Whenever I wait at the gate of an airport, I try to get a glimpse of this peculiar custom in aviation, but so far I have never seen it. I wonder why!
I don’t know how many bosses understand that productivity doesn’t necessarily rise when you watch your employees. I guess it’s necessary in some jobs with repetitive work, and especially if you don’t pay them enough. All I know is that I’m happy to a) be self employed and b) sit in my own office without anybody watching me.
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!
With this strip you are officially looking at one of my all-time favorite strips we have ever made! It was a lot of fun to come up with real sounding and somewhat plausible technical expressions and we now know how the actors on “The Big Bang Theory” must feel.
Although we’re amazed afterwards about how quick Chuck and Julio are on their feet when it comes to avoiding work. We think they might have rehearsed this conversation a time or two before …
It took us at least a half hour of research, although I have to admit that there was a lot of giggling involved.
And speaking of giggling: I also remember that our dear friend Rob, the “Tumbling Bear”, laughed at this strip literally all day. His wife kept texting me “he is STILL laughing!” 😉
I absolutely love Chucks first line in this one! It’s so typical for him …witty, when it comes to getting himself out of doing real work.
We were looking for a lead-in on this one, because the rest really happened almost verbatim (as it does so many times with our comics). My mechanic Billy and I were washing and waxing the helicopter on the only slow day we had up in Alaska in the summer of 2012 and there was a discussion whether to use or not-to-use a certain cleaner for the tailboom. The label said ‘not to use it on aluminum’ but the argument was that we’re not really using it on pure aluminum but rather on the paint “on top of the aluminum”. Billy ripped off the label and said, “Well, there you go! Problem solved!”
And once again I was reaching for my notebook that has all our CW ideas scribbled in it…
Have you guys ever taken something apart and then put it back together without finding of fixing anything and then, magically, it started working again?
I have, but it usually doesn’t work that way on aircraft. In fact, it usually tends to go the other way even. When you take the valve covers off on a Cessna 172, you need to install new gaskets. Especially when they have the cork gaskets on them and the last guy torqued them up pretty hard and installed them dry. They rip and tear and it’s usually a mess which you have to carefully clean up before installing new gaskets.
Something tells me that’s where Chuck might have failed…
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Coincidentally, I started a thread in our forum about the Mythbusters episode where they had the plane take off from a conveyor belt. While I usually respect the Mythbusters and acknowledge that they have to make concessions for the TV audience, I think this “myth” was completely botched. Either that, or they didn’t phrase the question clear enough.
By the way, the advice to not try anything you see here at home is also true for Chuck’s adventures!
Seems like Julio will always find something to criticize. I mean, after all, if you took flawelessness and perfection too seriously, they could never be achieved!
Actually, there is quite a bit more to kites than meets the eye. When I was a kid, I thought all you had to do was glue some paper or plastic sheet to a couple of sticks and attach a string. Needless to say, I can’t distinctly remember any significant sense of achievement in combination with kites.