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Tiles- Space Shuttle Endeavour by dinobatfan
Tiles- Space Shuttle Endeavour
 How much work goes into building and maintaining a space shuttle? These tiles should give quite a clue. The answer is of course....a whooooole lot!!!! Before seeing the Space Shuttle in person, my wife, like probably quite a few people knew of the space shuttle, and knew it was important, but still didn't or don't truly realize just what it is that make the space shuttle so amazing and incredibly special. Once my wife got a look a these tiles, and realized each one is specially made and numbered for just it's particular spot on the spacecraft, and that these cover so much of the craft, that she suddenly got it about what a truly astounding accomplishment the space shuttle is.

 So for others and just because, here's a close up look at some of the tiles covering and protecting the Space Shuttle Endeavour on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

  If you ever get a chance to visit here, I highly recommend a visit to this museum. There's so much to see and do, and is a fun time for anyone of any age. :D  
Endeavour Visit 01 by dinobatfan
Endeavour Visit 01
This was taken back in February of 2015 when I had my first close up visit to a Space Shuttle as a birthday present from my wife and family. I've followed the shuttle program since it's inception but I've never gotten to see one in person until now. While I tried to get as artistic a number of shots as I could, I think this and the several I'll share here work better as reference pics. I hope you like them anyway, and that they have some value here.
  Wow! I can't believe I haven't made a journal entry since the beginning of this year. How time does fly!.... Yow! Sorry about that folks! It's been a busy year to this date to be sure. Mostly it's been good, just pretty busy with family, work, and even some model building here and there. I've actually gotten some models finished of which I'll be sharing photos of here soon, starting as soon as I finish this entry.

 I won't bore any of you with a full play by play rundown of all I've been up to but just a couple of the highlights that have been going on are as follows:

- the biggest one probably is that I've finally fully retired from military service at the beginning of May of this year. This feels long in coming, and I was really ready to do this, and it feels great! I retired having served 15 years active duty U.S. Navy, 5 years active Navy Reserve, 5 years inactive Navy reserve, and 3 years with the California Air National Guard. 28 years military service total. It's been a good run, and I've seen a lot, done a lot, and met a lot of great people but I am sooo glad to be honorably done at last. I figure not bad for someone who didn't plan on doing a full military career in the first place. ;D I didn't get as high in rank as I would have liked (them's the breaks...) but I've learned, experienced, and gained so much that this is more than reward enough. I figure it's a win-win for the government and I. The government got it's money's worth out of me and I sure got my money's worth out of the government and did make it all the way to an honorable retirement with my health, sanity, and family intact. That's a pretty good deal right? :D   

- for my 47th birthday this year my wife treated our kids and I to a visit to the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the California Science Center! What a great present!! I've followed the space shuttle program loosely from beginning to end and this was the first time I had been able to see a space shuttle in person, let alone up close. I did take quite a few photos of the space shuttle and may share a few here if any of you are interested. I think a couple are interesting enough and artsy enough to be worth sharing here.

- As I mentioned above, I've also been able to actually make some time to build and complete a few models too. I'm getting caught up with some long overdue backlog model works and commissioned pieces. Wheew! This feels soooo good to be accomplishing at last. I have 2 more backlog commissioned pieces to complete, which will hopefully be completed by the end of this year, and then I can start on several new works that are in the pipeline, and get back to work on some of my own long in the works pieces. Family goings on permitting of course. ;)

Between family needs and doings, and work goings on, it seems like I am busier than ever and once I get home from any given workday, get dinner, take time for my young and fast growing daughters, take care of some chores, there's not much left of me for creative stuff.  All's good right now though and I'll share what I can when I can. 

Thank all of you out there in the DA community so much for the interest in my work that you have shown me. Your friendship is very much appreciated! :D Happy creating as always to all!!! :D

P.S. I thought it was a fantastically great thing that the supreme court made LGBT marriage in all 50 state legal at last and that the ACA(Obamacare) was saved from the chopping block again. I'm thinking many conservative and republican heads just exploded over this. :D I wish they did anyway.... ;)
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Jimi Hendrix Experience CD
  • Reading: Darwin's On the Origin of Species
  • Watching: Planet of the Apes Movies(originals)
  • Playing: Modelmaker (Yaay!!)
  • Eating: Sloppy Joes
  • Drinking: Orange/Pineapple Juice


David R. Everett
United States
Current Residence: Menifee, CA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Large
Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock, Showtunes
Favourite photographer: Alfred Cheney Johnston
Favourite style of art: Anything creative and stylish
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin and Hobbes
Personal Quote: Hope for the best, expect the worst, deal with whatever happens


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The-Colonel-382 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
Thanks for the faves good sir!
dinobatfan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
Thanks for sharing the grand photos! :D
Joe-Maccer Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
Cookie Eater by Joe-Maccer :iconfaveplz: Thanks, David! 
12jack12 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All these cool Sci-Fi models, I have to keep my :eye::eye: on you :nod:
dinobatfan Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Thank you very much! I have been away for awhile in the last few months so I haven't added anything new lately. Sorry about this lapse. I've actually been building some models and have been caught up in a lot of life and family goings on. Nothing bad, just life goings on such as lots of honey-dos, helping daughters with home work, being tired from the daily job, and the like. Please do check in from time to time. I will be updating and adding more in the next few days. I'm very glad you like my stuff! :D
kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very Happy Birthday to you!! :hug:
dinobatfan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Thank you very, very much!!! :D My birthday was indeed a great one and you've helped make it better! :D
kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to hear that!! :hug:
happyshorty Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
love the models you build, very talented. Music wise if you like abba check out Blackmoores knight, its what richey blackmore  is doing now.Wink/Razz  
Steele-IceHeart Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav! :)
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