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Slice & Dice: air combat over Japan, 1946...
« on: July 20, 2009, 05:02:05 AM »
Here's a piece of aviation art I completed earlier this year:

http://www.digitalaviationart.com/forums/jsp_1350x900_web.jpg
Slice & Dice: air combat over Japan, 1946...


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In-between family expansions (the second one less than a fortnight ago!) and non-aviation-related work, I managed to get some aviation art done. Here is the first of over a dozen of images, both 3D scenes and 2D profile art, which I created for Ian Allan's upcoming book about Japanese x-planes in the popular Midland Publishing Secret Projects series. I was lucky enough to be commissioned the front cover illustration, which is the image shown here.

I've dubbed the image "Slice & Dice". The scene is entirely speculative and shows a what-if "1946" scenario high over Japan. Having slashed their way through the ramjet-equipped P-51D Mustang escorts, a pair of Japanese Manshu Ki-98 fighters is diving on a formation of B-35 flying wing bombers. At the time of Japanese surrender in August 1945, all three aircraft were very much in prototype status and none would ever become operational. The Ki-98 was never finished and, though extensively test-flown, neither the B-35 nor the ramjet-equipped Mustang were found suitable for operational service.


Here is what the image looks like on the book cover:



More information about the book can be found here: http://www.ianallanpublishing.com/product.php?productid=67375&cat=1057&page=1

Once the book is released (planned for October this year), prints and t-shirts will become available on my new webshop at http://www.digitalaviationart.com and I will post more of the other artwork I created for the book.


Some close-up details:









The Army Type 3 gunsight (based on the Revi 12C), the big Ho-204 37mm cannon and the Ho-5 12.7mm machine gun (based on the famous Browning M2 .50cal):




And finally a size comparison profile of the Ki-98 with the P-51D Mustang. I couldn't quite fit the B-35 in there at the same scale! :)

http://www.digitalaviationart.com/forums/p-51d_ki-98_profiles_1050x700_web.jpg
Slice & Dice: air combat over Japan, 1946...


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Thanks for looking!

- Ronnie
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Re: Slice & Dice: air combat over Japan, 1946...
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2009, 07:06:39 AM »
Ronnie- as alwys you bring here outstanding work  :-clap It is nice to hear that you have managed to work for Midlands on cover art and I hope that both of you are pleasured with results!

Keep on good work  :-flo :-tri

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Re: Slice & Dice: air combat over Japan, 1946...
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2009, 10:14:00 AM »
A review copy of the book will be appreciated for ther Letletlet website of course!

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Re: Slice & Dice: air combat over Japan, 1946...
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2009, 06:07:18 PM »
Amazing work...  :-clap :-clap :-clap
I am sure that the book will be a true success  :-flo

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Re: Slice & Dice: air combat over Japan, 1946...
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2009, 10:39:54 PM »
Beautiful work, Skyraider, like all yours... :-clap :-clap :-obey
Luckily for us this story ended (mostly) with the end of the WWII, but on the other hand it would be really nice to see them flying...

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Re: Slice & Dice: air combat over Japan, 1946...
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2009, 12:52:25 PM »
Thanks very much guys! Very happy you like it!


Nico, hehe, I'm afraid you'd need to talk to Ian Allan for that as I'm just one of the artists... :)
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Re: Slice & Dice: air combat over Japan, 1946...
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2009, 04:08:34 PM »
great work Skyraider3D  :-clap :-obey :-wave

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Re: Slice & Dice: air combat over Japan, 1946...
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2009, 09:35:55 PM »
Very good. Midland is my main source to find Windsock Datafiles and stuff  :-green

Excellent works Ronnie!!!  :-obey