I can’t believe it has been since July that I have posted an updated. I have been busy working on a few commissions that are under wraps until they are presented to the intended. In the mean time I have had a chance to finally finish one of the air racers I have always wanted to do. The National champion from 1979, beating out the famous Red Baron who was just seconds away from a forced belly landing which destroyed the racer and badly injured the pilot, is the modified P-51 Mustang “Sumthin Else”. Owned and racer by Mr. John Crocker. I have long thought that this racer which was previously know as Miss Foxy Lady, raced by Ken Burnstien, had a very attractive and simple paint scheme. In the later years the paint scheme changes to a very dark blue and white, but this is how she looked in 1979. After Mr Crocker pass, the plane was sold and became a TF-51D owned by Stallion 51 and carries the name Crazy Horse II. Another modified racer that has been converted back to stock form. I have added two version, one with standard side profile and one with background. Check out the Air Racer section for this and more Air Racers.
I also have added my first Bristol Beaufighter to my ever growing Air Force, I have painted this in in the markings of 417th Fighter Squadron while based in Corsica. Hopefully I will do either a RAF or New Zealand AF version.
Happy Fourth of July to all my customers, friends family and fans. Hope you have a great holiday and enjoy a bit of American BBQ and fun.
Okay for this Fourth OI put together a really cool print with the Blue Angles and Thunderbirds combining to salute to the good old USA. Prints are 12×17 and we can also do prints on Metal in various sizes. judging by the 20×30 sunset print I had done on metal this one will look awesome.
Next up, while I as at it this weekend I I added another Air Racer, this time from the early days of Reno and air racing in the 1960’s The P-51K “Little One” racer by Lyle Shelton. Yes the same Lyle Shelton that flew the Bear to so many Championships. The was his first taste of Air Racing. He flew this Mustang owned by Richard Vartanian. Later this racer would become “Tonopah Miss” and carried race 12, in the 64 and 65 Reno Air Races.
Okay there you have it the newest caricatures. Have a great Fourth!
After attending the Planes of Fame air show I was inspired by one of the aircraft that attended the show. The A-26 Invader, Silver Dragon. This highly polished warbird is a tribute the men who flew the Invader in combat in WWII. She is painted to represent an aircraft that flew with the 552nd Bomb Squadron with the 386th Bomb Group in Europe. This my first A-26 caricature and hopefully not the last. I am currently working on a gear down version of Silver Dragon. I hope to have that done very soon. This time I added a bit of backgrounds and framing.There is also a second version of the Dragon with gear down. I have only done a few of these with gear down, and look to do a few more. Let me know what you think.
We are looking to reduce stock on our current line of mugs so we can make way for a new line. We have 4 mugs left. 2 F-4 Phantoms from VF-114. Both have aircraft caricature and squadron mascot on the reverse. One B-17G mug Nine O Nine with Squadron patch on reverse. and one F15 Eagle in retro paint scheme with squadron logo. These mugs are the last of a limited edition set we created a few years ago. Once they are gone they are gone. So order now. $20 plus shipping.
May is Indy month for the most part, with the Indy Racing series come to the Brickyard for just about the whole month, testing, preparing for the big race at the end of the month. I have always had an affinity for the Indy cars. Team pushing the envelope to get more speed and endurance from their cars. For years it was practically and unlimited event. Bring what you got, engine mods, aero packages and new innovations. Now it is more of a cookie cutter form of racing. Mandated engines, body styles and aero packages make it less innovative and more driver /team$$$ driven. Still a spectral none the less. 2.5 miles of speed and endurance, team strategy. Here is an new car caricature to ring in May and looking forward to the 100th running of the Indy 500. This one is the 1928 winner driven by Louis Meyer. It is a Miller Special. Miller race cars dominated this time period. I hope to do the 1936 winner just in time for the 2016 winner. Maybe I will put both on one print.
We have been cleaning house lately and came across a collection of 11×14 prints. We discontinued that size several years ago in favor of the 12×17 size. So in an effort to clean out some over stock we are offering these 11×14 prints at the discounted price of $20 each plus shipping. That is just $5 more the the smaller 8.5×11 prints. So take advantage of this offer while supplies last.
We have A-4E John McCain,F/A-18 Swiss tiger meet.Planes of \Fame P-40 in desert scheme,F-15 Eagle 493rdFS/ 48th FG Mig killer Capt, Hwang,a Ju-87, Memphis Bell B-17, F-15 65th AGRS Blue Scheme,B-24D, F-16 64th AGRS tan scheme,P-51B Blad Eagle,F-5N VFC-111 CO Scheme,F/A-18F VFA-154,A-6E Intruder from VMA(AW) 533, F-22 from 90th FS and 27th FS, A-7 from VA-146, E-2 Hawkeye from VAW-113 CO Scheme, F-14 from VF-103 Jolly Rogers both Colorful and subdued schemesF-A-18C Blue Angels #6 and F4U-1A Corsair from VF-17 Lt Cdr. John Blackburn…. and several more.
Thanks to a customer in Japan we can now ad a new tank caricature to the collection. The newest tank in the Japanese arsenal is this Type 10 main battle tank. 120mm smooth bore main gun and armor that can be changed out to suit the situation. This tank is from the 1st Armoured Training Unit, of the Eastern Army Combined Brigade.
If you like the way we create these tank caricatures and would like to see others just drop us a line and let us know what you want to see next. As usual commissions take priority.
Today we add a new racer to my Air Racer collection. The Leroy Penhall owned and raced P-51D. I loved the color scheme and the recent Mustangs International Magazine included a nice color shot of this wonderful racer. I started by doing my usual caricature version as well as one with a nice cloud background ‘in action’ piece. I then added another regular proportioned side profile to the mix. I am looking to add Seattle Miss the Mustang raced by Ben Hall around the same time as the Penhall Mustang. I am just drawn to those racers.
If anyone has suggestions for future caricatures or is looking for a special art work just drop me a line.
I also just finished and new regular side profile, another P-51D. This time the Planes of Fame P-51D Wee Willy II. I also have this same aircraft in a caricature version. If you looking for a regular side profile Mustang just send me an email and we can work it up for you. If you want to see more regular side profiles let me know what you would like to see me do next. Check out the fighter propeller section to see the new art.