These two profiles marks the beginning of a new project: The Sunliners Lineage print. The choice fell on the Sunliners, as I recently got a commission for the squadrons two MIG killers. I´ll hold on to them for a little while longer, but I´ll give you this: The very colorful FA-18E Super Hornet that served at the squadrons CAG bird in 2015, and the very first aircraft to be operated by the squadron: The F9F-8 Cougar as it appeared in 1958 when the squadron was designated VF-81. Click below to see the two Sunliners profiles (well, VF-81 was called Crusaders at the time, but they would eventually change their name to the Sunliners), and check back soon to see the Skyhawk, Corsair and the Legacy Hornet. Let me know what you think about them
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 ?