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January 9, 2021

Hs-126

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:04 pm
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Brengun has announced a new Hs-126.

Hope it is good.

January 6, 2021

SpaceX getting into national defense

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:58 pm
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Well, sort of.  Got to say I am happy about this as SpaceX seems to be one of the few competent companies out there.

January 5, 2021

Power from space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:11 pm
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This technology has been talked about in one form or another since the 70s.  Interesting that they are finally getting around to experimenting with it.  I am still skeptical of its practicality.  (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 4, 2021

Space Radishes

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:15 am
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Radishes have been grown and consumed on the ISS for the first time.  This is the first time any vegetable other than leafy greens have been grown and consumed in space.  Success here hold out hope that long term spaceflight can be at least partially sustained by in transit farming. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 3, 2021

New Year’s resolutions

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:10 pm
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In general, new year’s resolutions don’t pan out.  This is especially been true in the past regarding my modeling resolutions.  This year I am keeping them more modest, but at the same time I am going to try harder to stick to them.  Here they are.

  1. Finish the M-30 and Mossie
  2. Build the Trumpeter Tu-128 and do a bare metal finish
  3. Build Fine Molds Ki-43 I
  4. Build Fine Molds Type A mini sub
  5. Finish one other aircraft to be named later

Now, that would be 6 kits if I finished them all which would be a record for me.  Time will tell.

January 2, 2021

No progress

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:54 pm
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Have you ever had a day where you modeled a lot but felt you made no progress? That was me today. Not a good way to start 2021. It isn’t that I didn’t make progress, I am sure I did. It just isn’t visible to me. As I want to increase my pace in 2021, this was frustrating.

On the plus side, I got to see, in person a lot of modeling friends, including some I haven’t seen in a while. This was great and a big reason I don’t feel as bad as I otherwise would. Here is hoping that 2021 will bring a better modeling experience.

January 1, 2021

Plastic Model Mojo Ep. 28

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:05 am
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Episode 28 is out.  The first episode of the new year.

December 31, 2020

MiG-41

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:30 am
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Is going to fly in 2025.  Do I believe this? I do not.  Do I think this is motivated by the announcement that the next generation US fighter is already in prototype form?  Yes, yes I do.

December 30, 2020

A long shot

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:33 pm
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The US Army just achieved a pretty amazing milestone.  An PGM artillery shot from 43 miles away.  It seems as if our military is pulling further and further ahead technologically.  Now, if we can just keep China from stealing all of it.

December 29, 2020

Evolving model room

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:42 pm
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Does your model room evolve? Do you make it better over time?  Regular readers of my blog know that 2 1/2 years ago my wife and I bought a new house.  The modelwife was very considerate in her search and made sure that one of the requirements was a hobby room. (Maybe she was trying to make sure I’d stay the hell, out of her hair, but I try to view this in the most positive light possible.)

Anyway, one of the first things I did on moving in was build a custom model bench with about 13 ft of benchtop space.  Slowly, the rest of the room developed into what I have now.  13ft of bench top sounds like a lot, and it is.  But, because I am not the most organized of people it really isn’t enough. One thing that happened is that my laptop began taking up space on the bench.  While I have an office at home, I like having my laptop in my model room for easy access, watching YouTube videos and recording podcasts.  However, having it there took up a fair amount of bench space.

So, looking forward to the coming year, I wanted to reclaim that space on my bench.  I went looking for a solution, and found it in a company called Mount-It! (Alright, enough with the juvenile jokes.)  They make, among other things a sliding , under desktop movable laptop  mount.  This was the perfect solution to my problem and $50 later and a night of home improvement work and I mounted the hardware under my bench.  Now, I’ve regained valuable space and the laptop is easily accessible, yet out of the way when I am modeling.

I also installed a door sweep to try and keep some of the pet hair out.

What solutions have you come across to make your room more efficient?

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