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The "Teufelskette" or better known as the "Nowotny Schwarm" was the name of the most famous Luftwaffe team of the Eastern Front which included four pilots/friends, the famous Walter Nowotny and his katschmarek (wingman) Karl "Quax" Schnoerrer, Anton "Toni" Doebele and Rudolf "Rudi" Rademacher. The four of them formed a team in February 1943 while flying for 1./JG 54 "Gruenherz", the famous "Greenhearts", while based at Krasnogvardeisk. The "Schwarm" will eventually come to an end on 11th November ´43 with the death of Doebele and the serious injury of Schnoerrer a little later. Nevertheless, the little group was credited with 524 combined kills during the course of the war, making them the most successful team in the Luftwaffe! In this image we see only the two of the group, Nowotny and his wingman Schnoerrer in their "White 9 and 10" FW190As as they should look around early March 1943.
The FW190A model comes from Touchwood, textures from me, as is the background.
P.S. Decided to change the image to a vertical format, I think it works much better that way, if you want to use this as a wallpaper or simply you like it the other way, feel free to turn it horizontal again!!
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The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (Swallow) was a Japanese World War II fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. The first encounter reports claimed Ki-61s were Messerschmitt Bf 109s: further reports claimed that the new aircraft was an Italian design, which led to the Allied reporting name of "Tony". The Japanese Army designation was "Army Type 3 Fighter". It was the only mass-produced Japanese fighter of the war to use a liquid-cooled inline V engine. Over 2,500 Ki-61s were produced, first seeing action around New Guinea in 1943, and continuing to fly combat missions throughout the war.
This artwork depicts the the "Blue 24" Hien of Maj. Kobayashi. Maj. Teruhiko Kobayashi started his career in the JAAF as a light bomber pilot over China. He rose to fame as a CO of the 244 Sentai defending the skies over Tokyo in 1944/45. Kobayashi's final credit is 14 (20?) kills, most of them B-29s, and although formally not a "shinten" pilot, he scored his 6th victory on January 27, 1945, by ramming a Superfortress. For this merit he received the Bukosho Medal of Honour . He flew several different Hien and the very fact that the many markings of his aircraft are well documented is a confirmation of his popularity.
(Source: Mark Kaiser and Wikipedia)
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This is just another quick rendering, me testing new surfacing and lighting methods. I used this time the well known models of bazze with just a little extra work on the bump maps. The Me-109 livery represents the aircraft of Adolf Gallant, I have no idea about the Spit and the scene is of course fictional. The background is a composite of two images, the main one comes from josewolff and the second one from autiscy, both found at flickr.
The scene was rendered in Lightwave and post processed in Photoshop.
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Some Heinkel He-111s of the 3./KG55, under the protection of Me-109s of the famous JG53, return into the safety of the French skies after yet another mission over England on Summer 1940, leaving the sunset behind. The foreground He-111, coded G1+JL with serial number 2149, had some interesting white paintings on the fuselage (I think something common at KG55) and actually made it to the Eastern Front where got lost on 11 July ´41. The other He-111s carry fictional markings, they are too far to identify them anyway. This image marks the start of a new series of artwork for me with the Battle of Britain as it´s main theme, more will come from time to time.
The 3D model of the He-111s comes from Touchwood and it´s a fine model indeed. But, as usual, did a whole new bunch of textures for it, color, spec and bumps, was real fun!
The Me-109 comes from bazze and the texture is one I found somewhere on the net, no idea who did it but it´s nicely done. The background comes from CGTextures and it´s one I´ve used before, really like this one!!
My thanks to rOEN911 for his kind support and great Photoshop tips, used many of them here!
As always guys, feedback is highly appreciated, I´d really love to hear your comments.
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I decide to give a more professional look to this and i kept it simple ,Hope you like it :)

The Messerschmitt Bf 110, often (erroneously) called Me 110,[2] was a twin-engine heavy fighter (Zerstörer—German for "Destroyer") in the service of the Luftwaffe during World War II. Hermann Göring was a proponent of the Bf 110, and nicknamed it his Eisenseiten ("Ironsides").[3] Development work on an improved type to replace the Bf 110, the Messerschmitt Me 210 began before the war started, but its teething troubles resulted in the Bf 110 soldiering on until the end of the war in various roles, alongside its replacements, the Me 210 and the Me 410.
