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F-203E Sea Dragon

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An F-203E SeaDragon of VFA-143 sits on alert 5 on the port quarter of the UNS Kenosha in the Pacific Ocean.  The F-203E was the final variant of the Dragon in service with the RDF Air Force and Navy until 2019. 
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thormemesonHobbyist Digital Artist
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I am down right impressed in all the thing I feel Robotech lacked was a look at the war behind it although Macross did just that and Robotech was slight water down of a great anime. In all this is what I like seeing in fan art simple moments of piece or more realistic styles of art work or story telling. You made even the most obvious details many artists who draw scenes like this miss, although the wings shouldn't have missiles on hand when parked you did make the chains that keep the aircraft from going over board. You even made sure that the other aircraft had the same chains. Well done.
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harroldsheepProfessional Filmographer
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it certainly is an eye-catching piece and the sense of it being a bright day on deck of a warship is spot-on. the amount of detail and faithful representation from the source material is amazing!!!!
HandofManos has a point that i agree with: that it seems odd for the folded-up wings to have missiles on them, if only because it would add untold stress to the hinge mechanism and be difficult for the deck crew to attend to them.
my only additional criticisms are small: that the plane to the left of the centre one seems too close visually...although this may be correct spatially, it makes the area of the open canopy very busy to the eye. also, the shading and thick lines you use for the air intake. the dark areas are shaded in a gradient that is not found anywhere else in the image...shadows otherwise having distinct boundaries and contrasts. and the thick line just seems out of place. and finally, the gold chains that lash the planes to the deck look half-finished, without any interior shading and contrasted shadows as seen n the rest of the piece.
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harroldsheepProfessional Filmographer
gotcha!  good to know i was wrong.  :)
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LeElfHobbyist Digital Artist
I would add that the intent of the piece was to present a typical quiet moment on the deck of a future carrier.  The aircraft to the left is a large attack plane and the overlap of the canopy, while busy, is in fact representative of how closely planes are parked at sea.

Thanks for the review!  Your comments are welcome and fair!
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HandofManosHobbyist Digital Artist
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First of all I have to say this is an excellent piece with lots of vivid color use befitting the series. The shading is spot on and works well. Do like the reflection of the canopy for one.

Also the perspectives seem to work quite well and the addition of the helicopter in the background gives the scene more action. It would have been more fun to see some crew members walking around but then again that could distract from the actual aircraft.

If there is an "issue" then that would be that the aircraft seems to be armed with missiles while the wing is folded. But that is the only thing I could see.

Great work and looking forward to seeing more.
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HandofManosHobbyist Digital Artist
cant enter the first link but you are right :) second links shows a dummy missile though. But have seen some images of flightdecks of American carriers. So I stand corrected ;)
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Midway2009Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work. :D
wilhelm1972's avatar
A bit late to the party, but a note on the wings with missiles issue.
The E variant was the first to see significant inclusion of Overtechnology/Robtechnology, depending on if you are talking about Macross or Robotech. (Or at least that's what I am led to believe.)
This included the newest super alloys, to the stress issue likely isn't. Also, these fighters need no aid to deploy their wings, and were likely on the ready 5 status needed in the trying times the E model was fielded under, so being on deck and ready to fight and fly isn't really an issue, at least not with such lightweight weapons as missiles, as opposed to racks of bombs or similar.
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Your art is awesome! I love the details in the fighter. Even though it's a drawing, you can see the reality in the set up. Keep up the good work !
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LeElfHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Sam!
perttime's avatar
People have mentioned the missiles on folded wings. Photo's that I could find show Sukhoi naval fighters with pretty substantial amounts of hardware on folded wings. Also Douglas Skyraiders. On the other hand, F/A-18 photos show little more than wingtip missiles, and all the other load is concentrated on inner wing sections and fuselage.
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FirevalkyrieHobbyist General Artist
I love the Pukin' Dogs insignia on the tail! When I wrote my first book, I made my main character a member of the Pukin' Dogs herself because I loved the squadron name.
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BroadshoreHobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat little bird.
Mermanwatch's avatar
Someone play danger zone while looking at this.
Midway2009's avatar
Midway2009Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome aircraft. :wow:
RevancheRM's avatar
Great work, seriously. Technically, however, this is more like to be at a higher alert level, say 30. Alert 5 would have the pilot in the cockpit and I believe the aircraft primed at a catapult. Alert 30 would have the pilot on an aware standby and maybe even in the ready room.
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LeElfHobbyist Digital Artist
The only requirement for an alert 5 is a clear path to a catapult and the ability to be airborne within 5 minutes.
RevancheRM's avatar
Ok, may have changed in the 6 years since I performed as ADC on a CVN.
guardmn's avatar
This is an awesome aircraft.
Hunter2045's avatar
Nice work.
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psiandcoStudent Writer
Robotech needs to come back as a "Serious" Sci-fi movie under a different title.
alien invasion, hyper advanced weapons of war, and humans struggle to survive.
what could better than that?
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