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April 9, 2020

MiG-17 OMG

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:18 pm
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Guys, fair warning. I have fallen down the rabbit hole on the new Airfix MiG-17.  I apologize, but a lot of MiG-17 posts are coming, starting with a deep, deep dive on the 400L drop tanks.  Feel free to mute this if it gets too obnoxious.

SR-72

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:58 am
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There has been talk of an SR-72 for years.  I am not sure that it is anything more than talk at this point.

April 4, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #7 I’ve been framed

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:11 am
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The MiG is ready for primer.  However, before that could happen I needed to paint the canopy frames Alclad Dull Aluminium so that you’d see that as the inside frame color.  Wiled I was at it, I sprayed a bit of Dull Aluminum in the intake tunnel to cover some minor touch up and also painted the underside of the tail under the burner can.  I also assembled the two drop tanks.  While I am not going to use them on this model, I know this isn’t the last Airfix MiG-17 I’ll be building and most of them carried the wing tanks, so this will get me ahead of the game in the future.  Also, I want to use the opportunity to do a little research and see what I can do to improve the kit parts.

April 3, 2020

MiG-17 drop tanks

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:54 pm
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I am just going to “drop” these pictures here for later reference.

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I still find it very interesting

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:56 am
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that the USN’s first autonomous aircraft are going to be refueling aircraft.  There is more here than meets the eye.

March 31, 2020

Valom Firebrand

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:30 pm
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Valom has released the boxart on their Firebrand TF.V.  Way cool.

March 29, 2020

MiG-17 #6 Prime time

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:35 pm
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Last post here.

Work on the MiG has been progressing.  Finally got it to the point where she is ready for priming.  Here is where she sits.

Ready for priming

March 27, 2020

Oh baby!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:55 pm
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This decal sheet was meant to go straight into my veins. (h/t to Jim Bates for the pointer)

A Scale Canadian TV

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:56 pm
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Jim Bates has started a YouTube channel with short broadcasts on his modeling adventures during this time of quarantine. Watch and subscribe.

March 24, 2020

Japanese bombs

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:28 am
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As I mentioned on a previous episode of the Plastic Model Mojo podcast, I had found a company making resin WWII Japanese bombs.  I ordered one of each of their sets and they arrived yesterday.  A review will follow. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves, who spotted them in stock at HLJ.) Here is a Wikipedia article on the different types of Japanese WWII bombs.

 

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