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March 11, 2019

A good person

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:58 pm
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Here is the story of someone with God-given talent who is using it to make the world a better place.  I wish there were more such people.

 

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I don’t believe it

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:15 pm
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Story here.  Frankly, I have noticed a number of these stories in the last 6 months.  The Defense Department and the defense industries aren’t above pushing stories like these to get increased appropriations.  IMHO, the military is will funded, but the funds are wastefully spent.

Italeri SM.81

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:03 am
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I assume this is the old Supermodel kit.  I don’t know if Italeri has done anything to the molds.

March 10, 2019

A380

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:33 am
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This story confirms what I’ve always said.  The A380 never made any financial sense, either for its manufacturer or its operators.

Clearprop Claude

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:09 am
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Clearprop has announced a new A5M2 Claude in 72nd scale.  While the Fujimi kit is nice, I am happy to see this kitted again in 72nd scale.

March 9, 2019

Super Blues

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:49 am
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Looks like the Blue Angels will be transitioning to F/A-18E/Fs between 2020 and 2021.  This should put an end to speculation that they would move to the F-35.

XQ-58A

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:58 am
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Looks like the USAF is testing a jet drone to operate along side conventional fighters.  Hmmm.

March 8, 2019

One step closer

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:06 pm
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SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule made a safe return today.  Later this summer we should get the first US launched manned mission to space in 8 years. Our long national nightmare is almost over. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

A replay of 1979

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:20 pm
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Could we see a replay of 1979.  I will admit, I think that is one of the more likely scenarios in the South China Sea; a confrontation between Vietnam and China.  The two countries are butting heads more and more in the area.

Fateh SS

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:44 am
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I recently joked about the new Fateh class of Iranian submarine. I speculated there was a 50/50 chance it was a mock up built on an under water barge.  Here is some more information on it. (again, h/t to Jeff Groves for the pointer to this site.)

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