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February 12, 2019

Modelsvit upcoming releases

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:03 pm
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Here.  Interesting they are doing some trainer versions of 80s Russian jets.  I wonder about the demand, but am happy to have them.


February 11, 2019

US nuclear strategy in the 60s

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:48 am
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An interesting article on the change-over in US nuclear strategy in the early 1960s from one of first strike to one of measured escalation. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for the pointer)

February 9, 2019

A lack of tankers?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:13 pm
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Until I read this article, I had not realized how few tanker aircraft Russia has.  One more reason I view Russia as mostly a paper tiger.

February 2, 2019

Pepelatz Hs P.135

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:10 pm
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Time was when I could keep up with all the companies producing models, even the small cottage industry resin manufacturers.  However, these days not a week goes by where I don’t find a new company.  This one, Peplatz appears to be out of Russia and is producing a resin Hs P.135, a Luft’46 fighter design.

January 30, 2019

Great gold heist?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:10 pm
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Is Russia about to move gold reserves out of Venezuela?  (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for the link)

January 27, 2019

Russians lose another one

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:05 am
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A Tu-22M3 this time.  Crashed while landing.  I suspect the Russians are having both training and maintenance issues.

January 24, 2019

Brengun Chelomey 16KhA

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:46 pm
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As regular reader know, I have a special interest in missiles, especially missiles of the Soviet Union/Russia.  Brengun, which had previously done the Chelomey 16KhA as a 48th scale kit, has now announced they are doing it in 72nd scale.

The 16KhA never went into serial production but was part of the beginning of the post WWII Soviet cruise missile development.  As you can tell, it was a development of the V-1, and was test fired from a pylon under the inboard engine of a Tu-4.  It will make a neat addition to my collection of missiles.

16KhA under Tu-4











EMP weapons

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:47 pm
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I’ve always believed that any all out attack on the US would begin with a powerful EMP inducing nuclear blast high in the atmosphere over the US.  This report suggests a number of nations are developing such weapons.  China would obviously be the biggest concern.

January 18, 2019

Russia loses two Su-34s

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Looks like Russians lost two Su-34s off the Asian coast of Russia.  Note: that at the time I linked to the story, the photo with the story was an Su-27UB, not an Su-34.  We’ll see if they correct that.

January 13, 2019

A new Russian missile

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 9:09 am
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MiG-31s have been spotted carrying a new, very large type of missile.  It is unclear if this is a further development of the Kh-47B Kinzhal, or a new air launched anti-satellite missile.  This is an interesting development which dears watching.

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