New Air racer finished as Reno 2021 approaches. Here is my second entry in the Jet Class, the 2019 National Champion, Just Lucky a L-29 Delfin flow by Pete Zacccagnino. Pete Qualified the Delfin second at 510.304 behind the Vampire, Dark Shadow. In Heat 1A Just Lucky was second with a speed of 489.439 again behind Dark Shadow. The next day in Heat 2A Pete took the checkered flag at a speed of 510.411. Sunday in the Gold Final race Pete and Just Lucky was just that taking the checkered flag in first at a winning speed of 495.106. I hope to be doing a few more Jet class racers very soon.
Hello everyone, Today we add 4 new air racers, two from the F1 class and the early days of Reno and two new Sport class.
First up is Shoestring the world beater and grand champion in the f 1 class raced by Ray Cote. Ray won many championships in Shoestring and later a couple in the next racer Wagner’s Solution. The Solution was racer by Judy Wagner in an attempt to wrestle the championship from Ray.
The two new sport racers are Race 33 flown by the great Daryl Greenamyer, another master racer and multiple champion in both Unlimited and Sport Class. Finally Breaking Wind a colorful Glasair III that raced in 2019 and hopefully will be back in 2021.
That’s about it for now. Look forward to more Glasiar racers after I finish up a few commissions and a poster for one of the T-6 race teams.
Hello again. Just added a new air racing caricature, a Lancair Legacy from the sport class, Modo Mio, raced by Vince Walker. Modo Mio had a good Reno in 2019 qualifying 13th, at 289.157, with a best finish of 1st in heat 3B with a speed of 320.092mph and then finishing 5th in the gold final at 3311.492. Well Done Vince and crew. A very colorful racer. Just love the Lancair Legacy lines. Seem to be a perfect racing air frame.
Next up a new F4U-D Corsair from VMF351, which flew off the escort carrier CVE-109 Cape Gloucester. The CO was Lt Col Donald Yost who had 6 kills while flying F4F Wildcats, then added two more in the Corsair.
hope to be adding a few more very soon. Have a couple commissions on the books so we can look forward to that. BH
We have added several new poster style versions of our Air Racing caricatures. Please check them out in the air racers section. I think they are very cool and look like vintage racing posters. I am looking into the possibility of creating garden flags so fans can display their favorite team./ racer.
We have also added a new Formula One racer the Cassutt IIIM, Sleeper. (see above) This air racer is owned by Josh Phillipson (who also owns and pilots, No Strings Attached) and piloted in 2019 by Des Hart. There are three versions, out regular profile, a version of Sleeper crossing the home pylon, and one of the new racing strip series.
Here are a couple of RV-8 Sport Class racers from this years Reno Air Races. I think the Sport Class will be the class (with F1 a close second) that will keep Air Racing going well into the future. The warbirds that everyone loves are just to rare these days and to costly to race regularly. I still love the unlimited class but time is the enemy of the big iron.
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!