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RESULTS ARE IN !!! - Top 10 Aviation Originals of 2017 !!!
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eHangar members – TIME TO VOTE !!!

What a great collection of original paintings nominated in the contest this year!  Thanks to all who took the time to showcase these works!

This is the ninth year for this contest.

 

VOTING PROCESS –

Decide which 5 originals you like the most, and number them from 1 to 5.

The original numbered 1 (your favorite) will receive 10 points.

The original numbered 2 will receive 8 points.

The original numbered 3 will receive 6 points.

The original numbered 4 will receive 4 points.

The original numbered 5 will receive 2 points.

Voting will end on January 31 as time stamped by the website.  

The original that has accumulated the most points will be the top, or number 1 original of 2017. The original with the next highest collection of points will be placed in the number 2 position. It may happen that several originals may tie with the same point total. If that happens, they will share in their placement. For example, with the number 1 and 2 positions spoken for, say three originals tie for third place. Originals 3-5 are tied, will share third place, and will be listed in positions 3, 4 and 5 in alphabetical order by the artist’s last name. There may be more than 10 originals placing if a tie situation takes up additional spots.

I added some extra nominating time so that Guss could get his entries in.  I’d like to add some extra voting time, but Sunny would like to revamp the site ASAP, and I don’t want to hold him up.

The winners will be posted on February 1.

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December 24, 2017 - 2:34 am
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I’ll kick off the contest with this entry:

 

“Folgore Furball” by Darryl Legg

17″ x 28″

Acrylic on canvas

Completed 2017

 

This painting is based on an actual encounter pitting the P-40F flown by Lt Warren Penny of the “Checkertail Clan” against a Sicilian-based MC.202.  Here are some details of the encounter:

Page 24 of Checkertail Clan:  On July 7th, the 317th Squadron took off to escort 25 Baltimores of 223 Squadron, RAF to the Trapani/Milo Airfiled in Sicily.  The 23 P-40s ran into 13 fighters over the target and shot down 6.  Lt. Hank Brudydge and Walter B. Walker, Jr. and F/Os Bill “Hotpipes” Brookbank, Huntington and Bruce Cunningham added 109s to the day’s score while Lt. Penny destroyed a Macchi 202. 

Page 15 of Aces of the 325th Fighter Group:  The Luftwaffe next made an appearance on 7 July during an escort mission to Trapani-Milo airfield on Sicily.  Charged with protecting 25 Baltimore IIIA bombers of the Royal Air Force’s No 223 Sqn, the 325thengaged 12 Bf 109s and C.202s that attempted to attack the bombers as they approached the target area.  Again, the Axis fighters took a beating at the hands of the ‘Checkertails’, with six aircraft being claimed as destroyed for the loss of one P-40.  Single Bf 109s were credited to Lts Hank Brundydge and future ace Walter Walker and Flt Offs Bill Brookbank (his second), Clifford Huntington (his second) and Bruce Cunningham.  The sixth kill, a C.202, was credited to Lt Warren Penny, raising his total to two.  Lt Donald Castleberry was shot down in flames by an enemy fighter during the dogfights.  Lt Clifford Huntington tried to save Lt Castleberry but failed.

The Martin Baltimore is an interesting aircraft.  Other than model box top art, I’ve never seen one in a painting before.

Hope you enjoy the painting!

 

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Added some new artists (for me) to the collection this year. Here is the first –

Piotr Dubowik

untitled

Completed 2017

Acrylic/watercolor on paper

42 cm x 60 cm

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Steve Anderson

Defense of the Reich

Completed 2017

Oil on linen

18 in x 36 in

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Steve Anderson

The Few

Completed 2017

Oil on linen

18 in x 36 in

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Darryl Legg

untitled

Date unknown

Acrylic on linen

12 in x 18 in

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Darryl Legg

untitled

Date unknown

Acrylic on linen

12 in x 18 in

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Rick Herter

Mustang Engaged

Completed 1990

Oil on panel

22 in x 36 in

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Kevin Weber

Clean Sweep

Completed 2017

Oil on panel

18 in x 24 in

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Mark Postlethwaite

Head-On Attack

Completed 2017

Acrylic on panel

15 in x 11 in

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Nice!  I was a little worried there wouldn’t be enough entries to have a contest this year, but Blacksheep’s entries alone could support a nice contest!

