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July 9, 2014 - 3:14 pm
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Thanks guys. 

eHangar said:-

The subject aircraft and its victim (Mitsubishi Dinah), as well as the signatory, are quite unusual in the aviation art world.”

Agreed. Pity the Dinah is not well presented here … by all accounts it was one hell of an aircraft.cool-smirk

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Todays theme … jets.

 

Growing up in Australia we were still aware of Britain’s advanced nuclear strike force. The famous delta and crescent wings of the Vulcan and Valiant were matched by the distinctive T-tail of the Victor.

Although the Vulcan was by far the most popular with the public I have a sneaking regard for the sinister looking Victor.  It was the last to leave operational duty with the RAF … even if it was only as an undignified refueller.

My framer and I jointly decided that Mike Rondot’s V-Force trilogy deserved a different treatment.  They are always hung as a set on the one wall.  I think our decision works well.

 

Ever since I saw the film “Strategic Air Command” with Jimmy Stewart and June Allison I fell in love with the B-47. Therefore Craig Kodera’s “Stratojet Shakedown” was a must-have particularly having Tibbets’ signature.                     This is what I call pungent colour.

 

Ron Wong’s “Stingers” was purchased as it reminded me of a most pleasurable journey down the Rhine.  Good painting though.

 

Some Taylor’s …

 

As a youngster I grew up reading, and reading about the exploits of Roland Beamont, the signatory here.                           For some strange reason I always referred to ‘Bea’ as Beaumont.  After being gently corrected I have done the right thing in public.  In private however he will always remain as ‘Beau.’   Sometimes I can be unreasonably stubborn.cool-gum

 

As an Australian I am naturally drawn to straight talking larrikins. The main signatory of “Rolling Thunder“, Jackson Broughton, is certainly one of them. Like many others here I suspect, I ended up buying his book.  A good read.

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“In Defence of Darwin” was the first aviation art purchase I ever made and I’ve no idea why it wasn’t a greater commercial success, particularly in light of the fact that it carries the signature of Australia’s highest scoring fighter pilot.  Granted the Spitfire Mk.Vc isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing (compared to the Mk.VIII for example) and the Dinah, though an excellent aircraft by all accounts, was predominantly used in the reconnaissance role which is perceived as far less ‘glamorous’ than fighter, bomber or attack roles and therefore less appealing to the market.  I think it’s a terrific print and it’s still hanging on the wall.

I was initially horrified at the thought of some of these prints being sacrificed as a source of Caldwell’s signature, but I must admit I got over it and actually got one matted with my “Desert Sharks” pencil print.

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Robert Taylor – Desert Hawks

Clive Caldwell was an outstanding pilot and a remarkable shot. This is one of only five Desert Hawks prints by RT that was subsequently signed by Clive Caldwell (courtesy of John). It is interesting that the print signed by him did not do well. He was an outstanding pilot and is a significant piece of history in the Desert War.

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Sorry to continue on this side-track, but I have always liked the Dinah, in large part because I used to stare for hours at the Roy Cross art work in my 1976 edition of the Airfix catalogue. The white Dinah there desperately scrambling to take off during a strafing airfield attack really caught my imagination.

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Robert Taylor – Desert Hawks
This is one of only five Desert Hawks prints by RT that was subsequently signed by Clive Caldwell (courtesy of John).

Hello Simon.

I couldn’t place you until your reference to John.  He often spoke in glowing terms of you.  Your contributions to the Remarque thread are much appreciated.

How I envy you … your Caldwell signed “Desert Hawks.”  Nevertheless I am proud of my lowly Artist Proof.

Thanks for looking in.

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eHangar said:-

“Sorry”

Never say sorry in one of my threads Sunny!

Particularly when you bring a Dinah to the party mate. bananacheers

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Thanks mucho, Brian goodshow beercheers

One thing that I really enjoy about your thread is reading your captions for most of your images which give the context and background of each print or painting, that really enhances my understanding. I appreciate you taking the time to comment on your print collection.

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July 10, 2014 - 8:43 am
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Appilance,

You have a wonderful collection, especially your aussie prints. Thanks for sharing.

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An amazing collection you have shown here totally green with envy twothumbsup

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Jets … continued.

 

Starting with a trio of Philip West editions.

This is a self-published version of “Corporate Prelude.” I am fortunate to possess remarque 25/25.

Some feel it inadvisable to depict an aircraft from the rear. Not in this case in my opinion. Philip has captured the essence of the Vulcan’s delta wing beautifully matching the cloudscape, and the sense of height is profound.  A beauty!

Storm Warning.

Honor the Brave“.  

Sean honoured me by providing print number 1 of 300.

 

The F-86 Sabre is one of my favourite aircraft. Robert Watts’ “Hunting Party” was therefore an easy choice made easier with Boots Blesse and Gabby Gabreski among the signatories.

 

Now a brace of Barrie Spicer prints.

Moresby to Tindal” is a tribute to 75 squadron RAAF.

The line drawings of aircraft are not remarques, rather depictions of aircraft flown during it’s history.

 

Australians love Qantas, our national airline, even if most choose not to fly overseas with it these days.

Barry’s portrait of the Boeing 707 is simply a classic.

The actor John Travolta owns one and often pilots it to Australia in his capacity of Ambassador-at-Large for Qantas.

 

An interloper …

John Young’s lovely rendition of the Constellation was a no-brainer. No wonder it’s luscious lines earned it the accolade ‘Greyhound of the Skies.’

In for a penny, in for a pound. eyebrows

When I was a young man-about-town I had the opportunity to acquire a brand new red Ferrari Dino Spyder.

A wise workmate talked me out of it claiming its one thing to be able to afford the car, quite another to live the expected lifestyle.

Although he was right I have regretted it ever since. That’s why this Alan Fearnley print is so special to me.

