Thursday, July 1, 2010

O Canada

In honor of Canada's 143rd birthday I present you with some aircraft sporting Canadian markings (gee big surprise). First up we have Airfix's 1/48 scale BEA Hawk. Next we have (you've seen this before) Kinetic's 1/32 scale F86 Canadair Sabre with Golden Hawks markings. After that we have a classic amongst bush piloting Hobbycraft's 1/48 scale De Havilland Otter. Next we have Hobbycrafts 1/48 scale Supermarine MK XV Seafire. After that we have Minicraft's 1/48 scale North American T6 Harvard. And finally the lovely and useful Hobbycraft 1/48 scale Canadair CT-114 Tutor. And now that that's out of the way, SING WITH ME NOW! ana 1 ana 2

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love thou dost in us command.
We see thee rising fair, dear land,
The True North, strong and free;
And stand on guard, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.

O Canada! O Canada!
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.

O Canada! Where pines and maples grow.
Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow.
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western Sea,
Thou land of hope for all who toil!
Thou True North, strong and free!

O Canada! O Canada! etc.

O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies
May stalwart sons and gentle maidens rise,
To keep thee steadfast through the years
From East to Western Sea,
Our own beloved native land!
Our True North, strong and free!

O Canada! O Canada! etc.

Ruler supreme, who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our dominion within thy loving care;
Help us to find, O God, in thee
A lasting, rich reward,
As waiting for the Better Day,
We ever stand on guard.

O Canada! O Canada! etc.


Arkonbey said...

Man, those HobbyCrafts, you get the Silk Purse from a Sow's Ear award.

And that Hawk is awesome.

I've been hoping for while for a Snowbirds Tutor, that would be something else.

I also keep jonesing for a CH-113. I've thought about buying the Academy KV-107II-5 and some aftermarket decals, but it's not the same.

Warren Zoell said...

Actually Hobbycraft has greatly improved over the years. They had to in order to compete. Remember those Gawd awful decals? As for the Tutor that kit is available with a Snowbird option and I think should be relatively easy to order.

Pat Tillett said...

Nice job on these Warren!
You know I just realized something. I've never heard the Canadian National Anthem in any context other than a sporting event...I've heard in a million times and even know the words, but I've only heard it at sporting events...
Have a happy holiday and safe holiday weekend, my friend!

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pat.

Arkonbey said...

@warren: Thanks for the link!

I saw the Snowbirds at an airshow in Trenton, ON back in '95 (I was in the USCG crewing a static display of an HH-60J). I thought their show was better than the T-birds or Blue Angels.

Warren Zoell said...

The Snowbirds are pretty amazing. I must have seen them at least 6 times. I would have loved to see the Golden Hawks back in their day.

Warren Zoell said...

Pat: The Canadian national anthem I have posted is the original version.It has been altered a few times over the years.The last time it was altered was back in 1980. PM Harper wanted to alter it again a few weeks ago but there was such a big human cry that he backed off.What is this obsession with PMs wanting to constantly alter the Canadian national anthem?

Anonymous said...

I like your country :)

Warren Zoell said...

It is a good country, one of the best in the world.