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November 20, 2020

The USN’s new aggressor schemes for the Super Hornet

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:02 pm
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I love aggressor schemes.  I always have, particularly the ones the USAF and USN use in their aggressor squadrons.  The USN has just revealed the schemes for the  Super Hornet which is moving into the aggressor role.  Article here.  Scroll all the way through.

November 11, 2020

US Navy to get new boomers

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:08 pm
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The USN is going to get new SSBNs, with contracts just signed for the first two subs.  Story here. (Hey Inch, want to place a bet on when the first one is actually delivered?)

November 7, 2020

F-35C

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:26 am
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It appears that soon the first carrier air wing with the F-35C will deploy.  This is excellent news and will be a huge improvement in USN capability.

November 4, 2020

MQ-25A

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:49 am
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In the next year or so the USN plans to stand up the first unit operating the MQ-25A refueling drone. (VUQ-10)  Interesting article which confirms that the drones will have secondary use as a recon platform, and maybe more.

October 21, 2020

Return of the Battleship?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:07 pm
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Color me skeptical, but maybe.  Story here.

October 19, 2020

Go Navy!

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:36 pm
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I spend time on here criticizing the USN for its poor procurement choices and other things.  However, there is no doubt they are a fine fighting force capable of doing amazing things.  Story here.

September 26, 2020

Wonder where they got the plans

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:27 pm
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Looks like Chinese espionage scores again. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves.)

September 14, 2020

Wolfpack F-5E/F

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:23 pm
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While Dream Models has recently released an F-5, I am intrigued by the forthcoming kit from Wolfpack.  It appears they will be providing more options at a much cheaper price.

Glad we are doing this

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:31 am
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All US forces need to train against aggressors with the best equipment possible.  The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.

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.

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