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July 18, 2014 - 11:29 am
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Really enjoyed viewing this collection Appliance… many congratulations bravo

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Appliance,

I saw the damaged WSP “Long Ride Home” frame.  I hope the print survived undamaged!

For those who will be doing some framing, acrylic glazing is an alternative to glass.  It’s a lot lighter than glass and much tougher – it won’t shatter like glass.  About the only downside I can think of is that it’s not as simple to clean.  Here are some details:

http://www.framingsupplies.com…..crylic.htm

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Thank you Stormchaser.  thumbsup

It is really terrific to find you still active at eHangar.  Shortly to start posting unframed prints collection. Standby …

 

Many thanks for your advice Kurt.  Acrylic has never been mentioned by my framer/s as a suitable framing substitute for glass other than in the reflection reduction role.  Go figure.  I will explore further.

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Tidy up … continued.

 

Purchased “Abbeville Boys” from the Street Gallery.  Protracted delivery … ’nuff said.

 

Couldn’t afford “JG52” so had to be content with Krebs’ if I wanted the endorsement of Galland and Hartmann on one print.

This presentation cost over $A1000 which at the time I considered a ludicrous amount of money to invest!

Sorry for the reflections in some of the following.

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Tidy up … continued.

 

These next two Taylor’s are in my top 10.

Return of the Few” combines marine and air, Robert’s strengths, and the subtle tonality displayed is simply awesome.

 

To me “Hurricane Force” is the image that best sums up the Battle of Britain. Obviously the Hurricane, being the workhorse and better gun platform features however the three quarter rear composition best allows the attack position, the formation of H-111’s, the ubiquitous Luftwaffe bomber and the sense of height and scale with London spread out below.

This was one of the few occasions when my framer, Ray, and I disagreed.  He suggested the mat shown whereas I thought a charcoal shade matching the smoke would be more appropriate … gritty and sinister.  What say you, gentle viewer?

 

I believe this concludes the tidy up. Many thanks for taking the time to explore.

 

Next … my collection of unframed prints/mats.

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G’day viewers.

Today I commence upon displaying my unframed prints/mats.

I think it is best if I start off with the pencil then graduate to colour.

 

So to begin … I guess most of our members know of the work of Janice Kerk.

These are large prints featuring exquisite embossing but framing each would be much more expensive than the prints.

 

 

Not in a set however you may recognise these ring-ins.  happy

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John Shaw’s companion prints to “The Warrior and the Wolfpack.”

 

A couple of Max Crace’s for signatures of …Jay Robbins

 

and Walter Beckham.

 

A trio of Trudgian’s …

From Dusk Till Dawn.”

 

Duke’s First Victory.”  Childhood hero Neville Duke signature – pulled the trigger.

 

Sailor Malan portrait – pulled the trigger.

 

A quintuplet of Barry Spicer Huey helicopter portraits.  I showed these in an old thread here and Barry was inundated by members commissioning pencil drawings.

 

And a later work featuring multi signatures.

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Some mats …

 

A word of warning. Don’t leave covered mats in the (Australian) sun.  The plastic shrank, buckling the mat AND print.

If you look carefully you will see it.                        +

 

Sometimes we in the antipodes can get lucky.  Was fortunate to acquire “Breaching the Eder Dam” by ordering direct rather than through my dealer. This edition quickly sold out and was subsequently released as a colour print.

You will notice it is still in its protective plastic but it never sees the light of day.  Lesson learned.

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Colour next …

 

A taste of what is to come …

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Bill Phillips has had pretty good access to the US Navy. It shows.  “Threading the Needle” above, “CAPing the Tico” below.

 

Continuing the nautical theme …

 

Robert’s “Phantom Showtime

Mission Beyond Darkness,”

Pagoda Anchorage,” companion print to “Spitfire,”

and “Victory Flyover.”

 

I really like Jim Lauriers’ “Black Sheep at Munda.” Just something about it.