The Bf 110 served with success in the early campaigns, the Polish, Norwegian and Battle of France. The Bf 110's lack of agility in the air was its primary weakness. This flaw was exposed during the Battle of Britain, when some Bf 110-equipped units were withdrawn from the battle after very heavy losses and redeployed as night fighters, a role to which the aircraft was well suited. The Bf 110 enjoyed a successful period following the Battle of Britain as an air superiority fighter and strike aircraft in other theatres. During the Balkans Campaign, North African Campaign and on the Eastern Front, it rendered valuable ground support to the German Army as a potent fighter-bomber (Jagdbomber or Jabo). Later in the war, it was developed into a formidable night fighter, becoming the major night-fighting aircraft of the Luftwaffe. Most of the German night fighter aces flew the Bf 110 at some point during their combat careers, and the top night fighter ace of all time, Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, flew it exclusively and claimed 121 victories in 164 combat missions.[4]
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P-47D-25-RE 42-26628 LM: C, named Miss Fire and Rozzie Geth II was the personal aircraft of Fred Joseph Christensen Jr. (1921–2006). In 1942, Christensen joined the United States Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet and was commissioned in December 1942. After pursuit training, 2nd Lt. Christensen went to the Eighth Air Force in England in July 1943. Completing an operational training unit course at RAF Atcham to familiarize himself with the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter, he joined the 56th Fighter Group, based at RAF Halesworth, as a replacement pilot on August 26, 1943.
On 5th July 1944 he scored his 16th victory over a Fw-190 in the vicinity north of Evreux. Two days later he will become an "ace in a day" shooting down 6 Ju-52 transporters and raise his score to 21.5, his final score in Europe.
Christensen's 21.5 officially credited kills rank him 12th among all Army Air Forces aces, 7th among aces of the Eighth Air Force, and 5th among P-47 aces.
While in England, Christensen adopted a stray black cat and named it Sinbad. He is reputed to have taken Sinbad with him on missions, carrying him in the cockpit of his P-47 as both a good luck charm and inspiration to his fellow pilots, then bringing the cat to the United States as a pet in September 1944 after the end of his tour. A family anecdote held that a war correspondent covering the 56th FG tried to photograph the cat, which kept jumping all over packed parachutes. All of the pilots using the gear returned safely, contributing to his legend.
I have read the Combat Report for his 16th claim over the Fw-190 and it looked NOTHING like this image, it was really 15:45 hours, overcast and the the german aircraft flew just above the deck, in fact, it collided with a chimney after being hit and spattered on a street. So, I got an artistic license over this, I know. Also, the pilot and crew chief plate is missing from just beneath the windshield, I really couldn´t found for sure what was written in it but I´m working on it.
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Rendered in Blender 2.6, a recreation of a well known wartime photo.
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This is the Ki-61 Hien of Seargent Tadao Sumi, as it should look at November ´44, while stationed at Chofu airfield (244th Sentai), near Tokyo. Tadao Sumi transferred from the infantry into flight training in February of 1941, following service during the sieges of Shanghai and Nanking. In November of 1941 he earned his wings. Following the April 1942 Doolittle raid on Tokyo, the 244th Sentai was formed to provide air defense for the region and Sumi was assigned to this unit. At the end of 1944, Sumi transferred to the 56th Sentai and began flying the Ki-61. From this point until the end of the war, Sumi flew almost daily against the B-29's which raided the Japanese homeland. During a series of night sorties over Osaka on 13 March, 1945 Tadao Sumi made repeated attacks on the B-29 force and succeeded in shooting down four bombers and damaging three others, before being forced to bail out when his Ki-61 ran out of fuel. He struck the airplane as he bailed out and was forced to spend three months in the hospital. In reconginion of his deeds of 13 March, Sumi was awarded a letter of commendation from the commander of the 15th Military District and on 21 June 1945 he was awarded the Bukosho (Medal of Honor, A Class). Tadao Sumi was one of a very select few to receive the highest grade of this medal.He returned to combat against the raiding B-29's and was later wounded again. Tadao Sumi is credited with five B-29 bombers destroyed and four more damaged as well an an escorting P-51 destroyed. Warrant Officer Tadao Sumi passed away on 25 June, 1985.
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Just keep playing with settings and stuff, another lazy Spitfire flying through the clouds. I know the original Spitfire with this colors was Mk.IX and I don´t even know who´s model this is but, here it is.
P.S. Changed the save settings a bit since the image came too dark at first at DA, this is how it should be.
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A Ju-88 of Wekusta 27 based in Tatoi-Athens in 1943 takes another round on a yet another "weather" mission. Wekustas were the Luftwaffe Meteorological Reconnaissance units and did an important, yet dangerous work, providing the Armed Forces with accurate meteorological observations. The 3D model comes from Touchwood and the textures from me. Background from my personal archive.
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