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Usually I commission a painting or buy a recently completed painting.  This one was unusual in that it was done long ago.  In fact, it was one of the early paintings Virginia Bader brought to the US to sell as she was starting her aviation art business.  I was very happy to add a painting from the early days of one of the “great masters” of aviation art.

 

“P-38 Lightning ‘My Dad’” by John Young

18″ x 24″

Oil on canvas

Completed mid to late 1970s

 

A little background on this particular aircraft.  James M. Morris was from Detroit, MI and the Eighth Air Force’s first P-38 ace.  He was credited with 7.333 victories.  Four of these happened on a single sortie, February 8, 1944, when he shot down two Fw 190s and two Bf 109Gs.  This set a P-38 record at the time for the European theater of operations. By shooting down an Me 410, Morris achieved his last kill on July 7, 1944.  During the dogfight, his fighter was badly shot up by the Me 410’s waist guns forcing Morris to bail out. He spent the rest of the war as a POW.

Jim Morris was part of the USAAF 77th Fighter Squadron in the 20th Fighter Group.  His squadron was based at RAF Kings Cliffe, UK which was also base to the 347th Fighter Squadron and 56th Fighter Group.  James M. Morris flew several P-38s, but his aircraft was named ”My Dad” (42-67717) and was emblazoned with his impressive tally.  The ”My Dad” nose art was on the port fuselage with ”Til we meet again” painted inside of a black spade on the starboard side.

 

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“Lightning Over The Bay Of Naples” by Jack Fellows

15″ x 24″

Oil on board

Completed 2000

 

Flight Officer Frank Hurlbut, an ace of the 96TH Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group is featured in this painting.  His September 2nd 1943 duel off the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples is depicted.  Hurlbut has just shot down Jg-53’s leading ace, Oblt. Franz Schiess, during a fierce fighter clash involving numerous Axis aircraft of various types facing off against 12th USAAF P-38 Lightnings.

 

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One last P-38.

 

P-38 Lightning “Putt Putt Maru” study by Roy Grinnell

8.5″ x 12″

Oil on board

Completion date unknown

 

This painting shows Charles MacDonald’s P-38 “Putt Putt Maru”.  In the early 1990s, Roy did a print for the AFAA called “Danger! Lightning Nearby” signed by 11 aces of the 475th Fighter Group featuring MacDonald’s P-38.  I suspect this may have been one of the early concepts for that painting.  This concept must not have made the cut; however, as the final painting is very different.

 

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Spitfire RF-A study by Roy Grinnell

8.5″ x 12″

Oil on board

Completion date unknown

 

I believe this painting shows a 303 Squadron Spitfire flown by Mike Gladych.  I suspect this may have been a concept for an American Fighter Aces Association print featuring Gladych, who lived in the US after the war.  Just a guess on my part, though.  I did ask Roy & Irene about this study, but they did not recall the purpose behind it.  

 

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Last one for me – something different this time!  I am told there are more to come…

 

“Nieuport 23” by Lucio Perinotto

25.5″ x 19.5″

Gouache on watercolor paper

Completed 2011

 

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‘Monarch of the Glen’

C130 Hercules

RAF 130 Hercules (x2) at low level in Glen Coe Scotland.  Oil on canvas 36″x24″.  Artist: Charles McHugh – Painted 2017.

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‘Royal Ascent’

RAF Sea King SAR helicopter

RAF SAR Sea King helicopter flown by HRH Prince William climbs towards the summit of Mount Snowdon – North Wales.  Oil on canvas 36″x24″.

Artist: Charles McHugh – Painted 2017.

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‘Highland Buccaneer’

HS Buccaneer overhead Eilean Donan castle in the Scottish Highlands

RAF Buccaneer aircraft climbs out of low level abeam Eilean Donan castle in the Scottish Highlands.  Oil on canvas 97cm x 60cm.

Artist: Charles McHugh – Painted 2017.

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‘1955 Trans Antarctic Expedition’

1955 Trans Antarctic Expedition

1955 Trans Antarctic Expedition – South Pole.  Auster & DH Otter aircraft.  Oil on canvas 30″x20″.

Artist: Charles McHugh – Painted 2017.

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US PR Spitfire MKxi canvas size 710x560mm Artist Don Wilkie26173198_1840860239289974_2495543393910910022_o.jpg

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Typhoon of No 486 (NZ) squadron over the Dortmund-Esms Canal. Pilot flying the A/C was S/L Taylor-Canon . Painting oil on canvas 24×18″. Artist Don Wilkie

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