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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.

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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.

January 22, 2019

Hurricane decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:05 am
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Hi, I am David and I’m a decaloholic! (<crowd> Hi, David).  DK has announced a new sheet of Hurricane decals.  I have no doubt that there will be tons of options on the sheet, which is a hallmark of DK sheets.  Skippy recently used some DK decals and reports they are of high quality.

January 17, 2019

Angering the dragon

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:46 pm
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Looks like the US Navy and the Royal Navy are teaming up to further piss off the PLAN.  While this does nothing to lower tensions in the region, it is a good idea.  A little now will go a long way later.

 

January 15, 2019

Resin Texan

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:06 pm
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Grand Models ( a new company to me) has announced a resin Texan T Mk 1. (the modern aircraft, not the WWII trainer.)  Markings will be for the RAF, RCAF and RNZAF.

January 9, 2019

Wonder how these got there?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:47 pm
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In England a couple of unfired 5 inch artillery rounds found in a garden.  Story here.

January 7, 2019

Airfix 2019

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:41 pm
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Some good news for modelers of the One True Scale from Airfix in 2019.  A new tool MiG-17F (God, please don’t make it too chunky), a H.S. Buccaneer and the B version of the B-25, apparently with Doolittle markings.  Can’t wait.

January 4, 2019

Free paint masks

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:17 am
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Arma, in conjunction with their release of their new Hurricane, have released a free downloadable pdf to allow you to print free paper masks for the standard British A and B Hurricane schemes.  Good on them.

A beautiful Spitfire

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:30 am
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Our friend Jeff Groves posted photos on his blog of his recent batch of Spitfires from the Eduard kit.  I particularly like this one.  I saw it in person and it was stunning.

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