Well shucks- I guess it’s time again.
Firstly, the pre-WW I BE2 over Stonehenge and the red-bottomed FW 190D from the last posting have indeed been “printified”. Scroll down a bit to refresh and recharge your eyeballs and read their stories! They’re both ready to go.If you’d like one, head to:
http://karrart.com/karrart/PRINTorder/sepspec.htm
Or click on “Specials” that’ll drop down to “New For September” at the top right here.
Those two got me on a kick to see what other “old” work I might have that folks might like- some of it’s not even that old! Click on the goofy square thumbnails and have a look. These little images have not yet been perfectly color and light balanced- but you can get an idea of what’s going on with them.Except for one, I’VE not printed any of these before and may not print any of them. I don’t know!………….
First up is a little P-40. The original might qualify as an “exercise”. It wasn’t very big. It was painted on illustration board rather then the usual hardboard. It was painted with a sort of “graphics” look about it instead of a full-blown realistic treatment. The painting process wasn’t a “major campaign” lasting weeks. I only spent a couple of days on it. Nevertheless, it sold, but not before I snagged a good file of it. This is the one that has a slim printing history with me- a few strange little versions were made in 1999 and sold one year at the Chino air show by a gallery as more of a “souvineer” type of thing. But not a full blown, wall hanging piece of arty wonderment.So- maybe I’ll print it. Maybe I won’t.
Next is the art work that appeared on the AmTech 1/72 EC-135 ALOTS/ARIA kit. If you have the old kit box top, you may notice that it doesn’t exactly match what’s seen here. This is the original, in its original format that was squeezed,squozed and shoehorned into the kit box format complete with a signature move into the box frame. It’s a little insight about what’s sometimes done to fit a picture onto a box top, especially when there’s a deadline but the final format of the box isn’t yet known.I still have this one, all 20″x28″ of it ( and yes, it’s available- contact me if interested). From time to time it talks to me and says “Hey- I’m not THAT bad. I kinda like myself. Why don’t you print me? Did I do something wrong?” OK,OK. So- maybe I’ll print it. Maybe I won’t.
Now we come to the blazing B-17B, screaming out of an “Inland Empire” dawn. For the non-locals, the Inland Empire is the part of Southern California that’s “out there”, leaving Greater Los Angeles and heading into the desert. San Bernardino. Riverside- those places. And Riverside is where March Field was/is. Its function and designation have changed over the decades, but it IS still there- and in the 1930s was a hot bed of hot ships, including the then-new B-17. I painted this one only because I wanted to. A few years later it was noticed……. It was in the 2002 mass-market “Bombs Away” calendar from RML PRODUCTIONS. So it does have a bit of a public past. If you snagged a copy of this calendar at your local Barnes&Noble and have yeaned for a print of just this one for your wall- you might have a chance. Maybe. I don’t know yet! The original sold quite some time ago, but I managed to grab a hi-res scan of it before it left. So- maybe I’ll print it. Maybe I won’t.
Last up is the Fokker V.7 experimental triplane. This one is only a couple of years old and was painted specifically for the cover of Over the Front, volume 22, number 3, fall 2007. This publication is the journal of the League of World War I Aviation Historians….join today at:
www.overthefront.com
Anyway, as I was saying…….This particular offshoot of the well known Fokker Dr.I triplane was used to test the exotic Siemans-Halske counter-rotary engine. At first glance it appears to be not that different from the regular triplane, but looking deeper it will be seen that the landing gear legs are longer to deal with the larger diameter prop that was needed to absorb the extra output of the S-H engine which needed a larger cowl and the whole mess needed a longer fuselege for center of gravity issues. The above mentioned journal has a wonderful article about this beast which was the reason this picture was painted. This triplane underwent climbing tests against a standard Fokker Dr.I and beat the pants off it, hence the sputtering standard triplane in the background. These tests were flown in the extremely cold January of 1918 and that accounts for the cold blues in the sky and ground. Again, I don’t know……..So-maybe I’ll print it. Maybe I won’t.
Now, this was all leading up to questions I have for you, the reader. Do any of these light your candle? Would you like to see any of these printed? Let me know. Shoot me an e-mail or post here. There’s no obligation. This isn’t a formal scientific survey, it’s merely a quest to get a vague idea about where to head next. There’s no guarantees- but I AM curious about what you folks out there might have to say.
Back to the Williams Brothers racers box tops!
Thanks!
Robert
August 31, 2009 AD

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