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May 30, 2017

Early 109s

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:48 pm
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Man, these look good

May 27, 2017

South China Sea news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:13 am
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The Philippines is upgrading their navy, and for a $100.

The Chinese maverick is at it again.

May 26, 2017

The Navy needs some new cruisers

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:51 pm
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Story here.  What is depressing is the previous designs that never went anywhere.  What a waste.

May 24, 2017

Crazy Canada

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:53 am

The Court of Last Resort

This story seems a bit crazy.  I’d like to know the substance of what she posted.  I can’t imagine in the US that a professional licensing group could get away with such censorship.

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An interesting article

Filed under: General,Technology — dknights @ 9:32 am
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Did pre-humans originate out of Europe?  An interesting article, even if the title may be a bit overblown.

May 23, 2017

Book review: The Mitsubishi Zero, Type 0 Carrier Fighter (A6M) “Zeke” in World War Two. (Combat Colours No. 9)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:36 pm
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Book review: The Mitsubishi Zero, Type 0 Carrier Fighter (A6M) “Zeke” in World War Two. (Combat Colours No. 9)
Author Nicholas Millman
40 pgs
ISBN 978-1-908565-57-0

The magazine, Scale Aircraft Modelling, publishes a series of “books”, really more like pamphlets, that look like magazines.  The series is called Combat Colours and features a particular aircraft or time period and is focused on paint colours and markings.  In regard to this issue, No 9 in the series, it covers the thorny subject of the colours of the iconic A6M Japanese Zero fighter.

This particular subject is one that has been the subject of much debate over the last 20 years or so, especially as it applies to the early A6M2.  For years the early Zeros were thought to be a light gray.  However, more recent research has revealed that the original color was a taupe, somewhat akin to RLM02, and weathered, due to chalking, to a light gray.  The author of this volume, Nicholas Millman has dedicated many years to the study of the colors and markings of Japanese aircraft.  He has previously authored several of the best books in the Osprey book series, on aircraft like the Ki-27. Ki-43, Ki-44 and Ki-61. He also runs a highly informative website called Aviation of Japan.  http://www.aviationofjapan.com/

Mr. Millman, standing on the shoulders of giants such as Don Thorpe, Ian Baker, Robert Mikesh and James Lansdale, has brought together much of the latest research and organized it in a very easy to understand manner.  There are discussions of many of the different camouflage schemes the Zero wore throughout its career. All of the detail areas such as cockpits, props, cowls and undercarriage are discussed in separate sections. The author deserves credit for laying out his research and conclusions and acknowledges where there are alternate interpretations.

This pamphlet is lavishly illustrated with many black and white photos as well as colour side views as well as several colour charts.  The downside of all these colour illustrations and charts is that it has driven the cost of the pamphlet above what you might expect for, what in essence, is a 40 page magazine.  The retail price of this issue of Combat Colours No.9 is $23.  While this might seem steep, I can say that if you are at all interested in the Zero, this book is well worth it, constituting the latest thinking on the subject of how to paint you model of the Zero.

Highly recommended.

May 22, 2017

This is not good news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 7:33 pm
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5000 shoulder fired SAMs in a country on the verge of collapse.

May 21, 2017

2017 MMCL Invitational

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 8:31 am
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It is in the books.  Once again we were blessed by good weather and a good turn out.  228 models, down from 250 last year, but up from 205 the year before, so pretty on target.  Armor was down but sci-fi was up as was airliners.  Some photos below, focusing on 72nd scale, of course.

May 20, 2017

Zoukei-mura

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:14 pm
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Good news, ZM is entering the 72nd scale market.

May 17, 2017

A new rifle

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:24 pm
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The US Army is looking at not only a new rifle, but a new ammo that isn’t the current 5.56mm standard size.  Interesting discussion here.

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