David Knights' Weblog

July 10, 2020

The F-35 and the NFWS (Topgun)

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:48 am
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The F-35 is now showing up at the NFWS, which has caused them to upgrade their syllabus. Interesting article.

July 9, 2020

A-29 down

Filed under: General,Politics — dknights @ 3:32 pm
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An Afghan A-29 apparently went down in Afghanistan due to mechanical issues.  A US instructor pilot was on-bard, but ejected and was rescued.

Buried in the story is the nugget about US based training of Afghan pilots being wound down because the Afghan trainees go AWOL when they get into the US.  Why would we continue to bring members of certain foreign military forces into the US for training?

July 8, 2020

Unmanned fighters

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:38 pm
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Looks like the USAF is fully committed to these.  A 2023 initial deployment would be an amazing accomplishment and would completely change risk analysis in regard to kinetic use of force.

July 6, 2020

Yes, please

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:06 pm
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Romanian PZL-11 markings which will be in the upcoming IBG kit.

July 1, 2020

Seaplanes

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:08 am
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An interesting article arguing that the USN needs to look at reviving the seaplane as a strategic disruptor in the Pacific.

Where are my frikin’ laser beams?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:38 am
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Looks like the USAF is beginning to have doubts about the effectiveness of fighter mounted laser weapons.

June 30, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #12 Finished!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:05 am
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Well, it is done.  I took a few cell phone shots. (see below) I hope to have studio shots and some thoughts posted in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 25, 2020

I hate vacform canopies

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:21 pm
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Maybe this article will help.

June 17, 2020

Yes, please!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:21 pm
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This.

June 16, 2020

Requiescat in pace

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:59 am
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Story here. 😦

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