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If Buck Rogers was a pilot in WWII as opposed to a Foot Soldier in WWI, which aircraft would he prefer? (Feel Free to Comment your points) 

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6 deviants said P-51 Mustang
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1 deviant said P-47 Thunderbolt
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1 deviant said P-40 Warhawk
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1 deviant said P-38 Lightning
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1 deviant said Other (Leave info on the comments)
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Night assignment by VHamelin
Night assignment
With Lady Laura undergoing repairs after a previous assignment, Captain Anthony "Buck" Rogers was assigned to do a surprise assault against the defensive barricade keeping the Allied Forces from moving in from England.  Once again, the P-47 known as "Gorgeous Gene" is about to hit thr skies fully armed and ready to tackle whatever comes her way.  

This one is a pretty neat little gizmo since it comes with a lot more features.  The big one being that you can hear com chatter while in the cockpit and the lighting used to guide her through the skies.  :)

At some point, I'm going to have the skins for Lady Laura done, right now, I'm working out the decals and scheme for it.  :)  I think you guys will like it.  

Shot taken in SL
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We arrived at the address where Marge lived within the next few minutes or so.  Awkward silence filled Betty's interior.  Seemed like Spectre was at a loss for words after mentioning Emir.  She didn't know how important he was to me, so I couldn't hold it against her.  Still, the entire trip from the night club to the Werhner residence, she tried to muster up the words to say something, but backed down.  It took a few minutes though for her to finally muster up the courage to speak to me about it.  "I didn't mean to--"

"It's fine, you didn't know." I cut her off.  "No one really does."  I concentrated on the road.  She finally asked about it.  "How close were you with him."

"Very." I answered her.  "He was like a father to me."  I concentrated on driving watching the street signs as the rain came down hard.   "Sounds like you guys were really close." she said to me.  I nodded.  "We were.  He's the reason I have Betty here."  She looked to me puzzled.  "You mean this car was his?"  I nodded.  "He stopped driving her when he invested in a Chevelle and a Power Wagon." I explained.  "He used the Chevelle during the spring summer seasons, and the Power Wagon for the Winter Seasons." I looked to her.  "I kinda picked up his habits on that one.  Since I have Betty and my Ramcharger."  She snorted at that.  "I wonder how much money you spend on gas?"  

"Not very much.  I fill it maybe once a month."  She shot a glance at me.  "Seriously?"  I nodded.  "That's not possible.  There is no way you could be filling it THAT little."  I snickered.  "Pedro was able to pull it off."  I explained to her.  "But this is a Carburetor based motor.  Four Barrel is it not?"

"Rochester Quadrajet to be exact."

"So there is no way in HELL you could be filling it once a month.  I know you drive it around all the time!"

"It is possible when your getting close to Forty Miles to the gallon."  From that point her jaw dropped.  "What?  How are you-- I mean what--?"  

"Pedro modified it." I answered.  "After I got it from Emir, I helped Pedro with some issues and in turn he took Betty and modified her to be more economical."  She watched me with her jaw to the floor.  Still trying to process the information.  I looked to her and closed her mouth for her. snickering.  "He swapped the rear end with a Dana 44 Axle so changing the Universal Joints wouldn't be a pain since the original products are obsolete."

"Okay, so that's one minor change.  Doesn't really explain how your still able to get that much gas mileage."

"By closing the butterfly to the Carburetor and running a vacuum bypass hose to it so the fumes had a place to go."  I snickered.  "It keeps the airflow set to a certain amount."  I smiled.  "Pedro modified it so it doesn't cause any issues under stress.  So it's just as efficient as fuel injection.  Just.  Gotta use High Octane in her."  

