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Taylortony
06-06-2004, 12:01 PM
Well funnily enough I have not skinned a later Spitfire version, I have done 2 private 1Xc's but bar those I have only Produced the templates...So my second skin I have done is my Tribute to those involved in D Day, both on the ground and in the air...................

ML407 was originally built at Castle Bromwich in early 1944 as a single seat fighter and served in the front line of battle throughout the last twelve months of WWII, with six different Squadrons of the RAF's 2nd Tactical Air Force, all in all flying 176 operational combat sorties.

It was delivered to 485 New Zealand Squadron on the 29th of April 1944 by Jackie Moggridge, one of the top lady pilots of the ATA, where it became the 'mount' of Flying Officer Johhnie Houlton DFC who was accredited, whilst flying ML407, with the first enemy aircraft shot down over the Normandy Beach head on D-Day. In December of 1944, ML407 was transferred to 341 Free French Squadron, becoming the aircraft of Sergeant Jean Dabos.

It then moved on through 308 (Polish ) Squadron, 349 (Belgian) Squadron, 345 (Free French) Squadron, 332 (Norwegian) Squadron, and back to 485 (New Zealand) Squadron, before being remodelled as a 2-seat trainer for the Irish Air Corps where she flew until 1960. She was used for the film 'Battle of Britain' and was then sold to the Strathallan Museum from where she was acquired by engineer Nick Grace in 1979.

Nick spent five years meticulously restoring the Grace Spitfire to flying condition as a 2-seat Spitfire, and completed this incredible project in 1985, when, on the 16th of April, the Grace Spitfire flew again, with Nick's capable hands at the controls.

This skin has been painted by myself as a tribute to the Men and Women that made the ultimate sacrifice during this period and is painted in the scheme that ML407 carried into war on the morn of June 6th 1944, on the tail she carried 2 doped patch repairs and the hastily applied D Day stripes, her individual code letter having been moved fwd below the cockpit area and her serial codes obscured . I have painted her invasion stripes not as freshly applied markings, but too reflect their condition as the war progressed, these rapidly wearing in those hectic days of war. This little tribute is painted using my X1c template and D day add on's Corrected to fit the Mk 1Xe variant and then weathered down somewhat to give it a more realistic lived in appearance, something I enjoy trying to replicate. I hope you enjoy flying this skin as much as i did painting it, it is usable on the Mk 1Xc variant as well as i have painted the unused 1Xc cannons and added them to this skin as well.

Enjoy TonyT

I forgot to add the link to the skin LOL ok its at
http://www.il2skins.com/?action=display&skinid=12379

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/IL2_Skins/Spitfire/Spitfire_1Xe.jpg

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/IL2_Skins/Spitfire/Spitfire_1Xe_2.jpg


http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/IL2_Skins/Spitfire/Spitfire_1Xe_4.jpg

[This message was edited by Taylortony on Sun June 06 2004 at 02:53 PM.]

Taylortony
06-06-2004, 12:01 PM
Well funnily enough I have not skinned a later Spitfire version, I have done 2 private 1Xc's but bar those I have only Produced the templates...So my second skin I have done is my Tribute to those involved in D Day, both on the ground and in the air...................

ML407 was originally built at Castle Bromwich in early 1944 as a single seat fighter and served in the front line of battle throughout the last twelve months of WWII, with six different Squadrons of the RAF's 2nd Tactical Air Force, all in all flying 176 operational combat sorties.

It was delivered to 485 New Zealand Squadron on the 29th of April 1944 by Jackie Moggridge, one of the top lady pilots of the ATA, where it became the 'mount' of Flying Officer Johhnie Houlton DFC who was accredited, whilst flying ML407, with the first enemy aircraft shot down over the Normandy Beach head on D-Day. In December of 1944, ML407 was transferred to 341 Free French Squadron, becoming the aircraft of Sergeant Jean Dabos.

It then moved on through 308 (Polish ) Squadron, 349 (Belgian) Squadron, 345 (Free French) Squadron, 332 (Norwegian) Squadron, and back to 485 (New Zealand) Squadron, before being remodelled as a 2-seat trainer for the Irish Air Corps where she flew until 1960. She was used for the film 'Battle of Britain' and was then sold to the Strathallan Museum from where she was acquired by engineer Nick Grace in 1979.

Nick spent five years meticulously restoring the Grace Spitfire to flying condition as a 2-seat Spitfire, and completed this incredible project in 1985, when, on the 16th of April, the Grace Spitfire flew again, with Nick's capable hands at the controls.

This skin has been painted by myself as a tribute to the Men and Women that made the ultimate sacrifice during this period and is painted in the scheme that ML407 carried into war on the morn of June 6th 1944, on the tail she carried 2 doped patch repairs and the hastily applied D Day stripes, her individual code letter having been moved fwd below the cockpit area and her serial codes obscured . I have painted her invasion stripes not as freshly applied markings, but too reflect their condition as the war progressed, these rapidly wearing in those hectic days of war. This little tribute is painted using my X1c template and D day add on's Corrected to fit the Mk 1Xe variant and then weathered down somewhat to give it a more realistic lived in appearance, something I enjoy trying to replicate. I hope you enjoy flying this skin as much as i did painting it, it is usable on the Mk 1Xc variant as well as i have painted the unused 1Xc cannons and added them to this skin as well.

