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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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March 7, 2019

Russian nuclear UUV

I’ve previously blogged about the Russian unmanned underwater nuclear drone Jeff “Inch High”Groves has brought an interesting blog post to my attention with more details about this.  Also this blog has some other interesting posts I will be commenting on in the near future.

March 5, 2019

He-177

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:04 am
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I’ve always really liked the He-177.  Given its teething troubles and limited success in combat, I am not sure why, but I do.  For years, the only game it town was the old Airfix/MPC kit, which I built as a teenager.  Revell of Germany came to our rescue a number of years ago with a thoroughly modern kit of the 177.  I started the kit not long after it came out, but sadly, it currently sits on the shelf of shame.

Jeff “Inch High” Groves, on the other hand, took the kit and turned it into a beautiful model.

February 11, 2019

US nuclear strategy in the 60s

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:48 am
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An interesting article on the change-over in US nuclear strategy in the early 1960s from one of first strike to one of measured escalation. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for the pointer)

January 27, 2019

Japanese Airfield Equipment

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:51 pm
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As readers know I’ve been doing some research on Japanese Airfield Equipment in WWII.  Super modeler Jeff “Inch High” Groves pointed me toward the series on the Arawasi blog on Japanese Airfield Equipment.  Well worth studying.

January 10, 2019

Apologies

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:56 pm
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Apologies to the readers for a lack of direct modeling content since the beginning of the new year.  My plan was to dedicate 2019 to having more direct modeling content and photos.  However, my job is such that the first 10 days of the new year are always a busy time.  That has led to more “link farming” than I had intended.  Please stay with me.  I promise that more substantive content is on its way.

While you wait for me to get my act together, go visit Jeff Groves’ blog.  Lots of great content there.

January 5, 2019

Oh boy!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:44 pm
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Modeling maniac Jeff Groves has started his HAD scheme batch build.  I have been waiting for this ever sense he started posting his research on his new blog.  Follow along kiddos, this is gonna get good.

January 4, 2019

A beautiful Spitfire

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:30 am
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Our friend Jeff Groves posted photos on his blog of his recent batch of Spitfires from the Eduard kit.  I particularly like this one.  I saw it in person and it was stunning.

January 2, 2019

Happy 2019

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:13 pm
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2019 is here.  As far as the blog goes, 2018 was a good year. After viewership trending downward for 5 years, the number of page views went up substantially in 2018.  No where near the high reached in 2012, but a start on the road back. (BTW, I’ve been blogging since mid-2008, so I am going on over 10 years of this.)  I am hoping with the inspiration of friends like Jeff Groves and Jim Bates that 2019 will be a banner year both in modeling and blogging.  Come back often.

December 31, 2018

Spitfire decal mania

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:47 pm
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I have a keen interest in the markings of the aircraft on both sides of the air battle for Malta.  As such, this decal sheet by DK is right up my alley.  Wow.

 

Speaking of Spitfires.

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