We were close to the Werhner residence when I shut off the headlights.  The masked avenger looked at me puzzled.  "Something wrong?"  I didn't answer just looked around to see if I can catch a glimpse of anything suspicious.  It was difficult to tell with the rain fall.  I was in the right position pulled over to the curb for now away from the stop sign.  I finally saw something in the distance but couldn't tell what it was.  The neighborhood was a quiet one.  Town houses and trees pretty close together.  I knew that the house was being watched.  Just hard to tell at this hour.  "You have those fancy goggles handy?" I asked her.  She smiled pointing to her head.  "I always keep them with me.  Why?"  I extended my hand out to her.  "May I see them for a second?"  Normally, I'm not big on fancy technology, but in this case, I made a small exception.  From the corner of my eye, I could see those posh tiers of her curl to a coy smirk.  Already I had an idea where she was going with this.  "Finally catching up with the rest of us, detective?" she teased while reaching to remove her goggles and hand them to me.  "Just this one time." I said to her.  "Then you can have your fun with them."  

She placed the fancy glasses in my hand and pointed out how to operate them.  "Turn this to activate the night vision." she instructed, "This one adjusts the lens, and this switches between camera lenses.  If you want to pick up Infrared, turn this knob to switch between the two." I looked to her for a second noting her smirk.  "Just making sure you know how to operate it.  Considering you don't have a cell phone. . ."  I shook my head taking the goggles.  "Thanks. . .  It isn't booby trapped is it?"  She giggled at that statement while I flushed my cheeks.  "N-never mind. . . " I withdrew and placed the goggles over my eyes turning on the Night Vision scanning around the perimeter.  She was still teasing me about it.  "You trying to be a peeping tom now?"  I rolled my eyes.  "At this hour?" I shot a glance at her.  "You never know. . .  Maybe their's something your not telling me. . ."  I shook my head ignoring the remark, and  focused on an unmarked vehicle tracking the design, make and model if I could.  I switched to Infrared to see how many bodies were inside.  I could see from the temperatures their was two in the car.  I scanned over to the side street and saw another unmarked car with two more bodies in it a few blocks away.  Spectre watched me noting the serious expression on my face while I scoured the area.  "Someone pulling a stake out?" she asked me when I stopped finally seeing the tail end of a car with two more bodies in side.  I nodded.  "Yeah, Six bodies total." I explained to her handing her the goggles back so she could have a look.  She slipped the goggles back on and worked the adjusters accordingly seeing the same thing.  "Cars are unmarked which can mean one of two things.  Either the boys are working undercover. . ."

"Or someone with a lot of power has a keen interest on the house." she finished the sentence.  

"Normally if it was a police escort it would be a marked Black and White." I pointed out.  "And wouldn't be that far away from the house."  I watched her while she operated her goggles.  "My guess is it's probably either the Feds or one of the Crime Syndicates." I rolled my eyes.  "Feds. . .  Great." she glanced over to me.  "We don't know for sure Reed.  Right now their's three of them."

"Six, technically speaking." I pointed out.  "Feds don't need that many agents on the field.  Maybe a couple."  I watched the house for a second.  "Their could be more on the other side."  I looked to her.  "Think you can scout around a bit more?"  She flipped off the goggles and looked to me nodding.  "Better be a really good back rub, detective. . ." she said with a hint of sultry to her tone.  I snickered a bit.  "You won't be able to move by the time I'm done. . ." I teased her.  She couldn't help but grin at that one.  "I'll keep an eye out while you head inside." she said before tossing me an earpiece.  I looked at it for a second.  "Stick it in your ear, I'll be in touch with you if I find anything or see any changes."  I nodded to her.  "Keep an eye out for my signal." I said holding my mini flashlight.  "Two quick clicks."  I said.  She nodded to me.  "Hey."  I stopped her for a second.  Spectre turned her head to me while I watched her.  "Be careful.  We don't know what we're up against yet."  She giggled.  "Your forgetting who your talking to." she winked to me, and climbed out of Betty, closing the door before finally disappearing into the rainy night.  I watched her for a second and shook my head sliding the ear bud in place turning it on.  I focused my attention to the house and flashed my light on and off three times.  I waited for a second And saw the light come on once then shut off.  I smiled.  "Thanks Marge."  


