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Butcher Bird

By v8dunc
A joint effort between my father and myself,i do the easy bit and supply the subject photos and my father puts them in context.We have a large collection of these composits and are looking to produce a book of some sort.All feedback much appreciated .‘Butcher Bird’ - aka FW 190

The appearance of the FW 190 in the summer of 1941 came as a considerable surprise to the RAF fighter squadrons. Since their success in the Battle of Britain in September 1940 the Spitfire community had experienced a fair degree of air superiority in the skies over Northern France. The FW 190 with it’s superior speed, manoeuvrability and much greater ‘punch’ - two 23mm and two 20mm cannon - easily outclassed the then Mk of Spitfire and turned the table with a vengeance. In early 1942 a somewhat confused Luftwaffe pilot landed the latest version of the FW 190 at a southern England base, having mistaken it for Holland. The design secrets thus revealed, the later Mks of the Spitfire began to challenge the FW 190.

The original base design was continually upgraded and the FW 190 D (‘Dora’) was the measure of any of the latter day WW2 fighters. The final version, the Ta 152 (designated ‘Ta’ in honour of Kurt Tank the 190 series designer) was a quite astounding aircraft for it’s time with a top speed in excess of 470mph and a service ceiling of an unbelievable 47,000ft. Easliy capable of dealing with the Mustang, PR Spitfire and Mosquito - fortunately not too many got into service!!

Tags: Transport Digitally manipulated Digital art

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Mari 17 1.8k United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 10:52PM
Congrats to you and your Dad, Duncan for a nicely put together image, background and machine look totally natural together. Good luck for your book too

v8dunc 14 333 4 Scotland
4 Aug 2009 10:57PM
Thanks Mari,
cheers for the HC Pete

4 Aug 2009 11:37PM
I love shots like this and very natural looking to! Well done and sorry I have no cririsism, its perfect! Well done

Goggz 14 2.3k 72 Wales
5 Aug 2009 12:05AM
Blimey Dunc! That's a really great one!
Cheers, Goggz
cameracat 17 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
5 Aug 2009 12:29AM
A fantastic composition, Great mix of depth and drama.

Well deserved HC..Smile
User_Removed 17 16 1 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2009 7:26AM
great set of planes

chris-p Plus
15 75 England
5 Aug 2009 8:23AM
Congrats Duncan...good luck with the book.
Shroomer 14 14 167 England
5 Aug 2009 10:45AM
This is truly outstanding, I will buy that book when published for sure
5 Aug 2009 8:30PM
Pleasure being 30, excellent work, book sounds great..
Jestertheclown 12 8.5k 253 England
5 Aug 2009 8:49PM
Excellent work.
Studying aircraft of WW2 is a hobby of mine.
I shall look forward to the book.
skydivemike 16 47 Northern Ireland
5 Aug 2009 10:11PM
Outstanding work guys.

javam 16 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2009 11:24PM
Impressive piece of work and a great result. I think the light looks a little flat on the 190 and looks a little lighter at the front than I would expect which gave it away as a mod before I read the description, but nothing a little bit of dodge and burn could not fix.

v8dunc 14 333 4 Scotland
6 Aug 2009 12:04AM
Thanks for the comments .
cheers Neil will have a look at that,the resize for web loses a bit of quality on the original.will check out though.The lighting is definitely the most difficult and most important part of the comps

Cheers Duncan
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2009 10:11PM
Congratulations on the HC award, and good luck to you and your father with the book idea.

viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2009 2:59PM
An excellent image accompanied by interesting information.

tripodted 16 32 1 Northern Ireland
28 Aug 2009 10:15PM
I have just viewed your aviation comps and I am mightly impressed. I think these would look wonderful in a book and the best of luck if you go ahead and get it printed and congratulations on the HC too!
oll1e 14 57 2 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2009 3:42AM
Superb work Duncan ,my mother in laws brother was a fighter mechanic during the late years of the war,and his cousin flew wellington bombers .He will love to see this .
Good luck with the book and congrats on the award .Smile
nishad1994 11 264 Oman
28 Jan 2010 3:33PM
Amazing piece of art. Great job !!

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