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November 21, 2019

Airfix Me-262 build

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:16 pm
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Over on his website, Model Paint Solutions’ John Miller has a beautiful build of the newish Airfix Me-262 in an unusual paint finish.   Having seen this model in person at the Chattanooga IPMS/USA Nationals I can attest to the fact that it looks as good as it does on the website.

November 19, 2019

Pilot defections

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:00 am
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Thanks to late night texting with Jim Bates, I came across this Wikipedia list of pilot defections.  Way cool.

Weathering

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:23 am
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Look at this photo of and SBD on USS Santee CVE-29.  My guess on the date is late 42 or early 43.  Look at the weathering.  Look at the grime around the wing roots and notice even at this distance many panel lines are visible. Color period pictures like this are a real help to the modeler who wants to weather their model.

November 15, 2019

More on the USN UFO story

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:15 pm
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Article here.  Previous post here.

USAF Light Attack Aircraft

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:48 pm
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Another article on the USAF search for a light attack aircraft, a variant of either a Pilatus or a Tucano.

November 13, 2019

F-35 update

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:27 am
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The per unit cost of the F-35 continues to fall as more are purchased.  Latest here.

November 12, 2019

Well, this is interesting

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:07 pm
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A talk by the USAF Chief of Staff talking about having the F-22 and F-35 communicate and share information with the X-37B.  Of course, as the article notes, this raises the ever-present question of exactly what the X-37B does and what sort of sensors it has that could share useful information with the fighters.  Something fascinating is going on with thee X-37B.  I just hope that one day we know what it is.

November 11, 2019

F-35Bs for South Korea?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:22 pm
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Maybe.  It only makes sense, and with the South China Sea becoming such a flashpoint, it is unsurprising that Japan and South Korea would feel the need to strengthen their capabilities at sea.

November 6, 2019

Lysander

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:32 am
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This should make Jim Bates happy.  I am surprised it has taken this long to get a new kit of this aircraft.

November 5, 2019

WW II history

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:51 pm
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A nice articleabout a son learning about his father’s WWII experience.

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