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January 7, 2020

SAMs

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

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.

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