Latest Osprey cover art – Heinkel 162

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…and the latest Osprey book cover painting, this time for Heinkel He162 Volksjäger Units, although not sure if it should actually be ‘Unit’! The painting depicts a scene as described by the author Robert Forsyth; “On the morning of 4 May 1945, just a few hours before the German surrender in western Europe, Leutnant Rudolf Schmitt, Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 1, fired at a Hawker Tempest south-east of Husum . He recorded in his logbook that he had ‘fired upon the enemy aircraft with effect’. The low-level encounter was over in seconds, but it had been a rare meeting between the He 162 Volksjäger and an RAF fighter in the closing hours of the war.”
The original painting is now for sale just click on the image for more details.
 

57 Squadron 100th Anniversary Painting

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Haven’t posted much on here recently as I’ve had my head down in one of the most complicated paintings I’ve ever produced. Commissioned for the 100th Anniversary of 57 Squadron, the brief was to show all twenty aircraft types flown by the squadron since 1916, along with three phoenixes and two pilots! The idea was to show the two very similar pilots walking away from their respective aircraft differing only in their flying clothing. Big thanks to Gene and Nick and Amy at Wingnut for their great help with the WWI flying clothing and to the squadron for providing refs for the modern pilot.  57 Squadron was more or less wiped out in a matter of days during the First World War, hence its phoenix emblem and the motto ‘Corpus non animum muto’ which roughly translates as ‘I change my body, not my spirit’.