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My first picture done with the help the new cintiq tablet. This picture have even some personal value to me. It is inspired by some beatifull places in the south england, on coast of the Sussex.
I still have these images in my head and they helped me to make this picture.
Story is about old British flying boat, resting in some navy harbour. Now his best years are gone long time ago. It is the year 1937 and the machine is allready obsolete. It was build for the empire which is just at at the end of its existence. The picture is a little bit melancholic, but I hope somebody will like it.
Done in photoshop, the airplane proportion are based onthe simple 3d model. Then some painting in photoshop on intuos tablet. In about a half of the production I got the cintiq and the picture was finished on it. Apart of the seagulls, they are too delicate for cintiq.

Time about 20-25 hours on evenings after work.
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cullyferg2010 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016
Is this a Short Strannaer?  Give her a couple of years and she would be put back into service for the Empire once more.
hiki-art Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful. I really love the colors and those many details. Great work!
dankw Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You are so good - makes me want to cry  . ..
Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
Superb and so evocative
gothold Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Are there any such flying boats like this anywhere in the world I wonder?
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
there are some in Museums in UK
Bad-Rabbit-Design Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully evocative, truly lovely.
gilbyit Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Very nice
akiba165 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Simply Amazing !
ClymberPaddler Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
great piece of forgotten history...
Tzoli Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it a Blackburn R.B.3 Perth Flying Boat???
MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Augos Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you are amazing
hugegadjit Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
This is exceptionally good!
Canuck13 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Emotional pic for an old fart like me
robertcar Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Nice landing!
FellaUK Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011   Interface Designer
amazing. im looking for someone to do a halifax bomber, we are putting togeather a museum peice for my grandad who piloted a halifax during ww2, unfortunatly out of the raid of 400 aircraft he was in the 3% that got shot down, the german pilot is still alive to tell the story.

The picture will be hung in a special place above the memoribilia, about Fred Harris (my grandad) and the other crew that lost there life and also in a book we writing about the whole episode.
eikenschild Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Great picture!
Nectarino Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
B@d@$$ work! :)
FaFpNd Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Student General Artist
man, this is amazing..
diversdream Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010

Its a Blackburn Perth i am pretty sure ...anyway lol

sometime when you get 5 do something like this for my own underrated fav seaplane the Supermarine Seagull MK V (or as it was known by the RAF Walrus) which was designed by RJ Mitchell of Spitfire Fame, once more for use by the RAAF on the RAN's Cruisers and also the HMAS Albatross - the RANs seaplane Carrier.

It was proven to be such a success that the RAF then 'pinched' the design and re named it the Walrus.
Its also worth mentioning 3 important things in regard to the Seagull

1) the first RAAF Operational Deaths (as against non op or training deaths) in the ETO and also in the war itself were a Pilot and a WOPAG flying an operation while attached to 10 RAAF Sqd (Sunderland - the Lanc of the flying boats..) under MI Orders along with a RAF and MI Officer to evacuate the Family of Charles de Gaulle to England.
The cause off the loss is unknown all that is known is that they crashed in France with no survivors with an engine on fire before reaching the planned RV with the Family who were later recovered by a RN Unit as the airspace was now 'too dangerous for RAF Operations'.
(most likely fighters or FLAK).

2 RAAF Detachments suffered incredibly high loss rates on RAN Cruisers in the war, with usually all or a large majority of the small detachment killed in the actions involving the loss of HMA Ships Sydney (1941) Perth (1942) and Canberra (1942).
Also when HMAS Hobart was torpedoed and seriously crippled by a IJN Submarine the RAAF and Engine room sections were to suffer the majority of casualties.
Also when HMAS Australia was hit repeatedly by Kamikazes wounding almost all her bridge staff and killing her captain once again the RAAF Boys were hit badly.
Seagulls were also shot down during spotting operations for the Cruisers - one of the best known the loss of HMAS Sydney's aircraft while bombarding Bardia in North Africa in 1940, with no casualties, as the aircraft force landed ashore safely while avoiding attacks by fighters for which the pilot was awarded the DFC with immediate effect based on both his Captains Report (JA Collins RAN Later wounded in the Attacks on HMAS Australia and now along with Hec Waller who Captained HMAS Perth when sunk, both remembered on the Collins Class Submarines of the RAN HMA Submarines Collins and Waller) and also no less a person then the OC the of med fleet Andrew Cunningham RN.

3 Seagull MK Vs or Walruses were instrumental in the post war exploration of the Antarctic region (and many other locations) and completed many firsts in both wartime and peacetime periods both before and after the war.

i also thought you may find what's written below on the Perth Flying Boat of interest.
there is a link i can give you if your interested that has full scale plans of flying boats including - sunderlands/seagulls/catalinas/perths/ and many many more.

stephen aussie

Blackburn Perth Seaplane

The Blackburn Perth was a British flying-boat during the inter-war period.
It was essentially an upgraded Iris, hence the largest flying-boat to serve with the Royal Air Force at the time (and the largest biplane flying boat ever to serve with the RAF).

