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June 14, 2019

The amazing A-10

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 9:43 am
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Here it is operating off a dirt strip.  That is flat out amazing for a modern jet aircraft.

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June 12, 2019

Your mileage may vary

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:09 pm
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A couple of weeks ago I managed to do a little modeling, and it was one of those times where nothing went right.  It was what I call, a negative modeling session. At the end of the night I was actually further from finishing the model that when I started the session.  Some nights seem to be like that.  Then there are nights like last night, where I start modeling, and everything is working great.  It seems to flow and real progress is made and the results are very satisfying.  I have a theory.  Modeling is like hitting a baseball or a golf ball.  Sometimes, when you are hitting, everything is going right and it just seems like you’ve gotten into a groove.  Other times, nothing but swings and misses, even though you are doing the same things you were when it was all working right.  If you determine that it is one of those bad nights where you just can’t find the groove, the best thing to do is walk away, call it a night and come back tomorrow and see if the flow has returned.

June 11, 2019

Actual modeling content (with photos)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:33 am
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This past weekend, I got to do some actual modeling.  One of the things I got to do while actually modeling, was try the new MIG oilbrushers.  Basically these are premixed oil paint in a mineral spirits carrier in a mascara type tube with a brush.  It isn’t anything you couldn’t do yourself with tube oils and mineral spirits, but it does save time.  Each one is about $6 to $9 or you can buy a three pack for $14.50.  I used the dark earth color to weather the wheels and hubs on my Japanese Ford truck project.  Out of the tube the mixture is a bit thicker than I expected and more opaque.  I was skeptical, but I applied it over the wheel and hub and left it set for a minute or two and removed the excess with q-tips.  I must say I was pleased by the result.

Weathered wheels

 

June 6, 2019

Blue Steel

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:49 pm
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I’d considered buying an Airfix Victor B.1 to get the Blue Steel missile that comes with the kit.  It turns out that Air Graphics is going to produce a Blue Steel in resin.  Yea.

June 5, 2019

MiG-17 decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:00 pm
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Hi, I David and I’m a decalaholic. {Hi David}.  One of my favorite aircraft is the MiG-17.  Airfix made my year when they announced a new kit coming out.  I already have tons of MiG-17 decals, but I can always buy more.  Apparently Xtradecals knows this.  They’ve announced a new sheet, and it will be a must have.

June 1, 2019

I need to go to Torcan

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:48 pm
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Report here.

May 31, 2019

1/72 Scale AMT/ Ertl X/YB-35 Build, Part II

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:52 pm

If you are not following this build, you should be.

Inch High Guy

B35Build9[1]These are the propeller shaft fairings, all four are slightly different. The cooling air scoop for the reduction gear fits poorly. Shape, fill, sand. The discharge air exits at the end of the fairing under the shaft. These outlets are not represented, but are easy to fabricate. I am hoping to shim the bases out a bit for a tight fit and add the fairings at the end of construction.B35Build10[1]Here is the finished cockpit, showing the added weight and the nose wheel bay. I have added about 1.5 ounces, hopefully that will suffice. There’s still a few options if it’s not enough, but overloading the gear struts is always a concern. The three crew seats have tape seatbelts, but they will be difficult to see when the model is closed up. The other four seats will be directly under transparencies, they will be equipped with photoetch belts and added…

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May 28, 2019

Fly Fiat G.50

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:48 pm
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Fly is going to release a Fiat G.50.  I myself am saving up for an SBS one, but that does require some saving.

May 25, 2019

A more sensible approach to UFOs

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:30 am

The military seems to be taking a more sensible approach to UFO reports in an attempt to understand what are in most cases likely to be natural phenomenon.  I don’t think this program will be revealing flying saucers any time soon, but it may bring a better understanding to what pilots are seeing but not understanding.

May 23, 2019

Potez XXV(25)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:45 pm
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For such an obsolete aircraft, the Potez 25 hung around quite a while.  Long enough to be used in wars in South America in the 30s, in Spain and even in some corners of WWII.  Now it looks like we will soon have a kit of it.  Sprue shots.

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