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Above the Foe by guddi292 Above the Foe by guddi292
'Above the Foe' is the motto of the 78th and in this scene can have several meanings. Below the title is the group emblem from 1942. Models are by Gareth Hector. Hope you like it.

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pigeonhands Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
Awesome!
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ijnfleetadmiral Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016
VERY nice work!
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guddi292 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
  Beatiful composition, very well done! I will agree with rOEN911 though on the metal surfaces of the P-47, they look quite flat and rather reflective. Also, there´s a small ( cloud?) reflection of the left wing root ( as you see it) that I can´t understand where it could come. All in all, a wonderful artwork, love the white border too, it adds well on the whole effect!!
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guddi292 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks mate! I touched the Thunderbolt in Photoshop and uploaded the new version. It's just slithly edited but I hope it will make the surfaces better. The reflection on the wing root is actually a reflection of the fuselage ;)
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Bernd-Haier Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
very nice work !

regards Bernd
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guddi292 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Veteran1972 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016
He better reverse turn or that Wolfe is going to tear into a bomber before he can get on the six.
Hopefully he is going after a trailing Wolfe.
The Germans used that lag behind tactic on unsuspecting pilots. The lead was many times a rookie followed by a more seasoned pilot.
Nice job on the art.
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guddi292 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Where do have it from?
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Veteran1972 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016
Studies of aerial combat techniques. Listening to old fighter pilots retell their stories. The Lag tactic came later in the war. Shortage of seasoned pilots. Rookies were untried so it was best to let them go after an easy target. Not saying attacking a group of B17 all shooting at you was easy but it was easier than taking on another fighter till you learned a few things.
The more seasoned pilot lags behind to guard the six and maybe take out an over anxious enemy who jumps on the first fighter he sees before checking out the situation. It later came down to lone wolf tactics as they lost more fighters and aircraft. Eventually using ramming tactics in a final stand.
I knew an old bomber crewman who witnessed those attacks. One knocked the rudder off his plane. There was enough to keep it straight but turning took engine adjustments.
Also there was no way that P47 would go where that 190 was going. Those gunners on those B17s would shoot at anything coming at them. A few American pilots learned that chasing enemy fighters in there. That was why the Red Tails were red. Easy to see them in the air.
Friendly fire aint friendly.
This is a nice rendition. I have seen others.
I never made it to the air which was always my dream. But stories, photos, art thrill me none the less. I like the jet age but the sound of the Merlin WOT on a P51 is music.
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guddi292 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the information! Do you have any literature recommendation?
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Veteran1972 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
Here is a small list of what I have read.
The Luftwaffe Fighter Force Adolf Galland
Luftwaffe Fighter Aces
Allied Fighter Aces both by Mile Spick
Black Cross Red Star new one covering the Eastern Front
Fighter Combat Tactics and Maneuvering Robert Shaw in use by the military now.
I am really into combat flight sims. I have a set up that has rudder pedals, throttle, and joy stick. All modeled on the F16 flight controls. They work with WWII planes just use fewer buttons. A lot fewer!! I have also done the live flight combat where you go up in a two seat prop trainer side by side and actually go one on one. An instructor rides to keep it safe but you see quickly the skills needed to fly and fight. I was damaged once but got three kills. I had read the books so I had a bit of an advantage. The damage was a mistake on a turn which took me into the opponents gun sight path. His instructor I learned got him to shoot. Showed how quick one can go from predator to prey.
Funny thing is my three kills were from above my opponent. One of the lessons from the Red Baron. Use surprise to get the upper hand......Attack from above.
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guddi292 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting. Absolutely, height advantage :) Where can you do the live flight combat?
Thanks for the literature recommendations
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Veteran1972 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
That was done at private air field here in Fort Worth a long time ago probably 10 years.
They went out of business.
Neat place. They had two prop trainers equipped with lasers guns and sensors about the plane. That way they could record hits and probable damage. Old Air Force trainers. The guys running it were Air Force retired pilots who were certified combat instructors. A short ground school and up you go. They would base assistance on your flight skills. I can do take offs and flight without assistance but not landings. Still working at crash landing with the gear down.
Its how a pilot described landings in one of the books.
Thanks for the art.
Keep the nose up and wings level.
Mind that six!
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guddi292 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe there's still a similar company running. Would be great! Have heard of it before.

Thanks mate! If you like to have a print of one of my art, just sent me a note and I'll get you a discount.
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats very nice mate, the only critic is that the p-47s metal is a bit "flat" thats all
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guddi292 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks mate. Any specific part in mind? Put the reflection quite high and added a skybox.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A Jug vs a 'butcher bird.' :boogie:
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