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June 18, 2018

More Asian carrier development

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:07 am
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The F-35B has really changed the game when it comes to smaller navies having carrier capability.  Korea and Japan will both have such capability as soon as they put in orders for the F-35B.  (I have no doubt that they both will)

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June 6, 2018

Japanese Carriers

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:03 am
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Not the WWII kind.  Looks like the Japanese are ready to admit what everyone knew.  Their new Helicopter carriers are going to become full-fledged STOVL carriers. I see some F-35B sales in Japan’s future.

May 24, 2018

Hasegawa H6K5

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:38 am
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Looks like Hasegawa is reissuing their Mavis.  I wish they’d retool it like they recently did with the Emily.

April 15, 2018

Sign this petition

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:19 pm
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The petition is to get Ed Dyess the Medal of Honor.  Please go here and click the link to sign the petition.

April 13, 2018

A new Fine Molds kit

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:34 pm
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News of a new Fine Molds kit is always welcome.  In this case it is a prototype of the A5M.

March 23, 2018

2018 Modeling #22

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:22 pm
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Date: 3/16/2018

Time 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (1.0 hrs actual modeling time.)

2018 Total time: 25.63 hrs.

This was the MMCL quarterly Friday Night Fight build meeting.  While I was there for 3 hours, I only got in about an hour of actual modeling.  The rest of the time was spent visiting with friends and helping the younger modeldaughter with her modeling.

I worked exclusively on the Brengun MYX-7.  Most of the work was on the photoetch aftermarket seat and the kit wings.  Good progress was made.

More decalmania

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:53 pm
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CTA (cut then add) decals has announced a new sheet of decals for JNAF aircraft serving aboard carriers.  It looks very neat and right up my alley.

March 17, 2018

2018 Modeling #21

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:08 pm
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Date: 3/15/2018

Time 9:00 p.m. to 10:20 p.m. (1.33 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 24.63 hrs.

Finally got back to the bench after 11 days away.  This is what happens to me every year.  As I get further into the year, my bench time gets less and less.  With recent life developments, I don’t see this year being any different.

I did get some building done.  Mainly added some of the grab handles on the T-34/85 and worked a bit on the MXY-7.  Primed the interior and then painted it with Alclad dull aluminum.  The grab handles on the T-34/85 have been very time consuming.  I think they will look much better than the plastic parts, but what a pain.

March 8, 2018

2018 Modeling #20

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:42 pm
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Date: 3/4/2018

Time 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (1.0 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 23.3 hrs.

Well, I made it all the way to March before starting another kit while I still have 3 in progress and 20+ on the shelf of doom.  However, thanks to Skippy, I have the Brengun MXY-7.  Given my interest in late war “wonder weapons”, this one tickles my sweet spot.  Also, given how simple it is, there is a small hope that it will allow me to finish an extra kit this year.  One thing I noticed immediately is that this kit, like the Tamiya Zero, has the attachment points on the joining face of the kit parts.  I love this and hope other manufacturers will do it.

Spent the hour studying the instructions and cutting out major parts.

 

February 12, 2018

Tamiya Ki-61

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:30 pm
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This looks good, but we have a lot of good Ki-61 kits in 72nd scale.  I’ll get it, but I’d have rather had some other aircraft.

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