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October 22, 2021

It’s here. Come and get it!

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The new episode of Plastic Model Mojo is here.  Come and get it!

October 21, 2021

Type A Ko-hyoteki (甲標的甲型) Target “A” Midget Submarines and the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:00 pm

Another great Inch High post

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The Japanese Ko-hyoteki midget submarines were used in several theaters of the Pacific War, but their first and most famous use was during the attack of Pearl Harbor on 07DEC41. They were 80 feet in length. They were powered by a 600 horsepower (447 kW) electric motor, which could drive them at a maximum speed of 23 knots (43 km/h) or for 100 nautical miles (190 km) at a low speed. They carried a crew of two and two torpedoes, which were loaded externally from the bow.

For the Pearl Harbor raid they were carried piggy-back by five I-16 class fleet submarines and launched outside the harbor entrance. The minisubs were launched during the night before the raid, with orders to penetrate the harbor and attack. Nominally they were to rendezvous with their parent submarines after completing their missions, but the crews were under no delusions of the likelihood for…

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Of interest to me

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This particular raid is of great interest to me.  I’d like to visit Norway to see the place and walk the ground..

October 20, 2021

Dr. Strangebrush returns

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:30 pm
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Plastic Model Mojo episode 49 drops on Friday with the return of Dr. Strangebrush and the answers to many of your airbrushing questions.

October 17, 2021

The German naval response to D-day

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An interesting video.

October 14, 2021

I keep saying it

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:38 am
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There is always another WWII story I’d never heard about.

October 12, 2021

Defunct New Zealand Model Company Still Relevant, Despite Defunctness

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:20 pm

As always Steve’s analysis is insightful, funny and thought provoking.

Sprue Pie With Frets

Over a year after the demise of Wingnut Wings, buzz about the company is strong as ever, as its New Zealand crew and and Chinese tooling resurface in hobby news. The new WNW developments challenge some key elements of widely held conventional wisdom about the WNW mythos.


First: New Zealand-based former WNW principals have formed and announced Kotare Models—WNW’s apparent successor company. Kotare appears to be leaning into the WNW playbook: meticulously cultivated mystique, backed by meticulously developed and executed (we hope) product. Where WNW leaned into a ‘for modelers, by modelers, with generous celebrity backing’ formula, Kotare has replaced ‘with generous celebrity backing’ with ‘by the dudes from WNW’.

We know this because Kotare has launched its web page, teased a 1/32 Spitfire, and Richard Alexander, former WNW and now Kotare General Manager, has shown up on the On the Bench podcast and the Key Model World web…

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October 11, 2021

Episode 39 of AScaleCanadianTV

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:21 am
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Jim strike again.  Great episode.  If he’d do them weekly they’d be even better.

October 6, 2021

I am happy to see this

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The Japanese are flight testing F-35Bs off their two “Helicopter Destroyers”.  Who’d have thought in 1944-45 that come 2021 US Marine aircraft would be operating off JMSDF ships?

October 4, 2021

The Hobby Industrial Complex Is What All This Talk About Aftermarket Products is Really About

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:47 am

Steve Lee, thoughtful and thought provoking, as usual.

Sprue Pie With Frets

Two of my regular online modeling stops, Plastic Model Mojo and Model Airplane Maker, recently got me thinking about the Hobby Industrial Complex and how we modelers are guided and influenced by it.

Plastic Model Mojo Episode #46, Aftermarket: It’s Not All an Upgrade’s special segment was followed up by a ModelAirplaneMaker blog post, Aftermarket is not always Au Gratin Potato Chips, which piled on to the question of whether aftermarket model products are worth the grief.

I’ll take that salty snack foods metaphor and run with it: my own thinking about the modeling worth of aftermarket products takes inspiration from the fancy, premium snack food brand called “Food Should Taste Good” (not promoting or financially interested in FSTG, just citing it here because it fits).

Thinking of salty snack metaphors and aftermarket…

Food Should indeed Taste Good, and similarly, aftermarket should fit good, look good, and/or build…

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