Sunday, July 28, 2013
Why Don't He Write?
OK, it's been well over a month. What's going on this time? Well, folks; to put it in a nutshell, we discovered another Picture Pirate and it really put us in a Why Are We Doing This kind of mood for a while. Here's what happened.
We were messing around on the internet a while back and decided to put 4th FIS into Google Images
to see what might pop up, 4th FIS "Deuces" always being a topic of interest around these parts. A whole bunch of photos showed up and right there, in front of The Deity and everybody, were the F-86Ds from the 4th, the exact ones we'd run right here at RIS a year or so back through the courtesy of Dave Menard. The problem was, they were credited to the photo service account of somebody named "K...". That wasn't the end of it, either---there were hundreds of images on the site, and a few of them were very familiar to us since they'd come from the collections of Dave, Marty Isham, and the like, and a great many of those images had seen the light of day as exclusives, having not been provided to anybody else before they were offered to us.
The kicker here is that we didn't personally take the images, and neither did the folks who collected them, making the whole copyright issue a difficult thing to negotiate at best. We couldn't find anything that we'd personally shot (there would most assuredly be repercussions had we discovered that!) but it was discouraging in the extreme to see so many images lifted without mention of the collections from which they'd come. (We give credit lines on our photos, remember!)
To be perfectly honest with you, things like this tend to make us want to fold the tent. On the other hand, the person who'd loaded those photos had loaded a whole bunch more from other sites as well---our images only constituted a small percentage of what was there, so we weren't alone in the victimization department. We thought about the whole deal for quite a while (a little over a month, to be exact), and decided to continue with the project, but with an unfortunate side effect for you, our readers.
We'd gone to smaller watermarks on our photos a while back, in order not to compromise the quality of our images, but the guys on the various internet user groups, coupled with a couple of folks on that particular photo storage site, just won't let it go. That's forcing us to put large watermarks on the photography again. We hate to do that but those guys have pretty much left us no choice. To our regular readers, as well as those folks just discovering our site, please accept our profound apologies for those big honkin' watermarks. It's a classic case of a few ruining something for the many, but it is what it is and, at the end of the day, we fully intend that the folks who contribute to this site and make it what it is receive the credit they deserve. Most of the images have a huge sweat equity connected to them because of the sheer effort it takes for the collector to locate them and obtain copies. It's an integrity issue pure and simple. We think we have integrity, and we know our contributors do. We're pretty sure there are other folks out there who don't.
One more thing, ya'll: If you're looking at somebody else's site and see one of our photos run without provenance you can be pretty certain the person who's site it was took those photos without permission, since we only grant permission to use our photography to the folks who give credit to the photographer or collector who provided the images in the first place. We're proud of what we do around here---we run a straight-up publication and we intend on keeping it that way---so would you Picture Pirates please cease and desist? Our stats tell us that we're pretty popular and we'd hate to shut the project down because you can't keep your hands to yourselves, but that's certainly becoming an option so cut the crap, ok? Ok.
Movin' Right Along
The last time we convened I'd made pretty significant progress on that 1/32nd scale Hasegawa Ki-44, and promised an update the next time we met. Well, it's that time, so here's the update as promised!
Dick and Marge
Richard Ira Bong was America's ace of aces during the Second World War with 40 confirmed aerial victories against the Japanese scored while flying with first the 49th and, later, with the 475th fighter groups. Bobby Rocker sent us a photo that we place in the "sentimental journey" category, for obvious reasons.
Thanks as always to Bobby Rocker for this image, and for the continued contributions from his collection.
That Martin P-Boat, A Slight Return
The impending arrival of the new Academy Martin PBM Mariner has a whole lot of folks excited, and rightfully so. Never the glamor girl the far more mundane PBY turned out to be, the PBM plugged along in journeyman fashion, ending her days as a Cold Warrior. Jim Sullivan's unique collection includes a fair number of Mariners, several of which we'd like to share with you today.
And that's it for That Other P-Boat, at least for now. We aren't quite done with American seaplanes yet, though, so stay tuned!
One That Didn't Make It
There are airplanes and then there are airplanes. Brewster, an old-line American coachbuilder (first with wagons and later with automobiles) had a somewhat disastrous shot at designing and building aircraft for the US Navy, first with the F2A fighter and, later, with their SB2A Buccaneer, a dive bomber that never quite lived up to its intentions. A couple of hundred were built before production was terminated, and most of those lived out their limited service lives with foreign air forces and naval arms.
Still, the aircraft possessed enough appeal to cause a 1/48th kit to be released by our friends at Special Hobby. Frank Cuden, who knows a thing or two about plastic modeling, recently tackled the kit for an article in Fine Scale Modeler and he, plus the staff at FSM, were kind enough to allow us to run a couple of images of the end result. For further details we heartily recommend that you acquire the appropriate issue of that publication!
Thanks to Frank Cuden and the folks at FSM for the images.
The Relief Tube
Of which there isn't one today. We've been extremely busy with non-Replica doings of late, and have come to the conclusion that it will take at least another week or two to finish up the issue we had planned for this go-round. Since it's already been well over a month since our last installment we've decided to go ahead and publish what we've got. The next issue is already in work and, hopefully, won't take as long to get here.
Thanks for your patience and be good to your neighbor 'til we meet again.