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Sunday, January 26, 2020

On Midrats 26 January 2020 - Episode 525: Watching the Surface Force with David Larter

Please join us at 5pm EST on 26 January 2020 for Midrats Episode 525: Watching the Surface Force with David LarterMidrats
Put on your black leather jacket, get your SM-6 plush toy, pour a glass of your finest Chianti in honor of the epic Fincantieri after party, and join us this Sunday to discuss the latest news about the USN surface force.

Using his reporting earlier this month from the Surface Navy Association Symposium as a starting off point, our guest for the full hour will be David Larter, Naval Warfare Reporter for Defense News. He's a graduate of the University of Richmond and a former Operations Specialist Second Class, still DNQ in his ESWS qual.

From new uniform items to future unmanned system, we will be talking about it.

If you can't catch the show live and you use Apple Podcasts, you can pick up the episode and others and add Midrats to your podcast list simply by clicking the button at the main show page - or you can just click here. Or on Spreaker. The show also is reportedly on Spotify.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A Little Too Real

Some of you may know that I have a couple of MG cars in my garage.

I am supposed to be working on them, though life keeps intruding on that work.

The other day I ran across a reference to the "Visible V-8" - a model kit from Revell designed, I suppose, to elucidate the mysteries of one form of internal combustion engine to future mechanics and auto hobbyists.

Well, I thought, perhaps there's similar kit for the 4 cylinder engines like those in the MGs - wouldn't that be fun for the grandchildren?

And, lo, there are such kits-

So I bought one. Somewhere on the box, it states "For ages 8 and up" or "8+" - which I certainly am.

Shortly after its arrival, I began to put the thing together. Plastic parts, small screws, big drawings. No problemo, I figured.

After a short while, I began to see this engine assembly was a little too authentic. Too much like real engine work.

First, every dropped tool or part or little tiny screw inevitably rolled to the most difficult place in which to see it and then to retrieve it. "Huh," I said to myself, "just like when working on a real car."

Second, if I viewed the diagrammed instructions one way, that way was almost always the wrong way and required some disassembly to get it back to the right way. Thereupon, the rule of dropped things came into play again - for the very same parts, pieces, and tools that had rolled off in the first go round. Again, this is not uncommon in my hobby car work. So not uncommon that it has a Murphy's Law sort of thing "Whatever tool or part you need for the next step is the one that you just dropped so that it can't be reached without taking some other component of the car off to get to it." And the tech drawings for the MGs - well, they aren't any less confusing than the ones for the kit and, if a part can be put in backwards, that will be the first install of that part.

Third, if I was 8 or 9 years old, I would not have all those great "sailor words" to use in instances such as those described above.

Eventually, I got the thing assembled. And it runs, with pistons and valves and camshaft and spark plugs that light up. Sadly, though, it appears, just as in a real car, I may need to adjust the timing.

And my dog was so upset with my language that he left the room.

So, the kit and process were a little too real.

Might as well work on the real cars.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Interesting: China Testing Unmanned "Mini-Destroyer"

The Martime Executine reports China's Unmanned "Mini-Destroyer" Out on Sea Trials

The PLA Navy's well-armed unmanned surface vessel has conducted its first sea trials, according to Chinese trade outlet Ordnance Industry Science Technology.

The 50-foot-long vessel, dubbed JARI, is designed for remote-control or autonomous operation, like many projects developed by western navies and defense contractors. However, it may be unique in possessing all of the core capabilities of a surface combatant (at a small scale).

Its developers say that JARI has a phased-array radar, a sonar suite, a deck gun, two close-range air defense missiles, two vertical-launch silos for small anti-air / anti-ship missiles and two torpedo launch tubes. Given its equipment, Chinese state outlet Global Times has described it in ambitious terms as a combat-ready "mini Aegis-class destroyer."
Hmmm. That's a lot of technology and stuff in a small boat.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

On Midrats 19 January 2020 - Episode 524: Mid-January Melee

Please join us at 5pm EST on 19 Jan 2020 for Midrats Episode 524: Mid-January Melee
Open mic and open topic for this week's Midrats as we cover the maritime spectrum from Chinese fisherman and their "strange" catches, to new carriers, to 1.001 things you can do with a DDG-1000.

We'll be live as always and are taking questions and topic requests ... so come join us!
If you can't catch the show live and you use Apple Podcasts, you can pick up the episode and others and add Midrats to your podcast list simply by clicking the button at the main show page - or you can just click here. Or on Spreaker. The show also is reportedly on Spotify.