|Project by AlBCuttnWud||posted 07-08-2013 12:57 PM||2146 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
This is a sequel to the Navy Chief Goat challenge coin holder I made a while back.
The short version background for Navy Mustangs: The Navy refers to officers who came from the enlisted ranks as Mustangs. Common slogans heard are “Up from the ranks” or “I or we did it the hard way, I or we earned it”, etc.
So why Mustang you ask: It refers to the Mustang horse, a wild animal and therefore not a Thoroughbred. A mustang, after being captured, can be tamed and saddle broken but it always has a bit of wild streak, and can periodically revert to its old ways unexpectedly and therefore the owner needs to keep an eye on it at all times. However, since a mustang was formerly a wild and free animal, it may very well be smarter, more capable and have a better survival instinct than thoroughbreds.
There are a variety of mustang designs used but the most commonly used one mirrors the Ford Mustang logo.
This one was created by expanding the logo in Microsoft Paint and making a pattern out of 1/4” MDF. It is made of 1 1/2” stock poplar and painted with acrylic craft paint. The base is oak stained in a honey brown. Nose to tail is about 33 inches and stands about 15 inches tall.
Fun project as this had its own set of challenges. I recently packed out for a transfer and cut out all the pieces prior to packing up all the tools. Everything was put together and finished while camping at the local campground during my transition from old to new duty station. This was one of those, I promised I would get it done so it will get done projects from a few months ago. Thanks for looking and sharing your comments.
-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD