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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 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
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:iconzulumike:
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.

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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
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Lovely sense of action, great capture.  The Americans can only make refrigerators and razor blades.
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:iconrol-n:
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!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate the feedback.
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in love with your picture. ^-^
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
epic scene!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I appreciate it.
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
Placed at #14 on the 2012 TRFN top 50 deviations and deviants list [link]
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allison731 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats, you got :iconbadassplz: cool badge for this creation in :iconwhispermewish: group.
This is badge for most coolest art in our group.
You can find your art in Badge-COOL folder.
This is your 1st cool badge. Collect 10 of this kind and your avatar will be in Cool-Badges folder forever. :iconcool-smileplz:
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the badge, appreciate the award and being amongst such cool artist. Cheers.
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allison731 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You done great work. :iconthumbsupplz:
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work... send you a request and invitation of my group :iconsoulcollectors:
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You BiBi, appreciate it.
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
always my pleasure and thanks for the accept :love:
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NitzkaPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I know that bridge ;)
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
The P-47 is about my favorite fighter of WWII, there were faster, and more agile aircraft, but non of them had the ruggedness, and sheer brawn of the P-47.

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. :D
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Keziamara Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nicely done
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focallength Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Nice work. Shooting up locomotives was one of their favorite pastimes. Always got a nice, satisfying KABOOM!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done!!! Awesome!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I appreciate it.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure on such awesome art!
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Amazing creation!

Only a bit sad when thinking about the crew working on the trains who arent soldiers :/
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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.
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jncarter Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely piece of work
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks John, appreciate it.

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.
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Swatbot26 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
This reminds me of a game I used to own... Blazing Angels I think.
Nice work! :D
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You much. Sounds like a good game.
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Swatbot26 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
No problem.
And nah, it was nothing special to be honest. One of these classic ''Hollywood explosions everywhere'' type of game, if you know what I mean.
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is truly awesome!! movement, composition :) it's really great!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I wanted to convey the power of the "Jug". Smoke can have many effects to a dynamic composition.
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sevenxlives Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
looks really great. =3
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, Glad you like. More to come.
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Hula121 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Bravo Zulu!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate the feedback.
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Hoenn-Master Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I really think that the Republic P-47 (all final production models) is one of the unsung hero's of WWII; overshadowed by its allies; namely the North American P-51 Mustang and the Supermarine Spitfire.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, the more I read about it, I find how much it contributed in supporting ground troops.
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Hoenn-Master Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
:nod:

And what is the kicker, (in my mind at least) the P-47 was a much safer aircraft to fly than its counterparts, not just in the air, but also on takeoff and landing!
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thewaywardsoldier Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist
This is absolutely beautiful! Gotta love those P-47s
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They did a lot destruction during WW II. Thank You
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thewaywardsoldier Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist
you're most welcome~
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Budgie34 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Great Picture Thanks for all the time and dedication to the scene
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Appreciate the kind words.
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect opportunity, disable the loco on a bridge! Block that track for days.

Like the prop-wash going through smoke effect, that's a tricky one.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you noticed the prop wash it was an after thought, but decided to add some more dynamics as he powers out of his dive,
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hoaxone Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool but the fighters should attack the train fom ahead :)
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not True. Go to YouTube and watch actual footage of strafing trains. Mostly broadside from rear to front.

[link]
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