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July 18, 2021

Don’t buy Armory Tu-128 resin wheels

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I’ve been spoiled. Most resin wheels I use are Barracudacals resin wheels. They are great. However, they weren’t an option for the Tu-128. So I opted for the only game in town, Armory.

Sadly, Armory isn’t Barracudacals. Not by a long shot. While more detailed that the kit wheels, it isn’t by much and certainly not worth the expense. The detail is soft. Also much of the additional detail will be wiped out drilling out the axle hole.

In short, save your money and use the kit wheels.

July 16, 2021

PMM Episode 42

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Here it is.  Give it a listen.

July 13, 2021

ISS gets an upgrade

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The ISS is getting a new Russian science module.  The interesting part to me is that instead of adding to the ISS, the old science module will be detached and de-orbited.(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

July 12, 2021

A close run thing

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An interesting story. I had not realized how much the new prop increased the Spitfire’s performance.

July 10, 2021

My Plastic Model Mojo Interview

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A great interview.

Sprue Pie With Frets

Mike and Dave of the Plastic Model Mojo Podcast had me on for an interview in Episode 41, “Sprue Pie a la Mojo”. I very much enjoyed having a live conversation with them, and hope to hang out with them again soon, off- or on-microphone.

We talked about a lot of things, including the intersections with model railroading and scale modeling social media. Give it a listen if you can.

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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 22, 2021


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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


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Hale Wallace has another great video.

June 17, 2021

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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