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May 27, 2020

This one is for Inch

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:46 am
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See here.  Clarity on this issue is necessary.

March 24, 2020

Japanese bombs

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:28 am
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As I mentioned on a previous episode of the Plastic Model Mojo podcast, I had found a company making resin WWII Japanese bombs.  I ordered one of each of their sets and they arrived yesterday.  A review will follow. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves, who spotted them in stock at HLJ.) Here is a Wikipedia article on the different types of Japanese WWII bombs.


March 9, 2020

MXY-7 info

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:19 pm
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My last model completion was the Brengun kit of the MXY-7 OhkaHere is a blog post by someone who assisted in the restoration of the one at the IWM. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves)

January 30, 2020

Cool modeling video

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:13 am
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Not the right scale, but this is a really nice YouTube video build of the Airfix F6F in 24th scale. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves)

December 27, 2019

US Navy acquisitions

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:46 pm
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Looks like the USN is getting a new fleet of harbor and patrol craft.  Good news, I hope. (post for Jeff “Inch High” Groves who misses the smell of salt air)

December 9, 2019

Sword missiles

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:39 am
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It appears that the US has adapted the Hellfire missile to carry sword blades that deploy instead of explosives.  Guided weapons have gotten so accurate that explosives aren’t always needed.  This reminds me of my favorite weapon concept, the “Rods from God”  Frankly the US should deploy this if they can figure how to get a lot of weight into orbit cheaply enough.  It could solve the Iran/North Korea bunker problems (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for a reminder about the article above)

December 3, 2019

Blog thoughts

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 5:58 pm
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I’ve been emailing with Jeff “Inch High” Groves on the one year anniversary of the start of his blog.  If you don’t go there every day you are missing a lot.  We’ve been discussing what works and doesn’t work, what gets views and reactions and what doesn’t, etc.  That caused me to do a little looking at the numbers, etc for this blog to see if I can discern any pattern regarding engagement.  Sadly, I can report that I’ve gained little insight from looking at the statistics.  This blog has been going for over 11 years.  The stats don’t really reveal any pattern.  It does look like book and movie reviews are fairly popular posts.  Surprisingly, for a blog on modeling, modeling posts, with actual modeling and photos and such,, don’t seem to draw any more engagement than your average post.

I do note that more posts in a day does seem to draw more traffic, which is natural.  Also, if I go a day or two with out a post traffic falls off quickly and seems to take time to recover.  I’ve started to go back through all the old posts, starting at the beginning to see if there is anything I was doing that maybe I should bring back.  THe one positive thing I’ e noted is that very few of the links in old posts are broken.  (As I am reading the old posts, when I find a broken link I am trying to note it and update the post.)

So, let me know what you like and don’t like.  Let me know what you want to see more of and what you want to see less of.

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

May 21, 2019

Things I didn’t know

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:57 am
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Man, this is going to be a looong blog post. 🙂

Actually, I didn’t realize that there was an Indiana Military Museum.  (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for bringing it to my attention)  Looks like it would be worth a visit and its only a couple of miles from Louisville.

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.

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