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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 2, 2019

Book review: German Guided Missiles of World War II

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:26 am
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German Guided Missiles of World War II
Fritz-X to Wasserfall and X-4
New Vanguard #276
By Steven J. Zaloga
Osprey Publishing (2019)
ISBN 978-1-4728-3179-8

Review by D.M. Knights

                                                                                                    The German “wonder weapons” of WWII are a particular area of interest for me.  I have built several models of some of these weapons. (V-1, V-2, C-2, Me-163)  I have a fair sized library of books on the subjects.  This latest book is by well-known military writer and historian Steven J. Zaloga.  Mr. Zaloga is most well known for his works regarding armored vehicles.

This book covers German guided bombs (Fritz-X and Hs 293) as well as several anti-aircraft missiles that the Germans developed as the war progressed. Given the slimness of the volume, it is only 48 pages; it doesn’t cover any of the subjects in detail.  Rather, it is a general overview of the subject, touching briefly on a particular weapon, giving a brief development history and, if applicable, its combat use.

It isn’t a bad book.  The photos and illustrations are first rate.  While not intended as a comprehensive study of these weapons, it does an adequate job of covering the weapons systems.  My biggest complaint is in regard to value for the money.  A normal

Osprey volume is 96 pages.  This one is 48 pages.  That makes the book rather pricey for something that takes less than an hour to read, even if you aren’t a speed reader.

If you are new to the subject and looking for a basic primer, this is a good volume, as long as you aren’t bothered by the price.  If you are looking for something more in depth, or are a value shopper, then you’ll want to pass on this one, or wait until you can pick this one up on sale at Amazon or your local hobby shop.

November 29, 2019

More on the Airfix Vulcan

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:52 pm
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See here.  Looks like at least one version will have the Blue Steel missile included.

November 18, 2019

Hypersonics. Not ready for prime time?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:03 pm
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Model-blogger Jeff “Inch High” Groves points to this article which has a very sober take on the “hypersonic craze”.  Well worth reading.

November 12, 2019

I’ll believe it when I see it

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:36 am
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The Russians talk a good game when talking about upcoming weapons systems and new technologies.  The latest is this.  But given that their Floating Drydocks are sinking and their only carrier has a hole punched in its flight deck and may never be repaired, I am a little skeptical.

November 8, 2019

SS-2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:08 pm
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I noted previously that this kit had been announced.  Now it is apparently about to be released.  Looks like a a nice model with no obvious flaws.

November 1, 2019

Frikkin’ laser beams

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:21 am
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An article on how the Navy and Air Force are working hard toward increasingly powerful lasers.  The USN in particular needs a power level breakthrough in lasers.  I suspect that one is coming, and fairly soon.  The question will be can we keep the Chinese from stealing it once we develop the technology.

October 24, 2019

This seems logical

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:09 pm
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Story here.  Given that the USCG ships operate far from home waters in some very dangerous places, it isn’t a bad idea to give them an ability to defend themselves if the balloon goes up and they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

October 8, 2019

DF-17

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:16 pm
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China’s new ballistic missile with a hypersonic glide vehicle as a payload.  It appears to be fairly sophisticated, but time will tell.

October 1, 2019

China

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:42 pm
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China held a military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the communist revolution.  Lots of interesting photos of drones and missiles and stuff.

 

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