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April 13, 2021

AA-5 Ash

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:57 pm
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One of the kits I am slowly working on is the Trumpeter Tu-128.  Recently I’ve been on hold on the M-30 and Mosquito for various reasons.  So, I decided to turn my attention to the AA-5 (Ash) missiles in the Tu-128 kit.  I figured I could weak point of most 72nd scale kits.)  However, much to my surprise the missiles in the Trumpeter kit are pretty good representations of these missiles.


Really, the only problem that jumped out at me is that the missiles seem to be molded with rear cover protective plates that you only see in place on museum examples of the missile..  The actual in service missile has this removed for operations.  Thus you can see into the rear of the missile to the exhaust.  I decided this would not do.  But, how to simulate the hollowed out exhaust.  Then I remembered that Mike convinced me that it would be a good idea to order some Micro chisel drills on eBay from China.  I did , but this was my first opportunity to use them. (Ignore the stray hair in the shot as I didn’t see it until later and didn’t feel like shooting the photo again.)


I have to say they produced exactly the effect I was looking for.


January 3, 2021

New Year’s resolutions

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:10 pm
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In general, new year’s resolutions don’t pan out.  This is especially been true in the past regarding my modeling resolutions.  This year I am keeping them more modest, but at the same time I am going to try harder to stick to them.  Here they are.

  1. Finish the M-30 and Mossie
  2. Build the Trumpeter Tu-128 and do a bare metal finish
  3. Build Fine Molds Ki-43 I
  4. Build Fine Molds Type A mini sub
  5. Finish one other aircraft to be named later

Now, that would be 6 kits if I finished them all which would be a record for me.  Time will tell.

December 14, 2020

The M-30 enters the paint shop

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:21 pm
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Those of you who have listened to the podcast, have been following the saga of Mike having sucked me into building a 1/35th scale Soviet armor piece. (That may be placing too much blame on Mike, but hey, what do I care.)  I’d have finished construction sooner, but frankly, the Trumpeter instructions appear to have been produced using the infinite monkey theorem.  And let me tell, you, they ain’t Shakespeare.  (I will have more to say on the Trumpeter instructions once I am done, but I need to give them time to buy the asbestos underwear they will need.)

Well, the M-30 has entered the paint booth.  This is good as the paint booth was empty since the completion of the Biber.  Now that the M-30 is off the construction cutting mat, I can move the Mosquito back on and make some  progress.  Also, I am planning the 2021 campaign season. (Who am I kidding.  Every year Mike and I exchange lists of our top ten planned builds for the coming year, and when I get to the end of the year, my list of completions look nothing like my beginning of the year list.)

Now, before you judge me too harshly on the M-30, keep in mind the last time I finished a 35th scale artillery piece was 1996. (BTW, that was my most productive year ever.)  That year I finished a Tamiya Pak 35/36 and a Flak 38. (Pictured below)

OK, you can stop laughing now.  Please keep in mind that this was the mid 90s, weathering was still in the dry-brushing era and these were the only two 35th scale kits I built.  (How about that really slick base job on the Flak 38) Naturally, with the M-30, I am striving for a bit more.  I am binge watching Uncle Night Shift episodes and am alternately inspired and depressed.

Stay tuned.

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.

January 7, 2020


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:50 am
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While I am mostly an aircraft guy, I do have other 72nd scale interests. One of them is missiles and rockets.  Of particular interest to me are SAMs, especially Soviet/Russian/Chinese SAMs.  As such I am very happy to see that Trumpeter has announced for 2020 an SA-4.  This will be a 2020 must purchase.

August 29, 2019

Trumpeter Tu-22

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:42 pm
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The Trumpeter Tu-22 has been released.  This will be a welcome addition to modelers of Russian/Soviet aircraft.  The old ESCI/AMT kit is long in the tooth.  Can’t wait to see it in person.


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?

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

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