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September 16, 2019

Amazing photo

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:14 pm
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Photo here.  Photo of the USS Savannah in the immediate aftermath of getting hit by a German Fritz X bomb.  An amazingly-well timed photo.

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August 20, 2019

V-2 tail art

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 11:56 am
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I have a keen interest in the V-2.  While looking at the comments on a post on Jeff “Inch High” Groves blog, I came across this fascinating blog post.  I never knew.  What a great piece of research.  Definitely want to keep this in mind.

June 27, 2019

PZL P-7 and P-11

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Arma has a very nice blog with some nice history articles that tie into their products.  This one is very good.  I will have to check back periodically.

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 17, 2019

Do-23

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:32 pm
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I have never heard of Mars Models.  Nevertheless, they have a test build up of their to-be-released kit of the Do-23.  I’ve always liked this aircraft.  The Do-23 has a real 1930s vibe to it.  Can’t wait.

May 7, 2019

U-64

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:02 am
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OK,, internet, do your stuff.   I am interested in building a model of the U-64 (WWII version).  I’ve found one photo of the sub, and it doesn’t help much.  Can anyone out there point me to more photos or info on camouflage and markings.

U-64

April 25, 2019

Lydia Litvyak

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:43 pm
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Sometimes you just find yourself wandering around the internet.  I was doing so and ended up researching Lydia Litvyak.  I knew about her before, but hadn’t realized that a couple of German aces were among her victims.

April 18, 2019

Eduard Fokker D VII

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:54 am
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I am a 72nd scale purist.  However, one area where deviation from God’s One True Scale make sense to me is WWI aircraft.  Given the size of these and the rigging required, I see the sense in building in 32nd scale if this is your area of interest.  The EXCEPTION to THAT EXCEPTION is Eduard is releasing a 72nd scale Fokker D.VII.  Given the beauty of Eduard’s 48th scale kit and the lack of rigging required on the Fokker, I expect this will be a popular model for those of us into 72nd scale.

April 3, 2019

Movie review: Doodlebug Summer (2012)

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 6:31 am
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One of my areas of interest is the late war development of Germany’s hi-tech weapons.  Doodlebug Summer isn’t really a movie, but rather a 6 part British documentary.  I initially started watching for my interest in the weapons themselves and their development.  Sadly, there is very little of that.  Rather, the episodes consist mostly of interviews with people who experienced the V-weapon attacks.  The stories were fascinating and the scale of the tragic losses, almost all civilian, were horrendous. There was some footage and discussion of the attempted defenses against the V-1 (there was no defense to the V-2), but mostly there is archival film of the sites of the weapons impact with survivor stories.  While not what I had originally expected, it was well worth watching.  It was on Amazon Video and included free with Prime.  4 out of 5 stars.

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