So, I've been persuaded to do a Bf110 rudder or two. Thanks to one of the experts I've met on Facebook, Fernando Estanislau, co-author of several excellent titles that feature art and technical details of the Bf-110, I've been able to get accurate size details. The 110 rudders weren't that much larger than the 109, but once you see them both, it feels MUCH larger.
First, several panels are being created that show the incredible diversity of artwork found on the 109 and 190s in the Luftwaffe. That's what attracts many of our eyeballs - so much cool stuff to see on a ferocious fighter.
Starting on a commission piece - for a fan of the Pik-As squadron - a full sized panel from the desert!
Rain, Rain, go away! The Pungo Airshow this past weekend was trapped by a pesky system that would not go away until the grass strip was too saturated for the fighters on the ramp to get airborne. Too bad, and the crowd knew it. They sensed the weekend would disappoint, and it did. Of course, the warbirds were available for close ups and pictures, but there's nothing like a great flying weekend to make spirits soar!
Needless to say, the light crowd size impacted the numbers of collectors, but it was still a great weekend, seeing old friends, making new connections, and sharing stories, news, and lots of laughs!
2 new items on the bench, about halfway to completion - I don't have a specific scheme in mind yet, so if you think you'd like a commission, this is good timing for you! What about Clausen, or Graf, or Dahmer?
Completing 2 rudders for a Turkish buyer - Sigfried Schnell's FW190 rudder and Heinz Bar's Bf109 rudder. This buyer has also picked up several panels. Also, looking at Clausen's FW rudder as a possible next project.
A Hackl rudder is complete, and being mailed to its new owner in CA.
3 major projects completed for Christmas, all commission pieces. the highlight was covering and painting a bona-fide 190 rudder in the colors of Sigfried Schnell. What was surprising was how heavy that rudder was - it had steel bars along the front edge, which reportedly provide some counterweight to aero forces in flight. Finishing that item was a delight, as it belongs to a major collector in the area.
I have a number of rudders that are completed and ready to go, and am always available for commissions.
Also have been working on several panels, with squadron emblem art. Keep your eyes peeled for these. Several 190 panels were signed by 2 Luftwaffe pilots from CA.
FInished 2 FW190 Panels, go take a look at the tab "Panels and Emblems" on this website. Both are available for sale, and could ship out quickly. Where else could you find some bona fide FW plate with some impressive artwork on them?
Project that is awaiting start is a re-covering and painting of an authentic FW190 rudder, and I'll keep you posted on progress.
June 2016 - I've secured a source of FW190 panels, and will be rolling them out shortly. I intend to put staffel badges on them, as these badges were very cool and very unique. Look for those in the next few weeks.
We are going to start advertising in some major aviation publications, specifically Flight Journal, so look for the ads!
May 2016 - Nice time, but wet weather dampened the crowd this year. Only 1.5 good fly days, Friday was spectacular, Saturday a washout, but on Sunday, a handful of aircraft flew as the Low pressure system just wouldn't leave us alone! Nice to see the new Bf109 G4, and it taxied up so the crowd could get a closer look. Some pix follow. There is an excellent video of the 109's maiden flight, which DID have a hitch.... the Aircraft needed all 6000 feet of runway to lift off, as the pilot worked to find the right prop setting! Yikes!
Working hard to prepare for the weekend, with a new FW190 tail that will be on display, as well as some 2/3 and 1/2 scale Bf109 tails, which will hang nicely on a Man-Cave wall.
May2015- Things are moving quickly for my debut at the Warbirds over the Beach Airshow on 16-17 May, in Pungo, Virginia. Now working on a display, and other items that are more biz related than art. Final details being crafted for various items. The clock is ticking. But if you're near Pungo, VA, you need to come to this airshow! It is a top notch collection of WW2 Aircraft, most of which will fly!
March 2015 - Hard at work in several areas. I've developed 2/3 and 1/2 scale rudders as a wall item- it is not full shape, but retains the 3D appearance on the visible side. They should be terrific for the collector who doesn't have enough space for a full-sized item. These will debut at the "Warbirds over the Beach" Airshow, in May 2015, in Pungo, Virginia. I will be a presenting artist, and have several F/G rudders, several Tall-Tails, and a few FW190 tails on display. Looking forward to the May Airshow!