David Knights' Weblog

June 7, 2022

I never heard of this

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New to me.

May 5, 2022

Another WWII story

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:01 am
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I knew this one, but it is still interesting.

April 26, 2022

The more I study WWII

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The more I learn.

April 24, 2022

Upsides of Bandai’s Gray Market Crackdown

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:44 pm

As always, Mr. Lee has some well expressed thoughts, this time on one of my favorite subjects, the business side of the hobby.

Sprue Pie With Frets

A month or so ago, the online Gundam modeling community buzzed about Bandai’s distribution policies, which apparently changed in recent months to curtail sales to international buyers of kits intended for the Japanese domestic market.

Here are two threads from Facebook on the topic: (Warning: lots of hot takes! Also, must be a Facebook user)

And here’s a thread on Reddit: (immediately viewable, Reddit account not necessary, but still lots of hot takes)

The TL;DR is that Bandai is cracking down on gray market sales of their kits outside of the domestic Japanese market. Bandai is attempting to channel sales in regions outside of its principal Japan market through its designated, official regional distributors. Apparently, our model building brothers and sisters in Japan are finding Bandai kits in short supply, because Japanese hobby shops are directly…

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April 23, 2022

A Mike Grant masterpiece

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He does such beautiful models.

BTW, join 72nd scale aircraft forum.

April 11, 2022

Thanks, Jim.

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:40 pm
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Mr. Bates pointed me to this on YouTube, which I had not seen before.

April 8, 2022

Plastic Model Mojo Ep. 61

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Dr. Strangebrush returns.  All about clear coats.  Listen here.

April 2, 2022

More modeling content

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Listeners of the podcast know that one of my goals in each modeling project is to try new things. One of my current projects is really allowing me to do that. I am building the Minicraft B-52H for my brother who spent 20 years flying them. It is my first 1/144 scale kit (new thing #1)

While working on the kit, I used Tamiya lacquers for the first time. (new thing #2) See previous blog post. Also, on the recommendation of my podcast partner, I tried Citadel’s Nuln Oil shader. (new thing #3) So far I really like the way it came out.

Outriggers with Tamiya and Nuln Oil

April 1, 2022

Some actual modeling content.

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I know actual modeling content has been a bit thin on the ground here for a while. My apologies. I hope to fix that starting now.

Recently, I accidentally discovered a brand new hobby shop in Sellersburg, IN. Upscaled has been operating about two months.

They have a great selection of paint lines, including the new Tamiya lacquer paint line. I’ve been wanting to try these,especially their metallics. I picked some up. Yesterday I used them for the first time. I must say my first impressions are good.

This is the Flat Aluminum

So far, so good. I will keep you posted.

March 24, 2022

Ep. 44 of AScaleCanadianTV

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Come get it while it is fresh.

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