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July 29, 2020

Reorganization

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

Biber

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.

February 24, 2020

I swear at this point they are just making stuff up

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:06 pm
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Here.  Well not completely making it up, but are down to doodles on beer napkins.

February 15, 2020

Revell Ju-88 A-1

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:00 am
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Here we have some of the first images of Revell’s new Battle of Britain variant of the Ju-88 A-1 slated for release this year. Looks promising.

February 13, 2020

Movie review: T-34 (2018)

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 6:57 am
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T-34 is a Russian war movie about a Russian tank commander and his crew who put up a valiant defense in front of Moscow in December 1941. After defeating a number of German PzIIIs, their tank is knocked out and captured. In late 1944 the tank commander is pulled from the POW camp along with other tank crew members and forced to operate a captured T-34 in training against German tanks at a tank training center in eastern Germany.  Unbeknownst to the Germans, the Russians locate several tank main gun shells in the Russian tank and use those to escape, in the process taking with them the female Russian prisoner who is a translator for the German guards who helps them in their escape.

Putting aside the slightly silly story, this movie is good.  Really very enjoyable and not just for the Russian and German military equipment.  It is a classic action/war movie and could easily have been made in Hollywood instead of in Russian.  Much of the equipment is actual period equipment, or very realistic mock ups. (Much better than M-48s as Tiger tanks in Battle of the Bulge.)  The acting is very good and equivalent to most B-list actors out of Hollywood.  I watched a dubbed version and it was entertaining to see how the dubbed dialogue differed from the subtitles which were more direct translations of the Russian dialogue.

According to Wikipedia, this is the second highest grossing Russian film of all time. In additional to being available on DVD, it is also available for streaming on Amazon Prime.  It is well worth watching. 4 out of 5 stars.

February 12, 2020

Special Hobby

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:32 pm
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Special Hobby showed test shots of several of their upcoming kits at the recent trade show in Germany.  Take a look here.

January 31, 2020

Spielwarenmesse Nürnberg 2020

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 5:02 pm
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Thanks to the German chapter of IPMS, here you will find all the new items announced at this year’s Nurnberg hobby trade show.

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