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March 20, 2018

Takom V-2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:00 pm
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Good news.  Takom is scaling down their V-2.  This is good news.  The Special Armor one is good, but I am looking forward to this one as well.


March 7, 2018

Nuclear war

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:04 am
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Well, after reading this, I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep.


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.

January 24, 2018

Anti-missile deployment

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:27 am
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The US is deploying a new generation of anti-missile technology in Poland.  It is based on the Aegis system.

January 8, 2018

The Cuban Missile crisis

Filed under: Modeling,Politics — dknights @ 12:42 am
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A nice article on the crisis.

January 2, 2018

SS-4 Sandal (Castro’s Loaded Cuban Cigar)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:42 pm
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This is the Belcher Bits kit that I bought at the IPMS Nationals in August.  I’ve always had a special interest in the Cuban Missile Crisis.  This is one of the missiles at the center of it.  It is a resin kit.  It is well molded with few parts. It was one of my 2017 finishes.

September 25, 2017

US military developments

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:10 am
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A new spy satellite is launched.

The Army is developing counter-drone technology.  This is the first real air threat to US forces since WWII.

September 6, 2017

SS-4 update

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:10 pm
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The SS-4 is together.  In my quest to do more posting of actual model building, here is a shot of it all together.  I will say the casting is pretty good and it went together well.  I am doing a bit of sanding and priming and will get another shot up soon.

August 25, 2017

The SS-4

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:57 pm
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Alabama modeler and doctor, Dr. David Geldmacher ,has started blogging.  I highly recommend you visit his blog.  What the good doctor has done is embarrass the heck out of me.  He has managed to post more actual modeling content in the last three weeks than I’ve managed to post in the last 6 months.  I post a lot of links to modeling news and interesting current events, but I’ve gotten away from actual blogging about building models, which is the reason that I started this blog in the first place.  Well I am rededicating the blog to that purpose.  I’ll still post the other stuff, but there will be a lot more model building stuff too.

The SS-4 is a Soviet Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile.  It was one of the missiles at the heart of the Cuban missile crisis.  This model covers a couple of modeling interests for me.  I like to do missiles and spacecraft and the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban missile crisis are subjects I am interested in.

Luckily for me, the Canadian company, Belcher Bits, has come out with a resin kit of the SS-4.  I managed to pick a copy up at the IPMS/USA Nationals in Omaha in July.  As you can imagine, there aren’t that many parts to the kit, since, like most missiles, it is little more than a tube on top of a launch platform.

The parts are well molded  in gray resin.   They are well detailed with engraved panel lines.  There ares some mold lines and pour plugs to remove, but nothing beyond the ability of most every modeler.  However, some of the missile body parts have locating keys that could be mistaken for pur stubs.  Don’t remove these by accident.  There are also a few seam lines that must be sanded down.

The kit doesn’t come with decals, which makes sense because the SS-4 doesn’t seem to have any markings in operational service.  However, I may add a few stencils just to break up the overall Russian green color scheme.

Now for some additional preparation of parts and then the assembly begins.

August 17, 2017

More X-37B news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:21 am
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Looks like we are going to have another X-37B mission.  Wonder how long it will last? (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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