 

‘Our’ Brian Bateman’s spectacular use of colour in “Topaz One at Twilight

is echoed by Craig Kodera.

 

Thought I was lucky to acquire a John Shaw “The Hornets Nest” and then the publisher released an additional print run.

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I am not immune to the attraction of the Dam Buster raid. The movie also left a lasting impression on a young mind.

 

Mark Postlewaite’s “Dambusters-Setting Course” was quite a small edition.

 

One R.Taylor sold out “Dambusters-The Impossible Mission.”

 

However Anthony Saunders’ “Enroute” jogs my memory of a segment from the movie.

 

Some more Saunders. Certainly an able replacement for Trudgian at Aces High.  Is it politically correct around here if I were to suggest I prefer his work to Richard Taylor’s?

 

High Summer” 

 

and “Homeward Bound” … bought as a pair, a novel method of marketing.

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In my opinion Philip West’s redemption started with the release of “Over the Beaches.”

An earlier work “Battle Line,” signed by Johnnie Johnson, again rear view giving that wonderful feeling of height, of being right there.

 

Mark Postlethwaithe has done an excellent job portraying another of my top ten favourite aircraft, the Fieseler Storch.

 

I rather like the moodiness of Trudgian’s “The Biggin Hill Wing

And one can almost feel the chill in Nick’s “Thunderbolts and Lightnings.”

 

An evocative Russell Smith “Release the Hounds.”  Does Russell still frequent eHangar I wonder?

 

Appropriately followed by James Dietz’s colourful, yet menacing “Circus Rolls at Dawn.”

 

Now a confession. I purchased this Jay Ashurst print “Fortress Alone” purely for General Curtis LeMay’s signature.

 

Robert Taylor’s signature festooned print “Greycap Leader” displays the most oddly coloured cloudscape in my collection.

The very worst Taylor, in my opinion, is the puny sized “Milne Bay-The Turning Point.” The angle on the P-40’s is not a flattering one either.

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Who is this fellow Robert Taylor anyway?

 

Bought Bader signed “First of Many” knowing it was damaged.  Came from Canada ordinary post … took three months to arrive. confused2

 

The Prince did not sign my copy.

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I would hope many viewers either own a copy of this series or have seen it. If not I can highly recommend it to you.

When viewing a segment featuring US airman George Chandler I was so taken aback that without hesitation purchased Roy Grinnell’s Goldstar edition depicting George and his P-38 Lightning in action. If you see the episode I guarantee you will be moved also.

 

Two Minutes to Midnight” is Robert Bailey’s dramatic frame-filling tribute to the night warriors. I am fortunate to have my copy remarqued.

 

Jim Laurier’s “Leiston Legends” is signed by both Chuck Yeager and Bud Anderson.

 

I simply adore Jim’s “The High Tide of Summer,” signed by Gunther Rall. For what seems like a simple concept there is something indefinably beautiful going on here.

 

A trio of Philip West beauties.

Maximum Effort” has been very successful … selling out.  It is easy to see why.

 

Two Mosquito based prints also did well apparently. “Operation Jerico” depicted below …

 

and “Mosquito Attack.”

 

And another indulgence. The Jaguar XK-120 is quite possibly the most beautiful car in the world.  Only if I win Lotto would I be able to afford one these days.  If I did, I would.

Alan Fearnley’s rendition certainly does her justice. eyebrows

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Tidy up … continued.

To me “Hurricane Force” is the image that best sums up the Battle of Britain. Obviously the Hurricane, being the workhorse and better gun platform features however the three quarter rear composition best allows the attack position, the formation of H-111’s, the ubiquitous Luftwaffe bomber and the sense of height and scale with London spread out below.

This was one of the few occasions when my framer, Ray, and I disagreed.  He suggested the mat shown whereas I thought a charcoal shade matching the smoke would be more appropriate … gritty and sinister.  What say you, gentle viewer?

