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New Sopwith Triplane painting - "Furball"
« on: July 10, 2014, 04:23:42 AM »
Furball is a portrait of Sopwith Triplane N5377. This machijne first served with 9S Sq RNAS before being transferred to 1 Sq RNAS. N5377 carried a red fin and wheel covers. It was lost in combat on October 5 1917. The pilot, MJ Watson, was taken prisoner and the victory was credited to Ltn Wilde of Jasta 4. Although Sopwith Triplanes are often depicted in PC10 camoflage, which is a greenish brown, they were often finished instead in PC12, a more reddish brown. No one can really say for sure which finish N5377 carried, and the decision to depict it here in PC12 was purely an artistic decision.

Although only about 150 Sopwith Triplanes were built, it was considered a successful design, and is acknowledged to be the inspiration for Anthony Fokker’s more famous Dr.1 triplane.

The title, Furball, is term often used by pilots to describe an intense, swirling dogfight.




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Re: New Sopwith Triplane painting - "Furball"
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014, 08:41:44 AM »
Another beauty Russell  :)





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Re: New Sopwith Triplane painting - "Furball"
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014, 09:50:47 AM »
Phenomenal work, as always, Russ!  I think you're finally getting a handle on this airplane painting stuff. ;) The PC12 is a perfect choice, imho.  I love the sun behind the clouds.  Truly lovely.
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Re: New Sopwith Triplane painting - "Furball"
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2014, 04:46:22 PM »
Lovely suggested brushwork,giving areal sense of atmosphere.Bravo!!!
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Re: New Sopwith Triplane painting - "Furball"
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2014, 02:54:27 AM »
Russ,

your way of painting lights and clouds is absolutely stunning. And the aircraft are beautiful.

Very well done.

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Re: New Sopwith Triplane painting - "Furball"
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2014, 10:56:44 AM »
Russel,
Your usual Stunning work! As said previously the clouds and lighting are a perfect back ground for your absolutely stunning aircraft portrayals!
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Re: New Sopwith Triplane painting - "Furball"
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2014, 02:30:19 PM »
Beautiful work as usual, Russell.  Always a joy to see
your talented offerings.

Cheers,
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Re: New Sopwith Triplane painting - "Furball"
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2014, 04:43:23 PM »
Lovely work Russell. You have the back of making me, as the viewer, feel I'm right there observing the action.

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Re: New Sopwith Triplane painting - "Furball"
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2014, 07:38:50 PM »
I never tire of seeing your work, Russ!
Keep up the superb work.

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Re: New Sopwith Triplane painting - "Furball"
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2014, 11:10:11 PM »
   As always Russell, a real pleasure to view. Love the perception of "movement' you always seem to create, and you've captured the multi axis rotating nature of a Furball" beautifully. Many individual duels overlapping with the potential to change opponents in a heartbeat as the multi dimensional paths cross........
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