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The Swordsmen operated the F-4 Phantom from 1966 to 1973 when the squadron transitioned to F-14 Tomcats, along with it´s sister squadron VF-14. This illustration depicts the very last paint scheme ever to have been worn by a Swordsmen Phantom. VF-32 were among the first squadrons to get the all new F-14 Tomcat and thus the squadron didn´t operate the F-4 for long. Perhaps thats why you don´t see as many photos of VF-32 Phantoms around the web...a bit of a shame, as they actually are both quite attractive and different from the style used on most other contemporary squadrons. What to read the CVW-1 article in its [...]
For the CVW-1 article recently completed, this F-8D Crusader was completed. Although the article deals with F-4 Phantom colors and markings, the last aircraft VF-32 flew before transitioning to the F-4 Phantom is also depicted. It seems that most squadron either transitioned from the Demon to the Phantom or from the Crusader to the Phantom, and naturally for the Swordsmen, the transition was made from the last gunfighter to the first (perhaps one of the first) multirole aircraft: The F-4 Phantom. Here´s the Crusader depicted as it looked in 1965 shortly before the transitioning took place. What to read the CVW-1 article in its entirety ? Here´s a [...]
It´s no secret that I´m currently working on a article about the colors and markings of F-4 Phantom in CVW-1 service. At the moment 15 illustrations have been made and 5 more will follow. Here´s a few teasers that will show you what to expect: Two profiles of VF-14 F-4B Phantoms (CAG bird from the 1965 and the 1971 deployements respectively), and a F-4B Phantom of VF-32 "Swordsmen" from the Vietnam war deployment in 1966. It´s been an interesting journey to delve into the paint schemes of the two squadrons, but also to keep track of the various updates that were given to the squadrons aircraft between and [...]
This year our national flag will turn 800 years. To mark the occasion, the Royal Danish Air Force decided to have one of their F-16 adorned with the Flag. They choose me to do the design, and here´s the result. Click the image below, to read the story and see manu more photos:
I´ve been giving the the Tophatters alot of attention these past few weeks, so I thought it was only appropriate to show the USAF a bit of TLC too. With that I decided to build my Interceptor section, with four all new Deadly Deltas. Two Deuces (32nd FIS, 326th FIS) and two Sixs (5th FIS and 48th FIS). I sure hope you enjoy this batch of colorful sleek cold war Interceptors. As always, these can become available as a print ready to hang on your wall...just drop me a line, if you are interested Click the image below to be taken to the Interceptor section.
In order to proceed with the celebration of the Tophatters 100th anniversary, this aircraft had to be modeled from scratch. The F3D-2 Skyknight has a very sort career with the US navy frontline fighter squadrons, and managed only to serve with two squadrons (the other being VF-11 "Red Rippers"). However, the aircraft became one of only a handful to serve both in Korea and in Vietnam. In Korea as an accomplished night fighter, flying escort for B-29 bombing missions, and in Vietnam as a Electronic warfare platform. Make sure to click the image below, to view the other recently completed VF-14 "Tophatters" renditions.
While the Skyknight is being modeled, the Corsair have been completed. This particular aircraft was operated from the deck of USS Wasp (CV-18) while the squadron was a part of CVG-1 in 1951. Notice the squadron Efficiency award and the unusual R,B and G between the Efficiency E and the insignia, those where awarded to the squadron for having excelled in Rocket firing, Bombing and Gunnery. But actually there´s something about this profile that im unsure of: Some sources claim the squadron was equipped with F4U-4s while other say F4U-5s. For the period I find it most likely to be F4U-5, but please let me know if you [...]
Going backwards in time, The F3H-2 Demon came up as the next aircraft i had to depict. In the process i decided to rework the textures on the Demon basemodel, and this is the outcome. There´s something strangely alluring about this strange looking aircraft...perhaps it´s the design, that both have some destictive 3rd generation features, combined with 2nd generation layout. I´m not sure! But here it is: The F3H-2 Demon of VF-14 "Tophatters" as it appeared in 1961 while operating off the deck of USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42). Click the image below to be directed to the VF-14 section, or click here to be directed to the [...]
The Tophatters 100th anniversary is coming up this year, and thats something that needs to be celebrated! I decided to make this piece for the celebrations, depicting their current FA-18E CAG bird and the Boeing FB-5 from 1929, flying in formation above their natural habitat: The Ocean. With the FA-18E having to fly with a very high angle of attack, not to overtake the FB-5. After having worked on this for a while, the amazement of how far along technology have come on 90 years haven´t left me. Hope you like this piece, which soon will be made available for sale. Below is a few high res samples