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April 25, 2019

Lydia Litvyak

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:43 pm
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Sometimes you just find yourself wandering around the internet.  I was doing so and ended up researching Lydia Litvyak.  I knew about her before, but hadn’t realized that a couple of German aces were among her victims.


April 23, 2019

Oh boy!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:27 pm
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Special Hobby is doing another release of the Delta, this time with Skis and Floats.  Since I want to do a Delta on Floats, this is manna from heaven for me.

Zvezda Pe-2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:02 am
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While one of my areas of modeling interest has always been post-WWII Soviet aircraft, I never had much interest in the WWII Russian stuff.  Recently, with more manufacturers in the east, we are starting to see more quality models of WWII Russian aircraft.  Zvezda has announced a new Pe-2 WWII Russian bomber kit.

April 17, 2019

Special Hobby Sunderland

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:00 pm
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Special Hobby has release the Mk V version of the Sunderland.  This fills a gap for those who model seaplanes and flying boats.

April 16, 2019

I really do blame Jeff Groves

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:13 pm
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Actually, if I am being honest, I credit him.  He got me inspired to build the IBG Japanese truck and it is a blast.  It has been a really fun build so far.  I just wish I had more time to devote to it.  Here is the current status of some of the parts. (I need to do some small touch ups on the paint.)  I was really pleasantly surprised at how well the bed assembled.

IBG truck

A ceramic hand grenade

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:44 am
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At the end of the war in the Pacific, the Japanese were cut off from resources and desperately trying to improvise weapons.  One that I was unaware before yesterday was the ceramic hand grenade.  It is an interesting story. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for the pointer.)

April 11, 2019

New Zeros

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:19 pm
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And ones we need to boot.  Fine Molds is releasing a A6M prototype and an A6M2 Model 11.  These will fill a big gap for modelers of Japanese aircraft and those whose interest is in the air war in China.

April 5, 2019


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:20 pm
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No, I am not leaving.  Sword is releasing a Ki-102 with an I-Go rocket. I want this.

April 3, 2019

Movie review: Doodlebug Summer (2012)

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 6:31 am
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One of my areas of interest is the late war development of Germany’s hi-tech weapons.  Doodlebug Summer isn’t really a movie, but rather a 6 part British documentary.  I initially started watching for my interest in the weapons themselves and their development.  Sadly, there is very little of that.  Rather, the episodes consist mostly of interviews with people who experienced the V-weapon attacks.  The stories were fascinating and the scale of the tragic losses, almost all civilian, were horrendous. There was some footage and discussion of the attempted defenses against the V-1 (there was no defense to the V-2), but mostly there is archival film of the sites of the weapons impact with survivor stories.  While not what I had originally expected, it was well worth watching.  It was on Amazon Video and included free with Prime.  4 out of 5 stars.

April 2, 2019

Sword P-47N

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:08 am
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I am glad to see this reissued.  I want to get one to use in my collection of ANG aircraft.

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