I remember the day well when I built a 1:72 model of an A-10 Thunderbolt. I don’t know how old I was, but it must have been some time in my mid-teens. That particular plane was the model that I put in the most effort yet. And it looked pretty good! I had painted the whole fuselage and even added a lot of detail to the cockpit.
There was one problem though. The real A-10 has a very heavy machine gun in the front, whereas the model was all plastic. So, the weight and balance didn’t work out, and the model would always fall back, if you wouldn’t put in some sort of weight in the front. I had failed to do so, of course, but already had the fuselage glued shut. I could still spread it apart a little bit at the seams though, so, in an ingenious flash of brilliance, I decided to just pour in some glue in there as extra weight. Well, the inevitable happened and all the glue poured into the cockpit, where it dissolved the canopy and turned it into a white, opaque dome. I was so frustrated that I had ruined days of work within a couple of minutes that I pretty much gave up on my “model career” after that.
And that is why my brother still builds all kinds of models and I play guitar instead.
Have you ever had somebody “helping” you and their “help” kinda made things even harder? I sure have and I am certain a lot of you will be able to relate. Some people have that natural tendency to make things way more complicated than they need to be.
One of my faves as mechanic was students coming into the hangar and asking question after question after question. In the beginning I always answered them because that is just the guy I am. But it always got me into trouble with the boss (Hans?) because my efficiency as mechanic was going down and I wasn’t really getting paid to answer question but to fix airplanes. I think a lot of interaction between Chuck and Julio stem back from that time in my life. And in the long run I probably did better as flight instructor since I do love to talk and answer questions. So it turned out to be the perfect job for me 😉
When I was in the army (which is mandatory here, if you have the wrong sort of genitals), we had a guy who was constantly trying to make jokes and witty remarks. Every now and then, they were really funny! But 95% of the time they were duds, and everybody would just shake their heads and sigh. One of the guys once said to me: “I like you better, because you don’t say much, but when you do it’s funny. Not like this guy!”
To which I replied: “I come up with pretty much the same amount of dumb things to say as the other guy. The difference is just that I filter out 95% and don’t say it.” Which they also considered to be funny. But actually I was just speaking the truth. My brain comes up with ridiculous stuff all the time, and the majority is actually pretty un-funny. The key is just to have enough self control and the discernment to tell when to speak and when to keep it shut. But good lord, I hope I never lose the function of my frontal lobes, because then I’d probably be an insufferable human being.
Oh and sorry for the late upload! I was engrossed in some other work and totally forgot about it …
As a former airplane owner AND former boat owner I can more than relate to this strip 😉
It’s probably going to be a while before I will own either again. Boats are best rented for sure. We had a lot of fun with the plane but the guys I owned it with moved away and I wasn’t using it enough to justify the investment. I do know a lot of people though who own a plane and use it on regular basis for work and for transportation. Depending on where I end up and if it makes sense as transportation, I can totally see myself owning another plane. Not sure about another boat though, LOL.
We really love this strip because it’s so “typical Chuck” and how the guy just walks away after being ridiculed. Chuck sees a Cessna as a bad idea and an old WW2 warplane as investment. On the other hand, if you look at what a flying Mustang or Corsair currently goes for, he might even be right. Not sure how much you need to put into it though to get these things sold for millions. Also, note I said “flying” … and “might” be right …
I don’t own a GoPro camera, but then, I live a rather uninteresting life with little opportunity to use one. Also, I don’t even find the time to sort through all my photos, so I imagine I would have even less time to go through videos and cut them, etc. I am glad that so many people out there use those little cameras though! I got more than one good adrenaline rush from watching GoPro footage on Youtube. Interestingly, I get more knots in my stomach and sweaty hands from watching people climb skyscrapers and construction sites than, for example, watching footage from a motocross track.
Anyway, it’ll be a couple of decades until we’ll see footage from Chuck’s corsair, so in the meantime, if anyone of you has a great GoPro video to share, please post the link below!
My brother always had a knack for modeling. I mean the building little airplanes, not the strutting down a catwalk kind, of course. He can spend hours and hours on getting all the details right. I never had the same kind of patience required for that. On the other hand, I have the patience to brood over a piece of paper for hours on end, in order to draw a comic strip. I wonder if those are inherent traits, or if the preferences developed coincidentally when we grew up. I always crashed my model planes and cars etc. and never seemed to get them to work right. On the other hand, I received a lot of admiration for my drawings. Also, drawings have the advantage that they usually don’t crash and have to be repaired!
Roses are red, violets are blue, I have no idea what to write today, so here’s some poetry for you! Hey that even rhymes! Now isn’t that awesome? But now what rhymes with awesome? I guess nothing but possum.
Well, it seems Chuck has survived “Cyborg Monday” unscathed! We hope you did too, and that none of you got injured during Black Friday either. The discounts in our shops are now phased out, and we have sent out (almost) all the packages already. Thanks again to everyone who ordered!
But even though no physical harm has come to Chuck, now he gets his feelings hurt again, poor fella.
Oh, and I apologize for the fact that the Corsair doesn’t look quite in scale again in this comic. But if you have ever seen the impressive sight of a Corsair in real life, you will understand, that it’d be impossible to fit it’s humongous fuselage in the picture if I didn’t scale it down a bit. I do that with the Twin Otter too, by the way.
I often wonder how much truth there really is in certain sayings and proverbs. Particularly in those who have an equally valid but totally contradicting message. “Opposites attract” versus “birds of a feather flock together” are a great example of this. Or “great minds think alike” versus “fools seldom differ”, or “absence makes the hear grow fonder” versus “out of sight, out of mind.”
Well, I’m confused. How am I supposed to live a happy life and make wise decisions when the wisdoms I receive are so convoluted? It’s almost as if I would have to think for myself and make up my own mind! The horror!
First off: I will be at the AERO in Friedrichshafen next week, and will be signing books at the Fliegermagazin booth on Friday 11th from 11:00 to 13:00. Actually, it’s bigger than a booth, because they have a huge area for themselves in the middle of hall A5 (A5-325), so it’s really easy to find. Hope to see some of you there! Even if you already have all our books, just stop by to say hi!
About todays strip: All the non-American readers among you might pause and wonder if we misspelled aluminium. Well, no one knows exactly where the fine line between misspelling something or spelling something the American way is exactly, but in this case it is perfectly fine American spelling. “Nucular” is still wrong though.
It seems Hans really has his ears on the ground when it comes to investment. He probably should read a bit further into the subject of Bitcoin before investing more money in it though. By the way, we’re accepting Bitcoin in our online shops! We only had one order paid that way so far, but, as Hans said, it is important to go with the times. I am pretty sure that cryptocurrencies are here to stay, and it feels exciting to witness their birth. It’s like being there at the beginning of the internet, although it is probably a long way before those things are as stable, easy to use and widely accepted as e.g. email.