 

How could you not like a Captain named Treasure Jones?

How could you resist buying Taylor’s sublime Queen Mary saying “Farewell to America“?

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Theme for today … Luftwaffe.

Nick Trudgian will lead off since he is tending to specialise these days in Luftwaffe subjects.  Commencing in the desert …

Neville Duke was a famous English pilot and test pilot after the war. As a youngster read everything I could get my hands on about him so very satisfying indeed to obtain his treasured signature on the print “Desert Sharks and Eagles.”

 

Hunted for ages until finally happening upon a Publishers Proof version of “The Battle of Kursk.”

 

I tried very hard to acquire the Barkhorn signature version of “Three Hundred Club.”  Alas being an avid collector from the antipidies was insufficient to take one away from that promised to more established collectors/clients. I content myself with what is still a very good image but that signature is the one-and-only still eluding me.

In what I refer to as his mid-period Trudgian was given to producing quite a number of physically large prints.

I remember my main art dealer being strongly critical of this. Apart from substantially adding to framing costs he also felt it was often difficult to accommodate wall space with other paintings.  It is interesting to note Nick’s more recent work has indeed reduced to a more manageable size.

 

Finally four Taylor’s for your viewing pleasure.smile2

Sometimes you can tell more about a collector from what is left out rather than included.

Case in point “Knights Cross,” painted by the best, of the best, depicts Hartmann doing what he did better than anyone else … shooting down the enemy.  This remains my sole Taylor/Hartmann print … the others do not do justice to the skill and achievement of this man IMHO.  soapbox

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Theme … night ops.

This hallway gets little light, day or night, so I decided it was the perfect spot to display night operations.  Hope you enjoy.

 

There is ‘something’ about Mark Postlethwaite’s “Flug Zum Absprungplatz” I find compelling.  Can’t explain it … bought it.

 

Nick Trudgian has contributed three prints to my gallery.

Into the Cloak of Darkness” depicts one of my favourite aircraft, the Uhu.  Simply had to snap it up.

 

Good signatures on “Night Hunters of the Reich” …

 

… and “Moonlight Hunter.”

 

One of my all time favorite images is my Artist Proof of Philip West’s “Loire Rendezvous.”  Made all the more special for me by including the late Australian legend Nancy Wake’s signature, among others.  She was an important figure in the French underground, known as the ‘White Rabbit.’ Choosing to live in France after the war it was not until very late in her life that the Australian Government chose to suitably honour her. Very, very disappointing.

 

Michael Turner’s great “NJG 1” is signed by a plethora of Luftwaffe aircrew.  I am very proud to own this rendition of Schnaufer’s 100th kill.

 

Naturally one Robert Taylor has to get in on the action, so the speak.  Leading off with sublime “Lancaster Under Attack.”

 

Duel in the Dark” trilogy.

 

Before the Storm.

 

Night Hunters.

 

Night Attacker.

 

and finally “Moonlighting” signed by another childhood hero, John Cunningham.  Featuring another of my favourites, the Beaufighter.

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Appliance,

First off, your collection is wide-ranging and spectacular!

It’s interesting to see the Australian-themed prints that those of us in other parts of the world might have never seen.

The Mitsubishi Dinah is a beautiful aircraft – I wish we’d see more of it.

I too love Craig Kodera’s bold use of color.

Like you, “Knight’s Cross” is my favorite RT1 Hartmann print.  We seem to be in the minority, though.  It seems to me that “Knight’s Cross” gets the least attention from collectors.

Nice photo of “Night Hunters” – a beautiful print!  In some respects I might go so far as to say it’s Taylor’s best image, but that’s a difficult call considering all his stand-outs.

The Alan Fearnley Ferrari Dino print is beautiful.

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Very nice of you to say so fuzzy. yippee

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I am astounded by your continued posting… the number of prints in your collection seems to never end! kudos

Knight’s Cross remains one of my favourite Robert Taylor images – simple, yet beautiful, and like you said, portraying what Hartman did best – shooting down aircraft.

Lancaster Under Attack and Night Hunters are another two of my favourite prints of all time, among all my prints. I am fortunate to have both of these. banana

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Some scraps …

 

A multi signatured Artist Proof of Philip West’s “Right Here, Right Now” depicting training flight of UK Apaches.

 

… and casualties.

 

Whoops!

 

Broken glass …

My fault entirely and after the move too.cry

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The first …

My inaugural limited edition print purchase, and framing, was Michael Turner’s “Final Encounter.”

I was looking at his website, Studio 88, in my capacity of motor sport enthusiast when I became surprised that he was also an aviation artist.  Featuring the signatures of Johnny Johnson and Gunther Rall amongst others, I pulled the trigger even though it seemed VERY expensive for a mere print, limited edition or not, at the time. Little did I realise …

Even after 11 years it still holds up well today don’t you think?

 

… and the Last.

Last framing that is. Robert Taylor’s “Open Assault” with ‘big’ Stuka filling the frame is quite impressive on the wall.

Unfortunately being on a pension after retirement (another story, another time) little is left over for discretionary spending these days so it will be a little time between updates pertaining to this entry.

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Tidy Up …

 

Before commencing posting my print archive and with Sunny’s permission I would like to rectify some of my early postings which, due to my inexperience and ineptitude, did not give appropriate justice either to the artist or my framer.  Please delete this post/s if thought fit.

 

Two pencil originals by Steve Heyen.  Love them.

 

A closer look.

 

Spitfires at Sattler” is another early Barry Spicer.  Multi-signed by ground crew as well as pilots Bobby Gibbes and Ted Sly.

 

Gareth Hector’s fine study of the ME 263 is the last, large (canvas) and, hopefully, lasting image my guests notice as they leave. Couldn’t resist.  winkwink

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