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June 11, 2019

Actual modeling content (with photos)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:33 am
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This past weekend, I got to do some actual modeling.  One of the things I got to do while actually modeling, was try the new MIG oilbrushers.  Basically these are premixed oil paint in a mineral spirits carrier in a mascara type tube with a brush.  It isn’t anything you couldn’t do yourself with tube oils and mineral spirits, but it does save time.  Each one is about $6 to $9 or you can buy a three pack for $14.50.  I used the dark earth color to weather the wheels and hubs on my Japanese Ford truck project.  Out of the tube the mixture is a bit thicker than I expected and more opaque.  I was skeptical, but I applied it over the wheel and hub and left it set for a minute or two and removed the excess with q-tips.  I must say I was pleased by the result.

Weathered wheels



June 6, 2019

Another D-Day account

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:51 pm
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Read the whole thing.  Great Churchill story at the beginning, but the meat of the story is the interview after.  Read it and be in awe.

June 6th, 1944

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:12 am
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As we remember the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, this column makes a very good point that, in addition to a lot of combat bravery, there was an incredible logistical challenge that had to be overcome.  Everyone alive today owes these folks a debt of gratitude.


May 23, 2019

Potez XXV(25)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:45 pm
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For such an obsolete aircraft, the Potez 25 hung around quite a while.  Long enough to be used in wars in South America in the 30s, in Spain and even in some corners of WWII.  Now it looks like we will soon have a kit of it.  Sprue shots.

May 17, 2019


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:32 pm
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I have never heard of Mars Models.  Nevertheless, they have a test build up of their to-be-released kit of the Do-23.  I’ve always liked this aircraft.  The Do-23 has a real 1930s vibe to it.  Can’t wait.

May 16, 2019

The plane that accidentally flew around the world

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:23 am
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A great story from WWII.  I had never heard it before.  It makes me want to build a Boeing 314.

May 15, 2019

I really do still blame Jeff Groves

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:58 am
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The IBG Japanese truck continues to make slow progress.  Yes, this is Jeff’s fault.  The kit does really go together nicely, though I do have to think a bit about my out of sequence building plan.

May 8, 2019

Upgraded PBY-5 kit?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:59 pm
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Well, I’d like to know more.  Apparently the kit is the Academy one, with new decals.  Not sure what other extras are in the “upgrade” but curious to find out.

May 6, 2019

Fox Moth sprue shots and decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:34 am
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I recently posted regarding the upcoming Fox Moth kit by AVINow we have sprue shots and a look at the decal sheet.  Me want!

May 5, 2019

Fox Moth in foreign service

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:04 am
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I have no idea why I am a sucker for the Tiger Moth and Fox Moth, but I am.  AVI models has announced a kit of the Fox Moth with Japanese and Spanish Civil war markings.

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