For the upcoming Tophatters centennial celebration, i´m working on a series of illustrations. Having completed the Super Bug, now it is Tomcat time (baby!). This F-14A Tomcat CAG bird have been sporing a variety of different tail paint schemes for the 80th anniversary which now is 20 years ago...and this is the one i found to be the most appealing. For this special occasion i decided to update the textures on my Tomcat, so this is infact the very first Tomcat rendition I do, in this new incarnation. Below is a few detail shots of the aircraft to give an impression of what it looks like in full resolution.
A F-14 Tomcat and a F-4 Phantom both from VF-21 have been completed. Let´s make this a friendly “cyber dogfight” and see which of the two get the most likes. I decided to undertake the endevour of making another lineage print. This time depicting the the lineage of VF-21 “Freelancers”. In order to do that quite a few new paint schemes had to be completed, and this is the first result: A F-14A Tomcat of the Freelancers as it appeared in 1986, shortly after the squadron had traded their Phantoms for the Tomcat. I also completed a F-4J Phantom of the Freelancers, which also can be found by clicking the image below: F-4J Phantom, VF-21 "Freelancers", 1974
The Pukin´ Dogs lineage print is now complete! The print consists of the FA-18E Super Hortnet that VFA-143 currently operates, a F-14B Tomcat as it appeared shortly before transition to the Super Hornet, a F-4J Phantom which the operated in the 60s and 70s. The F3H-2 Demon is from VF-53 which was the squadrons designated before it was turned into VF-143. Above the Demon there´s a F9F-8 Cougar from VF-123, which was the designation of the squadron before VF-53, above that the F9F-2 Panther and finally the F4U-4 Corsair of VF-871 which was the first designation in the Pukin´ Dogs lineage. Please let me know how you like it ;) Should any of you out there, be interested in a the Pukin´ Dogs lineage print to hang on your wall, you´ll not have to wait long for it to become available for sale. Below is a few close up samples of the print.
This piece was completed very recently (actually not more than a day ago), and now i can´t help myself from sharing this preview with you all. This piece is a VF-24 lineage print, depicting the aircraft that was operated by VF-24 throughout its 40 year long history. The squadron was established as VF-211 "Red Checkertails", in Jun. 1955, and received their FJ-3 Furys soon after. That aircraft is depicted at the top right hand corner of the print. As one of the very first squadrons, VF-211 would trade their subsonic fighters for the brand new F8U-1 Crusader in 1958. While flying the F8U-1 the squadron would be redesignated to VF-24 on Mar. 9th 1959. A F8U-1 is depicted as the second aircraft from the top. The F8U-1 would be traded for F8U-2s in 1962 (and soon after the F8U-2 was designated F-8C). That model would be brought to the Vietnam war, where VF-24 scored four MIG kills. One of their MIG [...]
Without a doubt one of the most depicted aircraft ever: The late 70s F-14A Tomcats of VF-84 "Jolly Rogers"..and with good reason ! Few aircraft have ever sported a paint scheme that´s a readily recognizable as this one. For aviation artists such as myself, this subject have been sitting very high on the to-do list for many years. With the completion of this rendition, the VF-84 lineage have got a significant step closer to completion, and now both the F-8C, F-4B,, F-4J and the F-14A is now in the VF-84 section, which you can be directed to, if you click the image below. F-4B Phantom, VF-84 "Jolly Rogers", 1964
The Tomcat was introduced into fleet service by CVW-14 aboard USS Enterprise (CVAN-65). The newly formed VF-1 and VF-2 made that introduction, and with VF-1 already done, I started work on a F-14A Tomcat of VF-2 "Bounty Hunters". From the photo reference i have been able to find, it seems that the chin pod of VF-1 was different from the one on the VF-2 birds. Can anybody disclose why that is ? To be taken to the VF-2 section click the thumbnail below F-14A Tomcat, VF-2 "Bounty Hunters", 1975
So, here goes: The first F-14 Tomcat have finally been made complete and is now in the VF section! This model have been a loooong time coming, and i must say it was difficult to get right. I´m pretty happy with the result at this point, so with a few tweaks i´ll start mass producing Tomcat drawings :) Next up: VF-2 "Bounty Hunters" Here´s a few detail shots: Click the thumbnail below to be taken to the VF-1 section: F-14A Tomcat, VF-1 "Wolfpack", 1974
I couldn´t wait any longer, so a few weeks ago i started work on the first F-14 Tomcat base model. Having modeled this aircraft a few times before, i knew what i was getting myself into, and as ever before, it was quite difficult to get the shape of the fuselage/intake section right. Now i´m pretty happy with this one, but I may have to do alterations along the way. I´m beginning to think about what squadrons to depict for starters and VF-1 and VF-2 comes to mind. More progress will follow shortly.