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  1. Old Comment
    PhantomCruiser's Avatar

    Phantom departs

    I do hope no one is put off by the inuendo, it certainly was not my intention to carry the story off in this manner, but after a time the characters seem to do whatever they want.

    "Mary Ann" is a reggae tune I heard last time I was in the Bahamas. I though it was a catchy tune and it jumps in and out of my head at random intervals. I've scoured the internet to find a copy with no luck.
    "Last Mango in Paris" is an old Jimmy Buffett tune from the 80's and one of my many favorites, I've got multiple versions of it...
    Posted 07-22-2013 at 10:35 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    Prepping to leave SRC

    Yeah just click 'PhantomCruiser' up where it says "Orbiter-Forum > Blogs > PhantomCruiser Prepping to leave SRC"

    The posts are in reverse order from there, so go down to the bottom of the page and click the last page (4 I think) to get to the beginnings of Phantom Mfg. Phantom Takes Flight (Chapter 1) is on page 2.
    Posted 07-19-2013 at 08:23 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
  3. Old Comment
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    Prepping to leave SRC

    It should all be here on the blog-thingy. The story started to evolve into this format somewhere just before "Phantom Takes Flight".

    Going back to read the early stuff, I hear Miles O'Brien's voice from "This Week In Space".
    Posted 07-19-2013 at 08:15 PM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    Prepping to leave SRC

    Can I read the story from the beginning somehow?
    Posted 07-19-2013 at 12:59 PM by SiberianTiger SiberianTiger is offline
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    Prepping to leave SRC

    The first set of missions is about 95% ready to fly. Phase 1 of Syracuse construction is 6 missions. I had to rearrange the build sequence a bit and I'm still not sure that I'm happy about it.

    I figure 1 maybe 2 more "domestic" episodes until Syracuse takes flight.
    Posted 07-15-2013 at 01:21 PM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    Phantom receives guests at Polygon

    TBH, I kinda like the domestic stuff. It provides some behind-the-scenes insight.

    It's quite entertaining.
    Posted 06-27-2013 at 02:26 AM by Samuel Edwards Samuel Edwards is offline
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    Phantom receives guests at Polygon

    I agree.
    'Casual and humorous' is a fair description I think, of the relationship between Kirby and Cleveland (and Nancy), and that is both reflected in, and because of the style.
    A very interesting developing story and I look forward to each new installment.

    P.S. - Don't worry about the 'domestic' stuff. It adds to the whole and makes the 'exciting' parts more so.

    Posted 06-27-2013 at 12:52 AM by Aeadar Aeadar is offline
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    Phantom receives guests at Polygon

    I like your writing style. Very casual and humorous.
    Posted 06-26-2013 at 06:03 PM by Samuel Edwards Samuel Edwards is offline
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    Phantom receives guests at Polygon

    Domestic again I'm afraid. Things will liven up soon as construction of Syracuse begins.
    Posted 06-25-2013 at 10:18 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    More from SRC Polygon

    There isn't any duct tape but VELCRO will work perfectly....
    Posted 04-05-2013 at 10:47 AM by garyw garyw is offline
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    More from SRC Polygon

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PhantomCruiser View Comment
    As for car chases, when Loru isn't looking, we've been known to drag race golf carts down the taxiway at CSSC
    I am SO Velcroing a JATO pack to the LRV and lighting that sucker off.


    By the way, where's the duct tape dispenser in the hangars?
    Posted 04-04-2013 at 04:59 AM by MaverickSawyer MaverickSawyer is offline
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    More from SRC Polygon

    Yeah, All Cleveland has to do to get back into Nancy's good graces is to give her that dazzling smile of his.

    As for car chases, when Loru isn't looking, we've been known to drag race golf carts down the taxiway at CSSC
    Posted 04-04-2013 at 04:26 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    More from SRC Polygon

    I like that ending! "Oh, by the way..."
    Posted 04-04-2013 at 02:21 AM by Aeadar Aeadar is offline
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    More from SRC Polygon

    but domestic is required as it allows the character development and sets the stage for the explosions and car chases

    Oh, and there should be a love story too. *nods to self*
    Posted 04-03-2013 at 10:25 AM by garyw garyw is offline
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    More from SRC Polygon

    Not very exciting I'll admit (sort of domestic). But I've got to work on getting Kirby out of Polygon, for a bit to check on some other things. Nancy will be along shortly to vet Maria as a potential girlfriend for Kirby.
    And hopefully soon the space station will be coming together (I need to finish up the scenarios so I can run the missions to get screenshots.
    Posted 04-03-2013 at 09:55 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
  16. Old Comment
    Aeadar's Avatar

    Meanwhile, back at SRC...


    Go Kirby!

