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#4400069 - 01/15/18 12:53 PM Rupp's Skizzenbuch  
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It has been awhile since I have posted at Sim Hq...I am.a long time flight sim flyer including the Red Baron, BOB, OFF and ROF. I have been working on an art project that is intended as an immersive way to commemorate the Centennial of WW1 and thought you might be interested in this project. My involvement in flight sims is part of what led to taking on this project in the first place.

"Rupp's Skizzenbuch" is a simulation of a World War I soldier's journal and is a work of fiction. Rupp is a German Unteroffizier in Jasta 77 stationed not far from Cambrai. His character and the story is based on the novel "The Blue Max" written by Jack D. Hunter in 1964. Primary sources including photos, postcards and news headlines are interspersed in the fictional work to tie the story to real-world events during the Great War.

CHAPTER ONE - INTRODUCTIONS
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch1-introductions/
Unteroffizier Rupp Gerhardt introduces himself and explains what brought this “old campaigner” to the town of Beauvin and what services he provides to his squadmates at Jasta 77.

CHAPTER TWO – THE GREAT WAR
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch2-the-great-war/
Rupp shares a map he drew to show where Jasta 77 is located on the Western Front. He intercepts an American paper and gets some insight into how the other side thinks the war is going.

CHAPTER THREE – THE VILLAGE
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch3-the-village/
Rupp’s squad mate takes him for a wild ride in a DFW and ruins his aerial photo shoot of the Aerodrome requested by the Hauptmann. Angry with all of them he settles into some late night sketching and writes about the Aerodrome, the village of Beauvin and his lucrative side businesses.

CHAPTER FOUR - THE PEOPLE
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch4-the-people/
Rupp’s goal was to survive the war, not to win it and he was willing to do just about anything to make sure he survived. In this chapter, he shares his insights into the strengths and weaknesses of his fellow squad mates and explains how he uses that information to his best advantage.

CHAPTER FIVE – NEW ARRIVALS
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch5-new-arrivals/

Bruno Stachel arrives at Jasta 77 and meets Rupp for the first time. Their not so friendly introduction is interrupted by an attack on the base by a group of Sopwith Camels.

CHAPTER SIX – A MAN TO WATCH
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch6-a-man-to-watch/

Luetnant Bruno Stachel has an immediate impact on Jasta 77 and not in a good way. Hauptmann Heidemann is trying to get to know his newest pilot and Rupp is sure he will either be the next Ace in the squad or dead within three weeks. It could go either way.

CHAPTER SEVEN –FIRST KILL
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch7-firstkill/

Leutnant Stachel, frustrated by his unconfirmed kill a few weeks earlier, makes a point when he drops an RE-8 right on the Hauptmann’s front porch. Bold, skilled and cruel, Stachel’s begins to make a reputation for himself.

CHAPTER EIGHT – THE BIG PUSH
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch8-the-big-push-1/

The Big Push begins and Jasta 77 is in the thick of the fight. German pilots like their chances of winning, especially when they hear the new Fokker DVII’s will be delivered soon. Rupp can’t figure out why the Hauptmann is giving Stachel special treatment, but he knows he better figure it out soon.

CHAPTER NINE – THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch9-the-circus-comes-to-town/

It has been quite a week for Bruno Stachel. He shot down two more enemy aircraft, had a job offer from the Red Baron and got a nice write up in the Berlin papers. Hauptmann Heidemann seems to be putting Stachel on the fast track.
The next chapter will be April 27th.

CHAPTER TEN – DON’T BLAME THE MESSENGER

http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch10-messenger/

The Hauptmann sends Wili and Bruno on a road trip to introduce the “Black Angel” to German High Command located in Spa. Along the way they make a stop to visit Wili’s Aunt and Uncle, the Graf and Gräfin. Sparks fly and a fire is ignited between sweet Kaeti and young Bruno. She proves to be more than a match for the Cobra.

