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August 16, 2019

Armory WWI British truck

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:36 pm
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Apparently this has been announced.  Only place I can find any info is here.  I’d like to see a picture of the kit or a CAD or boxtop.  Anyone know where I can find more info?

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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!

February 4, 2019

Eduard Fokker D.VII

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:14 pm
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Eduard surprised visitors to the Nurnburg Toy Show with copies of their new 72nd scale Fokker D.VII kit.  It looks nice.

 

December 10, 2018

Eduard Fokker D.VII

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:39 pm
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I am a 72nd scale purist.  However, I have some exceptions to that rule.  If you are building airliners 1/144th make perfect sense. (Thought there are plenty of good 72nd scale airliner kits.)  If you build WWI aircraft, I understand those who build in 48th, or even 32nd scale. (Thank you Wingnut Wings)   However, if I was tempted to build a WWI aircraft in God’s One True Scale, I can’t think of a better one than the upcoming Eduard Fokker D.VII.  Having seen their 48th offering, I am sure it will be great.

November 28, 2018

Birth of the Battlecruiser

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:32 am
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An interesting article on the development of the Battlecruiser class of naval ship at the turn of the 1900s.

February 9, 2018

Dazzle camouflage

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 11:50 pm
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An interesting article on the process used to develop the dazzle camouflage applied to WWI ships.  (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves)

February 2, 2018

WWI German war plans

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:20 pm
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An interesting discussion/analysis of the WWI Imperial German war plans here.  Worth a read.

February 21, 2016

WW I rap

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:08 pm
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I meant to post this a couple of months ago.  It is a rap battle on the origins of WW I.  Way funny.

 

January 28, 2016

WW I U-boat found

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 1:05 am
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Story here.

June 2, 2015

Have you seen this?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:08 am
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Pretty impressive diorama.  Usually big dioramas fall down on the details, but this one looks pretty good.

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