    I was re-reading the Phantom installments and had to laugh when I noticed the Red Stripe reference. I don't drink much but I have had Red Stripe, and it has an interesting flavor.
    I liked their commercials, and noticed one day that they had managed to get their product placed into an episode of Stargate SG1. So I bought a six-pack, didn't really care much for the first one, but by the time I'd got to the last bottle a few days later I'd come to (kinda) like it.
    Guess I know what's on the menu this weekend!


    And an early, Happy Thanksgivng, too!
    Posted 11-16-2012 at 04:13 AM by Aeadar Aeadar is offline
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    Meanwhile, back at SRC...

    Playin' it cool Kirby , great read
    Posted 11-15-2012 at 11:25 PM by ky ky is offline
  18. Old Comment
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    Meanwhile, back at SRC...

    And here we go...

    John L. Kirby had always considered himself a nerdy chemist who’d gotten very, very lucky. Bucking a family Annapolis tradition, he’d forged his own path, and through an extraordinary chain of events found himself at the helm of a multinational corporation. With some networking of old friends and a few informal meetings, he’d broken into the market of commercial space applications. He’d rolled the dice on an ambitious project to set up a manned moon base, and despite a few setbacks, had managed to pull it off.

    It still amazed him that he had the ability to look at a person across a desk and ask them, seriously, if they wanted to go into space (or the moon). After a few years of that, a thought started to grow in Kirby’s mind. It wasn’t enough to send people to space, Kirby wanted to go himself. He knew the path wouldn’t be easy, and it would begin with his physical conditioning.

    He’d been on the treadmill for just over 30 minutes when the woman started up the machine next to him. He had his I-pod playing Pink Floyd’s “Run like Hell” on a constant loop to give him a decent pace and he’d been reciting emergency “bold-face” procedures to help him pass the time. But with all that, he was about ready to call it quits. Until, that is, the woman started up the machine next to him. While she wasn’t exactly a “stark-raving-beauty”, Kirby thought that her mixed-Asian features made her very cute. Given the improved change in scenery, Kirby thought he could tough it out a bit longer.

    Kirby continued his litany of emergency procedures as the sun traversed towards the horizon. Shortly after the woman stopped her treadmill, he decided he’d had enough. As he wiped down the console he noticed the woman gazing out the windows, presumably watching the sunset. He did his best not to ogle at her reflection in the glass, choosing instead to focus on, what was admittedly a nice display put on by Mother Nature outside.

    Suddenly the woman turned towards him. “Are you a pilot”? She asked.

    Startled by her British accent Kirby answered, a bit too quickly “No, But I’m learning things. How’d you know?” OK, don’t say anything stupid he told himself.

    She smiled, “It took me a while, but I recognize bold-face procedures when I hear them. What platform are you working on?”

    She’s got a pretty smile, he thought, “The MAKS” he answered, almost sheepishly. “Well, not MAKS, it doesn’t really have a name yet. MAKS-2, return-of-MAKS, son-of-MAKS. We nicknamed the spacecraft Maxine though, after a comic strip.” Maxine?!? You dufus!
    “I flew a chase plane for that the other day.” she exclaimed, “You are one of the Americans working on that I take it?”

    “Yes, I guess you could say that. Wait that was you? In that old SU?” he asked, “I thought that was a man”. Remember that part about not saying anything stupid? Kirby mentally winced at what he hoped wasn’t perceived as an insult.

    “Yes, that was me” her voice taking a rather serious tone. “In the future I’ll try to fly our rust buckets in a more manly fashion”.

    Aw crap! “No, no, no. That’s not how I meant that.” Come on Kirby, why are you fumbling like this? He chided himself. It’s not like you’ve never spoken to a woman before.

    “It’s those radios; they make everything sound very mechanical”. She laughingly replied “And, while all those SU-27’s might be old, they are lovingly maintained”.

    “I’d love to see them up close. I have a fondness for all those old war birds.” Kirby decided to take the safe route and the two spent the next several minutes in deep conversation regarding everything from maintenance cycles to FOD prevention. Before he’d realized it, they’d made their way outside and he had a standing invitation to tour the aircraft hangar and maintenance groups. She’d given him a scrap of paper with several extension numbers written on it.

    Kirby tried not to pay too much attention to her graceful form receeding into the twilight. Wonder where this might go? he thought to himself as he turned towards his own housing unit.
    Posted 11-15-2012 at 09:09 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
    Updated 11-16-2012 at 01:03 AM by PhantomCruiser
  19. Old Comment
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    Meanwhile, back at SRC...

    Thanks! I'm not sure what Kultch had in mind when he created that spaceport, but I figured it to be an Eastern Bloc version of what we did at Ascension. In my own little "Orbiter World" I thought it made sense.

    I'm working on this same encounter from Kirby's point of view; I figured it was time for him to have a love interest.
    Posted 11-15-2012 at 08:02 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    Aeadar's Avatar

    Meanwhile, back at SRC...

    Nice! I liked the brief history of SRC.
    Posted 11-15-2012 at 03:38 AM by Aeadar Aeadar is offline

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