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Offline Skyraider3D

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Profile artwork from Osprey's Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:04:23 AM »
Happy New Year all!

Last year I completed the illustrations for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces #114 on Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces, written by Nicholas Millman of www.aviationofjapan.com. Since the book has meanwhile been published, I'd like to show you a few samples.

Research by Nick and myself.

All images Osprey Publishing.

Ki-61-I Otsu of the 78th Sentai:


Ki-61-I Tei of the 244th Sentai


Detail of the score board:


This graphic gives you an idea of the amount of research that goes into each profile:


Ki-61-I Hei of the 56th Sentai:


Colourful Ki-100-I Otsu of Akeno's 111th Sentai:


Ki-100-I Otsu of the 5th Sentai:


A close-up of the tail unit and "Nine-headed Dragon" inscription:


A Ki-100-I Ko of the 59th Sentai with P-51 victory marking under the cockpit and 3rd Chutai markings on both vertical and horizontal tail planes:


Sample line drawing of a Ki-100-I Otsu:


For those who are on Facebook, I have an artwork page at https://www.facebook.com/AviationArt.Aero and a group dedicated to the Ki-61/100 at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Ki61Tony/

Many thanks for looking!

Ronnie Olsthoorn

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Re: Profile artwork from Osprey's Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2016, 12:26:44 PM »
Wow! Gorgeous work  :-*
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Re: Profile artwork from Osprey's Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2016, 02:08:00 PM »
^ Wot he said!  :)

Really tempted to get some Ki-100 kit now.
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Re: Profile artwork from Osprey's Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2016, 03:20:08 PM »
Excellent work!

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Re: Profile artwork from Osprey's Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2016, 01:25:20 AM »
They look superb. Did you do any whiffs and can they be viewed on any other site as I'm not on Facebook?
« Last Edit: January 05, 2016, 01:28:05 AM by Ifor »

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Re: Profile artwork from Osprey's Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2016, 02:56:15 AM »
Nice work
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Re: Profile artwork from Osprey's Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2016, 11:23:43 AM »
Ki 100 is my favorite Japanese fighter, so I bought this book the day it came out ! :) Great to see the profiles here too! I am also a fan of Millmans blog! Was no aware of the Facebook page

Superb work, and thanks for sharing!  :-*
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Re: Profile artwork from Osprey's Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2016, 02:18:54 PM »
Beautiful art...
I think the Ki-61-II (with longer nose?) was even more beautiful, will you try? And what about a what-if total-vision Ki-61 like the corresponding Ki-100?

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Re: Profile artwork from Osprey's Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2016, 01:18:24 AM »
Hey Ronnie,

I know I complimented your beautiful Tony profiles on Facebook on just about the day the book came out, but it definitely bears repeating. They're fantastic, and an inspiration for my own profiles. I've been busy lately with a lot of work and personal goings-on, but I really need to get back to my He 100s. I fully expect more than one of them in the future will take their schemes from your lovely Ki-61s.

I especially love the lighting where the tail meets the fuselage and the Ki-100's radial fuselage fairing under the cockpit, especially!

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Profile artwork from Osprey's Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2022, 05:50:17 PM »
My apologies for taking over six years to reply!  :o

Thanks very much for your kind comments, I am glad you like them!

Tophe, I think the bubble-top Ki-61-II Kai is one of the finest-looking fighters of WW2 and I definitely plan to make a profile of this at some point. So far I've identified three operational machines, so it's definitely a proper WW2 fighter and not merely a what-if.

Speaking of what-ifs, Ifor I've attached a bare metal Ki-100. The Ki-100 looks so nice like this, but sadly all Ki-100s were delivered in camo paint.




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Re: Profile artwork from Osprey's Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2022, 09:27:32 PM »
Hate to tell you this, Skyraider, but there's no such thing as "merely a what-if"; especially on this site, where 90%+ of the builds (both physical & digital) are what-ifs. ;)
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Re: Profile artwork from Osprey's Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2022, 10:23:20 PM »
My apologies for taking over six years to reply!  :o

Thanks very much for your kind comments, I am glad you like them!

Thanks for the reply nonetheless, Ronnie.  ;)