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
Its been a while since my last update. However, things around here haven´t been quiet. I´ve been busy updating the galleries, and i´ve been busy working ona series of Tophatters renditions, since the squadron have a centennial celebration this year. With the kind help of many of you folks out there (thanks!) i´ve managed to drum up reference for the squadrons current CAG bird. This is the result of this effort! Now I´ll work myself backward in time, to the Tomcat, Phantom Demon and Skyknight. I´ll even do some of the very earliest aircraft to fly the Tophat. Let me know what you think of this Tophat Super Bug. Here´s a little detail shot, click it to be taken to the VFA-section
I´m happy to annonce that I now finally have got both the E and the F model Super Hornet completed. This have resulted in the creation of the VFA section, which can be accessed below. The section is still in its very humble beginnings, but I decided to start things off with two not so flamboyant markings , in order to see if my base model was any good. I´m quite pleased with the outcome, and will now move on and add more profiles to the section. Also, the EA-18G will get completed very soon (but naturally end up in a different section). Let me know what Super Hornets you are looking forward to see in profile. Click image below to be directed to the VFA section
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.
The summer have proved to be very busy for me. The Squadron lineage prints have been getting a lot of attention (Thanks!), so I decided to work on more of those. For that i dusted off a older model i made, of the FA-18E Super Hornet. With that I´ll be working on a Pukin´ Dogs lineage print, so you can expect that to be in teh company of F-14 Tomcats, F-4 Phantoms, F3H Demons, F9F Panthers and Cougars and F4U Corsairs. Should be quite a company. Here´s a nearly done FA-18E Super Hornet profile view. As you can tell there´s still a few things that need to be added, but the general layout is quite alright i think. How do you like it ?