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 www.colacola.se
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
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.
I'm definitely putting my Money on the "jugs" once they get set up for a better angle on that train it's rolling scrap.
Only a bit sad when thinking about the crew working on the trains who arent soldiers :/
The crews of these trains were vital to the war effort. I am sure that the sacrifices were high considering that the P-47's destroyed 9,000 locomotives.
The more I read about the P-47, the more I realize how much destruction this aircraft did througout Europe. As someone said, it was the
A-10 of WW II.
Like the prop-wash going through smoke effect, that's a tricky one.