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October 3, 2021

Stugs, baby!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:10 am
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Panzermeister36 has a new video out on a Dragon Stug Build.  While Stugs are not my thing baby, they are for my partner in podcasting, Mike.  Expect to hear Evan and him geek out on Stugs in a future episode!

August 15, 2021

A quick King Tiger

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:57 pm
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Panzermeister36 strikes again.  Check it out.

July 15, 2021

Poland buys M1s

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:20 pm
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A good purchase in my opinion.  (h/t to Steven Lee for the pointer)

March 10, 2021

At the convergence of tanks and Beer

Filed under: Beer,Modeling — dknights @ 4:27 pm
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A story about beer supporting a worthy cause. (h/t to Jim Bates for the story)

December 17, 2020

Dot filter technique

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:39 am
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An interesting dot filter technique application.  Heavier than I’ve ever seen it done before.  What do you think? (Other than the guy should be wearing a glove when handling the model.)

December 15, 2020

Inspiration

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:43 am
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Inspiration can come from almost anywhere. I recently came across this video on YouTube and it now has me doing some thinking and planning, more to come.

February 22, 2020

Night Shift new videos

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:05 pm
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Uncle Night Shift has some new videos up.  Check them out.

February 13, 2020

Movie review: T-34 (2018)

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 6:57 am
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T-34 is a Russian war movie about a Russian tank commander and his crew who put up a valiant defense in front of Moscow in December 1941. After defeating a number of German PzIIIs, their tank is knocked out and captured. In late 1944 the tank commander is pulled from the POW camp along with other tank crew members and forced to operate a captured T-34 in training against German tanks at a tank training center in eastern Germany.  Unbeknownst to the Germans, the Russians locate several tank main gun shells in the Russian tank and use those to escape, in the process taking with them the female Russian prisoner who is a translator for the German guards who helps them in their escape.

Putting aside the slightly silly story, this movie is good.  Really very enjoyable and not just for the Russian and German military equipment.  It is a classic action/war movie and could easily have been made in Hollywood instead of in Russian.  Much of the equipment is actual period equipment, or very realistic mock ups. (Much better than M-48s as Tiger tanks in Battle of the Bulge.)  The acting is very good and equivalent to most B-list actors out of Hollywood.  I watched a dubbed version and it was entertaining to see how the dubbed dialogue differed from the subtitles which were more direct translations of the Russian dialogue.

According to Wikipedia, this is the second highest grossing Russian film of all time. In additional to being available on DVD, it is also available for streaming on Amazon Prime.  It is well worth watching. 4 out of 5 stars.

November 14, 2019

BMD

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:46 pm
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I can’t explain why, but I have a soft spot for the BMD series of air transportable military vehicles.  Same goes for the ASU series of assault guns.  Now it looks like Russia has developed a follow on vehicle to the BMD series. Story here.  However, given Russia’s financial problems I have my doubts they’ll be deployed in large numbers anytime soon.

August 24, 2019

More Russian vaporware

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:53 am
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Story here.  As usual, I don’t believe we will ever see this, thought I do ultimately think this is the wave of the future.  I also think robotic vehicles, UAVs and soldiers will make war more likely, not less likely.

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