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April 4, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #7 I’ve been framed

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:11 am
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The MiG is ready for primer.  However, before that could happen I needed to paint the canopy frames Alclad Dull Aluminium so that you’d see that as the inside frame color.  Wiled I was at it, I sprayed a bit of Dull Aluminum in the intake tunnel to cover some minor touch up and also painted the underside of the tail under the burner can.  I also assembled the two drop tanks.  While I am not going to use them on this model, I know this isn’t the last Airfix MiG-17 I’ll be building and most of them carried the wing tanks, so this will get me ahead of the game in the future.  Also, I want to use the opportunity to do a little research and see what I can do to improve the kit parts.

I must have this

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:03 am
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A Yamato turret in 72nd scale.  Way to go, Takom.

April 2, 2020


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:38 pm
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Film has been discovered of the Ki-78 in testing and flight.  No such film of the aircraft had existed before this discovery.

March 29, 2020

MiG-17 #6 Prime time

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:35 pm
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Last post here.

Work on the MiG has been progressing.  Finally got it to the point where she is ready for priming.  Here is where she sits.

Ready for priming

March 24, 2020

Japanese bombs

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:28 am
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As I mentioned on a previous episode of the Plastic Model Mojo podcast, I had found a company making resin WWII Japanese bombs.  I ordered one of each of their sets and they arrived yesterday.  A review will follow. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves, who spotted them in stock at HLJ.) Here is a Wikipedia article on the different types of Japanese WWII bombs.


March 11, 2020

Another aircraft I never thought I’d see a kit of

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:55 pm
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Kalinin K-7  We modelers are truly living in an incredible time. Info on the real aircraft here.

March 4, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #5

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:07 pm
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Previous post here.

Apologies for the delayed update.  The fuselage is together, though I don’t yet know if I avoided the model being a tail-sitter.  I did forget to mention that I’ve followed the instruction sequence, except that I left the gun site off so that I can attach it later in the build.  Here is the state of things. The wings are assembled, but are just dry fitted into the fuselage in these photos.


















I must have these

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:53 am
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Japanese WWII ordinance is rare. I need these.  Here. Here.  Unfortunately, I can’t find them.  Help?


February 27, 2020

ICM Po-2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:18 pm
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ICM has completely redone their Po-2 kit.  Given the ubiquity of this aircraft on the eastern front in WWII, this is good news for 72nd scale modelers.

February 25, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #4

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:26 pm
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Part 3 here.

Well, I added a crap ton of weight behind the cockpit and on the side of the fuselage ahead of the wing.  There is also a small weight under the cockpit, behind the wheel well.  The problem with the positioning of the weight is that it is farther back than the nose and thus will be less effective in keeping the nose down.  Here it is right before the fuselage is closed up.

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