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16 May 06

  
One for the Core!
Prototype is really starting to heat up! Today was a busy day, chock full of studying, getting check outs, and practicing radiological control, affectionately known as RADCON. I was originally planning on taking tonight and playing a game or something, but instead I've wound up watching Bulletproof Monk on TV. So, I figured that since I'm just watching TV, I could just as well throw up a quick update on my Refit project detailing the paint tests I did last weekend.
 

Refit Enterprise Project Update: Paint Test
 
 
 

14 May 06

  
It was a Dark and Stormy Night...
It is storming to beat the band out there right now! We're talking wind, rain, thunder, and lightning. It is storming so hard, I had to bring in the parts of my model that I painted on my porch this afternoon. Speaking of which, I have posted another update on it, which you can find below. Despite the rain, today has been a nice day. Besides working on the model, I went to Church, so I got to sing with the choir for the first time in weeks. I really enjoy both the music and the people in the group, so it is one of the things I miss most when I leave town. Tonight, I'll probably just play a few games, maybe try out my new Nintendo Wi-Fi USB dongle! Oh, one more thing:

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

 

Refit Enterprise Project Update
 
 
 

13 May 06

  
The Modeling Adventure Continues
I know what you are thinking: "Two updates in a row? What is going on here!?!" One advantage of being at Prototype is that my weekends off are true weekends off. No more going in to school to study on Saturday morning or Sunday evening for a test on Monday! As a result, I now have a little more time to go out and get some things done (like updating the website!).  This time around, I thought I would light of coverage of my latest modeling project, the Refit Enterprise model I received as a present last Christmas. Unlike the NX-01 project, my intention this time around is to provide periodic updates along the way.
 

Refit Enterprise Project
 
 
 

12 May 06

  
One Week Down!
My EOOW (Engineering Officer of the Watch) qualification process is now well and truly underway. Today, I finally got to see the inside of my assigned Moored Training Ship, MTS-626. After having read and looked at pictures of this plant for months, I have to admit that it is invigorating to actually see it firsthand. No doubt, I will be seeing much, much more of it in the months ahead! Anyway, now that the first week is over and the weekend is here, I finally have time to sit down and post the pictures Gwen and I took at last weekend's Spring Regionals battle.
 

2006 Spring Regionals
 
 
 

08 May 06

  
Preparing For Battle
Well, I am finally back in good ol' North Chuck. Today was my first day at Prototype, also known as the Nuclear Power Training Unit. Suffice to say, it was a rather boring time that was mostly spent waiting. They had us there for 12 hours to receive 3 hours worth of briefs! Truly, one should never underestimate the ability of the Navy to waste your time ;).

Anyway, I am still trying to get settled back in after being away for two weeks. My leave period was so busy that I almost feel like I need a vacation from my vacation! For example, last weekend was the 2006 IR/CWCC Spring Regionals. Though I wasn't able to stay for the battle on Sunday, I was there Friday and Saturday and had a real blast. However, before I could make it to the battle, I had to put some work into the boat, and you can read about that process below. I'll try to have a rundown of the battle posted later this week. Rest assured, there are holes in my hull once again!

 

Refitting the Moltke
 
 
 
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