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.
So it seems Chuck might go with the Pappy Boyington paint scheme after all. Well, I guess we will have to wait until he can wrench himself away from the TV screen before any new steps are taken. And who knows how long that will take! How many seasons of Baa Baa Black Sheep have been produced? Does anyone know?
Chuck sure has his priorities straight. My guess is that his top priority right now is to spite Nobu. In a chummy sort of a way, I’m sure.
Somehow the whole idea of WW2 rivalries reminds me of a scene during my stay abroad in Tokyo. An American, a Brit, a Japanese and me, an Austrian, were sitting and having a beer together. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it was a profound experience for me, because we were talking about how great it is that we all can be friends, when only a few decades ago our grandfathers used to fight each other in WW2. To me personally, it shows that hatred for other peoples and countries is not something innate, but something that is instilled from above.
The Roman empire is long gone, but their strategies, in particular “divide and conquer” are alive and well. Black against white, Christians against Muslims, East against West, rich against poor, French against Brits, Cowboys vs. Redsins (I mean the American football teams) etc. alll our petty rivalries serve the main purpose to focus our energies on people like us and topics which ultimately will not change or have no real significance. Only just don’t look up or at the man behind the curtain!
It makes me sad. Because when you travel you can see that 99% of all people would get along with each other well. Everybody wants to live a peaceful and happy life and be left alone. I think the best way to “fight the system” is to not perpetuate the stereotypes and hate and be loving and kind to everybody. If you feel like you hate a certain group, think twice, or preferably even more often about where that hatred comes from. It’s not from within you.
There, now you know it, I’m a Hippie at heart! Sorry for going all philosophical on you guys! Somehow this blog got a bit out of hand…
If I was Julio, I would keep my cutting torch under lock and key. Actually, I would keep everything that cuts, or welds, or creates any kind of heat locked up and hidden if I was working with Chuck. He should have known right away that Chuck would never let anything happen to his precious fuselage. We’ll see if he can get himself a hangar soon or if he will try to go cheap as long as possible by using Roost-Air’s hangar …
PS: I really like how Chuck refers to the other planes as the “non-vintage aircraft”. It’s not the first time he’s done that.
It was about time for Chuck to find another piece for his Corsair. We weren’t sure how much of the plane we would let him buy and if he will ever finish it. We like to think he will someday, at least I would like to see the plane done. But having this big fuselage be in the way for the next couple of weeks will give us plenty of new material. It’s actually kind of hard to draw a full sized Corsair for Stef since it’s such a big airplane compared to a Cessna 172 or Hughes 500, so forgive us for a slight scaling error here and there.
Of course, in true Chuck fashion, he is jumping the gun slightly on how to paint it. But I do admire Chucks continuing enthusiasm about everything aviation and flying. Since I fly for a living it’s not every day I wake up as enthusiastic as Chuck (especially when it’s 4am) but I do have a lot of great days where I think to myself “Man, I can’t believe I get to fly this thing for a living!” It’s a great feeling.
And here is a question to you guys: Should Chuck paint his Corsair like Ike Kepfords machine or more like Pappy Boyingtons? Let’s hear some opinions!
It’s about time Chuck bought another part for his Corsair. Although at this pace it will still take a few more weeks than expected.
I personally would like to see him buy a fuselage or at least an engine but we don’t always get to tell him what to do anymore. By now he has completely taken on his own persona and we’re all just along for the ride.