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April 13, 2021

AA-5 Ash

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:57 pm
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One of the kits I am slowly working on is the Trumpeter Tu-128.  Recently I’ve been on hold on the M-30 and Mosquito for various reasons.  So, I decided to turn my attention to the AA-5 (Ash) missiles in the Tu-128 kit.  I figured I could weak point of most 72nd scale kits.)  However, much to my surprise the missiles in the Trumpeter kit are pretty good representations of these missiles.


Really, the only problem that jumped out at me is that the missiles seem to be molded with rear cover protective plates that you only see in place on museum examples of the missile..  The actual in service missile has this removed for operations.  Thus you can see into the rear of the missile to the exhaust.  I decided this would not do.  But, how to simulate the hollowed out exhaust.  Then I remembered that Mike convinced me that it would be a good idea to order some Micro chisel drills on eBay from China.  I did , but this was my first opportunity to use them. (Ignore the stray hair in the shot as I didn’t see it until later and didn’t feel like shooting the photo again.)


I have to say they produced exactly the effect I was looking for.


April 9, 2021

Plastic Model Mojo Ep. 35

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:11 am
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The new episode is out.  Come and get it.

April 4, 2021

On The Bench

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:38 pm
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The latest episode of On The Bench is out. You might even hear a mention of someone you know.

March 30, 2021

I never thought I’d see….

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:24 pm
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An injection Ki-54. Now, if it isn’t too much trouble, can I get a Ki-57?

March 26, 2021

Plastic Model Mojo Ep. 34

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:45 am
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Episode 34 is out. Give it a listen.

March 12, 2021


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:42 pm

It is a belief that as men get older, they lose stamina.  Women believe this….in regard to modeling (hey, what did you think I was talking about?)  And I have to admit that it is true.  I am 59. When I was 49 I could model all night long.  I could even complete a blitzbau in a weekend.  Now, I have to say that I have to admit that age has caught up with me.  I can’t model for more than an hour and a half before I have to take a break.  It sucks.  It gets in the way of finishing more kits, which is my goal.  I need to model smarter, not longer.

Plastic Model Mojo Episode 33

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:59 pm
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Episode 33 is out.  We talk about paint.

March 10, 2021

At the convergence of tanks and Beer

Filed under: Beer,Modeling — dknights @ 4:27 pm
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A story about beer supporting a worthy cause. (h/t to Jim Bates for the story)

February 26, 2021

Plastic Model Mojo Ep 32

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:59 am
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Episode 32 is out. Give it a listen.

February 14, 2021

Great video

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:34 am
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Hale Wallace has nice video on “marbling”.

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