Friday, April 8, 2011

USA - 1917 Thomas-Morse S-4

A Colorful Thomas-Morse Scout

Thomas-Morse S-4 - 1917
Thomas-Morse S-4 - 1917

I hereby declare today as Flashy Paint Scheme Friday. It gives me a chance to post cheery planes to brighten up the end of the work week. The cowling on this Tommy was easy to do. Once I had a layer holding a shaded monochrome image of the fuselage I added the cowling as a new layer stacked above the fuselage and filled it with a checkerboard pattern from my toolbox, and played with opacity and blend types till I was happy with the results. The wheel was even simpler, I had the image of it saved to my parts folder from drawing Eddie Rickenbacher's SPAD XIII. Slap an American roundel on the lower wing. and the rest is a cakewalk. Eventually I will redo it with wood textures on the wing struts and a few more details.

The Thomas-Morse Scout became the favorite single-seat training airplane for U.S. pilots during World War I. The Scout first appeared with an order for 100 S4Bs in the summer of 1917. The U.S. Army Air Service later purchased nearly 500 of a slightly modified version, the S4C. Dubbed the "Tommy" by its pilots, the plane had a long and varied career.


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Dale said...

You Should Do Some Profiles On The Planes Used In The Movie "Dawn Patrol" And Maybe Some Fictional Ones.

Unknown said...

@Dale, At the present time I'm swamped. When I'm not doing book illustration jobs, I've been busy working on rare birds. I'll be posting some new profiles in the near future.

My main work computers went down and I've been busy getting back to work. Setting up new computers has taken more time than I would like.

I was in the middle of filling in the experimental aircraft for the major German and Austrian aircraft manufacturers when I had the crash.

It would be fun, but I just don't have the time. I have done some fictional planes for an author, I'll check to see if I can post a few.