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June 30, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #12 Finished!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:05 am
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Well, it is done.  I took a few cell phone shots. (see below) I hope to have studio shots and some thoughts posted in the near future.














































June 22, 2020


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:32 am
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Story here.  Looks like the latest versions of Russian short range air defense may not be quite as good as advertised.  I suspect this applies to much of Russian military technology.

June 5, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #11 Weathering

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:37 pm
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Previous post here.

The MiG has the decals on and has entered the weathering stage.  I start most of my aircraft weathering,, with a panel line wash, or sludge wash, mad with low odor mineral spirits and tube oils.

Here is the tops side after I’ve applied and removed the wash.  I used a combination of Burnt Umber and Black.
























Here is the underside with the wash applied before removal of most of it with a Q-tip.  Always remove by wiping the Q-tip in the direction of the airflow.  The wash is a combination of blue, black, green and a touch of yellow.





















Finally, here is the underside after the wash has been removed.


June 3, 2020

Only the Soviets

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:38 pm
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Could build a monstrosity like this.  Not going to be getting it, but what a neat looking kit.

May 29, 2020

Testing boundries

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:06 pm
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Looks like the Russians and Chinese aren’t the only ones flexing a little muscle.  Everybody stay frosty.

May 26, 2020

MiG-29s in Libya

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:59 am
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Looks like Russia is sending clandestine support to rebels in Libya.  The most interesting part of the story to me is the fact that the MiG-29 is almost completely out of the Russian Air Force inventory.

May 16, 2020

Russia in Syria

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:05 am
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The Russian adventure in Syria has not been cheap.  See this article.  Given the sad state of the Russian economy, the cost of these airplanes and helicopters, the Russians can ill-afford their Syrian adventure, which is all the more reason for the US to look for ways to suck them in further.

May 15, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #10 Decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:34 am
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Previous post here.  I am into the decal stage.  Using Xtracals sheet 72-313.  The instructions show the national insignia in 6 positions, but the sheet only gives you 4.  This caused momentary panic and anger until I looked at the photos of the plane and determined that the wing insignia were upper left and lower right only, not all 4 wing positions as indicated on the instructions.

Here is where I am now.



May 13, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #9 Out of the paint shop

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:47 am
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Another update.  Previous update here.  The MiG is done with painting and has now been glossed in anticipation of decals.  So far, so good.












And here she is glossed up.

May 8, 2020

What model giant model aircraft will Modelsvit produce next?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:48 pm
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They are asking.  I am hoping for an An-22.

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