Tribute To Two Fighter Pilots (p-51d Mustang), Ronnie Olsthoorn (3D)

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  11 November 2004
Tribute To Two Fighter Pilots (p-51d Mustang), Ronnie Olsthoorn (3D)

Title: Tribute To Two Fighter Pilots (p-51d Mustang)
Name: Ronnie Olsthoorn
Country: Netherlands
Software: 3ds max, Photoshop

This image was made as a present for two veteran fighter pilots. They flew the P-51D Mustang with the 359th Fighter Group during World War II. The image shows their aircraft flying in close formation on the first leg of an escort mission into the heart of Germany.

This is the first work I have made for actual wartime veterans and it's been a pleasure doing this. It was made on the request of a friend of these pilots, who presented the prints to them last weekend. The response of the veterans was better than I'd hoped for. Both loved the prints and said they bring back lots of memories ("some good; some not so good"). The 18"x12" prints will get a place in their living rooms, which is a great honour to me.

Flying with different squadrons, these two pilots never flew together as illustrated in the image. But being friends for over 60 years now, they should have.

Besides the image above, I've also created a sideview profile of each aircraft. Please click the image below for a bigger version of it:

I am now awaiting signed copies of the prints to be send to me from the USA, which will receive a place in my own living room! :D

PS. Here is the old P-51D WIP thread on CGTalk:
  11 November 2004
your plane rendering are always awessome..

looking like a sort of hyperrealist airbrush ilustration

5 star from me ..!!!
  11 November 2004
i love all your work skyraider. Very realistic.
Keep it up!!
  11 November 2004
looks great man. keep it up
  11 November 2004
Deserves frontpage! I love the detail you put in your work Ronnie. Brilliant!

  11 November 2004
Thanks very much guys!

I see they've downscaled the images quite a bit from what I sent. Here's a 1500 pixel version of it:


(original was 5400x3600 )
  11 November 2004
5 stars for you matey !
  11 November 2004
Thumbs up

Your works are very impressive! nice to see you again
  11 November 2004

What can I say, we've been waiting a few months for this and was definitely worth the wait. It looks amazing, every rivet and stencil is included. At last someone as modelled and rendered a accurate looking P51. I think this is your best work so far, it would be hard to believe the vets could be anything else but thrilled by this work.

Thanks for the link to the larger image and the profiles look fantastic as well. These should be published as they look much far better than the ones you normally see in most books.

I really like the image with plenty of action going on despite no enemy fighters in view. There is also a sense of urgency in this image, but I'm not really sure why I think that but just my impression. The contrails look great too.

If there is anything to crit it would be that some of the aluminium panels could have a little more variation in tone (some brighter and some darker).

Interested to know about two mustangs depicted. Did the vets provide you with details about their aircraft or was this information already published some where ?

Really good stuff !
  11 November 2004
5* from me too!
  11 November 2004
Ronnie , It's really aviation art
Natural metal surface of P-51's looks good balace ,
and composition of the picture is excellent.
5stars from me.
  11 November 2004
hahaha niiiiiiiiiiceee

i wonder how u did the aluminium stuff though :P

+5 well deserved
Aircraft carrier : Graf zeppelin
"pain is temporary, glory is forever"

  11 November 2004
Good work mate, congrats
old man

The Fatman

  11 November 2004
I'm impressed by the realism ! Very very very nice work !

The background is a matte painting ? a photography ?
  11 November 2004
Awesome work! Realistic .

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