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March 15, 2019

Cool B-1

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:59 am
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At least one B-1 has been given a red cockpit.  Story here.  (h/t to J.C. Bahr over on 72nd scale forum)


March 14, 2019

A5M2 video

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:31 pm
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I previously mentioned Clearprop are releasing an A5M2 Claude.  Here is a cool video of the assembly process.


March 13, 2019


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:39 pm
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ICM is releasing a kit of the I-153 in Chinese markings.  Since that is what I’d want to build it in, it is good news for me.


I blame Jeff Groves!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:07 pm
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Well, after a multi-week absence, I’ve finally made it back to the modeling bench.  I am masking the MXY-7 canopy, which is a pain in the butt.  It only reinforces my conviction that I’ll never build another model for which their isn’t a pre-cut canopy mask available.

Since you can only do so much of that in one sitting, I wanted to keep modeling, but needed a break from the canopy masking.  So, inspired by Jeff “Inch High” Groves, I started working on the IBG 917t Japanese truck.  Here is where I am.  Jeff, this is all your fault.

IBG Japanese truck frame

March 11, 2019

Italeri SM.81

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:03 am
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I assume this is the old Supermodel kit.  I don’t know if Italeri has done anything to the molds.

March 10, 2019

Clearprop Claude

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:09 am
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Clearprop has announced a new A5M2 Claude in 72nd scale.  While the Fujimi kit is nice, I am happy to see this kitted again in 72nd scale.

March 5, 2019

Eduard 109s

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:08 pm
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Looks like Eduard is going to be releasing 72nd scale 109s.  Even with the recent Tamiya announcement, this is good news.


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:04 am
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I’ve always really liked the He-177.  Given its teething troubles and limited success in combat, I am not sure why, but I do.  For years, the only game it town was the old Airfix/MPC kit, which I built as a teenager.  Revell of Germany came to our rescue a number of years ago with a thoroughly modern kit of the 177.  I started the kit not long after it came out, but sadly, it currently sits on the shelf of shame.

Jeff “Inch High” Groves, on the other hand, took the kit and turned it into a beautiful model.

March 1, 2019

Russia’s new spaceport

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:29 am
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Story here.  Be sure to look for the special modeling connection in the story. (h/t to Jim “Harley” Bates)(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

February 24, 2019

Dora Wings Vega

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:49 pm
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Looks like Dora Wings will be doing a new Vega in 72nd scale.

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