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April 2, 2022

More modeling content

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:43 am
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Listeners of the podcast know that one of my goals in each modeling project is to try new things. One of my current projects is really allowing me to do that. I am building the Minicraft B-52H for my brother who spent 20 years flying them. It is my first 1/144 scale kit (new thing #1)

While working on the kit, I used Tamiya lacquers for the first time. (new thing #2) See previous blog post. Also, on the recommendation of my podcast partner, I tried Citadel’s Nuln Oil shader. (new thing #3) So far I really like the way it came out.

Outriggers with Tamiya and Nuln Oil

March 16, 2021


Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 10:31 pm
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No, not the musical group, the airplane.  This article claims that there is now discussion of keeping the 52 in service thru 2097.  That is crazy.  However, a good re-engine followed by a complete software systems upgrade would surely make sense and could keep them flying thru at least the 2040s

August 31, 2020

Close encounter

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:48 pm
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Looks like a couple of Russian pilots got a little frisky.  Next time the USAF ought to have a couple of F-22s in trail.  Also, the camo on those Su-27s looks a little grayer than usual, but that could just be the film.

June 15, 2019

US hypersonic missile test

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:44 am
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Well, not really.  More like a test of the carriage of the missile.  It wasn’t armed and it didn’t launch, but you would not know that from the headline.

May 17, 2019


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:44 pm
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Another B-52 is being resurrected from the boneyard.  Not many left at AMARC.  Boeing may end up having to put them back in production. 🙂

February 18, 2019

B-52 soldiers on

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:17 pm
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Looks like the B-1 will be phased out as the B-21 comes online.  Meanwhile the B-52 will continue to soldier on until 2040.

January 11, 2019

Modelcollect B-52G early

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:00 pm
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The CADs are out for this kit.  I am anxious for it.

December 1, 2018

Good God, has it come to this?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:08 am
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We are now firing commanders because their subordinates do “stick drawing” phallus as pranks on each other while deployed.

November 4, 2018

Modelcollect B-52 update

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:21 pm
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Modelcollect is releasing an update/correction for their B-52 nose on their B-52G kit.  Good for them.

September 11, 2018

B-52 upgrade

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:25 pm
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No, not the new Modelcollect kit.  The actual aircraft.  Story here.

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