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December 30, 2020

A long shot

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:33 pm
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The US Army just achieved a pretty amazing milestone.  An PGM artillery shot from 43 miles away.  It seems as if our military is pulling further and further ahead technologically.  Now, if we can just keep China from stealing all of it.

December 14, 2020

The M-30 enters the paint shop

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:21 pm
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Those of you who have listened to the podcast, have been following the saga of Mike having sucked me into building a 1/35th scale Soviet armor piece. (That may be placing too much blame on Mike, but hey, what do I care.)  I’d have finished construction sooner, but frankly, the Trumpeter instructions appear to have been produced using the infinite monkey theorem.  And let me tell, you, they ain’t Shakespeare.  (I will have more to say on the Trumpeter instructions once I am done, but I need to give them time to buy the asbestos underwear they will need.)

Well, the M-30 has entered the paint booth.  This is good as the paint booth was empty since the completion of the Biber.  Now that the M-30 is off the construction cutting mat, I can move the Mosquito back on and make some  progress.  Also, I am planning the 2021 campaign season. (Who am I kidding.  Every year Mike and I exchange lists of our top ten planned builds for the coming year, and when I get to the end of the year, my list of completions look nothing like my beginning of the year list.)

Now, before you judge me too harshly on the M-30, keep in mind the last time I finished a 35th scale artillery piece was 1996. (BTW, that was my most productive year ever.)  That year I finished a Tamiya Pak 35/36 and a Flak 38. (Pictured below)

OK, you can stop laughing now.  Please keep in mind that this was the mid 90s, weathering was still in the dry-brushing era and these were the only two 35th scale kits I built.  (How about that really slick base job on the Flak 38) Naturally, with the M-30, I am striving for a bit more.  I am binge watching Uncle Night Shift episodes and am alternately inspired and depressed.

Stay tuned.

March 11, 2020

OK, this is just crazy

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:24 am
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An artillery round with a 65 km reach.  That is insane.  It is hard to wrap your mind around that kind of range for a mobile artillery piece.

To give some perspective, the famed “Paris railway gun” had a 120 km range.


October 16, 2019

Blurred lines

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:25 am
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The Army wants artillery that can fire at targets up to 1000 miles away.  Story here.  I am skeptical that it can be done, but if it can be, it would change warfare in some fundamental ways.

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