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February 28, 2021

Movie review: Air America (1990)

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 10:53 pm
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Thanks to Jim Bates, I ended up viewing this movie again on DVD.  I have to admit, I enjoyed the movie when I originally saw it. It actually improves on a second viewing.  On the surface, the movie is a story of an LA traffic chopper pilot, who, due to his behavior, loses his license and is recruited into flying for “Air America”, the CIA airline operating in Laos.  While fictionalized, this is a good movie.  The flying scenes are first rate and Robert Downey, Jr. and Mel Gibson have real chemistry.   The movie also stars Nancy Travis, who is the sitcom mom on numerous sitcoms.

This movie is not only worth watching, it is worth owning on DVD.

February 23, 2021

I love Aggressor schemes

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:40 pm
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The folks at Nellis will be getting F-35s for an aggressor unit.  Here are some proposed schemes for the aircraft. (h/t Stephen Lee)

February 22, 2021

More UFOs?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:40 pm
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Over New Mexico this time.  Hmmm.  Bob Lazar, call your office.

February 12, 2021

Led Zeppelin Boeing 720

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:42 pm
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A cool article on a piece of both aviation and rock history.

New HS-126

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:01 am
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Brengun has announced a new Hs-126.  This is good news as the previous kits of the Hs-126 are well over 30 years old,. if not older.  The HS-126 was used by several smaller air forces and a new kit will surely be better than current offerings.

February 9, 2021

Arma Sukhoi S-70

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:23 am
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No, not that Arma.  But I am not to proud to admit, I need this kit in my life.

February 8, 2021


Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 1:28 am
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I love the XP-47H.  Probably my favorite aircraft that never made it into production.  Scrolling through YouTube. I came across this.

January 28, 2021


Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:12 pm
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I’ve written previously on the rumored to be in development MiG-41.  While I remain skeptical that we will see one in the near term future, this is an interesting analysis.

January 26, 2021


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:20 pm
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This company out of Hungary does some of the finest resin kits of some very unusual subject. Here is a lovely build of their Caudron C.450. I have two SBS kits in the stash and need to get them onto the table.

72nd scale aircraft forum

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:13 pm
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If you are a 72nd scale aircraft modeler, head on over to the 72nd scale aircraft forum.  Lots of new members lately and lots of great posts.

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