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The Hindenburg Disaster by zulumike The Hindenburg Disaster by zulumike
On May 6, 1937, the German dirigible airship Hindenburg caught fire and crashed upon landing in Lakehurst New Jersey. Thirty-six people died in the disaster (13 passengers, 22 crew members, 1 ground crew member). Speculation still surrounds the actual cause of the fire.

This has been a long project in the making but a labor of love.
All fire, explosion.. etc. details have been painted using special designed brushes for GIMP. I used a black and white photo for reference for my conceptual presentation for this disaster and the ending of airship travel on this eventful day.

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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, that was a 20th century disaster indeed. I remember seeing a model replication of the historic event years ago when I was younger.
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DalekOfBorg Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
I named a space liner after the airship. It has a rather dark backstory; I was in jail when I first drew it. I chose the name Hindenburg to represent my life going down in flames around me.
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Footnoting Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
Excellent depiction.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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SummaVeritas Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
R.I.P.
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   General Artist
Every time I see this it fills me with profound sadness. THese ships were so beautiful and steadfast, like the flawless Graf Zeppelin. If only the idiots had used helium.....

Yet another example of how the games nations play with eachother, and the fools conventions of their governments, can ruin beautiful objects and shatter dreams.
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vassilizaitzev Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
It wasn't that simple. Hydrogen was easier to procure in Europe, and I believe had greater lift. If it's all the same, the US lost several blimps around that time, even when they were filled with helium.
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   General Artist
yes, Hydrogen was easier to procure in europe, and Helium in the US. Hydrogen did produce more lift. Had there not been the fools conventions of the time at work, Helium could have been sold from the US reserves for the greater good of airships around the world. Both Hindenburg and her sister Graf Zeppelin II were designed to use helium, take note of their far greater hull volumetric capacities. Eckener was forced to fill them with hydrogen when the ignorant and self important United States said "we will not give you none of that". we did have SOME backing to say that, with there being a nazi regime on the way, but all we were doing was further hurting those who were trying to do some good in the world, like the peace-mongering and sensible mister Eckener.....
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vassilizaitzev Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I'll take your word concerning Hindenbergs design for helium, I'm afraid zepplelins are not in my area of expertise. I'll have to look into the politics regarding the selling of helium from the US to Germany. Do keep in mind, though, the rise of the Nazi Party, like you said. The US also held a strong isolationist viewpoint, along with a bit of racism. Perhaps the use of Zeppelins in WWI may have been an influence. I do wish that you take a more objective look at the US. I won't ignore or deny my countrys faults, but it was not all a pool of arrogance and ignorance.
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   General Artist
Oh not to worry about my anti-patriotism, I live in the US too and I hate it so very much. We seem to have in-bred a race of over confident and angry people in a constant state of foolish pride and denial, and if you ask me Roosevelt started it, but whatever. I see the zeppelin as an ideal for a peaceful world, and its death really speaks to me. Have you seen the wonderful documentary of Graf Zeppelins around-the-world voyage? It gives GREAT insight to the demographics of the world at this time
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Amazing work! Thanks for posting this and the info. :)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, apreciate it.

I found some good "fire" brushes for GIMP.
It took several edits for the explosion fire and colors before it came together. See my ref. B/W photo used.
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
You're very welcome!
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ImperialAce Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WOW! nicely done . ^^
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I did several edits on the fire colors until I realised that the red colors did not fit.
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DasBlondeBiest Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I'll always remember watching the film when I was a kid. Sitting there in the theatre staring in awe at it when that ship went down. It was overwhelming to see it on the big screen.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That footage always got to me. I could feel the heat and the people running for their lives.
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DasBlondeBiest Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I remember at the end of the movie when they showed who had survived, everyone clapped when it said that the dog survived! Unfortunately though I read that in reality he didn't.
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spiderdroid Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
The big uh-oh moment!
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The brief and spectacular demise of the leviathan always makes me cringe a bit. As the landing supervisor at Lakehurst, Gill Robb Wilson, once said: "Those of us long in the air know what it is to reach out in salute to the embodiment of our hopes, and suddenly find our fingers filled with ashes."
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback.

The actual footage is very eerie. I don't know how anyone survived that crash.
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Blitzkriegoperative Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh the humanity!
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AviatorGriffin Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You. I appreciate it.
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AviatorGriffin Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, your welcome :)
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I used to make deliveries to an on-base contractor, and the route I would take from the entry checkpoint to the customer took me past the site of the crash, a zeppelin-shaped sign marked the spot.
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful tribute to a very impressive tragedy...

I really like the colors you used, and how well we the small black people enhance the size of the fire...
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.

I went through several edits on this project.

The used mostly white, yellow and light orange for the explosion and fire. Tried adding red, but never looked right.
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this version is really great... and I see why red, though a good color for fire, would look weird here... it's mostly a scene with night colors, which are mostly cold..., red would have looked out of place...
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate it.
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