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November 18, 2020

Trumpeter Tu-128 review

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:34 pm
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A review from 2019 in FineScale.  One of the few reviews of this kit I’ve been able to find.

November 11, 2020

Rescribing and metal finishes

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:59 pm
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The A Model AS-1 is not a Tamiya-level quality kit. In fact, Scalemates tells us that it was actually another company’s kit that A-Model re-released as part of their line. I love Soviet/Russian stuff and especially their missiles, so when I saw it at the Chattanooga Nats I had to get it.

Among other things this kit has given me a chance to work on my metal finish skills and, because of my ham-handed building and the less than stellar quality of the kit, my rescribing of panel lines.

As far metal finishes go, Dr. Miller of Model Paint Solutions has suggested for non-chrome metallic finishes, white is a better primer than black. I wanted to use this as a chance to test that theory. A you can see below, I think he is correct. Now, when I get the top sprayed with aluminum, I am going to try and create some panel variations. Stay tuned.

White primer (with a few things left to fix)

A pretty smooth Alclad II aluminum finish

November 10, 2020

MiG-17 decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:20 pm
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Ohhh.  More MiG-17 decals.  I have not heard of Model Maker decals before.

October 14, 2020

Paper Tiger

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:45 am
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I’ve said before that other than its ageing nuclear arsenal, Russia is a paper tiger, and while we should keep a wary eye out, it is not our major concern. Here is a story that provides an example of that fading power.

September 27, 2020


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:58 pm
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A great article on the Su-27s flown by the Ukrainians and some real life input from the pilots on the aircraft.  Enlightening.

September 16, 2020

MiG-17 build

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:59 pm
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A great build of a DML MiG-17 in VPAF markings. (h/t to Jim Bates for the link)

September 10, 2020


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:56 pm
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Will Algeria become the first export customer for the Su-57?  If so, what does that say about the aircraft?

September 8, 2020

Another Russian jet down in Libya?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:06 pm
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Maybe.  Story here.

August 31, 2020

Close encounter

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:48 pm
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Looks like a couple of Russian pilots got a little frisky.  Next time the USAF ought to have a couple of F-22s in trail.  Also, the camo on those Su-27s looks a little grayer than usual, but that could just be the film.

August 26, 2020

Tsar Bomba

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 11:58 am
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I’ve previously written about the worlds largest man-made explosion, the 50 megaton Tsar Bomba, here, here and here.  Now the  Russians have released footage of the explosion and the preparations leading up to it.  Amazing.

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