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Burning Hellcat by zulumike Burning Hellcat by zulumike
I used a historical photograph for the reference of this project. The photo illustrates the dangers involved with the Pacific War carrier operations for both the aircrews and ship's crews. The photo also dramatically presents an example of individual courage as the catapult officer steps onto the flaming external fuel tank in an attempt to reach the pilot to help him escape to safety.

The true story: A Hellcat F6F-3, Number 30 of Fighting Squadron Two (VF-2), USS Enterprise, crashes into the carrier's port side 20mm gun gallery, 10 November 1943. Lieutenant Walter L. Chewning, Jr., USNR, the Catapult Officer, is climbing up the plane's side to assist the pilot from the burning aircraft. The pilot, Ensign Byron M. Johnson, escaped without significant injury. Enterprise was then en route to support the Gilberts Operation. Note the plane's ruptured belly fuel tank. This fuel tank had to be “cookin”.

Many hours of developing the fire and colors consumed over (25) layers until I was satisfied and sleepless nights. I know I get consumed. The dynamics and the danger of the fire had to be the focal point. Also the gun gallery with two sailors and equipment was a challenge to integrate this area was important to tell a dramatic story. These guys had to be scared as they stand frozen in time. I know this area is normally painted a “battleship grey” with wooden floor decks, but I used a green tone to enhance the area and mood. As color is important for the mood here. The project is 80% painted and enhanced using Paint.Net and GIMP.
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Thank You for looking and remember the “Greatest Generation”.

Salute, Mike
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Crypto-137 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I remember this video
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An epic event and the danger of war. Glad everyone was ok.
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Crypto-137 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed.
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DEathgod65 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Very well done! Love it :D
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You I appreciate the feedback.
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mobiusonedt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man I;ve seen the original so many times. This is very well done.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a great photo, hats off to photographer to catch the moment. Also the gun crew are frozen in time. They stood there watching the event before their eyes.
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AnchorUp Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Incredible picture!! I am lucky enough to have never seen this happen on any of the ships I've been on. Looks like a lot of hard work and dedication when into this picture.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dedicated this picture to our U.S. Navy Servicemen. The local VFW and our local WW II ( Lincoln Il)mueseum will each receive a frame copy of this artwork. Thanks for your service. It was a labor of love and I considered it one my favorites.

What ships did you serve on? Thanks for the feedback.
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AnchorUp Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
I currently serve aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71 [aircraft carrier]). The USS Theodore Roosevelt is currently in the shipyards having a reconstructive overhaul by refueling the reactors and refurbishing the ship. My division is responsible for putting back together the catapults and arresting gear. With having my ship in the yards we obviously cant go out to sea. My division deployed me with the USS Carl Vinson and I proudly deployed supporting Operation Enduring Freedom 2011-2012. I've been on a few other ships performing workups while training myself and others aboard the USS Enterprise, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the USS George Bush. My next ship I will be receiving sea time with will be the USS Harry Truman.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You for your service. Sounds like interesting work, check out my "War Ready" you can probally relate to this artwork.

I worked at General Dynamics Electic Boat Div. 1985 -1990.
I was a construction engineer developing improve building processes for the Trident and 688- Class subs.

Worked on the USS Louisville and its VLS systems. First sub to launch its cruise missles against a hostile country Iraq.

The Trident is a beast and huge weapon platform, considered the most complicated engineering structue to build, the space shuttle was no. 1.

I am going to work on some WW II subs dedicated to te shipbuilders of WW II.
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N0T3R Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Very nice, I like that you added some artistic flair beyond colorizing b&w.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Noter, I was lucky enough to find a great photo that inspired me. Their are some great photos out there from the Dept of Defense all free to the public.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I always try to learn something new with brushes, colors, editing when I do a project. Also it is fun to learn about the world's military history. The internet has so much info and great photos.
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
This one deserves a lot more faves and comments, it is brilliant and amazingly well done! Like the photo itself :D
Excellent work :)
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats a very nice work
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You Antonis. Appreciate the feedback.

This is one of my favorites, it tells a story of bravery and dedication of the men who fought in the Pacific War.
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np,when i like something i always comment :)
You need to spend more time to details i think !
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tell me more I am always learning?
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nothing to specific on this one...but you should try to add more details !
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol i see :D
Its your style so i am ok !
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, always look forward to your work see you over at SSW.
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Rache1911 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Woah! Put it out!" but great work! a new way to look at carrier life...
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
T am glad both guys made it out ok. The guy standing on the external tank, certainly was a brave man wanting to help his fellow man. Thanks for the feedback.
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Rache1911 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed... Great work all-in-all.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You I appreciate the feedback.
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Rache1911 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem.
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Oliver1388 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
this how real war realty is back then and to day
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, there are so many stories out there.

They were both lucky, a dynamic story that turned out ok.
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Oliver1388 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
yep most people think it just like some game
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Hoenn-Master Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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Hoenn-Master Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
You are very welcome! :)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate the feedback.
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this is an epic piece. Very nice work.
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