Enjoy TonyT

I forgot to add the link to the skin LOL ok its at
http://www.il2skins.com/?action=display&skinid=12379

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/IL2_Skins/Spitfire/Spitfire_1Xe.jpg

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/IL2_Skins/Spitfire/Spitfire_1Xe_2.jpg


http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/IL2_Skins/Spitfire/Spitfire_1Xe_4.jpg

[This message was edited by Taylortony on Sun June 06 2004 at 02:53 PM.]

SeaFireLIV
06-06-2004, 12:06 PM
The fact that you enjoy the work shows in the quality of your art. Great stuff.

SeaFireLIV...


http://img12.photobucket.com/albums/v31/SeaFireLIV/whereishe.jpg

WHERE is he???

DD_NL
06-06-2004, 03:32 PM
Hey, which pilot-skin is that with the yellow lifejacket?

http://home.tiscali.nl/ddonline/IL-2/doolittledday.jpg

XyZspineZyX
06-06-2004, 03:36 PM
Very nice work sir. It is a fitting tribute to those who sacrificed themselves in duty to their country.

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/9334/Image6.jpg

Taylortony
06-06-2004, 03:50 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by DD_NL:
Hey, which pilot-skin is that with the yellow lifejacket?

http://home.tiscali.nl/ddonline/IL-2/doolittledday.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Which one? The pilot in the lower two pictures is my modified version of WUAF_Baders Bader skin and the top one is the US pilot skin done by either Tony in his pack or one of Elephants

blairgowrie
06-06-2004, 04:29 PM
Taylortony. I am a great admirer of your art. I don't see any stress or pain in your work; only beauty,strength and grace. I just wish I had a tiny piece of your talent. Keep it up.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg

p1ngu666
06-06-2004, 05:01 PM
nice http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://www.pingu666.modded.me.uk/mysig3.jpg
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Red_Russian13
06-06-2004, 05:42 PM
Great work. Keep it up.

Red Russian

DONB3397
06-06-2004, 07:05 PM
Fine story, and one I've read before. Your version of the Spit scheme is a work of art. Thanks.

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v243/DONB3397/SpitSig01b.jpg
"And now I see with eye serene/The very pulse of the machine;
A being breathing thoughtful breath,/A Traveller between life and death." -- Wordsworth

[This message was edited by DONB3397 on Sun June 06 2004 at 06:21 PM.]

crazyivan1970
06-06-2004, 07:20 PM
Well done

V!
Regards,

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VFC*Crazyivan aka VFC*HOST

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http://www.rmutt.netfirms.com/vfc/home.htm

Kozhedub: In combat potential, the Yak-3, La-7 and La-9 fighters were indisputably superior to the Bf-109s and Fw-190s. But, as they say, no matter how good the violin may be, much depends on the violinist. I always felt respect for an enemy pilot whose plane I failed to down.

FLAGRUM_3
06-06-2004, 10:02 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blairgowrie:
Taylortony. I am a great admirer of your art. I don't see any stress or pain in your work; only beauty,strength and grace. I just wish I had a tiny piece of your talent. Keep it up.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>



Ditto http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif

Wallstein
06-07-2004, 03:49 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blairgowrie:
Taylortony. I am a great admirer of your art. I don't see any stress or pain in your work; only beauty,strength and grace. I just wish I had a tiny piece of your talent. Keep it up.

http://img14.photobucket.com/albums/v41/blairgowrie/FBWebpage.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That´s it - You said it. You english speaking fellows can express yourselves easier than we, non-englisspeaking ones. You wrote the words that I tried to make up, but couldn´t. So, thank´s for both of you.

And to Taylor-Tony: you are an artist.

Heavy_Weather
06-07-2004, 07:07 AM
great pics http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

"To fly a combat mission is not a trip under the moon. Every attack, every bombing is a dance with death."
- Serafima Amsova-Taranenko: Noggle, Ann (1994): A Dance with Death.

Yum_Yum
06-07-2004, 08:30 AM
Hello Tony,

Just when I think your skins have attaied the highest standards ... you go and surpass them!

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Malik_VII
06-07-2004, 12:55 PM
Looks Good. Just sent the link home to D/L after work.

M0NS
06-07-2004, 01:00 PM
Nice! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

S!

Monson

"So when Diogenes perceived that he was greatly excited and quite keyed up in mind with expectancy, he toyed with him and pulled him about in the hope that somehow he might be moved from his pride and thirst for glory and be able to sober up a little. For he noticed that at one time he was delighted, and at another grieved at the same thing, and that his soul was as unsettled as the weather at the solstices when both rain and sunshine come from the very same source."

(Dio Chrysostom "Discourse" 4.77-78)

Cess_Wizard
06-07-2004, 05:16 PM
Nice job http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif The "Grace" Spitfire - one of my favorites on the UK display circuit. Now of course a two seater after the Irish modified it

http://www.ml407.co.uk/pages/main.html