Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The original title for this was "We're painting the rockets red!We're painting the rockets red!..." but I figured few would get the "Alice in Wonderland" reference...
I've been building rockets again. mainly because my workshop is in a shambles and I need projects that can be built at the dining room table. Rockets are mostly paper and cardboard, and white glue doesn't stink. The painting can be done with a few light coats of automotive primer in the carport (white - seals the balsa nicely and covers most of the grain) and a cheap can of enamel spray paint all on a Saturday afternoon. This one, being a replica kit of one of my favorite rockets from when I was 12 - Der Red Max, I thought I'd get a good can of automotive paint. Gloss Honda Red. Have to wonder why it shows up as "1976 Mustang Badly Faded Red/Near Pink". Think I'll stick to Home Hardware for my paint.
Another reason for rockets - two or three colours - max. Model kits you could build in an afternoon, but you'd spend twice as much on paint as on the kit itself. Plus you could never get it to look like it looked like on the box. And rockets fly. True, they also get lost in trees or auger into the ground - but you can always build them over again.
"the newly opened depths...It lumbered slobberingly into sight and gropingly squeezed Its gelatinous green immensity through the black doorway.... The stars were right again, and what an age-old cult had failed to do by design, a band of innocent sailors had done by accident. After vigintillions of years great Cthulhu was loose again, and ravening for delight."
HP Lovecraft 1926
CB Lavery 2007