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March 20, 2018

Takom V-2

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Good news.  Takom is scaling down their V-2.  This is good news.  The Special Armor one is good, but I am looking forward to this one as well.


March 3, 2018


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:50 am
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RS Models has announced a new kit of the Bu-133.  While not an aircraft I really have much interest in, the choice of markings on this kit looks to be amazing. If you have any interest in this aircraft, keep an eye out for this kit.

February 2, 2018

WWI German war plans

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:20 pm
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An interesting discussion/analysis of the WWI Imperial German war plans here.  Worth a read.

January 12, 2018


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:13 pm
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I’ve always like the He-60.  I don’t know why.  It isn’t an especially attractive plane.  It really was obsolete before WWII and thus didn’t see much service.  Naturally, it hasn’t been kitted by the injection molding manufacturers….until now.  AIM Fan Model company, which is apparently in the Ukraine is releasing a kit of the He-60.  I’d never heard of the company.  They are apparently fairly new, having previously released a series of 6 military motorcycles in 35th scale.  Jeff Groves needs to get started scratch-building a 72nd scale German cruiser! 🙂

January 4, 2018


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:46 pm
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A number of years ago I built an Me-163.  One thing I found out at the time was that there were almost no aftermarket decals for the Komet.  That appears to be changing.  Print Scale is releasing a sheet of decals for the 163. (among some others.)

Me-163 and award

September 5, 2017

Airfix Me-262

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:51 pm
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The Airfix Me-262 has been released.  I cannot wait to see this one and have to admit that it will move to the top of my building queue.

August 19, 2017


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This looks good.  This will fill a hole in the 72nd scale universe.

June 15, 2017

AMG early 109s

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:26 pm
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Looks like we are getting close to the release of the AMG early model 109s! 

June 7, 2017

Book review: The Doomed Expedition

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:05 pm
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Book review: The Doomed Expedition
Author :Jack Adams
Publisher :Leo Cooper 1989
286 pgs

This book covers the British army efforts in the ill-fated but endlessly fascinating Norwegian campaign.  The author has a special knowledge of the subject as he was a participant as a member of the Sherwood Foresters battalion and was deployed to Norway during April and May of 1940.

While the invasion of Norway is often times referred to as the first Air-Land-Sea combined arms operation in history, this book’s focus is just on the British Army efforts in Norway.  It does cover allied army efforts (French, Polish and Norwegian) insofar as they were connected to the British efforts. The book also touches on the naval and air efforts of the allies from time to time but by no means presents the complete history of those efforts.  The book also only lightly touches on the political and strategic issues which led up to Norway being involuntarily dragged into a conflict she wanted no part of and tried hard to avoid.  As much of the political story doesn’t reflect well on the leaders of the United Kingdom, it is understandable that a British author might not want to dwell upon this area.

As with all coverage of the Norwegian campaign, the author is faced with the challenge of how to tell the story of operations in three divergent and only slightly connected areas (Navrik, Bodo, and Central Norway).  Different books take different approaches to this problem.  This author has chosen to tell the story by operational area rather than strictly chronologically.  The author resolves any confusion this creates by periodically reminding the reader what was occurring in other operational areas at the time where necessary.

The details of the story of the British efforts in Norway are compelling and frustrating at the same time.  It’s the story of bravery and incompetence and reaction rather than action.  At the time of the German invasion the British were prepared to move in a number of army units to “peacefully” occupy parts of Norway.  Yet, when the Germans struck, the British dithered and their half-hearted response came more than a week after the Germans had invaded, giving the Axis forces time to gain their balance and consolidate their hold on the initial invasion areas.

The Brits committed troops piecemeal and never in a concentration sufficient to achieve their aims.  In many cases, the upper echelons of command had no clear idea of what their aims even were.  As always in war, the troops were the ones to suffer.  They arrived in theatre without supporting equipment such as tanks, radios, sufficient anti-aircraft and regular artillery.  In the face of the overwhelming air superiority of the enemy, these deficiencies doomed the British efforts to failure even before they began; Thus, the title of this book.

While not strictly a book related to modeling, the stories are sure to provide some inspiration and could well lead a modeler to build a model or two from Operation Weserübung.

May 30, 2017

Early 109s

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:48 pm
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Man, these look good

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