 

I believe this concludes the tidy up. Many thanks for taking the time to explore.

I am 100% in concurrence with your original choice, Appliance. I would have gone with the charcoal main matt and dark blue inner matt. Never too late to change them, if you wish to bigsmile

Brian, I continue to be astounded by your seemingly endless collection. I should have realised that beyond your framed prints, you would have prints that are unframed yet, as do most collectors. And I suspect that the number of unframed prints exceed the framed ones! And so I am looking forward to seeing more posts from you in this thread of yours! pilotfly

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Thanks for agreeing with me Sunny.  At least now I know I am not alone on this one.  waving

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Today I thought companion and small prints should get an airing.  Most dedicated collectors will be aware of these so little explanitory advice will be given.

 

Now here is a 6″ x 4″ Nick Tudgian work …

… as compared to his larger works (well over 36″), as previously commented upon in this thread.

You do remember don’t you. happy

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No doubt about it Craig Kodera and pungent colour go hand-in-hand.

Being an airline pilot I suspect also helps when painting ‘interesting’ cloudscapes.  

An example “Looking for Nagumo.”

 

Although Kittinger’s stunning fall to earth has now been exceeded, that wasn’t the case when I acquired Stuart Brown’s magnificent interpretation of events in “Excelsior 111-The Long, Lonely Leap.”  

What intestinal fortitude both men displayed.

 

Ronald Wong told me he had been disappointed in sales of his celebration of private space travel in his spectacularly dynamic “American Achievement.”

I was astounded at this news since this was certainly an historic journey well deserving of a place in the annals of flight.

 

Another vertical.  Mike Machat’s image of Charles McDonald’s P-38 doing what it does best was a no brainer, particularly as Chas’ signature was available on “Lightning Over Leyte.”

 

Last vertical … Harley Copic’s classic image “Karaya One” made it to the softcover edition of Hartmann’s biography, ‘The Blonde Knight of Germany,’ a book I assume most of us would own.

 

Robin Smith’s erstwhile image “The Fly Past” can be looked upon from numerous levels yet can be hung anywhere.

 

Jay Ashurst’s calm image entitled “American Beauty” hides a poignant storyline.

 

I treated myself to an Artists Proof of Richard Taylor’s inaugural aviation art print.

It helped that it was titled “Typhoon Scramble” as that is one of my very favourite aircraft, although I am clearly not as big a fan as Dazsmile2

 

I could never quite understand why Taylor’s print “The Swordfish Attack at Taranto” was apparently unpopular.

True, the title is unimaginative, but it must have been the cut-off wings, or the rear view, or …

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Catastrophes:-

I was given the print “Spitfire” by my dealer (I subsequently felt guilty and paid him a little stipend) so I could have Douglas Bader’s signature … maybe to cut out and use matted in future. I could never do that … not to Bader.

As you can see the previous owner has left the print in the sun/light and the reds have disappeared leaving only a blue image. Now quite likely inks were less colourfast when this print was published however it is never good practice to leave any image exposed to excessive light for too long.

 

I considered myself fortunate indeed to be able to obtain a copy of Taylor’s classic “Duel of Eagles.”

Trouble was it was sight unseen, the seller being in another State. A trusted go-between/cum dealer assured me the print was in good condition for its age and that the signatures of both Bader and Galland were legible though the ink had faded as per normal.

The print duly arrived and was as described apart from myriad horseshoes due to inept handling of the thin glossy paper over the years. Needless to say the trusted go-between was no longer trusted. Still, in certain lights/angles, one can admire the Taylor craft.  We live and we learn.

You might recall the Bader-signed “First of Many” above.  It too was damaged by fading and peculiar matting.  Three Bader prints, three problems.  I was beginning to think ‘three strikes and you’re out’ when along came “Tangmere Wing.” Vindicated at last.twothumbsupSuch is the life of a collector.

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