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September 25, 2018

Russian CVL

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:35 am
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A report on a proposed Russian CVL.  Frankly, nothing in the specs in this article make sense.  The numbers quoted for size don’t make sense with any of the other numbers. (h/t Jeff Groves)


September 19, 2018

Navy UAV

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:59 am
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I find it interesting that the USN chose to go with a refueling mission for their first aircraft carrier drone aircraft.  I would have thought fighter or bomber.  I am wondering if they are hoping to eventually build off the same platform for other missions.

July 2, 2018

Russian subs

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:27 pm
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Looks like Russian subs are becoming a little more active of late and the USN is moving assets to deal with that.  I still believe that the Russian threat is a pretty empty one, but better safe than sorry.

June 18, 2018

More Asian carrier development

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:07 am
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The F-35B has really changed the game when it comes to smaller navies having carrier capability.  Korea and Japan will both have such capability as soon as they put in orders for the F-35B.  (I have no doubt that they both will)

June 13, 2018

China’s naval aviation

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:42 pm
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It appears that a Chinese naval aviator has made the first night trap on board China’s only operational carrier.  This is significant as the USN is the only navy that regularly conducts night carrier ops.

June 6, 2018

Japanese Carriers

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:03 am
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Not the WWII kind.  Looks like the Japanese are ready to admit what everyone knew.  Their new Helicopter carriers are going to become full-fledged STOVL carriers. I see some F-35B sales in Japan’s future.

March 23, 2018

More decalmania

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:53 pm
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CTA (cut then add) decals has announced a new sheet of decals for JNAF aircraft serving aboard carriers.  It looks very neat and right up my alley.

December 5, 2017

Japanese Carrier Deck

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:31 pm
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A few weeks ago I finished a  WWII resin Japanese Carrier Deck.  It is made by Just Plane Stuff.  I am not sure the company is around anymore.  In any event the deck is very nicely cast and paints up well.  While a Zero is a bit lost on it, the base is big enough for a Kate or Val.

Here is my post on 72nd scale aircraft forum

October 15, 2016

Upgrading the Navy

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:31 am
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An interesting article on carrier defenses.

December 31, 2015

China’s expanding Navy

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:21 pm
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This isn’t good news.  The South China Sea is already a flash point.

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