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Tail-end Charlie by Small-Brown-Dog Tail-end Charlie by Small-Brown-Dog
Most of what I do is driven by an almost rabid childhood love of aircraft model kits.  Another staple of the time was war comics and in particular, Commando and Air Ace.

I wanted to do a Commando cover when I completed the B17 ball turret in “It took Balls” but it didn’t happen so this Lancaster idea has been brewing for a while and its :iconyereverluvinuncleber: fault because he has had me on a nostalgia trip for a while ;)

To be honest it might have been better to develop the thing into an alternative time line/tech thing like I normally do as I finished up putting more 3D work into it than I intended but what the hell.

For all you young types wondering what the number one, a dash, and flying comma thing is (if anyone give a toss that is) well that was the price about 50 years ago. That was colloquially known as a “bob”. Officially known as One Shilling which in the modern decimal times we live in is 5p.

There may well have been, or may currently be, a Commando comic entitled Tail-end Charlie. I don’t know but it was easier to slap that on as a title rather than the original idea which was “Corkscrew starboard go go go…” Too many words, you would never have seen the lanc!

OK, got that out of my system now :)

Lancaster model created and rendered in modo
Comp and much swearing done in PS


Early daylight render if you are interested:

It would have been a lot easier if I could paint or draw :)
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:icongnoll-el:
Gnoll-El Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Beautiful work, but all this talk of plastic models has me down thinking of all the ones I trashed as a kid.

Been in B-17 and its rear gunner is all alone behind the tail wheel with only a very small hatch to exit by.
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
Yeah, that certain age where there is a need to set fire to the damn things :)
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:icongnoll-el:
Gnoll-El Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
Fire, firecrackers, and long drops if I remember right.
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018
Yeah, and when they burn you get those little balck sooty specs hanging in the air :)
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DiNaboo13 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
youtu.be/gtNiyufRxKg

Looks like the official Artwork for this Song xD
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
Nice one.
Not heard that in a long time :)
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
No idea if it was an actual title, but it would work for one of the war in the air series regardless.

Oh and I'm now wondering what the engine configuration for a 4 Tesla machine would be. An X above and below the fuselage maybe?
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
I stopped about 1/3 of the way through this model thinking that for what I had in mind I had done far too much modeling.
I have given some thought to an alt-Lanc as it really should be addressed :)
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:iconpaws4thot:
paws4thot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Fair enough.

And now I've started thinking about it, what about an Alt He-177 (real version had 4 engines and only 2 props)?
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:iconsmall-brown-dog:
Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Well I used couple engines for the Dolch so it could happen ;)
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:icondr-whom:
Dr-Whom Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018
On the other hand Corkscrew Starboard Go Go Go could be disco song. Are Stock Aitken and Waterman still active, I wonder?
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
:)

Actually I think those two were secretly arrested and disposed of. Something to do with crimes against music and GBH of ears.
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retromaniak Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018
super cool mate !!!
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018
Thanks :)
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Exzeedvelocity Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kick ass
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018
;)
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Onesockoff Featured By Owner Edited Sep 23, 2018
Very Nice! I remember the old money. You could buy The old Airfix Spitfire MK9 for (if memory serves) 2/-3d (about 11P)
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018
Oh god the eyes grow misty and the years fall away ... I can still smell that old model shop I frequented on a Saturday morning :)
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Onesockoff Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Yes indeed. (for me it was Woolworths)!
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Mine was a little shop called Models and Hobbies.
I remember the bigger Woolworths used to have peg board displays of made up kits .
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sMEar8 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
Likey.
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Veteran1972 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
Tail gunners and ball turret gunners.
They had the shortest life expectancy of airmen.
A harrowing story I read a long time ago was the story of a Lancaster tail gunner who had a choice as his plane plummeted to the earth in flames.
Go down with it burning to death,........or jump out the turret exit hatch.....without a parachute.
In the Lancaster you could not crawl down the tail section tunnel with the chute. It hung by the tunnel entrance. Turret had no room to wear it.
So he jumped.......fell to earth landing in deep snow after crashing thru tree branches......getting seriously injured but survived!
He was captured and the Germans demanded where he hid his chute. He told his story but they did not believe him. Then they checked the crash site. The chute metal pieces were still in place. The guy survived a 18,000 foot freefall.
Flight Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade.
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kceg Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never got into model kits and discovered WW2 aircraft later in life. Feel I missed out!. Excellent work
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
I loved them but the best bit was the making which is what you and I do now only virtually so you are not missing out ;)
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kceg Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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nordicberserk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
That is a lot of brass...
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
rate of fire was 1150 rounds per minute each gun so yeah, even a short burst equals a lot of brass.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
It looks just right, cross between an accurate model and a painting. Just to be awkward I'm sure we'd see an Me110 banking to the left somewhere in that dark sky plus a couple of searchlight beams to complete the drama. What's a night time bombing raid if there are no searchlights? A Piece of Cake!
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Also Small-Brown-Dog 

And they were both wrong; it was a 219 "Uhu" with schrage musik and they never even saw it! ;)
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
The 110 is just behind dodging brass and lead and the master light caught anothe lanc just off screen and all the others chased it too so I didn't add it.
Later reports stated the 110 was  JU88 according to the mid upper but he will argue over anything ;)
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Sent you a PSD and a slightly less harsh jpg by email.
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
Don't think I will ;)
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
That's what friends are for...
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Colonel-Eviscerator Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
I almost wonder if that much brass didn't cause as much trouble for pursuing fighters as the bullets!
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
You make a good point. Attacks from astern and low were common.
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Colonel-Eviscerator Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
That's efficient design, let no part of the round go to waste.
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
:)
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skyraidernimrod2 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember seeing this as a kid so think...I remember an old Readers Digest article about a Lancaster tail gunner who got caught in tail when plane blew up and his chute caught fire because it had to be laid out behind him and he fell from altitude into pine trees and survived. It became my personal nightmare for years. I was a sleepwalker which didn’t help in later years at hockey camps! Wish we’d had more acces to these great books in US, 
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
That rings a bell - might have to go digging about for that.
cheers ;)
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LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
I love how this looks!  Checked out your render job too but I much prefer this incarnation.  Very dark and dramatic.  Awesome!
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
Thanks Lea.
The render test is just that - a test.
I always like to put up a WIP.
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LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
:thumbsup:  Yeah, I saw it was.  Just wanted you to know I really liked the additions you made to it.
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