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April 9, 2020

MiG-17 OMG

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:18 pm
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Guys, fair warning. I have fallen down the rabbit hole on the new Airfix MiG-17.  I apologize, but a lot of MiG-17 posts are coming, starting with a deep, deep dive on the 400L drop tanks.  Feel free to mute this if it gets too obnoxious.

April 4, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #7 I’ve been framed

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:11 am
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The MiG is ready for primer.  However, before that could happen I needed to paint the canopy frames Alclad Dull Aluminium so that you’d see that as the inside frame color.  Wiled I was at it, I sprayed a bit of Dull Aluminum in the intake tunnel to cover some minor touch up and also painted the underside of the tail under the burner can.  I also assembled the two drop tanks.  While I am not going to use them on this model, I know this isn’t the last Airfix MiG-17 I’ll be building and most of them carried the wing tanks, so this will get me ahead of the game in the future.  Also, I want to use the opportunity to do a little research and see what I can do to improve the kit parts.

April 3, 2020

MiG-17 drop tanks

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:54 pm
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I am just going to “drop” these pictures here for later reference.























March 30, 2020

Cold war spying

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:22 pm
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It amazes me how thoroughly the British intelligence serves had been penetrated during the cold war.  Story here.

March 29, 2020

MiG-17 #6 Prime time

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:35 pm
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Last post here.

Work on the MiG has been progressing.  Finally got it to the point where she is ready for priming.  Here is where she sits.

Ready for priming

March 18, 2020

Intelligence gathering

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:22 pm
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It is a dirty job.  A great read.

March 11, 2020

Another aircraft I never thought I’d see a kit of

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:55 pm
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Kalinin K-7  We modelers are truly living in an incredible time. Info on the real aircraft here.

March 9, 2020

No one remembers the Cold War

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:11 pm
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This is a cool story. Sadly, the young don’t have any knowledge of the aspects of the Cold War, such as this.

March 7, 2020


Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:15 am
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The first of the upgraded Tu-160M2 has apparently been finished and test flown.  Story here. Interesting that the Russians feel compelled to continue to keep a viable long range bomber force. Given their money troubles and that the price of oil is in free-fall (as of March 7th, 2020) this may not be the best use of their defense dollar.

March 4, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #5

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:07 pm
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Previous post here.

Apologies for the delayed update.  The fuselage is together, though I don’t yet know if I avoided the model being a tail-sitter.  I did forget to mention that I’ve followed the instruction sequence, except that I left the gun site off so that I can attach it later in the build.  Here is the state of things. The wings are assembled, but are just dry fitted into the fuselage in these photos.


















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