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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.

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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.

April 26, 2019

What makes a good blog post?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:46 pm
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I’ve been wondering about this as I’ve watched the traffic numbers for this blog ebb and flow.  I really am not greatly concerned with traffic as this blog serves as much as a place where I keep notes on things I am interested in.  However, visiting the blogs of modelers like Jeff “Inch High” Groves, Jim “Cranky Canuck” Bates and Tommy Thomason, I realize that my stuff just doesn’t have the same quality.

Each of those blogs, and many others are different in their own way, but all have a mark of quality.  They make me muse on what makes a good (modeling related) blog post.  One thing these sites all do is make use of photos.  I don’t do that enough.  Also, all of these sites go deep on history in many of their posts.  Those are some of the best posts.  I’d like to find more time to devote to posts like that, but until I get better organized, I don’t know if that will be possible.

 

April 16, 2019

I really do blame Jeff Groves

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:13 pm
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Actually, if I am being honest, I credit him.  He got me inspired to build the IBG Japanese truck and it is a blast.  It has been a really fun build so far.  I just wish I had more time to devote to it.  Here is the current status of some of the parts. (I need to do some small touch ups on the paint.)  I was really pleasantly surprised at how well the bed assembled.

IBG truck

April 12, 2019

The highest compliment

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:03 pm
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Jeff “inch High” Groves pays me a high compliment on his blog today by blaming (or crediting) me with being responsible for him blogging.  I’ll gladly take the credit.  My legacy in modeling is now done.

April 1, 2019

Thinnerline Circle Cutter

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:46 am
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About 9 months ago I acquired a Thinnerline Circle Cutter from Shadow Hobby.  Fellow MMCLer Randy Fuller had gotten one and I was impressed by his review.  Well, I finally broke it out.  Assembly was easy.  Calibration takes a bit or work, but overall I can see this being very useful.  I cut some masks for wheel hubs on the IBG Japanese Truck project.  (I still blame Jeff Groves.)  Wasn’t hard to get the 12 circle masks I needed.

Thinnerline circle masks

March 29, 2019

Virginia class SSNs

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:40 pm
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Looks like the Block V versions of the Virginia class SSNs will be getting additional weapons capabilities.  More and more, subs are being seen as cruise missile delivery platforms.  This latest upgrade seems to confirm this.  My prediction is that UUVs will become one of the things that these SSNs ultimately end up carrying and launching. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves).

March 28, 2019

Good news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:10 am
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A successful US ABM test.  Also good news the testing of the use of two interceptor missiles. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves)

March 24, 2019

I still blame Jeff Groves

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:17 pm
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Friday was the MMCL “Friday Night Fights” club meeting. (A separate post on that soon.)  I took the Japanese truck and worked on it.  Then on Saturday I actually picked out a paint and got some on the wheel hubs.  The paint I picked is Colourcoats Ami-ero, which has a nice mustard yellow tint to it that I think will work well when I weather it.

Colourcoats Ame-iro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is one of the wheels with the hub painted.  This will allow me to try out my Thinnerline cutter for the first time.

Wheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 8, 2019

Fateh SS

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:44 am
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I recently joked about the new Fateh class of Iranian submarine. I speculated there was a 50/50 chance it was a mock up built on an under water barge.  Here is some more information on it. (again, h/t to Jeff Groves for the pointer to this site.)

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