Archive for September 2010

Squadron Store: Red Devil’s mug rack photos   Leave a comment

Way back in January 2009 I had the honor of working with new VMFA-232 squadron member Kyle Duncan on a mug rack for the squadron’s ready room.

Making a mug rack for a US Marine  Corps fighter squadron is not a simple task.  The result has to match their needs in terms of mug storage and graphics (easy) but also has to be robust enough to endure deploying with the squadron to aircraft carriers.

The rack features designated spots for the CO and XO’s mugs, 20 additional pegs for the other mugs, vinyl graphics, a plastic laminate front surface (to resist stains) and special material around the edges to prevent damage if bumped during transport/setup when the Red Devils deploy.

VMFA-232 is the most decorated and oldest active USMC fighter squadron.  Learn more at the official VMFA-232 website by clicking here.

First deployment after receiving it, they ended up operating from tents.  This meant they couldn’t take the mug rack!

VMFA-232 mug rack at Design Dimension

VMFA-232 mug rack post-construction. That's me on the right, and Ernest White - who worked on the construction - on the left.

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Posted 2010/09/17 by 8arms in House Work, Military, Squadron Store, VMFA-232

Squadron Store: The last HMM-166 (REIN) artwork…   4 comments

HMM-166(REIN) CH-46E retirement artwork

With HMM-166 transitioning to VMM-166 the venerable CH-46E is getting retired in favor of the new MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft.  When I thought about a poster image to honor the Marines and families linked to the unit, I wanted to do something that would work virtually anywhere (kitchen, den, kids room, man cave, etc), something timeless.  I’ve had an old French float plane poster for over a decade and it never gets old.  The colors and motion were really inspirational.   You can get the HMM-166(REIN) version as a framed print (and on lots of other products) via the HMM-166 Squadron Store site – which will transition to benefit the new squadron.  This piece represents my last bit of HMM-166 artwork.  It’s a great gift for your favorite Sea Elk/CH-46 fan and/or a friend who was involved with the other rotary wing or Harrier aircraft that were part of HMM-166(REIN).  Get yours here and tell your friends so they’ll buy ’em too!  Help VMM-166 feel welcome – the majority of SquadronStore proceeds from the sale will benefit their Officers’ Wives’ Club!

House Work: Faux Finish Fireplace   Leave a comment

Here are some before and after shots of a fireplace I recently re-did in our neighborhood. The owners wanted something to help the mantle ‘pop’ off the wall a bit more, while adding some ‘character’.

Posted 2010/09/06 by 8arms in Faux Finish, House Work

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