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  1. Hey, all. I've ordered the Monogram 1/144 US/USSR Missile Set, which comes with an MX/Peacekeeper ICBM. I understand that the Orbital Sciences Minotaur rocket series (or at least, the Minotaur IV/V) is made by modifying decommissioned Peacekeepers into launch vehicles. If I wanted to convert the Monogram Peacekeeper into a Minotaur, how would I go about it? While we're at it, if I wanted to convert the kit's Titan II ICBM into a Gemini Launch Vehicle (GLV), what would I need to do for that? Thanks.
  2. Oh, come now. We both know that people who make it to the top in the military get there because they know how to play politics. And yes, I will take the word of a sergeant who actually walked the streets of Fallujah over that of a Pentagon General whose idea of a bad day is PowerPoint crashing, his golf date with the SecDef getting rained out, or the Starbucks in Georgetown running out of whipped cream. Who was responsible? Guys like John Boyd and Pierre Sprey, who made themselves very unpopular by 1) knowing what the hell they were talking about and 2) not being afraid to say so. Erm..
  3. Let's define: "military". I think that the military is full of enlisteds and NCOs and junior officers who are greatly sensible people and who have learned tremendous lessons from the last dozen years of combat. I also think that has nothing to do with the people who work in the Capitol or in the Five-Sided Wind Tunnel on the Potomac or in the management of vast defense contractor conglomerates. Who, incidentally, are the ones making the big decisions. True enough, but there's also a very wide variance in what "war" might look like. Nobody says it has to be huge nation-states sending supe
  4. Of course they're phasing out the A-10. The A-10, designed in the wake of the hard lessons learned in Vietnam, is a machine designed for serious combat by the serious military of a serious nation facing a serious enemy. Increasingly our military exists for show instead of combat, we are ever-more an unserious nation full of unserious people with unserious leaders, and where we have real enemies to speak of, they are largely creations of our own incomprehensible and self-defeating foreign policies. This has been the trend under the leadership of both parties for at least twenty years now. It's
  5. As my mom always says: If it was up your nose, you'd know where it was.
  6. Uhm... yeah: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/126459-US-Air-Force-Confirms-Existence-of-Brony-Squadron Not too impressed.
  7. Not exactly modeling-related, but I think we can all relate to spending a foolishly large amount of money on a hobby. Yahoo Finance has an interesting article on the Robinson family of Los Angeles, who tried cashing in on the Beanie Baby craze of the 90s by becoming huge collectors of the toys. When the Beanie Baby bubble burst, it left them bankrupt. Full story, along with a short documentary on the subject, here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/a-family-spent--100-000-on-beanie-babies-to-put-their-kids-through-college-155053345.html
  8. The Wind Rises is the new film by Hayao Miyazaki, creator of My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service Porco Rosso, Ponyo, and many others. It's based on writer Tatsuo Hori's biography of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the A6M Zero. It follows Horikoshi's life from his childhood, through his experience in the Great Kanto Earthquake, and into his career at Mitsubishi leading up to WWII. Trailer here: The film was just released in Japan, so it might not hit America for a while, but I'll definitely be keen to see it when it does.
  9. Get the YouTube app, or better yet - ProTuber.
  10. It isn't like we were winning them 20% more before now...
  11. Looks like the budget cuts are hitting at the top, too: http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2013/07/16/hagel-top-military-brass-to-be-cut-20-percent Better that than to short-shrift Sergeants in the field.
  12. Today - a man sues Apple, claiming that the internet pr0n he was looking at on his Macintosh caused his marriage to suffer: http://ars.to/1bA5mYo
  13. They're suing Boeing, UAL, AA, Colgan Air, the Mass. Port Authority, and others: http://news.yahoo.com/judge-mull-airlines-owe-wtc-152212570.html I don't think it's being political to say that this is utter BS, and an example of everything that's wrong with the American civil law system.
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