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As I worked on my previous TU-95 artwork and did research on the subject, I encountered several interesting stories.

This newest presentation is based on the testing of the Tsar Bomb, a story of the Cold War era. I am thinking about the crews which carried this massive bomb, did they volunteer, were they the best?? I am sure they were.

I researched several photos of this explosion and other nuclear mushroom clouds. This is mostly hand painted as well as most of all the artwork. These clouds seem to have a red tint. Also this is a concept scene only. I understand there was a special white reflective paint on both the AC's and the bomb bay doors were removed and the undercarriage modified. Hopefully it conveys the story as both the USA and the Soviet Union compete for world dominance.

Cheers, Mike
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seratna Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
I'm in love ...
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HeinzHoerler Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014

what is loader that damn plane or the bomb


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Very... Khm, powerful artwork. Reminder of old times, better to say. I think that the best thing here is the plane. Tu-95... It's my favorite one, going after An-225, "Buran" spacecraft and "Spiral'" secret fighter-bomber designed by Gleb Losino-Losinsky.
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LaterTimeLord Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
One interesting feature of that "doomsday" bomb was it can be powered up to ~100mT explosion yield.

People say Andrei was concerned about nuclear fallout when he designed this bomb. :XD:
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think one of the concerns was what the shock wave would do to the plane and crew at a 100mT. There were a lot of unkowns with this powerful bomb.
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LaterTimeLord Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah. This is why they built only 1 of this thing. (Maybe there's a second?)
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RadPig94 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tsar busted windows in other countries
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally awesome! I've always loved these massive turbo-prop bombers! Way cool!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is remarkable these engines were developed from German WW II designs. The German engineers and tooling were captured and sent to the Soviet Union. Mr. Kuztsov introduced the 1st NK-12 in 1952.

The NK-12M developed 8,948 kW (12,000 shp), uprated in the neNK-12MV to 11,033 kW (14,795 ehp) and reaching 11,185 kW (15,000 ehp) in the NK-12MA. The NK-12 remains the most powerful turboprop engine ever built and hold many world records. Its an aircraft to be admired with great history.

Cheers, Mike
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have the book "Tupolev TU-95/-142 Bear" by AeroFax and it has fascinating history, pictures and diagrams...I've always been fascinated by this aircraft and the B-36! Something about giant bombers is so cool! Thanks for the info! In WWII the Germans had these dinky He-111s and the better tactical JU-88... but the huge 4-6 engined craft are so interesting....especially in a "what if..?" scenario!
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mikopol Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
I like that plane.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my favorites, but all aircrafts are beautiful.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Nice to see this side of the story instead of just the American and European one. Greta work you have here! :)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You. I strive to tell a story with my illusrations. A good story and research helps motivate me until I get that look I want.

Cheers, Mike
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Oh yeah, I know how this goes! :)
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Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Man ohhh MAN! If the Ruskies hadhadn't got cold-feet and half the bomb?

Fat sons-of-bitches would have put a hole in the world!

Heres a link to the actual bomb detonation. [link]
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback and link.

Cheers, Mike
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it.

Cheers, Mike
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You Much.
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virus-leach Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Gosh such a cool era that was............make a MiG-29 in the biggest resolution you can I beg you!?
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, glad you like it. I am working on several Russian AC's. I am working on the IL-28 and MiG-25 currently. I have added your request for the MiG-29.

Cheers, Mike
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Medjugore Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey great art
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate it.

Cheers, Mike
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If I'm not mistaken, the Bear that dropped the bomb was actually singed from the heat of the blast... despite being many miles away from the blast. Just imagine if the Soviets had decided to use MAXIMUM YIELD instead of only HALF yield...
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They actually had the capability of a 100 KT bomb, but realized the fallout would have been too much, imagine that.

The blast also effected their altitute. I read that they dropped almost a mile down, I'm sure that was scary. This was ther major concerrn, the shockwave effect.

Cheers, Mike
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hellbat Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Nice job.
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