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January 11, 2020

Movie review: 1917 (2019)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:22 pm
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Short version: Go see it.  Right away.

OK, longer version.  This is an amazing piece of film-making. The story is straightforward.  Two British soldiers in WWI are tasked with crossing ground recently occupied by the withdrawing German army to reach a unit that is about to attack into a trap.  They carry orders cancelling the attack.  To add to the drama, one of the two soldiers has a brother in the unit they are trying to reach in time to cancel the attack.

Through some digital trickery the film is shot as a single continuous tracking shot.  This has the effect of making the viewer feel as if they are on the journey with these two soldiers.  The tension builds throughout the film, with several twists which add to the story.  The uniforms, equipment and sets are amazing.  I can’t praise this film highly enough.  Nothing I can tell you will do it justice.  I will say that I think it is one of the best portrayals of a soldier’s experience that I have ever seen in a movie.  The film is greatly aided by several well known actors in small supporting roles.

5 stars.  Go see this film.

December 31, 2019

This is good news

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:52 pm
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The increasingly excellent kit producer Arma has announced a 72nd scale FM-2, promising to fill a much needed space in 72nd scale Wildcats.  Now if we can get them to do an F4F-3.

December 6, 2019

First US licensed female pilot

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:57 am
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Harriet Quimby, 1911.  Also the first female pilot to fly across the English Channel.

December 5, 2019

77th Hiko Sentai

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:12 pm
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It is amazing what you can stumble on when wandering the internet.  The early days of WWII in South East Asia is an area of particular interest.  As such the activities of the 77th Hiko Sentai and their Ki-27 Nates are right in my wheelhouse.  Thus, I was pretty happy when I stumbled on this.

December 1, 2019

And this is why you need the Second Amendment

Filed under: General — dknights @ 1:11 am
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so you don’t end up fighting a terrorist with a Narwhal tusk, especially when he appears to have an explosive suicide vest on. BTW, the guy wielding the tusk is a Polish chef.  Don’t piss off the Poles.

November 29, 2019

More on the Airfix Vulcan

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:52 pm
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See here.  Looks like at least one version will have the Blue Steel missile included.

November 6, 2019

Lysander

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:32 am
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This should make Jim Bates happy.  I am surprised it has taken this long to get a new kit of this aircraft.

November 5, 2019

WW II history

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:51 pm
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A nice articleabout a son learning about his father’s WWII experience.

October 31, 2019

Hurricane IIC

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:22 pm
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Breaking news that Arma will follow there very nice Hurricane I with a Hurricane IIC.  Now, here is hoping they will do a IIB as well.

October 26, 2019

If only it wasn’t Valom

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:11 am
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I am a huge fan of the Blackburn Firebrand.  I have no idea why, other than it looks cool.  I’ve wanted this kit forever, but it isn’t in production, and is very rare.  A new kit of the Firebrand has been announced.  That should gladden my heart.  If only it wasn’t Valom.

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