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September 16, 2019

Amazing photo

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Photo here.  Photo of the USS Savannah in the immediate aftermath of getting hit by a German Fritz X bomb.  An amazingly-well timed photo.

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September 14, 2019

Inch is killing it

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:12 pm
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Go to his blog, every day.

September 11, 2019

I love it when a plan comes together

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:25 pm
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I’ve blogged this before here.  However, now that Special Hobby has released the Delta on floats, I can start one of my “before I die” builds.  The story of the aircraft in question is here.

September 10, 2019

AS-1 build

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:29 pm
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No, not mine.  This is one from about 12 years ago when the Amodel kit was still marketed under the MP Models label.  It is built by master modeler Yufei Mao.  This is something to tide you  over until I get my but in gear and do some posting of my build.

Neat websites

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:48 pm
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Courtesy of Jim “Cranky Canuck” Bates, here are two websites with extensive photos of two Japanese war museums, Yushukan – Tokyo War Museum and Kawaguchiko Aviation Hall (Zero Fighter Museum – Harada Collection).  Thanks for the pointers Jim.

September 7, 2019

AS-1

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:18 pm
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I am currently building the AModel AS-1.  I had previously started a resin version of the AS-1, but due to wing warping and other issues I stopped that build.  One of the things I have to decide is the color scheme.  I have an interesting set of choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one is overall painted silver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a ground launched version in a Cuban museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a gray one with a white radar nose.

 

 

 

 

 

And here is a museum example red, with a yellow nose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I am going to go with overall bare metal as illustrated on the boxtop, since I want to push myself with a bare metal finish.

 

 

September 6, 2019

Random modeling thoughts

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 4:00 pm
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A few thoughts/observations from the little bit of time I’ve managed to find to do some modeling.

  1. I’ve said before that I love Mr. Surfacer Black from the spray can as my go to primer.  That faith remains unshaken.  I was talking recently with fellow modeler Mike Baskette and he wondered if the black color prevented seeing flaws, thus diminishing its usefulness as a primer.  In my experience it does not.  In fact, under strong light the shiny black finish seems to make flaws jump out more than say they would if the color were gray.
  2. As I have said before, too many modelers are too reticent (oh, look it up) to get rid of old paint, sanding sticks and X-Acto blades.  This leads to frustration and time wasted.  I have become ruthless when it comes to discarding these things in favor of fresh items.  Do it.  You can thank me later.
  3. I love the IPMS/USA Nationals.  I know I’ve said that before.  I am still on the post-Nats high, possibly because this one was the best of the 24 I have attended.  Among other things, the Nats always gets my modeling juices flowing.

Happy Viktor Belenko day

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Story here.

September 5, 2019

Book review: The Bulgarian Air Force in World War II

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The Bulgarian Air Force in World War II

Author: Eduardo M. Gil Martinez

ISBN:978-83-65437-55-6

108 pgs

The stories of the air forces of the Axis minor allies are some of the more interesting stories of WWII.  I have a particular fascination with the Romanian air force.  One of the smallest axis allied air forces was that of Bulgaria.  The book tells the story of the Bulgarian air force before during and immediate aftermath of WWII.

The book is a good book with plenty of information for the modeler interested in doing a Bulgarian aircraft.  Where it suffers is that English is not the author’s first language and the translation from Spanish to English on the subject of Bulgarian aircraft makes for some awkward sentences.  There are some really nice photos that go well with the text and numerous color illustrations that make me want to build several of these aircraft.  The Eduard B.534 is a particularly good model for a Bulgarian aircraft.

I do recommend this book, even with the limitations imposed by some awkward translation issues.

September 3, 2019

Special Hobby Potez 25

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:51 pm
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Here is a preview of color schemes and markings options.  Color me…..interested.

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