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November 8, 2018

Upgraded J-10

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:47 pm
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Looks like China has upgraded the J-10 with a thrust vectoring exhaust.  For modelers I wonder if this is a simple nozzle replacement conversion to the Trumpeter J-10, or is it more complicated?

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October 23, 2018

Trumpeter Tu-128

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:26 pm
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Trumpeter Tu-128 is out.  I must acquire one.

September 10, 2018

Trumpeter Tu-128

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:20 pm
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It is apparently out.  I can’t wait.

May 9, 2018

Trumpeter Q-5

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:55 pm
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It is out.  For some reason I already thought this one had been released.  This gives me hope that they’ll do a MiG-19

April 20, 2018

Vulcan

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:27 pm
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Trumpeter is teasing a Avro Vulcan.  Is it 72nd scale?  Who knows.

March 17, 2018

2018 Modeling #21

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:08 pm
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Date: 3/15/2018

Time 9:00 p.m. to 10:20 p.m. (1.33 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 24.63 hrs.

Finally got back to the bench after 11 days away.  This is what happens to me every year.  As I get further into the year, my bench time gets less and less.  With recent life developments, I don’t see this year being any different.

I did get some building done.  Mainly added some of the grab handles on the T-34/85 and worked a bit on the MXY-7.  Primed the interior and then painted it with Alclad dull aluminum.  The grab handles on the T-34/85 have been very time consuming.  I think they will look much better than the plastic parts, but what a pain.

March 6, 2018

F-106B

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:29 pm
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I am a huge F-106 fan.  Looks like Trumpeter is ready to release their two seat F-106B.  I can’t wait.

March 5, 2018

2018 Modeling #19

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:46 pm
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Date: 3/1/2018

Time 4:00 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. (1.08 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 22.3 hrs.

The first session of March.  I just wish it was more productive.  I spent all my time drilling holes in the T-34/85 chassis to mount scratchbuilt grab handles.  I then made the handles out of very thin wire. Spent an over an hour and didn’t finish.  This armor stuff has a lot of tedious parts to it.

February 26, 2018

2018 Modeling #16

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:02 am
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Date: 2/24/2018

Time 1:40 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. (.5 hrs.), 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 (.5 hrs), 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (1.0 hrs)

2018 Total time: 18.39 hrs.

Finally got back to the bench after 10 days away.  Sadly, my prediction that February would not be as modeling intensive as January is coming true.  Worked on both the T-33 and the T-34/85.  Both are progressing well.  I suspect that as I predicted, the T-33 will require about 40 hours total to finish.  The T-34/85 won’t take that long.  Pictures with the next update.

February 15, 2018

2018 Modeling #15

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:28 pm
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Date: 2/14/2018

Time 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. (.83 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 16.39 hrs.

Got some time in at the bench.  As I suspected, I haven’t been able to keep up the pace set in January.  I did manage to close up the Platz T-33 fuselage.  I also got some more work done on the T-34/85.  (In the photo below, the chassis is just sitting on the hull.) The tank is coming along nicely.  I don’t think it will take me 40 hours to finish the T-34/85, but I am pretty sure that it will take that many hours to finish the T-33, especially with the finish II’ve chosen.

Moving along

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