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January 9, 2021


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:04 pm
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Brengun has announced a new Hs-126.

Hope it is good.

December 15, 2020


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:43 am
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Inspiration can come from almost anywhere. I recently came across this video on YouTube and it now has me doing some thinking and planning, more to come.

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.

November 5, 2020

German Midget Subs of WWII

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:25 pm
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A really interesting short YouTube documentary on German WWII Midget subs.

October 21, 2020

Eduard 109s

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:40 am
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Looks like we will be getting the promised Me-109s in 72nd scale sooner than we might have thought.  See here.  Looks like they might have decided to start with the late 109s and possibly an Avia S-199.

July 29, 2020


Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:39 pm
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Looks like there will be a reorganization of US troops currently in Europe.  Moving more troops into Poland seems like a sound strategic move to me.

July 21, 2020

How have I never heard of this?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 3:04 pm
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Story here.  I was completely unaware that this had ever occurred.  More here.

May 17, 2020


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:07 am
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I am building the Special Navy kit of the Biber submarine.

Amazingly there are a number of these which survived the war, some of which washed up with dead pilots due to the poor design.

One of them has even been restored  to working order.

March 18, 2020

Intelligence gathering

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:22 pm
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It is a dirty job.  A great read.

March 9, 2020

No one remembers the Cold War

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:11 pm
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This is a cool story. Sadly, the young don’t have any knowledge of the aspects of the Cold War, such as this.

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