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August 16, 2019

Magazine review: Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol.41 #5 (July 2019)

I’ve looked back and realized I haven’t done a SAM review in about 4 years.  I used to do them all the time.  Out of the habit I guess.  I still get the magazine and live through its ups and downs.  This issue is the last by its current editor.  A new editor took over for the August issue.  I’ll review that when I get the time.

In this issue, two subjects I am greatly interested are covered.  There is a long form build review of the Revell/ICM MiG-25 RB.  While the RB is a recon version is a recon version, the cover of the magazine features a nice drawing of one of the interceptor versions.  There is also a color article on pre-WWII RAF far east colors, centering around whether any Vildebeestes were wearing a blue/green far east scheme. (They probably weren’t)  A good issue.  I enjoyed it and it took me more than 30 minutes to read it, which is a good sign.

My one criticism would be that in man of the short build reviews, the models built for the review don’t look very good.  If I were a manufacturer, I’d be worried about the impression these photos left of my models.


January 31, 2019

RAF drone gets new missile

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The RAF version of the the MQ-9B is going to be armed in the future with the British-built Brimstone missile.

November 1, 2018

U-boat wreck

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Story is from back in July, but very interesting.  The wreck of the U-966 found off Spain after it was sunk by RAF Sunderland, which was shot down in the process.

September 20, 2018

Grumpy Russian Bear

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Or actually a pair of BlackjacksLooks like Putin is flexing his muscles again.  I saw a few days ago that B-52 were doing the reverse route penetration practices, so this may just be a reaction.

August 18, 2015

Jim Bates finishes one!

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And does it “Blitz style” no less.  Way to go Jim.

July 20, 2015

You have to love the Vulcan

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Story here.

July 10, 2015

2015 Modeling report #19

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Date: July 3rd, 2015

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (Time: 1.25 hrs)

Yearly total: 25.79 hrs

Modeled for the first time in just over a month.  This has gone from a bit sad to truly depressing.  Since I was off on the third I was able to take my youngest daughter to the MMCL shop with me for a club modeling session.  It was very nice.  I got some work done on some detail parts for the Airfix Hurricane.  Also, for no reason, I started working on a resin engine for a Gladiator.  I will post more photos, assuming I ever model again.

May 13, 2015

Halifax found

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How did I miss this story?

February 5, 2015

Movie review: Reach for the Sky (1956)

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The movie is the story of the life of Douglas Bader, an RAF pilot who lost his legs in a pre-war training accident and who then rejoined the RAF at the beginning of WWII and went on to become an ace and a squadron leader before being shot down and captured by the Germans.  He was a POW from 1942 to the end of the war.  This film won the British version of the Oscar, the BAFTA award.  It was also the highest grossing film at the time, beating out Gone With The Wind (1939).

All that said, it isn’t that great a movie. Aircraft fans and aircraft modelers will enjoy it just to see some of the old aircraft used in the movie.  (Even though they aren’t always historically accurate.)  The film also has no real ending, and the filmmakers even acknowledge this with a voice over at the end.  It is interesting that the filmmakers in 1956 were much more scrupulous about pointing out that they were taking liberties with the facts and consolidating/changing some of the characters involved.  I wish modern filmmakers were so ethical, instead of using the more modern “Based on a true story” phrasing.


November 14, 2011

Spitfire progress

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:15 am
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I’ve been slowly making progress on the Airfix Spit I kit.  It has been primed and sanded and reprimed and the next step is to restore a few panel lines before painting begins.

I like this kit a bunch.  These new Airfix kits are very satisfying.

Spit I



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