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November 16, 2018

Jamaica gets an air force…sort of

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:33 pm
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Jamaica has just put into service a surveillance aircraft and two helicopters.  Now does anyone make a kit of a surveillance version of the King Air 350 in 72nd scale?


November 15, 2018


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:14 pm
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Jeff “Inch High” Groves and Jim “Cranky Canuck” Bates have shamed me with their qualitatively superior posts that aren’t just interesting links, but are actual research and model related information, with photos to boot.  I am going to try and change that.

Thanks to Scott “Skippy” King, I’ve been working on the Brengun MXY-7 Ohka.  Now that the great migration has finished and I’ve once again put down modeling roots, I’ve finally been able to model a bit.  Last night I broke out the airbrush and painted the interior of the Ohka.  Since sources are kind of sketchy, I decided to paint the interior floor and seat and instrument panel WEM Nakajima Interior Gray Green. I like the color.

Ohka cockpit

More to follow.

Hacking the F-35

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:31 pm
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An interesting problem given the increasing computerization of modern fighter aircraft.

737 Max

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:24 am
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This report seems to indicate that Boeing screwed up. Not sure how you could install a new safety system and not brief pilots on the change.  I wonder if there is more to the story.

November 13, 2018

B-17B in combat

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:57 pm
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A story of the only B-17B to engage in combat.  (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for the link)

November 9, 2018

Yet another decal manufacturer

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:28 am
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Man, it is tough to keep up with all these.  Here is Exito’s latest sheet.  I’d never heard of them before.  They appear to be a Polish model shop that is making their own decal sheets.

November 8, 2018

Upgraded J-10

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:47 pm
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Looks like China has upgraded the J-10 with a thrust vectoring exhaust.  For modelers I wonder if this is a simple nozzle replacement conversion to the Trumpeter J-10, or is it more complicated?

November 7, 2018

I must possess this

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:45 am
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Yes.  I must have this.

November 6, 2018

I want to build a model of this

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:14 pm
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OK, this is cool.  Never heard the story before.

Oh happy days!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:01 am
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Special Hobby is re-releasing their Vildabeeste kit.  This makes me very happy.

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