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January 9, 2021


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Brengun has announced a new Hs-126.

Hope it is good.

December 29, 2020

Another “story like this”

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I linked previously to an interesting story of Polish air combat in WWII.  Here is another one of those endlessly fascinating WWII stories.  A submarine that killed an airplane with a torpedo

December 27, 2020

Stories like this…

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are why I got into modeling and will never get tired of it. There is so much history to know.

December 15, 2020


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Inspiration can come from almost anywhere. I recently came across this video on YouTube and it now has me doing some thinking and planning, more to come.

December 14, 2020

The M-30 enters the paint shop

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Those of you who have listened to the podcast, have been following the saga of Mike having sucked me into building a 1/35th scale Soviet armor piece. (That may be placing too much blame on Mike, but hey, what do I care.)  I’d have finished construction sooner, but frankly, the Trumpeter instructions appear to have been produced using the infinite monkey theorem.  And let me tell, you, they ain’t Shakespeare.  (I will have more to say on the Trumpeter instructions once I am done, but I need to give them time to buy the asbestos underwear they will need.)

Well, the M-30 has entered the paint booth.  This is good as the paint booth was empty since the completion of the Biber.  Now that the M-30 is off the construction cutting mat, I can move the Mosquito back on and make some  progress.  Also, I am planning the 2021 campaign season. (Who am I kidding.  Every year Mike and I exchange lists of our top ten planned builds for the coming year, and when I get to the end of the year, my list of completions look nothing like my beginning of the year list.)

Now, before you judge me too harshly on the M-30, keep in mind the last time I finished a 35th scale artillery piece was 1996. (BTW, that was my most productive year ever.)  That year I finished a Tamiya Pak 35/36 and a Flak 38. (Pictured below)

OK, you can stop laughing now.  Please keep in mind that this was the mid 90s, weathering was still in the dry-brushing era and these were the only two 35th scale kits I built.  (How about that really slick base job on the Flak 38) Naturally, with the M-30, I am striving for a bit more.  I am binge watching Uncle Night Shift episodes and am alternately inspired and depressed.

Stay tuned.

December 8, 2020

Mikro-Mir Fokker G1

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I suspect this one will be very popular.  Hopefully they’ll do a good job.

December 6, 2020

Type A Japanese mini sub

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Jeff “Inch High” Groves has a nice build of the Fine Molds Type A mini sub.  Go check it out.

December 3, 2020

I love WWII history

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I find WWII history endlessly fascinating.  The video regarding the Japanese attack on Madagascar is just one small example.

November 11, 2020

Civilian pilots at Pearl Harbor

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Anyone who has seen Tora! Tora! Tora! knows that there was a civilian aircraft flying at the time of the Peral Harbor attack. What I didn’t know, at least until I talked to Jim Bates recently, was that there were a number of civilian aircraft aloft, and not all survived.  A really good article here.

November 8, 2020

Clearprop A5M4

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Looks like another release. Is it just different marking or more?

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