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November 2, 2017

Trumpeter MiG-31

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:16 pm
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Looks like it will be out in December.


October 17, 2017

Recon MiG-25

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:49 pm
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ICM has finally released a kit of this version.  I’ll wait for a review to see if they really made the necessary changes.

September 6, 2017

SS-4 update

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:10 pm
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The SS-4 is together.  In my quest to do more posting of actual model building, here is a shot of it all together.  I will say the casting is pretty good and it went together well.  I am doing a bit of sanding and priming and will get another shot up soon.

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.

August 14, 2017

MiG-25 reference

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I love the MiG-25.  It is a brute of an airplane.  Here is a webpage with a lot of reference links.

August 9, 2017


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:14 pm
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Zvezda comes thru.

July 2, 2017


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For fans of Russian aircraft, an Mi-14 is a hole in the 72nd scale modeling world.  Not any longer?

May 22, 2017

This is not good news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 7:33 pm
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5000 shoulder fired SAMs in a country on the verge of collapse.

May 12, 2017


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New episodes of the TV show Fortitude are now available on Amazon.  I highly recommend the show.


April 27, 2017

Is it worth salvaging?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:02 pm
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It might be.

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