I climbed out of Betty taking the keys with me and closing the door.  Quickly I rushed around the streets avoiding the watchmen to reach the Werhner residence.  The nice thing being a native to Steel City, is memorizing all the different routes.  While running between the houses I hopped over the fences making my way to Emir and Marge's house.  Flipping around the fences like I was doing the hurdles in the Olympics.  Watching the cars for a second, I made sure the coast was clear.  Climbing an old oak tree, I made way across the other side where the old tree at Emir's house sat.  Shimmying down to the backyard and pausing for a second to make sure no one saw me.  So far so good.  I opened the storm cellar doors and climbed down to the basement sealing the doors behind me to meet up with Marge.  I was going to find out what happened one way or another.  I owed that to Emir at least.  Maybe I can finally find out why he tried to kick me out of town in such a hurry.  That whole situation left me bitter still, but I can finally find out what happened.  
Welcome Home Part 5
Short, but it incorporates what's going on so far.  I'm working as I go at this point.  It's been pretty crazy.  

Payton Reed is Property of Yours Truley.

Spectre is property of :iconcrimsonvlkyrie: and is used with permission.  :)

Story takes place in :iconsteel-city-heroines:
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It's not very often I get to go out to the movies, but I had nothing else going on.  So a friend of mine and I went to go see Dracula Untold just for the hell of it.  Although I would try not to spoil too much of it, I can provide a bit of a review of it.

The first thing I would have to point out is the story.  Now, all of us know about the story of Dracula since it was foretold many a times over the years.  Most of them revert to the classic Bela Lugoisi approach set in the 1700s-1800s, seducing women and being staked by a German Professor by the name of Van Helsing.  Like the saying goes, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.  With that in mind, I can say was very much impressed with the story of this spin.  Not only did it contain elements of the classic lore and mythos pertaining to vampires, they actually did a great job toeing in the historical facts of the character, all the way down to the name.  This is something that I personally think is very innovative as a whole since it's rare to find such things to tie themselves with actual historical facts and actual events.  Throughout the movie he has been acknowledged by his former nickname, and literally, lived up to it.  I don't think the 300 Spartans could hold a steady glass to what this guy can do by himself.  I mean, yeah he can shift into a series of bats to bust his speed, superior strength, enhanced senses.  But, the really interesting twist added was having Vlad containing the ability to manipulate bats with simple gestures and utilize that against the Sultan's Army.  I don't know about you guys, but I find that's pretty badass for one guy to do.  But that's just my opinion. If that isn't enough, he does get to manipulate the weather just to finish off the Turkish army with a handful of children of his own.  

So what was the story exactly?  Well, I for one don't know if I can say much, but the trailers hint at it a bit of what it's about.  But I can say, is it explains why he becomes the Prince of Darkness.  The biggest drive is preventing the Turks from collecting 1000 children to become part of their army ranks.  One of the major things I really liked is during a specific scene he is speaking with the vampire he finds early on in the Broken Tooth Mountain as to why he was there.  "Sometimes, a hero isn't enough, and a monster is needed."  It kind of puts things into perspective.  In way you sympathize with him since you understand why he is going to such lengths.

At the conclusion I would admit was a nice touch to keep us thinking what may come to be if it does happen.  Granted, I thought it was over after the climatic bout with the Sultan himself.  
Upon clearing the skies, I thought:  "Well, I guess it's to be a legend then."  Until retainer comes along and brings him back.  That brought a smile to my face admiringly.  I was happy to see that they were hinting at a continuation.  
As far as the performances were, it wasn't too bad.  The actors did a good job keeping the realism and emotional connection with the audience.  The chemistry between each of the actors was very nicely done.  The scenery was very nice as well.  As far as the music goes, it helped set the mood straight.  And their were portions that made you jump.  

Their were a few things that did kind of bug me.  One of the things I think I could agree on with my friend is they could have set it up as a legend instead of the direction they did go.  But, at the same time, I can see why they carried it on the way they did.  It actually does make sense, and if you think about it, why stop there?  After all, Dracula is supposed to be lurking the shadows for centuries.  The other thing would be the arcane aspect.  Since they carried Dracula on to live, I feel he should have a bit of sorcery under his belt.  Mind you, he does swoon a woman a bit.  Finally, I kind of wished we knew more about the Vampire from Brokentooth Mountain.  Well, if they make a follow up, I'm sure they would go a little further with it.

