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April 17, 2019

Special Hobby Sunderland

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:00 pm
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Special Hobby has release the Mk V version of the Sunderland.  This fills a gap for those who model seaplanes and flying boats.

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April 3, 2019

Movie review: Doodlebug Summer (2012)

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 6:31 am
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One of my areas of interest is the late war development of Germany’s hi-tech weapons.  Doodlebug Summer isn’t really a movie, but rather a 6 part British documentary.  I initially started watching for my interest in the weapons themselves and their development.  Sadly, there is very little of that.  Rather, the episodes consist mostly of interviews with people who experienced the V-weapon attacks.  The stories were fascinating and the scale of the tragic losses, almost all civilian, were horrendous. There was some footage and discussion of the attempted defenses against the V-1 (there was no defense to the V-2), but mostly there is archival film of the sites of the weapons impact with survivor stories.  While not what I had originally expected, it was well worth watching.  It was on Amazon Video and included free with Prime.  4 out of 5 stars.

March 30, 2019

Leyland RAF Type

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:00 pm
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Follow this build on 72nd scale forum.  You won’t regret it.

March 26, 2019

Dora Wings Lysander

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:54 pm
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Some CAD renders, for those interested.

March 18, 2019

Dora Wings Lysander

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:11 pm
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Looks like Dora Wings will be releasing a Lysander.  While not my cup of tea, I know some modelers who will be pleased. (Jim Bates.)

February 20, 2019

A great story

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:08 am
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This is doing it right.  Great story.

More here.

February 17, 2019

Special Hobby Boston III

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:49 pm
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Looks like Special Hobby is releasing a night intruder version of the Boston.  From the illustration it looks like an RCAF bird.

February 16, 2019

Hurricane stencils

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:57 am
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I noticed these at Hannants.  I might have to pick them up.  Yes, I am sick.

February 11, 2019

Movie review: They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:01 pm
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Wow.  Just wow.

OK, now let me tell you why you must go see this, and go see it while it is in theaters.  Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings fame (and Wingnut Wings fame for all of us modelers) was approached by the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in 2013/14 to take all their archival footage and recorded interviews and do a documentary on the Great War.  He was given no specific theme, just access to all the resources and a request to do something innovative.  Boy did he.

Through the use of groundbreaking digital technologies, some of which they had to invent for this film, Jackson and his crew at Wingnut Films (yes, that is the company’s name) put together a restored and colorized version of these old films that gives real life and impact to them.  It is hard to explain how groundbreaking this film is.  Just go see it.  See it on the big screen.  The song over the end credits is great and if you stay after the credits you can watch the 20 minute documentary on the making of the film, you’ll appreciate it even more.  It will leave you even more impressed and really will make you want to hang out and have a beer with Peter Jackson.

GO SEE THIS FILM.  Needless to say, 5 stars!

January 31, 2019

RAF drone gets new missile

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:04 am
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The RAF version of the the MQ-9B is going to be armed in the future with the British-built Brimstone missile.

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