CHAPTER ELEVEN – A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch11-a-deal-with-the-devil/

The Big Push starts to fizzle out. Von Richthofen is shot down over the Somme Valley. The only good news is the arrival of the first Fokker DVII for test flying. The aggressiveness of this machine is a perfect match for young Stachel, but he is counting heads to decide if he will be assigned one when the rest arrive later in the week. Rupp enters into a business arraignment to satisfy Stachel’s drinking habit, but he is having second thoughts.

CHAPTER TWELVE – WILI’S LAST SORTIE
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch12-willis-last-sortie/
Rupp gets sent in to clean up another crash site, but this time the tragic death is close to home. Wili Klugermann and Bruno Stachel return from a successful sortie in a heavy mist. Stachel gets credited with three more kills, but Wili ends up wrapped around a factory chimney on the edge of town. Just one of those fluke accidents…..or was it?

CHAPTER THIRTEEN – HEIDEMANN MAKES A HERO
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch13-heidemann-makes-a-hero/
Stachel’s drinking gets worse, but the kills keep piling up. With the Hauptmann’s support, he demands that his Fokker be painted all black and asks for a unique slogan to be painted in English on the upper wing. Realizing what a good customer Stachel has become, Rupp raises his price. Amid all that Stachel surprises everyone when he risks his life to save a French school girl who falls into an icy stream. Angel or Devil? A little of one, a lot of the other.

CHAPTER FOURTEEN – THE BOTTLE AND THE BLUE MAX
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch14-the-bottle-and-the-blue-max
Stachel finally achieves his goal of being awarded the Blue Max. While Stachel’s achievements in the air are extraordinary, on the ground his drinking begins to take a toll. Heidemann’s publicity campaign goes into full swing and Stachel is overwhelmed by all the attention.

CHAPTER FIFTEEN – THE BLACK ANGEL ON TOUR

http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch15-the-black-angel-on-tour/

Heidemann continues his campaign to make Stachel famous and sends the Black Angel on tour. Stachel fits in a stop at Sonnenstrahl to visit with the Gräfin and attempts to blackmail her over Wili’s journal. Things do not go well and Kaeti reaches out to Rupp for protection. Rupp has just what Kaeti needs.

CHAPTER SIXTEEN – THE BIG PUSH GETS PUSHED BACK
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch16-the-big-push-gets-pushed-back/

The tide begins to turn against Germany in the Great War and Jasta 77 is forced to relocate to Coucy. A shortage of replacement parts and fuel is making it a struggle to keep aircraft in the air. The Fokker DVII is plagued by engine problems and Leutnant Stachel has a very close call.

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN – THE BEGINNING OF THE END
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch17-the-beginning-of-the-end/

Heidemann gets an invite to attend the Johannisthal Trials near Berlin. This event brings the most accomplished aces together to test fly the newest aircraft and is the perfect venue for Heidemann to show off his young rising star. Rupp makes the mistake of getting in the way and Heidemann punishes him severely for it.

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN – STARTING OVER
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch18-starting-over/

Rupp gets sent to the front lines at Bellicourt and discovers what life is like in the underground tunnels of the St. Quentin Canal. Kettering has taken over Rupp’s mail delivery service and sends a messenger to him with an apology, a box of cigars and an update on the continuing adventures of Hauptmann Heidemann and Leutnant Stachel.

CHAPTER NINETEEN – Kaeti’s Revenge
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch19-kaetis-revenge/

A tragic accident, an unwanted promotion, a forced marriage. Poor Bruno….even when he does the right thing he can’t seem to catch a break. Meanwhile, Kaeti sends Rupp a letter with a large cash payment to settle her debt with him. Rupp needs one more lucky break to put his “exit plan” in place. He hopes that break comes soon, he is not sure how much longer he will last in the Tunnels of Bellicourt.

CHAPTER TWENTY – The Yanks and the Lucky Break
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch20-the-yanks-and-the-lucky-break/

The Americans start making their presence felt on the Western Front and things are heating up at Bellicourt. Rupp’s Hauptmann sends him into harm’s way to photograph a crash site. Rupp is angry about having to put his life at risk on a whim, but the Breguet provides just the lucky break he was looking for.

