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February 14, 2019

USS Hornet CV-8

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:29 pm
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The wreckage of the Hornet has been located.  This is good news.  Some of the photos released so far are very interesting.



February 11, 2019

Movie review: They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:01 pm
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Wow.  Just wow.

OK, now let me tell you why you must go see this, and go see it while it is in theaters.  Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings fame (and Wingnut Wings fame for all of us modelers) was approached by the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in 2013/14 to take all their archival footage and recorded interviews and do a documentary on the Great War.  He was given no specific theme, just access to all the resources and a request to do something innovative.  Boy did he.

Through the use of groundbreaking digital technologies, some of which they had to invent for this film, Jackson and his crew at Wingnut Films (yes, that is the company’s name) put together a restored and colorized version of these old films that gives real life and impact to them.  It is hard to explain how groundbreaking this film is.  Just go see it.  See it on the big screen.  The song over the end credits is great and if you stay after the credits you can watch the 20 minute documentary on the making of the film, you’ll appreciate it even more.  It will leave you even more impressed and really will make you want to hang out and have a beer with Peter Jackson.

GO SEE THIS FILM.  Needless to say, 5 stars!

US nuclear strategy in the 60s

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:48 am
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An interesting article on the change-over in US nuclear strategy in the early 1960s from one of first strike to one of measured escalation. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for the pointer)

February 9, 2019

As California slides back into the middle ages

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Story here.  May I suggest lots of cats?

February 2, 2019

Movie review: Viva Zapata! (1952)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:45 pm
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Was able to catch this on TCM recently.  Normally, I would not have been interested in the film, but I’ve been listening to Mike Duncan’s Revolutions Podcast series on the Mexican Revolution.  Frankly, I am not sure I would have understood what was going on in the movie without it.  It is the story of Emiliano Zapata, the Mexican revolutionary and land reformer.

Marlon Brando stars as Zapata.  I was never a fan of Brando’s acting style, and I particularly don’t thinks it works with him playing a Mexican peasant.  The movie clocks in at 1 hour 53 minutes, and you feel every one of them.  Also, the actual story of the revolution is badly bastardized in the movie.  It was interesting to see, but not something I’d watch again. Two our of Five stars.

January 11, 2019

Canadian Typhoon pilot

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:11 am
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Great interview with a Canadian Typhoon pilot. Part 1 and Part 2.

January 10, 2019

The P-40 in Soviet service

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:08 am
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An interesting article on the P-40 in Soviet service during WWII.

American history

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:53 am
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American history is filled with interesting stories.  I stumbled across this one recently.  Instead of another comic book movie, someone in Hollywood should turn this story into a movie.

January 8, 2019

It is amazing what you come across on the internet

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:45 am
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You can get lost on the internet forever if you are not careful.  While looking for something completely different, I ran across this site on Australian aviation.  I was particularly interested in this page.  Be careful. Don’t get lost.

January 5, 2019

Haunted Battleship

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:04 am
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Your silly story of the day.  On a serious note, visit the North Carolina if you can.  It is neat and well worth the trip.

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