JOHN DELL'S AVIATION ART PAGE 2
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Boulton Paul Defiants painted as if they had been fitted with 40 mm anti-tank guns (one under each wing) and used in the Western Desert in place of the "can-opener" Hurricanes that actuially operated there.
The Westland Pterodactyl Mk V
Designed as a two seat fighter. the radical tailess layout gave the gunner a superb field of fire. The design lost out to the Hawker Demon. I have painted the Pterodactyl Mk V as if it had been used for Army co-operation duties during the Battle of France.
The Gloster F5/34 painted as if it had seen combat in the western desert. In this case the codes are those of a Kittyhawk squadron. Just two prototype F5/34 s were produced. The design is often compared with the Mitsubishi Zero, but in fact its heavier structure and crude backward retracting undercarriage have more in common with the Seversky P-35.
The Supermarine Type 318 + Heinkel 100 (113)
RJ Mitchell's design for a bomber would have been an outstanding aircraft if it had gone into production. I have painted it as originally designed with a single large fin. The aircraft attacking it are Heinkel 100 fighters, a design of great promise which lost out to the Focke Wulf 190. The small production run was widely featured in the German press of the time as the "Heinkel 113".
The Cunliffe Owen Flying Wing.
Designed to compete against the
Douglas DC3, only a
single prototype was produced. I have painted it as if it had gone into
been pressed into service by Coastal Command. Read more about it by
Vickers Type 151 "Jockey"
This advanced design first flew as early as 1930. It predates the famous Boeing P-26 which did not fly until 1932 and which was less advanced than the Type 151, (needing bracing wires to support the wing). I have painted the Type 151 as if it had gone into production and some examples had found their way to Spain to take part in the Civil War. The volunteer pilot is giving the Ju 53 he has just attacked a typically British "bowman's salute". I have based the painting on the late layout of the prototype. It is likely that if the 151 had gone into production it would have had a larger fin or increased fuselage side area to improve spin recovery.
Vickers Type 279 "Venom"
The Jockey was develped into the "Venom", a monoplane fighter with retracting main undercarriage, cockpit canopy and split flaps. I have painted it is if it had been adopted as a fighter for the Fleet Air Arm in place of the Sea Gladiator. The colour scheme is appropriate to the Mediterranian in 1941. The aircraft carrier HMS Eagle is in the background. You can read more about the Venom on my webpage devoted to it CLICK HERE.
Here is a second painting of the Venom as a Fleet air Arm fighter - this time a "Mk II" version with cannon, drop-tanks and a "stinger" arrestor hook.
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