CHAPTER TWENTY ONE – Leap of Faith
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch21-leap-of-faith/
The Battle of the St Quentin Canal begins and the inexperienced Americans manage to push the Germans back with a lot of help from the more seasoned Australians. Rupp takes advantage of the chaos while retreating through Nauroy and hides away in the belfry of an old church. A giant leap and a bad landing send his “ best made plans” into a tailspin.

CHAPTER TWENTY TWO –Recovery by the Sea
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch22-recovery-by-the-sea/

Rupp manages to continue his ruse while he recovers from injuries at the American Hospital in Étretat. There are rumors all around that Germany is ready to surrender. The Americans are in a mood to celebrate, but Rupp only becomes more withdrawn. All the lying and the sleepless nights are taking a toll on him. He needs to find a way out before his luck runs out.

The next chapter will be issued on November 2nd ( two chapters left)!

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#4400083 - 01/15/18 02:11 PM Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch [Re: WWGeezer]  
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This looks very interesting, I look forward to following the story. When I saw the picture of the "Gotha" I knew exactly where it came from, a friend of mine's father had worked on "Hells Angels" and had pictures of it hanging on the wall. He was apparently on the camera crew, though quite young at the time.

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#4400212 - 01/16/18 12:44 AM Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch [Re: WWGeezer]  
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Geezer, that is an incredible project you are deep into and I have added your link to my regular "follow along" reads. I can appreciate and truly respect the amount of research you've done and continue to do to create this work. Very well done Sir!

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Lou

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#4400252 - 01/16/18 03:31 AM Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch [Re: RAF_Louvert]  
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Thanks to you both, hope you enjoy the project. Next chapter gets published Friday.

#4401029 - 01/20/18 04:24 AM Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch [Re: WWGeezer]  
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bumped my post, new chapter added

#4401033 - 01/20/18 05:23 AM Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch [Re: WWGeezer]  
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I've got you on my bookmarks bar and have read the first two chapters, will get to the third in the morning. Great stuff!!

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#4402168 - 01/27/18 11:30 PM Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch [Re: WWGeezer]  
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Ooops, forgot to bump the post on Friday, next chapter up!

#4402302 - 01/28/18 11:01 PM Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch [Re: WWGeezer]  
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Looking forward to reading these,Thanks Geezer


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#4402911 - 02/01/18 07:28 PM Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch [Re: WWGeezer]  
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Very cool. Please keep it up.
Wish we had more WW1 aerial fiction.
I did a story when I was a kid - a Yank in RFC service - mercifully lost over the years.
I thought it was a work of genius then...probably best to keep that memory!

#4402921 - 02/01/18 07:58 PM Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch [Re: WWGeezer]  
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Geezer, I'm late to this thread but certainly glad I stopped to read it. The work looks very promising. I look forward to following this as I think it will be a fine read with my morning coffee. Cheers!


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#4404465 - 02/10/18 03:47 AM Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch [Re: WWGeezer]  
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New Chapter Added!

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That is an interesting perspective on the Stachel character. I am really enjoying this.

Thank you,
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Thanks for the update Geezer, most enjoyable reading!

Lou

#4404522 - 02/10/18 04:36 PM Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch [Re: WWGeezer]  
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Thanks Guys....it has been fun to read and re-read chapters in the book to work in little details that you may have not noticed while reading it or never made it into the film version. Just happy to find people who enjoy reading it!

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http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/new-blog/2016/4/16/character-building-exercise-for-the-blue-max



Another chapter next week, but I thought I would share some of the "behind the scene" images on the in-between weeks.

Enjoy!

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Thanks for the continued posts Geezer. Some fine work there that will undoubtedly result in a very unique book. It's obviously a work of love.


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#4406928 - 02/23/18 01:17 PM Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch [Re: WWGeezer]  
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New Chapter up.

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Thanks again Geezer for sharing your work here. Can't imagine the amount of time you put into this outstanding journal.

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Another nice one Geezer. I am enjoying the journey.


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