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October 14, 2020

Good for them

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:36 am
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The US government is going to sell three new weapons systems to Taiwan. Good.  The US needs to be firm in its commitment to Taiwan, especially in light of China’s broken promises regarding Hong Kong.

October 13, 2020

Blue Origin

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:35 pm
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SpaceX gets all the attention, but Blue Origin is doing some interesting things.  Keep and eye on them.  It is good to see multiple companies doing this stuff. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

September 30, 2020

Turn the moon shot over to Elon Musk

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:48 pm
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Story here. I suspect that SpaceX can get it done faster and cheaper. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

September 17, 2020

Smart move

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:56 pm
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This is a smart move by NASA. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

September 1, 2020

My favorite story of the day

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:59 am
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and it is only 11:00 a.m.  2020 keeps getting weirder and weirder.

August 26, 2020

Falling down the rabbit hole

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:54 pm
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Talking with Jim Bates the other day, we were discussing the latest Starfighter Decals sheet for the B-25.  This led into a discussion of the new Airfix B-25B kit and which Doolittle Raider each of us wished to model.  One of the crewmen on one of the planes was from Kentucky, and I’ve known this for years because there is a historical marker in Elizabethtown, KY near the courthouse.  I’ve passed that marker a number of times and always thought I’d want to build the aircraft that he crewed.

That crewman, George Larkin, Jr. was a member of crew #10, and flew on aircraft 40-2250.  While this aircraft isn’t one of the more colorful Doolittle Raiders, as it doesn’t have any unique nose art or unique markings, there are several good photos of the aircraft, showing its weathered appearance at the time of the raid.  There are several great websites regarding the Doolittle Raiders with lots of great photos.

Since the DK Decals sheet allows you to do most of the Doolittle Raiders, but not 40-2250, I think I can use the sheet and piece together the tail numbers I need.

Jim, I blame you for this post.

August 25, 2020

Naval developments outside the box

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:55 pm
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Both the US and China are looking for unconventional ways of expanding their naval power. I suspect that we will see more of this type of out of the box thinking from both sides as tensions increase.

August 21, 2020

Now this is interesting

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:08 am
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UPDATE: More here.

 

The future of air combat?

Taiwan

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:37 am
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A thought provoking article.  This is the area that I think is the most likely conflict in our future.

August 7, 2020

Bob Lazar

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:20 pm
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This one is for Jeff “Inch High” Groves.

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