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January 30, 2020

The amazing stuff you find on YouTube

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Was doing some research and found the video below.  It is from a French officer’s home movies that he took while participating in the 1940 Battle for Norway.  Freaking amazing!

January 7, 2020

Potez 25 TOE

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:53 pm
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Special Hobby has released the box art for their upcoming Potez 25TOE.  As luck would have it, those are the markings I’d like to do it in, which I believe are an aircraft in French Indochina.

December 18, 2019

Podcasts

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:33 pm
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I listen to a lot of podcasts. (more news on that front soon).  One of the ones I really enjoy is We Have Ways a podcast by a historian and a comedian about WWII.  Was listening to it the other day and there was a discussion about Germany’s failed attempt to field a 4 engine strategic bomber.  One of them mentioned that the French had developed a 4 engine bomber that was really good that flew just around the time that France surrendered and that the Germans captured it and used it as a transport, but never sought to develop it.  It was faster than the B-17 (though more lightly armed) and had a bigger bomb load.  I’d never heard of such a thing.  A bit of Goggling, and here you are, the Bloch MB.162There is even a vacuum-form kit of it.

September 3, 2019

Special Hobby Potez 25

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:51 pm
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Here is a preview of color schemes and markings options.  Color me…..interested.

June 6, 2019

Another D-Day account

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:51 pm
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Read the whole thing.  Great Churchill story at the beginning, but the meat of the story is the interview after.  Read it and be in awe.

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.

 

May 23, 2019

Potez XXV(25)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:45 pm
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For such an obsolete aircraft, the Potez 25 hung around quite a while.  Long enough to be used in wars in South America in the 30s, in Spain and even in some corners of WWII.  Now it looks like we will soon have a kit of it.  Sprue shots.

CSS Stonewall

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:56 am
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I have an interest in ships of the civil war.  The Stonewall was one of the more interesting looking in my opinion.  Some of the details on the interesting story of the ship are here.

April 26, 2019

SBS C.450 testbuild

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:29 pm
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If this kit wasn’t by SBS, I’d have no interest in it.  As it is, seeing this test build, I could see myself buying one.

April 16, 2019

Curse you SBS

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:17 am
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SBS keeps making kits of these obscure 1930s aircraft that I didn’t have any interest in…until I learned that SBS was making a kit of them.  The latest is the C.450 racing plane.  History here.

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