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March 17, 2018

2018 Modeling #21

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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

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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.

January 24, 2018

The next step in manned space exploration

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It looks like a space station orbiting the moon is the next step.  Story here.  (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

December 5, 2017

Japanese Carrier Deck

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A few weeks ago I finished a  WWII resin Japanese Carrier Deck.  It is made by Just Plane Stuff.  I am not sure the company is around anymore.  In any event the deck is very nicely cast and paints up well.  While a Zero is a bit lost on it, the base is big enough for a Kate or Val.

Here is my post on 72nd scale aircraft forum

July 3, 2017

Japan looks to land a man on the moon

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:53 am
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This is interesting.  Looks like they aren’t planning to do it alone.  (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger.)

June 3, 2017

Neat news

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Japanese WWII trainer to be produced again. 

May 23, 2017

Book review: The Mitsubishi Zero, Type 0 Carrier Fighter (A6M) “Zeke” in World War Two. (Combat Colours No. 9)

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Book review: The Mitsubishi Zero, Type 0 Carrier Fighter (A6M) “Zeke” in World War Two. (Combat Colours No. 9)
Author Nicholas Millman
40 pgs
ISBN 978-1-908565-57-0

The magazine, Scale Aircraft Modelling, publishes a series of “books”, really more like pamphlets, that look like magazines.  The series is called Combat Colours and features a particular aircraft or time period and is focused on paint colours and markings.  In regard to this issue, No 9 in the series, it covers the thorny subject of the colours of the iconic A6M Japanese Zero fighter.

This particular subject is one that has been the subject of much debate over the last 20 years or so, especially as it applies to the early A6M2.  For years the early Zeros were thought to be a light gray.  However, more recent research has revealed that the original color was a taupe, somewhat akin to RLM02, and weathered, due to chalking, to a light gray.  The author of this volume, Nicholas Millman has dedicated many years to the study of the colors and markings of Japanese aircraft.  He has previously authored several of the best books in the Osprey book series, on aircraft like the Ki-27. Ki-43, Ki-44 and Ki-61. He also runs a highly informative website called Aviation of Japan.  http://www.aviationofjapan.com/

Mr. Millman, standing on the shoulders of giants such as Don Thorpe, Ian Baker, Robert Mikesh and James Lansdale, has brought together much of the latest research and organized it in a very easy to understand manner.  There are discussions of many of the different camouflage schemes the Zero wore throughout its career. All of the detail areas such as cockpits, props, cowls and undercarriage are discussed in separate sections. The author deserves credit for laying out his research and conclusions and acknowledges where there are alternate interpretations.

This pamphlet is lavishly illustrated with many black and white photos as well as colour side views as well as several colour charts.  The downside of all these colour illustrations and charts is that it has driven the cost of the pamphlet above what you might expect for, what in essence, is a 40 page magazine.  The retail price of this issue of Combat Colours No.9 is $23.  While this might seem steep, I can say that if you are at all interested in the Zero, this book is well worth it, constituting the latest thinking on the subject of how to paint you model of the Zero.

Highly recommended.

May 11, 2017

Ki-44 decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:46 am
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I need more decals like I need a hole in the head, but these are cool.

May 1, 2017

As if I didn’t have enough decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:22 pm
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these are too tempting to pass up.

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