Overall, I think Dracula Untold is well worth the price.  I would recommend checking it out if given the chance.  You may find it's quite impressive, though a bit sappy in some areas.  lol.  I really enjoyed it and the direction they went.  It was very refreshing to see a different approach to the character.  :)

anyways, that's my little review.  Not much, but it's something.  Off to sleep I go!

-Vee


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Captain Rogers 1943-44 by VHamelin
Captain Rogers 1943-44
Here he is.  Captain Anthony "Buck" Rogers and his P-51D Mustang (Which would have some sort of reference to Gene Tierney), at one of hte main airfields during the European Campaign prior to leaving on an escort assignment.  

Thanks to all that contributed their own opinions about the plane he should use.  I'm probably going to see about getting some textures for this one.  Overall, it's a nice plane.  :)  I also got a P47D Thunderbolt as well.  Though depending on if I get other people on board with this one, I think I'll stick with just me.  :)

Honestly, it's very hard to find a descent airstrip to use.  So I talked to a few people about it and was brought here to do the shot.  Mind you, it's already filled with more modern equipment over at the hangar side.  So I managed to find a good spot between the control tower and the hangar to park this thing while avoiding the more modern equipment.  Though I had somehow knocked over a portable maintainer by accident while moving the plan around.  x.x  Whoops!  

Shot taken in Second Life.

Thanks to :iconethereas: for allowing me to use this setting for this.
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Is it December yet?

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 16, 2014, 9:55 AM




Well, this is one of those times where I kind of want to just go into my shell and stay there.  With all the problems going on right now, I am physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted.  A lot has happened from September to now on my end. 

After 35 years of dedicated service to the community, my family business is finally being passed on to someone else.  Granted, I'm gaining a newer position as part of the deal, but it's very heartbreaking for me.  This was a foundation that my grandfather set up.  Both my dad and my uncle tried to keep things going, but it's just not the same now as it was 35 years ago.  The Distribution Center is basically fucking my dad sideways with a splintered broom handle.  The move is good, but at the same time, I don't like to see it go.  A lot of heart was poured into this business.

Going along with the subject of work, one of the more promising employees put in his two weeks yesterday, and decided not to show up today.  Talk about being considerate.  It's bad enough I've got a fucked up schedule as it is since I work between 5-7 days a week.  It's even worse when their are two other employees that aren't doing their job efficiently and just standing around twiddling their thumbs.  At least numb nuts is gone.  Course he's getting the shaft himself last I knew.  Not that care.

Finally their's the issue with my band.  A friend of mine and I tried to organize earlier this year and now it's crumbling.  The Drummer, and the guitarist decided to start a four piece and gave us a heads up.  Talk about a cluster fuck of a mess that was.  It's going to be shelved for now while I focus on duet projects.  Their was a ton of issues an tension with the lineup to be honest.  My problem was the drummer trying to kick my ass to the curb so he could bring his "Buddy" in as his wing man versus working with me.  Granted I was on Rhythm originally, but that was only because the drummer wanted his buddy on board.  We tried it, didn't work out, looked for a few replacements, then the group decided that I should be back on Bass.  So I did that.  Then the drummers buddy was not having luck with his band, so the drummer tried to weasel his bud back in and kick me over to Rhythm Guitar.  As far as the guitarist goes, I have no problems really.  My other guitarist does.  But all in all, it's a blessing and depressing if that makes sense.

The last thing going on is my mom recovering from foot surgery.  She's bedridden for six weeks.  I should be fine there provided I don't try and strangle her.  It's only for six weeks though.  She has been worried about her cat having some sort of infection.  The Vet should be stopping by today.

As far as second life goes, well. . .  Not really much to say about it.  It's the only thing I have right now keeping me sane.  This weekend I have to pick up my gear from the drummers house then meet up with a friend to help him get through Sunday.  It's the anniversary of his son's death basically.  Pains me to see someone go through so much heartache like that.  I hope I can get help him out some.  It's something that would help me at least since I tend to be that sort of person.