The Blackburn RB 3A Perth was designed as a replacement to the earlier Blackburn Iris to Air Ministry Specification 20/32.
Developed from the Iris Mk. V, the Perth first flew in 1933.
It differed from the Iris by replacing the Rolls-Royce Condor engines of the Iris by more powerful Rolls-Royce Buzzards and having an enclosed cockpit for the pilots.
Unusually, in addition to its normal armament, the Perth was fitted with a Coventry Ordnance Works (COW) 37 mm auto cannon in its bows.

The Perth entered service with the RAF in January 1934,when the second aircraft was delivered to 209 RAF Squadron at RAF Mount Batten in Plymouth ( future home to both RAAF Sunderland Squadrons in the war 10 RAAF and 461 RAAF).

Perths remained in service until 1937, being replaced by the Short Singapore and the Saro London seaplane types.
One aircraft was retained by the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment (MAEU) until 1938.
Only 4 Aircraft were ever completed for service use, and were flown by 204 RAF Sqd and 209 RAF Sqd, along with the MAEU.

Specifications (Perth)
Data from Aircraft of the Royal Air Force -

General characteristics

Crew: Five
Length: 70 ft 0 in
Wingspan: 97 ft 0 in
Height: 26 ft 5½ in
Wing area: 2461 ft²
Empty weight: 20 927 lb
Loaded weight: 32 500 lb
Max takeoff weight: 38 000 lb

Powerplant: 3× Rolls-Royce Buzzard MK II MS 12 cylinder water-cooled inline engine's producing 825 hp each.


Maximum speed: 132 mph
Cruise speed: 109 mph
Range:1300 mi
Service ceiling: 11 500 ft
Rate of climb: 800 ft/min
Wing loading: 13.2 lb/ft²
Power/mass: 0.076 hp/lb


1 × COW 37 mm automatic cannon in bow
3 × .303 in Lewis guns in bow, amidships and tail positions (1 each).
Up to 2000 lb bombs or depth charges additionally.
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
thanks for the detailed info. I like this planes a lot.
diversdream Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
your welcome
i look at it this way people do the drawing i will do the information lol

thanks again
Nero-Clau Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
I like the aviators! ;)
marquis-de-goblin Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Reminds me of the "Spruce Goose", I love it!
Misieq79 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Man, this is purrrfect. Excellent lighting, amazing details. Did I mention I love the pre-WW2 flying boats?
Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Haunting. Reminds me of Turner's "Fighting Temeraire": [IMG][link]
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
thank you. He was amazing artist.
xharuf Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What amazing work! Very beautiful! :clap:
Igor-eK Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Your pics are awesome! All =)
fahhhhh Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
fabulous peace... really stunning!
fallendead Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
As some said allready - speechless :+fav:
OutlawStudios Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Xirbt Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
The shadows and just all the details are very amazing.
TheKillerPenguin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Aha. That explains why I couldn't think of a Short Brothers plane that looked like that!
In reference to SonicSaturn, I think a few of those were used by Coastal Command during the war but they preferred the Short Sunderland, Bristol Beaufighter or the Hawker Typhoon/ Tempest.
SonicSaturn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
that is an another incredible piece of art, your stuff like this and the ships is amazing, i just wish there was more of it! i'm not entirely sure this sort of aircraft (if you want to call it that) would be obsolete in 1937 as they wer eused in world war 2 a fair bit, al the same though keep up the brilliant work!
TheKillerPenguin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
That is epic. You are such a good artist. I thought I recognised the aircraft design but it looks like a cross between a Short Calcutta (because of the tri-motor) and a Short Singapore MK1 (because of the style of the rear aerilons). Does that plane really exist? If so what is it?
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Its a Blackburn Iris. I was thinking about the calcutta , but at the and decided to paint this.
Sauzer69 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Excellent travail
Like a proffessonal :)
Super-Raton Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Simply breathtaking! I love old aircraft; the lighting and mood capture both the sadness of the aircraft and her ability to maintain a sense of dignity. This is one of the most beautiful aviation images I have ever seen.
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
thank you.
horselover146515 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Student General Artist
this is amazing! very good detail :) and the seagulls add a nice touch lol
BreathOfIndustry Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
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gokhanproject Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
beautifull ...
SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Very Impressive! I love the old flying boats.
Mark-Nester Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008

That Rocks!
davemetlesits Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
Wooo boy! Kinda like an adult version of TaleSpin, that old Disney cartoon. Stunning!
area88ckm Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
i just love it.
kyoshiro151 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i understand the belove plane whos done will for the empire has finally end...
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