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July 17, 2019

The bear continues to scribble on napkins

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:40 am
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Russia, which readers know I think is a impotent force as far as its military goes, has unveiled a new aircraft carrier design.  As the article points out, the design will most likely never be built and Russia’s one and only carrier is out of commission and probably headed for scrapping.  Russia’s 2017 GDP was $1.58 trillion dollars, which is less than Canada’s $1.6 trillion and paltry compared to the USA’s $22 trillion.  Russia simply can’t keep a world class military going, and what they have is simply wasting away.

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July 6, 2019

Wild story

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:46 am
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I would never have though of foxes migrating between Norway and Canada.  Amazing.

June 6, 2019

June 6th, 1944

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:12 am
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As we remember the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, this column makes a very good point that, in addition to a lot of combat bravery, there was an incredible logistical challenge that had to be overcome.  Everyone alive today owes these folks a debt of gratitude.

 

June 4, 2019

Shades of 2007/2008

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:12 am
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This is up in Canada (BC), which is having its own special issues with the housing market, mostly related to foreign money driving a real estate bubble (an now a crash), but this is a microcosm of what was going on all over the US, particularly in FL, AZ, NV and CA in 2007 which led to the great crash of 2008.  These people are playing with fire, and because of the government bailout the last time, I fear that no one has learned any lessons.  I am not a great fan of increased government regulation, but this is one area where I make an exception.

June 1, 2019

I need to go to Torcan

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:48 pm
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Report here.

May 22, 2019

CASA C-295

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:17 am
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A company I’ve never heard of, Answer, has announced they are doing a C-295.  Why is this important?  Because Canada is purchasing 16 of them for the SAR role.  Canadians like Jim “Crazy Canuck” Bates are excited.  Stay tuned.

April 23, 2019

Oh boy!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:27 pm
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Special Hobby is doing another release of the Delta, this time with Skis and Floats.  Since I want to do a Delta on Floats, this is manna from heaven for me.

February 17, 2019

Special Hobby Boston III

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:49 pm
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Looks like Special Hobby is releasing a night intruder version of the Boston.  From the illustration it looks like an RCAF bird.

February 8, 2019

A Delta on floats?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:46 pm
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Looks like we are going to get a floatplane version of the RCAF Delta.

January 15, 2019

Resin Texan

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:06 pm
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Grand Models ( a new company to me) has announced a resin Texan T Mk 1. (the modern aircraft, not the WWII trainer.)  Markings will be for the RAF, RCAF and RNZAF.

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