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March 12, 2018

Air Force PR

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:25 pm
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The Air Force is drawing back big on outreach while it retrains its PR operations.  IMHO, in my opinion it isn’t a good sign that they are spending this much time on bureaucracy.


March 9, 2018

Space command

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:13 am
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The USAF is reemphasizing the military theatre of space operation.  Clearly if the balloon goes up, space will be a decisive area of operations and it looks like the USAF is coming to realize it.  Story here.

March 5, 2018

2018 Modeling #19

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:46 pm
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Date: 3/1/2018

Time 4:00 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. (1.08 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 22.3 hrs.

The first session of March.  I just wish it was more productive.  I spent all my time drilling holes in the T-34/85 chassis to mount scratchbuilt grab handles.  I then made the handles out of very thin wire. Spent an over an hour and didn’t finish.  This armor stuff has a lot of tedious parts to it.

March 1, 2018

Putin’s new weapons

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:02 pm
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Vlad has bragged about a bunch of new weapons.  See here.  Frankly, I think Russia is a broke paper tiger, and the fact that Putin is bragging about these just makes me think I am right.

February 28, 2018

Russia’s Syrian troubles

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:24 pm
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Russia has troubles in Syria.  Here is an interesting summary of the problems.

February 27, 2018

Possible chemical attack

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:01 pm
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Possible chemical attack on a US military base in Northern Virginia.  Developing.

February 26, 2018

5 places where WWIII could start in 2018

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:02 pm
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Interesting article.  While they mention Taiwan, they don’t mention the South China Sea.

February 21, 2018

Syrian flashpoint

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:03 pm
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Regular readers of this blog know that I keep highlighting the growing tensions between the US and China in the South China Sea.  I still think that is the place in the world most likely to be the focus of a great power conflict.  However, recent reports out of Syria indicating that US forces killed 100+ Russian mercenaries working for the Syrian government may raise an alternate flashpoint.  While I don’t think Russia is the treat that China is, Russia still has formidable capabilities and could inflict serious losses on US forces, at least in the short term.  (h/t Jeff Groves.)

February 15, 2018

2018 Modeling #15

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:28 pm
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Date: 2/14/2018

Time 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. (.83 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 16.39 hrs.

Got some time in at the bench.  As I suspected, I haven’t been able to keep up the pace set in January.  I did manage to close up the Platz T-33 fuselage.  I also got some more work done on the T-34/85.  (In the photo below, the chassis is just sitting on the hull.) The tank is coming along nicely.  I don’t think it will take me 40 hours to finish the T-34/85, but I am pretty sure that it will take that many hours to finish the T-33, especially with the finish II’ve chosen.

Moving along

February 11, 2018

2018 Modeling #14

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:57 pm
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Date: 2/9/2018

Time 9:35 p.m. to 10:50 a.m. (1.4 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 15.56 hrs.

Watched the Olympic opening ceremonies and worked on the T-34/85.  Made some progress.  However, given the progress I’ve made in February I don’t have hope that I’ll match my January hours.

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