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July 22, 2014 - 9:55 pm
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What a great aviation art collection, across many artists and with many themes. Also loved the Dino and XK120 prints for the many car nuts out there. Thanks for sharing.

The last two prints posted “Spitfire” and “Dual of Eagles” are interesting, they were produced when Aviation Art was in its infancy. This was before good fade resistant ink was commonly used. There was also little understanding that ink signed signatures would deteriorate and fade to nothing exposed to a lot of light. These two prints are now extremely hard to find in excellent condition

The market for secondary market prints needs to be approached with a lot of caution, it is truly buyer beware (Caveat emptor). My advice, ask a lot of questions and buy from knowledgeable collectors and dealers. This is an interesting subject will follow up with some examples of print fading and common damage to prints when I get some time.

Once again magnificent collection, thanks for sharing kudos

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The sheer scale of your collection is mind boggling Appliance.  Keep ’em coming!

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Thanks for your comments guys.

A few more today …

 

I am fortunate to own an Artists Proof of E.A Mills’ wonderful portrait of the Tiger Moth, “Early Days.”

It may be the bright yellow but I find this serene, but optimistic, scene uplifting of the spirits.

 

In stark contrast the tension (and possibly terror) of being the first to break the sound barrier is only hinted at by Grinnell’s somewhat forced perspective of the X-1 as Chuck Yeager is about to make history.

 

In similar vein, although somewhat more sophisticated, Philip West’s “Habu 972 at Mach 3.0” is equally impressive while outrunning Soviet interceptors.

 

Another West image Phantom Patrolrecords the rather more mundane interception of a Soviet Bear surveillance aircraft just north of the British Isles.

 

Philip has also contributed “First Light – Battle of Britain July 1941” to my collection. Signed by Geoffrey Wellum whose book was also named ‘First Light’, a complimentary copy of which Sean kindly provided together with the print.  A good read if you every get the opportunity.thumbsup

 

Also a unexpected ‘freebie’ accompanying another print purchase is Keith Aspinall’s “Bergen Incident.”

 

Some long sought after signatures were provided at lesser cost thanks to Stephen Brown’s “Heading For The Convoys.”

 

I was pleased at last to acquire “Piece of Cake” with Ginger Lacy’s signature spicing up artist Michael Turner’s efforts.

 

Pilot Ron Cowper had only the week before purchase been awarded the French Legion of Honour.  A condition of my purchase was that the dealer, who lived nearby, arranged for Ron’s signature to be suitably appended to reflect his new status.  The dealer also had several other prints so embellished. I give you Frank Harding’s dramatic “Night Kill Over France.”

 

Black Buck One” by Keith Woodcock is a favourite including as it does two of the V Bombers, fantastic light and with a true sense of height.

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Robert Taylor has rightfully had a long career as both an aviation and maritime artist of the first water. 

Here is some of Robert’s earlier works.

 

 

My print of “Wellington” is additionally signed by Arthur Harris.

 

I am grateful my print of “The Dambusters” carries the additional signatures of Arthur Harris and Toby Foxlee.

 

My print of “P-51 Mustang” is additionally signed ‘in a good strong hand’ by General Jimmy Doolittle.

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I remember my dealer badgering me to invest in this set.  It was very expensive at the time (supplied with a VHS videotape as well) but ultimately ‘bit the bullet.’  I have no regrets and am proud to present “The Men Who Brought The Dawn” by artists William S. Phillips and Craig Kodera.

 

If you look carefully in the top right of this large print by William S Phillips you will see an aircraft carrier which gives this purchase relevance.  Who am I kidding … I bought “Point Bonita Last Lightfor the light.

 

Two large, heavyweight poster prints signed by Bill.

 

The late, great Australian racing driver and engineer Sir Jack Brabham, winner of three F1 world championships, one uniquely in a car of his own design/manufacture, signed local artist L. Honisett’s limited edition print entitled “Grand Prix Legends.”

I am so proud to own this.  (Sir Jack is depicted at 9 o’clock.)

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Now a pot pouri …

Mark Postlethwaite has contributed mightily to my collection with two prints, “Bismark into Battle” and

 

… “Regensburg – No Place to Hide.”

 

Ric Druet’s tribute to the most highly decorated German soldier/airman of WW2, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, in “Rudel’s Fire Brigade

 

and “Stuka Pilot.”

 

Coastal Conflict” by Robert Bailey …

 

… as is the pencil print “Spitfire Warrior.”

 

Harley Copic’s “Rat Catchers” is well known …

 

… less so is Heinz Krebs’ “Rocket Hunters.” Just had to have me a V2.smile2

 

Couple of impressive take-offs now.

Firstly Mike Machat’s exquisite B-36 portrait “Six Turnin’ and Four Burnin’

 

followed by Michael Rondot’s gritty rendition of “Concorde Farewell.” Can’t you just hear the thunder of those Olympus engines in full reheat?

