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January 4, 2019

A beautiful Spitfire

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:30 am
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Our friend Jeff Groves posted photos on his blog of his recent batch of Spitfires from the Eduard kit.  I particularly like this one.  I saw it in person and it was stunning.

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December 31, 2018

Spitfire decal mania

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:47 pm
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I have a keen interest in the markings of the aircraft on both sides of the air battle for Malta.  As such, this decal sheet by DK is right up my alley.  Wow.

 

Speaking of Spitfires.

June 14, 2018

Norway

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:39 pm
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Nice articles on a Norwegian ace and Little Norway in Canada.

April 3, 2018

Magazine review: RT Volume 40 #1

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In past reviews I’ve said just about all I can say about RT.  It is, IMHO, the best non-commercial modeling magazine out there, and in fact is one of the best magazines period.  It is the only modeling magazine that I read all of the articles regardless of subject or scale.

This issue is no different.  In addition to an excellent article on building the 72nd scale Airfix Spitfire PR.XIX, there is an article on building and improving the Italeri Italian manned torpedo from WWII.  There is also build article on a 1/144th 727 airliner.  Finally there are two articles on the RG-31 Nyala, MRAP/ wheeled APC.  The first is a history of the vehicle, with a focus on its use by the Canadian armed forces, while the second is a construction article using the Kenetic kit as the starting point.  Both are excellent reads, even for a non-armor guy like myself.

Highly recommended.

March 17, 2018

Barracudacals stencil sets

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:02 pm
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Roy Sutherland of Barracudacals has released two sets of stencil data decals for Late Mark Spits and Fw-190s.  Roy’s stuff is great.  I’ll be picking both these up.

February 22, 2018

New Spitfire book

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:56 am
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Spencer Pollard had published a new book on modeling the Spitfire.  Take a look here and order it.  I can’t wait to see a copy.

February 19, 2018

Decal-mania

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:50 pm
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I am a decalholic.  I am a sucker for a nice sheet.  Even though I am not the biggest Spitfire fan in the world, I must say that this new DK sheet looks good.  Tasty.

January 19, 2018

The passing of a hero

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:41 am
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I meant to post this last year.  One of the American volunteers that help found the Israeli Air Force passed last year.  In addition, Mitchell Flint was also a US Navy flyer in WWII. He flew the F4U with the US, and the Avia S-199, Spitfire and Mustang in combat with the Israeli Air Force.

October 14, 2016

Airfix and Xtrakit Spits

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:32 am
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Friend of the blog Jim Bates passed along this interesting article comparing the Airfix and Xtrakit Spit Mk.22

October 12, 2016

Model photography

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:24 am
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I’ve been practicing with the camera to see if I can get a bit better results when photographing my models.

I’ve determined that my main issue isn’t lack of photography skills, but a lack of model skills.

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