I’m a first-class engineer!
Posted on October 12, 2009
Well okay, maybe I’m not, but I can put an Airfix kit together and that’s got to count for something, right?
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend Saturday’s hugely successful Feminism in London conference (the advice I was given was that even though I’m doing really well after my surgery, a trip down to London would have been too much too soon). To make up for it, or at least, to take my mind off what I was missing, Linda suggested that instead we should spend our weekend putting the finishing touches to the Eurofighter. And so that’s what we did.
We’d already put the main body together a few weeks ago (and found a more practical use for clothes pegs!):
All that was left to do now was finish off the fiddly bits, like gluing on the missiles and the wheels and stuff.
Here’s the (nearly) finished plane:
But of course once all that was done we then had to paint it.
And that’s when we ran into problems
This is the guide sheet that supposedly tells you what colours to use and where:
Seriously, life’s too short and all that……
…….So this is me ignoring the guidance and painting the plane in a colour of my own choosing:
These are the gazillions of transfers you’re supposed to stick on a Eurofighter:
And this is the guide sheet that tells you where all those gazillions of teeny tiny transfers are supposed to go:
I mean, I know I’m bored with all this convalescing, but even I’m not that fucking bored.
So here’s what we did instead. We chose some different stickers to decorate it with.
Here’s the now finished Eurofighter from the top in all its glory and magnificence:
And here’s the underside/underbelly/undercarriage or whatever the technical term is:
Is that looking awesome or what?
Now I reckon I’m on to something with this little beauty. For instance, we all know how companies have to make things in pink in order to persuade us ladies to fork out our hard-earned cash on them, things like laptops, and mobile phones, and breast cancer charity items, well I think I’ve solved the problem of how to recruit more women into the RAF. Paint the planes Barbie pink and decorate them with sparkly hearts and flowers. It can’t fail…..
It is no wonder each of them planes cost more than Elton John’s guest bathroom, the gazillions of teeny tiny transfers, are apparently to distinguish the aircraft from its opponents, and to tell the pilot not to fill it with diesel.
The Eurofighter was to deliver F-15 capabilities , in numbers competitive ( in Tesco Value terms) with the F-16, and….
But would it win in a fight with the Powerpuff Girls?
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That has turned out to be one AWESOME fighter jet! I would never have thought it possible for me to fall in love with a warplane… but by gosh I have… and I totally love the photo with the clothes pegs… double awesome!
Really sorry not to have had you at the conference (and the cabaret night afterwards). Lots of amazing stuff. For me (and I think a lot, maybe a majority looking at the feedback I’ve had) the highlight was Rebecca Mott. You can read her awesome speech here:
I’m so with you on that whole pink thing being a pain in the arse, but I have never seen a “prettier” plane than that one.
Thanks for the Facebook group link. I really hate sodding pink now – it used to be just a colour like any other – but not now!
Unfortunately though, certain shades of pink really suit me. So I should probably wear it all the time, except everyone will then assume I am a “femininity” crazed halfwit. So I stick to less flattering colours.
Anyway you have clearly missed your way Cath and should get job in marketing immediately. You can already buy pink tool sets,
and yet you have spotted a great big gaping pink coloured hole in the market!
I’ve found something to smash up pink toys with:
There goes the pink lego, the pink Magnetix, the pink swing, the double buggy with one side being blue and the other pink, the pink …
But maybe this book will escape my bashing: http://www.amazon.com/Priscilla-Pink-Planet-Nathaniel-Hobbie/dp/0316735795
And if the current avalanche of pink makes you want to puke…..
Thanks Cath! I’m gonna get those bags with these: http://www.amazon.com/Bond-6910-Garden-Hedge-Shears/dp/B001IDZAGC
boring fact of the day…
i saw on QI last night that in the WW2 there was in fact a PINK spitfire – as painting planes pink was great camouflage in the evening skies – blended in with the clouds.
making your plane both cute and functional!
That does look like a nice kit. WWI planes tend to have nice simple colour schemes (and less parts). You might want to go with acrylic paints, they are a lot easier to use.
Or there is always Lego. My daughter loves the Star Wars Lego I got her (thanks to the Mirror offer).
If your convalescing just don’t get into online gaming. It sucks you in and chews you up, but it doesn’t spit you out.
Hello from Russia!
Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?
Yes of course you can.
“i saw on QI last night that in the WW2 there was in fact a PINK spitfire – as painting planes pink was great camouflage in the evening skies – blended in with the clouds.”
‘Used in “Dicing”, short for Dicing With Death, Operations, a number of the aircraft were painted in a very pale pink camouflage colour and others in standard fighter colours.’
German radar was precise, they didn’t have to see, to know precisely where it was. So if they were photographing radar, the German AA guns would generally do the correct math.
In some ways this is similar to your eurofighter, but in other ways it isn’t (what with being real). I’m not sure what one can say about this, other than, it seems very American somehow
Girly guns versus the Art Nazis