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May 8, 2018

Not good news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 5:09 pm
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If Chinese forces are actively using lasers to try an blind our pilots, you have to think that the Chinese are willing to up the tensions between the two countries.  I wonder if this was a local commander or some local troops going off script.  If not, that worries me.

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April 27, 2018

Railguns

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Now the Army wants in on the railgun whiz-bang.  If the US gets these into service with the Navy and Army, it will put the US military far ahead of the rest of the world.

April 25, 2018

The Space Corps

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:06 am
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The beginnings of a new space race?  Personally, I think a Space Corps is inevitable.

April 20, 2018

Russian Navy activity

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:25 pm
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Putin flexes his naval muscles.  The Russians seem to be doing this more often.

April 15, 2018

Sign this petition

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:19 pm
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The petition is to get Ed Dyess the Medal of Honor.  Please go here and click the link to sign the petition.

April 10, 2018

Operation Ju-jitsu

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:57 am
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I had never heard of this.  Interesting story.

April 5, 2018

Thwarted attack

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:27 am
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The Israelis thwarted an planned naval terrorist attack.  Report here. 

April 3, 2018

Magazine review: RT Volume 40 #1

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:51 pm
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In past reviews I’ve said just about all I can say about RT.  It is, IMHO, the best non-commercial modeling magazine out there, and in fact is one of the best magazines period.  It is the only modeling magazine that I read all of the articles regardless of subject or scale.

This issue is no different.  In addition to an excellent article on building the 72nd scale Airfix Spitfire PR.XIX, there is an article on building and improving the Italeri Italian manned torpedo from WWII.  There is also build article on a 1/144th 727 airliner.  Finally there are two articles on the RG-31 Nyala, MRAP/ wheeled APC.  The first is a history of the vehicle, with a focus on its use by the Canadian armed forces, while the second is a construction article using the Kenetic kit as the starting point.  Both are excellent reads, even for a non-armor guy like myself.

Highly recommended.

March 30, 2018

Norway 1940

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:14 am
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A really nice high level analysis of the British failures in the 1940 Norway campaign.  I don’t think it lays enough blame at the feet of Churchill, who deserves a huge amount of blame, but nonetheless it is a good overview.

March 21, 2018

Frikin’ laser beams

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:22 pm
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The USAF is looking to equip F-15s with laser weapons.  Story here.  Interesting if they can do it.

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