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July 13, 2019

Unsustainable

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:59 am
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Japan is in demographic free-fall.  At this rate China won’t have to take any action, they’ll just wait until Japan is to weak to respond.  Given that Japan is the strongest US ally in the region, this has a long-term impact on US policy as well.

 

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July 12, 2019

Way to go JAXA

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:20 pm
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JAXA, the Japanese space agency (their version of NASA) has just landed a satellite on an asteroid in order to sample it and better understand its composition.  This is a tremendous achievement and is good news for all of us hoping to see a more vigorous exploration of space.  ( post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who passed away 5 years ago this week)

July 3, 2019

Modeling content

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:36 am
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This blog, devoted to modeling, has had a shocking lack of modeling content lately.  My bad.  This has been due to a number of reasons, most of which can be summed up as…life happens.  A little modeling has gone on, but not much.  My Japanese WWII truck is moving forward.  I am in the weathering stage and it turns out that Jeff “Inch High” Groves was right. This is a nice little kit.  Here is where she stands as of today. (I apologize for the crappy cell phone photos)

Weathering stage

Another view

June 28, 2019

Japanese F-35 crash

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:10 pm
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Apparently the Japanese have concluded it was pilot error.  

June 11, 2019

Actual modeling content (with photos)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:33 am
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This past weekend, I got to do some actual modeling.  One of the things I got to do while actually modeling, was try the new MIG oilbrushers.  Basically these are premixed oil paint in a mineral spirits carrier in a mascara type tube with a brush.  It isn’t anything you couldn’t do yourself with tube oils and mineral spirits, but it does save time.  Each one is about $6 to $9 or you can buy a three pack for $14.50.  I used the dark earth color to weather the wheels and hubs on my Japanese Ford truck project.  Out of the tube the mixture is a bit thicker than I expected and more opaque.  I was skeptical, but I applied it over the wheel and hub and left it set for a minute or two and removed the excess with q-tips.  I must say I was pleased by the result.

Weathered wheels

 

May 23, 2019

CSS Stonewall

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:56 am
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I have an interest in ships of the civil war.  The Stonewall was one of the more interesting looking in my opinion.  Some of the details on the interesting story of the ship are here.

May 15, 2019

I really do still blame Jeff Groves

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:58 am
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The IBG Japanese truck continues to make slow progress.  Yes, this is Jeff’s fault.  The kit does really go together nicely, though I do have to think a bit about my out of sequence building plan.

May 6, 2019

Fox Moth sprue shots and decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:34 am
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I recently posted regarding the upcoming Fox Moth kit by AVINow we have sprue shots and a look at the decal sheet.  Me want!

May 5, 2019

Fox Moth in foreign service

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:04 am
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I have no idea why I am a sucker for the Tiger Moth and Fox Moth, but I am.  AVI models has announced a kit of the Fox Moth with Japanese and Spanish Civil war markings.

May 3, 2019

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:59 am
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Turns out there is water (in microscopic amounts) on rocky asteroids.  BTW, the Japanese space agency JAXA, has been doing amazing work on asteroids.  They seem to have adopted this subject as a particular specialty. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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