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I was watching a show on the Military Channel tonight about the battle for Stalingrad, and it got me thinking. It seems like Russian aircraft from WWII such as the Yak-3, La-7, and IL-2 are rarely depicted as the main subject in eastern front pieces. I mean, am I the only one that would like to see Nicholas Trudgian do a companion piece to “Kursk-Clash of Steel”, with the focus on IL-2’s, La-5’s, and T-34’s? I know it’s probably not the most popular subject matter, but I believe there would be enough interest to make it feasible. Especially since the edition size of limited edition prints seems to get smaller all the time. Mr. Trudgian’s most recent piece, “The Biggin Hill Wing” was only 225 pieces for the main edition. Anyways, just a thought.

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Most the artists have dabbled in the russian stuff and i think most of them have been quite good. But since most can still be purchased years after release at intro prices i think they do not sell that well. But i too would like to see a few more russian pieces, along with some more jap stuff as well.

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September 28, 2009 - 7:40 pm
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Good timing for this post! I am just starting a painting of some La5N’s I will post the final outcome. bob

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Most hardcore collectors would like to see more Russian, Japanese, Italian aircraft, etc. However, there is such a limited market for those subjects, we probably will never see more than a tiny handful from mainstream aviation artists.

Robert Taylor’s “Russian Roulette” is a great print featuring a Yak 3, and signed by 2 Russian, 2 Free-French Normandie-Niemen, and 2 Luftwaffe aces. It’s hard to top that one when it comes to eastern front prints featuring a Russian aircraft.

Richard Taylor’s “Threatening Skies” is a solid effort featuring the Tojo for those looking for Japanese. You can also get Robert’s “Legend of Colin Kelly” which comes with a nice companion of Sakai’s Zero signed by Sakai. On the secondary market, Robert’s “Zero Encounter” features a Zero and is signed by 2 American & 2 Japanese aces from the Guadalcanal campaign.

If you want an Italian aircraft, the pickings are very slim.

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If you want an Italian aircraft, the pickings are very slim.

That is indeed a sad state of affairs. The only print offering that comes to mind is Jerry Crandall’s “Storm Clouds Over Tunisia”.

The Macchi C.202/205 series of aircraft were some of the most beautiful fighters of WW2. Toss in some of the most elaborate camouflage schemes and detailed unit markings of the conflict, significant air actions and stunning backgrounds, and I think a well composed painting would be a hit!

Concerning Russian aircraft, Ardell Bourgeois has a stunning painting hanging in the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum depicting that very subject. It can be seen on the thread covering this year’s ASAA forum. It was a favorite of Mrs. Blacksheep!

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Not sure if Yak-1’s have been portrayed much or not. Mark Postlethwaite’s print came to mind depicting Yak-1s of the 11th Fighter Regiment attacking a German supply convoy in December 1941.

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Russian Roulette, by Robert Taylor and Red Hot Pursuit, by Simon Atack are 2 good prints with Russian aircraft. The signatures are very good on them, some Russian pilots having been in combat with both US and German pilots. However, both do not look to of sold well.

It is a shame that a lot of prints only feature the Russian Aircraft as Nazi gun fodder. The smoking Russian aircraft is a common feature on both Trudgian and Taylor Russian Front combat painings

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DC Atack’s print was released in 2 editions I beleive. Mine features coloured Red stars, Simon did it on the day the Russian pilots where over. It was a small release(50 on the day), the second release was slightly larger I believe, 100. My Russian Roulette is what lead us to help look after the Russian Pilots, and now sports, 2 French, 6 German and 6 Russian Pilots, and is one of my treasured prints.

I think the hardest selling point is getting signatures on the prints for the Russian pilots. Age and the visa hassles makes it very hard, I am hoping to have Sergei Makarovich Kramarenko’s book signed next if I get the chance to go back to Moscow.

I would really like to see something of the Night Witchs, but I have not had the time to get into the project myself.

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I will just “take the chill of soup” ๐Ÿ™‚
by my Yak-3 artwork. Available also in limited gicl?ยฉe print edition, remarque possible.

It is the shame that there is not a bigger focus on Russia aircraft and everybody interesting mostly on Spits, Mustangs and B-17 ๐Ÿ™‚

Especialy La-5 and 7 are very nice, Stormovik offers a lot of interesting possibilities.

One part of my long-lasting plan about Czechoslovak pilots in WWII counts also with artworks about these fanous aircraft. Possibly in 2010 or a little bit lately.

Vladimir Urbanek
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It is the shame that there is not a bigger focus on Russia aircraft and everybody interesting mostly on Spits, Mustangs and B-17

Your wish is my command. Oil on canvas.

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Here are a few paintings of Russian aircraft that were done by Jack Fellows for a series of stamps issued by the Marshall Islands. To my knowledge they were never issued as prints:

Sukhoi Su-27:

Ilya Muromets (Sikorsky S-22):

Yak-9:

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In 1962, the USSR tested a hydrogen bomb which became known as the Tsar Bomba. The bomb is the most powerful device ever constructed by man. Originally designed to yield 100 megatons, it was feared the radioactive fallout would be too great and the bomb was scaled back to give a yield of 50 megatons.

The device was delivered by a modified TU-95 bomber. The airplane dropped the bomb from 10,500 meters altitude. It’s fall was slowed by a large parachute to give the releasing airplane time to clear the blast area. Even so, the crew of the craft were given no assurances they would survive the test.

The bomb detonated at 4000 meters altitude. The fireball was so large it touched the ground and almost reached the altitude of the releasing aircraft. Russian sources have always given the blast yield as 50 megatons but other sources have given the yield at 57 megetons. This is equivelent to 10 times all the explosives used in WW II including both atomic weapons used against Japan. The output generated enough energy to be equivelent to 1.4% the output of the sun.

Such a weapon was not really considered practical. The test was a show of force during the height of the cold war.

Here is my depiction of that test.

“Show of Force”

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There is a huge field to explore more: Russian and Soviet aircraft are very interesting subjects and deserv more prints: I have done some MiG-15bis profiles and am starting a painting of a dogfight between F-86 and MiG-15.

My Paintings at
http://ilustro.webs.com/

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My favorite MiG-15:

Roy Grinnell “Final Victories”

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Russian Mil 24 anyone ?

Oil on canvas

all best

JEZ

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Here is my copy of ‘The Lions in Winter’ by Jay Ashhurst featuring the Yak-9 and signature of Roland De La Poype of the Normandie-Niemen Regiment (the creases are from the plastic slip-cover)

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The LA-7 of Ivan N. Kozhedub by Jerry Crandall

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My own long suffering struggle here… (!)

I have no idea why Russian (and other, indeed) subject matter is not more popular, especially regarding aviation artwork. After all, their aircraft were far and away more colourful than most Western machines, and the scale of the struggle (and victory) vastly greater. But I digress….

Vladimir, that is a very fine Yak-3; far superior to the usual (if rare) depiction of Yaks in artwork. Mark P’s work of Yak-1s looks very nice, also.

I can only add that the lack of suitable information regarding these aircraft is simply not an excuse any longer. Usefully accurate literature on this topic is now commonplace in English, and I have made myself– and continue to do so– freely available to assist any artist who wishes to have a serious crack at the subject matter. Let us hope that more choose to do so. The range of possible themes, aircraft and settings is vritually without limit….

Red Banner Aviation (redbanner.co.uk)

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My work: Yak-1

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And this by myself
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