This is just a chunk of things, but I know I'm ready to take a vacation.  Stories I'll get to when I can, but right now I doubt I can even do much.  It's been a big mess for me personally lately.  I'm hoping it gets better.  Shouldn't it?  Honestly, it's times like this I wish I wasn't so damn scared of being hurt and just find a SO.  But that comes with time I guess.  For now, I have to swallow and push forward.  It's all I can do.

Anyways, back to work I go.  I gotta meet up with a friend of mine to review some material tonight.

-Vee

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It's not very often I get to go out to the movies, but I had nothing else going on.  So a friend of mine and I went to go see Dracula Untold just for the hell of it.  Although I would try not to spoil too much of it, I can provide a bit of a review of it.

The first thing I would have to point out is the story.  Now, all of us know about the story of Dracula since it was foretold many a times over the years.  Most of them revert to the classic Bela Lugoisi approach set in the 1700s-1800s, seducing women and being staked by a German Professor by the name of Van Helsing.  Like the saying goes, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.  With that in mind, I can say was very much impressed with the story of this spin.  Not only did it contain elements of the classic lore and mythos pertaining to vampires, they actually did a great job toeing in the historical facts of the character, all the way down to the name.  This is something that I personally think is very innovative as a whole since it's rare to find such things to tie themselves with actual historical facts and actual events.  Throughout the movie he has been acknowledged by his former nickname, and literally, lived up to it.  I don't think the 300 Spartans could hold a steady glass to what this guy can do by himself.  I mean, yeah he can shift into a series of bats to bust his speed, superior strength, enhanced senses.  But, the really interesting twist added was having Vlad containing the ability to manipulate bats with simple gestures and utilize that against the Sultan's Army.  I don't know about you guys, but I find that's pretty badass for one guy to do.  But that's just my opinion. If that isn't enough, he does get to manipulate the weather just to finish off the Turkish army with a handful of children of his own.  

So what was the story exactly?  Well, I for one don't know if I can say much, but the trailers hint at it a bit of what it's about.  But I can say, is it explains why he becomes the Prince of Darkness.  The biggest drive is preventing the Turks from collecting 1000 children to become part of their army ranks.  One of the major things I really liked is during a specific scene he is speaking with the vampire he finds early on in the Broken Tooth Mountain as to why he was there.  "Sometimes, a hero isn't enough, and a monster is needed."  It kind of puts things into perspective.  In way you sympathize with him since you understand why he is going to such lengths.

At the conclusion I would admit was a nice touch to keep us thinking what may come to be if it does happen.  Granted, I thought it was over after the climatic bout with the Sultan himself.  
Upon clearing the skies, I thought:  "Well, I guess it's to be a legend then."  Until retainer comes along and brings him back.  That brought a smile to my face admiringly.  I was happy to see that they were hinting at a continuation.  
As far as the performances were, it wasn't too bad.  The actors did a good job keeping the realism and emotional connection with the audience.  The chemistry between each of the actors was very nicely done.  The scenery was very nice as well.  As far as the music goes, it helped set the mood straight.  And their were portions that made you jump.  

Their were a few things that did kind of bug me.  One of the things I think I could agree on with my friend is they could have set it up as a legend instead of the direction they did go.  But, at the same time, I can see why they carried it on the way they did.  It actually does make sense, and if you think about it, why stop there?  After all, Dracula is supposed to be lurking the shadows for centuries.  The other thing would be the arcane aspect.  Since they carried Dracula on to live, I feel he should have a bit of sorcery under his belt.  Mind you, he does swoon a woman a bit.  Finally, I kind of wished we knew more about the Vampire from Brokentooth Mountain.  Well, if they make a follow up, I'm sure they would go a little further with it.

Overall, I think Dracula Untold is well worth the price.  I would recommend checking it out if given the chance.  You may find it's quite impressive, though a bit sappy in some areas.  lol.  I really enjoyed it and the direction they went.  It was very refreshing to see a different approach to the character.  :)

anyways, that's my little review.  Not much, but it's something.  Off to sleep I go!

-Vee


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