David Knights' Weblog

June 5, 2019

MiG-17 decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:00 pm
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Hi, I David and I’m a decalaholic. {Hi David}.  One of my favorite aircraft is the MiG-17.  Airfix made my year when they announced a new kit coming out.  I already have tons of MiG-17 decals, but I can always buy more.  Apparently Xtradecals knows this.  They’ve announced a new sheet, and it will be a must have.

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May 23, 2019

Russian Su-57 reversal

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:20 pm
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Russia, having previously announced that it was only going to buy 16 Su-57s (after India pulled out of a development deal), has now decided it will buy 76 of the fighters.  Given the reported problems with the aircraft, either they have been solved, or, more likely IMHO, this is more of Russia trying to saber-rattle and impress its neighbors.

It may be related to this, where Poland has announced plans to buy F-35s.

May 22, 2019

Turkey

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:09 pm
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Does Turkey want out of NATO?  It seems that way from this type of behavior.  Frankly, though it has a strategic location useful to the US for Mideast operations, I am not sure they are worth the trouble.  Not sure the Russians are thinking this one through either, as adding another majority Islamic nation to their orbit might not be wise given their internal troubles in the south of Russia.

May 21, 2019

The paper bear flexes its muscles

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:55 pm
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4 Bears and 2 Su-35s off the coast of Alaska.  Nothing new about this other than Vlad seeming to want to do it more often to convince people that his military isn’t a hollowed out shell.

May 13, 2019

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:54 pm
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Looking good.  I cannot wait.  I may buy these by the case.

May 12, 2019

S-300

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:31 pm
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Looks like the US has at least one S-300 Russian SAM system in a US training range.  I don’t find this surprising.  My questions is, do they have an S-400?

May 10, 2019

But where would I put it?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:24 pm
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An-225 in 72nd scale.

May 2, 2019

MiG-25 RBF

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:35 pm
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Oh!  I have wanted one of these for quite a while.

April 25, 2019

Lydia Litvyak

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:43 pm
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Sometimes you just find yourself wandering around the internet.  I was doing so and ended up researching Lydia Litvyak.  I knew about her before, but hadn’t realized that a couple of German aces were among her victims.

April 23, 2019

Zvezda Pe-2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:02 am
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While one of my areas of modeling interest has always been post-WWII Soviet aircraft, I never had much interest in the WWII Russian stuff.  Recently, with more manufacturers in the east, we are starting to see more quality models of WWII Russian aircraft.  Zvezda has announced a new Pe-2 WWII Russian bomber kit.

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