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December 3, 2019

Minimoons

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:03 am
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I had no idea. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

December 2, 2019

I predict you will see more of this

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:00 pm
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Story here.  When government stops doing its job, the citizens will take matters into their own hands.

MiG-19

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:28 am
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KP has announced a new mold MiG-19 Farmer-C.  I am very excited for this.  This is a huge hole in Soviet aircraft.

Book review: German Guided Missiles of World War II

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:26 am
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German Guided Missiles of World War II
Fritz-X to Wasserfall and X-4
New Vanguard #276
By Steven J. Zaloga
Osprey Publishing (2019)
ISBN 978-1-4728-3179-8

Review by D.M. Knights

                                                                                                    The German “wonder weapons” of WWII are a particular area of interest for me.  I have built several models of some of these weapons. (V-1, V-2, C-2, Me-163)  I have a fair sized library of books on the subjects.  This latest book is by well-known military writer and historian Steven J. Zaloga.  Mr. Zaloga is most well known for his works regarding armored vehicles.

This book covers German guided bombs (Fritz-X and Hs 293) as well as several anti-aircraft missiles that the Germans developed as the war progressed. Given the slimness of the volume, it is only 48 pages; it doesn’t cover any of the subjects in detail.  Rather, it is a general overview of the subject, touching briefly on a particular weapon, giving a brief development history and, if applicable, its combat use.

It isn’t a bad book.  The photos and illustrations are first rate.  While not intended as a comprehensive study of these weapons, it does an adequate job of covering the weapons systems.  My biggest complaint is in regard to value for the money.  A normal

Osprey volume is 96 pages.  This one is 48 pages.  That makes the book rather pricey for something that takes less than an hour to read, even if you aren’t a speed reader.

If you are new to the subject and looking for a basic primer, this is a good volume, as long as you aren’t bothered by the price.  If you are looking for something more in depth, or are a value shopper, then you’ll want to pass on this one, or wait until you can pick this one up on sale at Amazon or your local hobby shop.

December 1, 2019

Movie review: The Winter War (1989)

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 11:05 pm
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Welcome to Terry’s movie vault.  Dr. Terry Hill has the most extensive collection of war films and war documentaries (including many foreign films) I’ve ever seen.  From time to time Terry lends me some of the better films.  This film, The Winter War (Talvisota in Finnish) is a Finnish film about the 1939-1940 winter war between Finland and the Soviet Union.  As you would expect, the film is in Finnish, with English subtitles.

The film revolves around two brothers, who are part of a reserve unit called up in anticipation of the coming war.  There are several subplots revolving around members of the unit.  In structure it is very reminiscent of US war films of the 50s and 60s. As far as the acting goes, it is hard to judge the quality of acting in many foreign films. It is amazing how cultural acting is and how it varies from country to country.

Now, for us modelers, the main area of interest in any war film is the combat sequences.  The ones in this movie are pretty good.  It is amazing how much the Winter War resembled WWI with massed hordes of Russians charging entrenched Finnish positions.  There are several T-26 style tanks that appear in the film and hordes of Soviet troops in full battle dress. (I’d love to hear Mike Baskette’s commentary on this)

The film is 2 hours and 5 minutes in length.  It drags a bit in spots, but overall it is a very good film.  Well worth watching. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

And this is why you need the Second Amendment

Filed under: General — dknights @ 1:11 am
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so you don’t end up fighting a terrorist with a Narwhal tusk, especially when he appears to have an explosive suicide vest on. BTW, the guy wielding the tusk is a Polish chef.  Don’t piss off the Poles.

November 29, 2019

More on the Airfix Vulcan

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:52 pm
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See here.  Looks like at least one version will have the Blue Steel missile included.

Revell Ju-88A-1

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:36 pm
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A hole in the 72nd scale modeling world has been an A-1 version of the Ju-88.  This was the most numerous version used in the Battle of Britain.  Now Revell has announced that they are doing one.  Given their excellent A-4 version, I have high hopes.

November 27, 2019

Good news of the day, of a different sort

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 12:21 pm
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Same theme, different aggressor.  As conservation has kicked into high gear over the last 30 years, the comeback in wildlife has been amazing.  Black bear have been spotted near Louisville, and have even swum the Ohio river to once again enter Indiana.  I live in a very suburban area, and the talk of the neighborhood the last few weeks is the two coyotes that have been spotted in the neighborhood.  I am sure they’ve shown up because of the deer and raccoons that are ever present.

Deer in the neighborhood

 

Polish defense upgrades

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:27 am
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It appears that Poland will upgrade its submarine force by purchasing second hand Swedish subs.  You don’t think much about Poland having a naval presence, but it has a significant Baltic coastline.

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