 

Finally a trio of Ron Wong’s art … led off by “Skalski’s Circus,”

 

then two from the Balkans campaign, Belgrade in particular.

Bolars Over Belgrade” showing what the F-15E’s Eagles can do …

 

… once the F-117’s have taken out the radar, communications and power plants.  

Thunder Over Belgrade” is just a fabulous study IMHO.

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A bit of this, a bit of that.

 

Nicholas Trudgian leads off today with “One Tens Over Kent” …

 

… coming with a companion print sans aircraft. unsure

 

Normandy Breakout.”

 

“Kursk” was essentially purchased for the Henshel Hs-219.

 

Mountain Wolf” showing FW-190D with painted wing undersides for easy recognition by returning jets.

 

D-Day Armada.”

 

Mustang Mayhem” is notable, for me at least, for including the ME-410.

 

Of course Robert gets a look in too!

Russian Roulette.” This is the only print I own with French, German and Russian signatures thereon.

 

The Legend of Colin Kelly

 

Fury of Assault.”

 

The ‘tops’ … This is “Top Dog

 

followed by “Top Cover.”

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John Young contributes “Guardians of the Atlantic Wall,”

 

 

and “Cold War Warriors” featuring one of my favourite aircraft, the B-47.

 

Robert Bailey turns the tables with “Moonlight Strike.”

 

He is also responsible for the action-packed “Wakeup Call !

 

I really like Mark Postlethwaite’s rendition of THAT mission … “Tirpitz –  Mission Accomplished.”

 

So too Michael Turner’s “Hurricanes from Kenley.”

 

Dominic DeNardo’s “Lindberg’s Secret” has captured an unusual event in the Pacific as Charles Lindberg instructs combat pilots how to lean the mixture to maximise the range of their Lightnings.

 

Here again the rear three quarter view to good and dramatic effect in the aptly titled “The Dreaded Salvo” by Robin Smith.

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Another great post, Brian!

I had bought Craig Kodera’s Looking for Nagumo specifically for the cloudscape and lighting effect. Still one of my all-time favourite prints.

I really enjoy reading your commentaries and sense of humour… “intestinal fortitude” cracked me up! hysterical

Robin Smith’s The Flypast is really a beautiful painting. He’s really underrated as an aviation artist, IMO.

Brian, your collection thread here, together with Simon aka Taylorprints’ posts in the remarques thread, have really re-ignited my love for aviation art again. There are many prints in your collection that I have seen before and seeing them again reminds me of the awe and pleasure I felt when I viewed them for the first time previously.

I really appreciate you taking the trouble to take out your collection, place them on the red background so the print stands out, and post the image here and add your comments. Thank you! congrats1

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Heinz Krebs doesn’t seem to get a fair shake, even when Stuart Brooks was actively promoting his work. Here are several I am glad I have in my collection.

 

Robert Taylor is not to be outdone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

and, finally, his “Victory Salute“… the aftermath of the terror that was WW2.

 

No collection would be complete without reference to the Russian ace Kozhedub, so here is Jerry Crandall’s tribute.

 

Frank Wooton’s “Meteor Strike,” depicting RAAF action in the Korean war, was published in aid of the RAAF museum at Point Cook, VIC.

 

Barry Spicer’s striking tribute to his near neighbour, the late Eric Sommer. 

 

Nick Trudgian feels he should be a part of all this too so here is his “Mosquitos at Dusk.”

 

William S Phillips is not to be outdone either. His “When Prayers Are Answered” is a classic.  I received a hefty discount on this print as unfortunately John Rayner’s premises were storm affected and this was one of the few prints water damaged.  Come to think about it I’m not sure I actually paid John for it.  My memory is not what it used to be.confused3

 

John Shaw’s large early print “By The Dawn’s Early Light” is, frankly, clumsy IMHO.  Saved by the myriad signatures of pilots, air and ground crew.

 

Robert Bailey’s reputation has recently been called into question I believe.  Not buying into that, however since his work is professional and sometime he covers regions the majors’ overlooked … to my benefit.

Arctic Encounter.”

 

Northern Knight.”

 

Petsamo Scramble.”

 

Plenty of versions around of Peterbur’s shoot-down of Schuck.  To my mind Bailey’s “Escort Fury” is the stand out.

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Sunny said:-

I really appreciate you taking the trouble to take out your collection, place them on the red background so the print stands out, and post the image here and add your comments. Thank you!

It is I who should be thanking you Sunny.  

You see setting the goal to add my modest collection to eHangar, together with the discipline and commitment required to carry it out has improved my mental outlook enormously. So much so that I am tomorrow resuming my volunteer duties as a radio operator for Marine Rescue.  Next week I recommence my involvement with the local Lions Club.

