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September 26, 2019

A hero passes

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:27 am
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The second to last US Korean war ace has died.

January 28, 2017


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:47 am
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A neat build of the Airfix F-86 with some neat production.

August 27, 2015

Magazine review: RT Vol. 37 #1 (Spring 2015)

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 9:51 pm
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I skipped reviewing this issue when in arrived.  I read it right away, as I always do, but I simply failed to review it like I normally do.  That was a mistake on my part.  This is especially true since there is a lot of 72nd scale content in this issue.

There is a beautiful build of a 72nd scale F-86D make from the Special Hobby F-86L.  That article illustrates onne of the great things about RT.  The balance of text and photos is just perfect.  Also, the reference to the photos inn the text really helps the reader understand the build.

There is also a conversion of the Italeri DC-3 into the Basler BT-67 “turbo Dakota” conversion.  This was the best Canadian subject at the 2014 IPMS/USA National Convention.  I saw the model at Norfolk and it was very impressive.  I’ve always wanted to build a BT-67,

For the WWI modeler, there is a beautiful build of the Roden SE-5a.  This is not the easiest kit in the world and the builder does a great job.  (There is also a build of a 48th scale Fokker E.V, but we won’t talk about that.)

Future IPMS/USA President Ron Bell did a nice article converting a 76th scale (hey, its almost 72nd) Fujimi Cromwell into a Canadian Archer 17-pdr SPATG.

As always I recommend joining IPMS/Canada, if you aren’t already a member.

April 6, 2011

Jim Bates makes more progress (F-86)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:59 am
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Since I am not allowed to talk about Jim Bates modeling, due to an injunction of the Ohio Supreme Ct., I present Mr. Bates latest work without comment.  His F-86 is progressing.

F-86 with one wing


F-86 with two wings

March 25, 2011

Jim Bates makes progress

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:00 pm
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Mr. Bates F-86 is moving along at lightening speed. (at least for him)  The fuselage is together.  Here is proof.

Airfix F-86

P.S. Jim, you doon’t want to know what the third rule of Jim Bates’ modeling is. 🙂

August 30, 2010

Magazine review: Small Air Forces Observer Vol. 34 #3

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:33 am
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I just received this issue of SAFO, the publication of the Small Air Forces Clearing House.  As I have said before I have a special interest in small airforce subject and as such SAFO is a must have item.  The articles have a modeling flavor to them, but most consist of historical research, most of which is original and compiled and written by the members.

This issue has an article on F-86s used on in the UN intervention in the Congo.  There is also an article on post-WWII Greek Wellingtons and the first British WWI aircraft captured by the Austro-Hungarians. 

While the production quality of SAFO is not up to modern standards, the information contained is simply to good to pass up.

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