Thursday, 12 January 2012

A bit of a surprise.

I was at work today and happened to find a picture on the web that surprised me...

...a few years ago I was deployed in a sunny country and working on Merlin helicopters.  One of them returned in a poorly condition after having a head on collision with a bird and the nose cone was badly damaged.  Fortunately, the nice Americans had a workshop that could cope with composite repairs and we got it patched up... they did an excellent job... but they didn't have the right colour paint.  Seeing as the paint was the wrong colour, the repair was non standard and the nose cone would be replaced when we could get the spares, I got the opportunity to paint something nice:

Click the BIG pic! I noticed that the picture on line had been taken back in England and I also found out that my artwork adorned the Merlin for a good couple of months before the nose cone was replaced.  I then noticed that a model making company was producing special decals and one of them was the 'Splat!' design that I painted!

How cool is that!? I'm painting Viper Wing bikes tonight :)

See you from the front of the queue!


Ajsalium said...

Don't be fool!

Protect your IP!

Demand royalties!

Brummie said...

Thats wicked a claim to fame :D

Deadestdai said...

Even anonymous fame is worth bragging about. Awesome story sir!

Avicenna said...

hehehe Brilliant! Especially the decal bit - grats! :D

Inso said...

First up, it is an amendment to British military equipment so I immediately forfeit any IP/Copy rights (it's the Crown's) so as much as I would love to cry foul, I knew when I did it, it was never mine.

That said, I was really happy when I found out that it had been flying around in Britain...and that the guys on the squadron thought it was brilliant (lots of pix of people standing next to it etc).

Then to find out someone had made decals of it...that was the icing on the cake :).

It certainly put a smile on my face...I'm now officially part of RAF history :).

Mr Teufel said...

I love it!