Everybody Starts Someplace
Holy Cow, look what happened! I turned my back on the week and all of a sudden it's Friday again! How could that be? Where did the time go? No matter; let's start today by thanking everybody for their kind words regarding the site. We're evidently off to a pretty good start, which pleases me no end, so thanks, guys, and thanks also to those of you who knew me from before and have offered to help out with photos, data, and information. People like you made things work so well the first time around, and I'm grateful to each and every one of you for your enthusiasm this time around.
Time to Scoot...
But we ain't leavin'. What we are doing is publishing a few more A-4C shots for your files since we haven't done that for a while and the Charlie is still a project over here, albeit one that's presently somewhat stalled, mostly because I did that Short Attention Span thing and went off adventuring into the late-War Luftwaffe again. (Boy, was that a long sentence or what?) Funny thing, that; back in The Old Days I wouldn't touch that particular air force with a ten-foot pole (and said so repeatedly, which is the way I say most things), but now I really enjoy modeling the almost endless variety of camouflage and markings those guys employed. Just goes to show you how things change as you gain seniority on Life.
Instead of rambling on about that, how 'bout some more Scooters for a Friday? I thought you'd like that. Let's do it!
Real Big. Real Fast. Real Darned Pretty.
Nobody was talking about Vigilantes today if we don't count that one mentioned in the photo caption above, but it's one of the most beautiful aircraft ever to grace the decks of any aircraft carrier (and apparently one of the scariest, if that LSO I talked with back in the 70s can be believed) and deserves some space today. It's a strange thing, but we have a couple of prehistoric off-scale kits of the Vigi, two or three in 1/72nd scale that can be made into really nice models with some work, and a quarter-scaler that really misses the mark in terms of accuracy. I'm thinking it's about time we got a decent 1/48th scale kit of this absolutely gorgeous airplane!
We all have at least a couple of shots in our collections that constitute Mystery Meat; we don't know much about them but they're too cool not to share. This photo is part of my own personal Mystery Meat Locker. It's obviously an RA-5C (BuNo 147860) from RVAH-12, and I think it might have been shot at an airshow at NAS Corpus Christi during the 70s or very early 80s, but I'm not sure. I'm also not any too certain who took the photo, but I know it wasn't me! (I'm thinking Frank Garcia was the photographer, maybe...) It's a pretty airplane, though, and a fitting shot to close out the week with. Friddell Collection
And In Conclusion
There we are; another week gone by. From my perspective it seems like only yesterday, but I've now been doing this blog for a little over a month. It's an anniversary of sorts! 26 posts and a whole month gone by. Who'd a thunk it?
Next week we'll do some modeling on something that doesn't sport black crosses and maybe even try to make some progress on that Hasegawa Skyhawk that's just sitting there gathering dust. Until then, be good to your neighbor. See you next week!