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May 9, 2021

Modelsvit Mirage III CJ

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:41 pm
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When I got back into modeling in the early 1980s, one of the first models I built was a Matchbox Mirage as an Israeli Mirage IIICJ.  As you can imagine, it was a rough kit.  We’ve really needed a new IIICJ.  Modelsvit has come thru for us and I must say I want one, or two.

April 29, 2021

The Roc is airborne again

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:23 pm
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This is good news.  I was worried after Paul Allen died, that it would never be used.

Ukraine moves west

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:10 am
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This seems to be a very sane move by Ukraine.  Sadly, I am not sure that the current administration is willing to support them.

April 14, 2021

A new kit

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:42 pm
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A new kit, a Bu-181, from a manufacturer I have never heard of. (h/t to Jim Bates)

April 1, 2021

Valom C-46

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:05 pm
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On the Plastic Model Mojo podcast a few months ago I was talking with Mike about the abundance of new 72nd scale aircraft kits that have been released in the last few years. I talked about how few mainstream subjects were left that needed updating. One aircraft I did mention is the C-46. Well, it turns out Valom must have heard me. (ha). They have announced a new C-46, in several different boxings.

March 30, 2021

I never thought I’d see….

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:24 pm
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An injection Ki-54. Now, if it isn’t too much trouble, can I get a Ki-57?

March 19, 2021

T-6C Texan II

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:43 am
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Tunisia bought the T-6C for both training and counter insurgency. I don’t know if there is a 72nd scale kit.

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.

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