David Knights' Weblog

November 1, 2017

Sailors adrift

Filed under: General — dknights @ 5:04 pm
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Here is an interesting analysis of the current story regarding the two women who claim to have spent 5 months adrift in the Pacific.


September 25, 2017

US military developments

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:10 am
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A new spy satellite is launched.

The Army is developing counter-drone technology.  This is the first real air threat to US forces since WWII.

August 25, 2017

The SS-4

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:57 pm
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Alabama modeler and doctor, Dr. David Geldmacher ,has started blogging.  I highly recommend you visit his blog.  What the good doctor has done is embarrass the heck out of me.  He has managed to post more actual modeling content in the last three weeks than I’ve managed to post in the last 6 months.  I post a lot of links to modeling news and interesting current events, but I’ve gotten away from actual blogging about building models, which is the reason that I started this blog in the first place.  Well I am rededicating the blog to that purpose.  I’ll still post the other stuff, but there will be a lot more model building stuff too.

The SS-4 is a Soviet Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile.  It was one of the missiles at the heart of the Cuban missile crisis.  This model covers a couple of modeling interests for me.  I like to do missiles and spacecraft and the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban missile crisis are subjects I am interested in.

Luckily for me, the Canadian company, Belcher Bits, has come out with a resin kit of the SS-4.  I managed to pick a copy up at the IPMS/USA Nationals in Omaha in July.  As you can imagine, there aren’t that many parts to the kit, since, like most missiles, it is little more than a tube on top of a launch platform.

The parts are well molded  in gray resin.   They are well detailed with engraved panel lines.  There ares some mold lines and pour plugs to remove, but nothing beyond the ability of most every modeler.  However, some of the missile body parts have locating keys that could be mistaken for pur stubs.  Don’t remove these by accident.  There are also a few seam lines that must be sanded down.

The kit doesn’t come with decals, which makes sense because the SS-4 doesn’t seem to have any markings in operational service.  However, I may add a few stencils just to break up the overall Russian green color scheme.

Now for some additional preparation of parts and then the assembly begins.

July 20, 2017

More South China Sea news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:47 am
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The Chinese keep fortifying the islands in the South China Sea.  The question is how far are the Chinese willing to push this?

July 1, 2017

Scientific side benefits of capitalism

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:19 am
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It is amazing what we learn when companies are free to explore and invest in their own self interest.


June 19, 2017

Amazing video

Filed under: General — dknights @ 5:23 pm
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A hero in action. 

May 27, 2017

South China Sea news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:13 am
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The Philippines is upgrading their navy, and for a $100.

The Chinese maverick is at it again.

May 26, 2017

The Navy needs some new cruisers

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:51 pm
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Story here.  What is depressing is the previous designs that never went anywhere.  What a waste.

May 8, 2017

More X-37B news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:36 am
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The X-37B has returned to earth after 2 years in orbit.  I find this space plane endlessly fascinating.  I wonder what it is doing on such long missions? (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

April 30, 2017

Defensive gun use

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 6:59 am
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Interesting story.  I’d like to know more.

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