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Occasionally, you get to work for incredible
This was the case with my last Commanding Officer
during my last assignment. In the military, the backgrounds of most of
the people is so varied, it is nice to finally work for someone who
shares in your experiences. My boss was nothing less than an awesome
mentor and great leader.
wanted to present him with a memento that would say more than just
During the time I worked for him, I found out that
his father was a Navigator on B-24s during WWII. Knowing how much he
looked up to his father, I thought a small vignette showing the two
would be very memorable. Not too unlike the influence my boss has had on
me. I call the vignette “From whence we came”.
In cases like these, time is never your friend. I
hate modeling deadlines! Fortunately, Verlinden had two figures that met
The figure representing the B-24 figure is the
Verlinden 200mm “Memphis Belle” aircrew figure. Basically done straight
out of the box with belts made from Tamyia two-part putty. The paint is
all airbrushed Tamyia with the exception of the small bits. A coat of
future and an oil wash was finished off with a flat coat of acryilic.
The modern bombardier who represents my boss is the
Verlinden 200mm “Top Gun” figure that was modified to represent more of
an Air Force style flight suit and helmet. Again, this figure was
finished using Tamyia Putty and Super Sculpey for the details. Paint and
finish was the same as the WWII Bombardier.
I wanted a base that had a solid look but not too
blocky. This base was made by gluing four block of Walnut together and
turning it down to shape. It adds just the right dimension to the