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November 20, 2019

Modeling content

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:27 pm
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Can you identify this?

What is this?

November 19, 2019


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:23 am
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Look at this photo of and SBD on USS Santee CVE-29.  My guess on the date is late 42 or early 43.  Look at the weathering.  Look at the grime around the wing roots and notice even at this distance many panel lines are visible. Color period pictures like this are a real help to the modeler who wants to weather their model.

November 17, 2019

Modeling zen

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:19 am
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I find that basic construction, and especially sanding, is a very zen experience for me.  I like basic construction.  This explains why I tending to start more models than I finish.

November 13, 2019

This is amazing

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:16 pm
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Not really a fan of his music, but Rod Stewart’s train layout is fantastic.

November 8, 2019


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 6, 2019


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:32 am
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This should make Jim Bates happy.  I am surprised it has taken this long to get a new kit of this aircraft.

November 3, 2019

I want this

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:47 am
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Hi. I am David and I am a decalholic. (crowd:”Hi, David”)

If you haven’t ever used any Starfighter decals, I recommend them.

Here is the latest, and I want it bad.


October 31, 2019

Hurricane IIC

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:22 pm
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Breaking news that Arma will follow there very nice Hurricane I with a Hurricane IIC.  Now, here is hoping they will do a IIB as well.

October 30, 2019

On this day…

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 9:12 pm
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on October 30th, 1965, the largest man-made explosion in history occurred when the Soviet Union detonated the Tsar Bomba, a Hydrogen bomb that yielded between 50 and 58 megatons. (sources differ)  The explosion was so powerful, the shockwave travelled through the earth and bounced back twice.

Even though it was an air burst, it left a huge crater.

For comparison, the largest US nuclear test explosion was the Ivy Mike test, which yielded 10.4 megatons. (that explosion was over twice as large as it was meant to be, due to a miscalculation by the scientists involved, and if the words miscalculation and nuclear together don’t scare you, you haven’t been paying attention.)

If you want to compare how big the Tsar Bomba explosion was compared to Fat Man and Little Boy, you can nuke any place on Earth (virtually, of course) using the website Nukemap.  They have the Tsar Bomba as a pre-programed choice.

Actually, there is a kit of the Tsar Bomba.  I am in the process of adding it to my nuke collection.
















Amodel Tsar Bomba with a Brengun MXY-7 Ohka for scale.  Clearly the Russians weren’t worried about making it compact.









A USAF RC-135 nuke sniffer was flying off the coast when the Tsar Bomba was dropped.  This is a photo they took of the mushroom cloud.




October 26, 2019

I want

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:17 am
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Welcome to this installment of I want that kit.  This is today’s entry.  Not my normal area, but cool nonetheless.

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