restored and colorized version of these old films that gives real life and impact to them.  It is hard to explain how groundbreaking this film is.  Just go see it.  See it on the big screen.  The song over the end credits is great and if you stay after the credits you can watch the 20 minute documentary on the making of the film, you’ll appreciate it even more.  It will leave you even more impressed and really will make you want to hang out and have a beer with Peter Jackson.

GO SEE THIS FILM.  Needless to say, 5 stars!

February 8, 2019

A Delta on floats?

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Looks like we are going to get a floatplane version of the RCAF Delta.

February 7, 2019

MXY-7 Ohka update

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:15 pm
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Sand and fill. Sand and fill.  Having gotten past the stage in the build where I just wanted to chuck it, I continue working on the Ohka.  I managed to get in about 45 minutes of modeling the other night.  I should be ready to attached the canopy and begin painting soon.  More photos as soon as I have something new to show.

Fine Molds Ki-43 I

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More on the upcoming Fine Molds Ki-43 I.

February 5, 2019


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:51 pm
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Good news.  The long awaited IBG PZL P.11 series of kits looks like it will be out in April 2019.  If they are as good as the recent PZL P.37, then they will be must haves.


February 4, 2019

Eduard Fokker D.VII

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Eduard surprised visitors to the Nurnburg Toy Show with copies of their new 72nd scale Fokker D.VII kit.  It looks nice.


February 3, 2019

MXY-7 Update

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:10 am
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Sorry, no pictures.  I hit this point in almost every build.  That point where I am ready to give up on the build.  This usually happens after priming.  I think the model looks good and I hit it with primer, and then, nothing but disappointment.  Well, that is what happened here.  However, I haven’t given up.  I haven’t quit.  I am pushing thru it and I hope to post some nice update photos soon.

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