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Hard Target by zulumike Hard Target by zulumike
Two P-47's attack a troop train somewhere in Germany during WW II. The German locomotive is a Series 55.

This composition is dedicated to 2nd Lt. Russell H. Oplinger of the 390th Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group. Russ was a friend of my dad and I had the privilage of meeting him and being a friend. He graduated from our local H.S. in 1942. As a 20 yr.old 2nd Lt. he was flying P-47's during the fierce fighting of the Hurtgen Forrest.

Credits: AC model from
Train model from my personal book B/W photo: "Deutsche Kriegs-lokomotiven 1939-1945
BG consist of four layers of media. Mayyang skies and other various free landscape sites.

The P-47 gradually became the USAAF's best fighter-bomber, normally carrying 500 lb bombs, M8 4.5 in or 5 in High velocity aircraft rockets (HVARs, or Holy Moses). From the invasion of Europe on 6 June 1944 to VE day on 7 May 1945, the Thunderbolt units claimed destroyed: 86,000 railroad cars, 9,000 locomotives, 6,000 armoured fighting vehicles, and 68,000 trucks.

Thanks for Looking, Cheers, Mike
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zulumike Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Its Digital Art, I have been involved with art when there were no computers.

 But I think I have a feel with computer art's brushes and other techniques to produce the artwork that look likes oils and other media.

All my tools are free, I used GIMP and Paint.Net for this work.

Thanks for the feedback. It also helps to know your subjects and good research. I grew up around aircraft most of my life. My dad was a pilot in WW2 and met other pilots as stated above.

JohnnyBigoud Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Astonishing, sincerly, Mark ! I see this painted classified in 'Digital Art' but it looks like oil paint. Is it an oil paint with a touch of software ? Cheers
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Lovely sense of action, great capture.  The Americans can only make refrigerators and razor blades.
Rol-n Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to learn how to do overlays, beautiful work! I enjoyed reading your profile, nothing like heavy equipment romanticized in art!
zulumike Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate the feedback.
NyanPuppy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in love with your picture. ^-^
zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
epic scene!
zulumike Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I appreciate it.
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