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March 12, 2018

More on the Eduard MiG-21

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:39 pm
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It looks like the first kits will be available at the beginning of April.  Unsurprisingly, the first release will have Czech markings.


March 7, 2018

Nuclear war

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:04 am
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Well, after reading this, I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep.


March 1, 2018

Putin’s new weapons

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:02 pm
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Vlad has bragged about a bunch of new weapons.  See here.  Frankly, I think Russia is a broke paper tiger, and the fact that Putin is bragging about these just makes me think I am right.


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:39 pm
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As readers know, I can’t wait for the new Eduard MiG-21 kit.  From looking at the sprue shots, it looks to me like it is tooled in a way to provide for a U/UM version.  If it doesn’t there is always this option from RV.

February 28, 2018

Russia’s Syrian troubles

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:24 pm
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Russia has troubles in Syria.  Here is an interesting summary of the problems.

February 22, 2018

Su-57 combat deployment

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:57 pm
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It appears that Russia has deployed a couple of Su-57s to Syria for combat operational testing.  Russia appears to be using Syria as a testing ground, much like Germany and Italy did in Spain.  While the Su-57 won’t make much of a difference in ground attack operations, it is something that the US clearly has to consider their presence when operating strike aircraft over Syria.  This area is getting more tense every day.

February 21, 2018

Syrian flashpoint

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:03 pm
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Regular readers of this blog know that I keep highlighting the growing tensions between the US and China in the South China Sea.  I still think that is the place in the world most likely to be the focus of a great power conflict.  However, recent reports out of Syria indicating that US forces killed 100+ Russian mercenaries working for the Syrian government may raise an alternate flashpoint.  While I don’t think Russia is the treat that China is, Russia still has formidable capabilities and could inflict serious losses on US forces, at least in the short term.  (h/t Jeff Groves.)

February 11, 2018

2018 Modeling #14

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:57 pm
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Date: 2/9/2018

Time 9:35 p.m. to 10:50 a.m. (1.4 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 15.56 hrs.

Watched the Olympic opening ceremonies and worked on the T-34/85.  Made some progress.  However, given the progress I’ve made in February I don’t have hope that I’ll match my January hours.

February 6, 2018

Starving Russia

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:51 pm
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This op-ed talks about the financial difficulties that the Russian armed forces are facing.  Regular readers of this blog will remember that I previously mentioned this problem in a post.

February 5, 2018

I cannot wait for this

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:31 pm
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Eduard MiG-21.  Looking better and better.

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