In a major way eHangar has proved to be a lifeline and I am extremely grateful therefore to have received your email inviting my return to your new website.  Certainly I hope eHangar’s resurrection encourages old friends to rejoin and new members to actively participate. Yes it will take some time to rebuild and the word to get out, however I know you will succeed.

In the meantime … a toast to you and eHangar.  Salute.beercheers

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Well gentle viewers today is the end of my odessey … the end of my collection. But never say never!

Due to their large size (width) these images couldn’t be moved flat.  They had to travel in tubes and that is how they are still stored, to prevent inadvertent damage.  I realise this is very much frowned upon but I consider I have no realistic alternative at the moment.  Sometime in the future it will be the framers worry.rotf

 

Mark and Matthew Waki’s “Thunderbird Lead” is a particularly in-your-face history of the US Airforce Thunderbirds aircraft since inception.

 

Gil Cohen’s “Eyes of the Eighth” is simply magnificent. ‘Nuff said.

 

John Shaw’s “Shark Sighting” is so well regarded it was voted by eHangar members as ‘best print of the year’ several years ago.

 

John’s “Summer of 42” was equally irresistible.

 

Well to the final image.

Naturally it had to be dramatic and possibly controversial.

It is dramatic I’ll think you’ll agree.  Controversial  inadvertently because I can’t recall the artist and I can’t make it out on the canvas giclee.  I think it is a Gareth Hector but not sure. Could some kind soul elucidate please?

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Thank you for your kind words, Appliance, and I am happy to read how posting here has helped you. I just love Win-Win-Win situations! cool-smirk

What a collection and I am sorry to read that that was the last of it? Surely not! pray

That last print is definitely a dramatic one. I have never seen it before, but it is awesome! Yes, it does look like a painting in Gareth’s style, but I cannot be 100% sure. I hope Gareth or some other members will chime in to confirm this. think

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we will see further updates from you in the not-too-distant future…eyebrows

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Relief.

Folks after some research I can confirm the image above to indeed be a Gareth Hector and is entitled “Tokyo Send Off.”

An examination of Gareth’s website also led me to believe I have a missing giclee “Clash in the Clouds.”

Sunny you were right!  

The search begins.bobby

NeilF92 thanks so much for expressing your appreciation of this thread.  It means a great deal to me, particularly since it appears you had a hard time writing it.  I’m sure Sunny will investigate the cause.  Your valuable contributions to eHangar shouldn’t be interrupted by a pesky bug. facepalm

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Appliance,

I knew it had to happen sometime, but we’ve reached the end of your collection.  I’m going to miss the updates!  It’s another great thread for eHangar.

So many great ones on this last page.  I’m a fan of anything from Shaw, Cohen, Young…

Some favorites of mine as I scan the page:  Philp West “First Light” – sets a great mood, Robert Taylor “Mosquito” – simple but beautiful (you’ve got some stellar extra signatures on some of those old Taylors!), Michael Turner “Hurricanes From Kenley” – I need to look for a copy of that one, Waki – “Thunderbird Lead”, Cohen “Eyes of the Eighth” – typically brilliant, Shaw – “Shark Sighting” & “Summer of ‘42” – a couple of the best AVG prints ever done, and last but not lieast, William S Phillips “When Prayers Are Answered” – sublime!

Thank You !!!congrats1

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A fantastic run of great artwork Appliance.  I’m hoping that this is just the end of phase one, and that there will be more to come in the future.  Well done!

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Great collection! I can see some pencil portraits of pilots. Since last year I’ve been working on my project called Project Pilots. I have painted seventeen portraits so far and I would like to sell them as prints. But no one has been interested in buying one from me :)

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Many thanks for your compliments fuzzy, Guss and Gorecki … it is really appreciated.

It is gratifying to learn you have enjoyed browsing through my modest collection.  

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Well, as foreshadowed by some of you, I am adding to this thread … after all it is about my Collection after all. happy

Do these look familiar by any chance?

 

How about these?

 

Or these?

Although I own all of Robert’s books I won’t bore you with the others.

 

Now some American heros …

 

… and

 

together with …

 

This is about half of my COA’s.  Thought I’d demonstrate to the viewer my bona fides by displaying “Shark Sighting” and “Summer of 42” as examples … just in case any doubt existed.

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Still with me?

 

Now for some aviation-related books you might find interesting.

Starting with ‘First Light‘ … the freebie referred to earlier in this thread.

Thud Ridge‘ is the book by Jack Broughton referred to earlier in connection with “Rolling Thunder.”

 

 

I am especially proud to own these limited edition (and very expensive) books. This type of publication is quite rare here in Australia and specialist bookstores enjoy the markups.cry2

 

And finally … isn’t life strange.  When rummaging about pulling books out for this purpose I happened upon this.  I had completely forgotten I had purchased this edition.  Thanks once again to SpitfireV111, who much earlier in this thread, reminded me of the book’s title. Serendipity. thumbsup

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