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The Empty Chair, The Bombsight by DarthFar The Empty Chair, The Bombsight by DarthFar
Oh, he laid the eggs in a deadly row
Razed the target from front to rear.
Thunder and fire appeared below
Where jerry scuttled in mortal fear
Bound for hell where they all shall go
And with men like these their time is near.
The Bombardier, the Bombardier.


-from The Bombardier byCaptain William M. Lepley

This story goes on, it has no end
You lose a ship and you lose a friend.
Maybe some day you won't come back
And they'll chalk you up to 'fighters and flak'.


- from There's a Mission Today by S/Sgt. Edward A. Greenlaw of Tacoma, Washington - North 1 Compound


An attempt to tell a tale with little more than a bombardier's station for a prop. This has been a labour of love... or maybe insanity. I usually can't tell which.

For those of you who know me: You already know of me and B-17 Flying Fortresses and flying, so I won't repeat the story. But if you'd like to know more about what I did and why I did it, here's a walkthrough of the process, complete with pictures and interminable ramble: [link]

Technical Notes
(for anyone who hasn't read the ramble)

1. If you were to google "B-17 Flying Fortress", you'll see that their interiors are painted green. However, by the time the mid-to-late B-17G models were rolling off the production lines, they'd stopped painting the interiors to save time and money (not to mention the paint would have added weight to the planes), since the lifespan of these bombers sometimes ran to weeks, or even days. [And you can see from photos dating back to WWII that the skins were shiny aluminium.] Because of the nature of the picture, I chose authenticity over popular image.

2. Of course I used references.* The question should not be so much, "Did you refer to photos?" as it should be, "How many reference pictures were in your folder?" To which the answer would be: a damn lot.

* Mind you, with the goddamn time I spent on this, I could probably draw and paint a second bombardier's station from memory...

3. I have tried, to the best of my abilities, to maintain authenticity and period-correctness. However, I am only human and am thus not infallible; if there's anyone watching me who is a serious B-17 enthusiast/modeller and knows their way around these birds, then I apologise in advance for any technical deficiencies, or anachronisms I may have inadvertently committed. There's only so much one can do.
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ColubrineDeuce Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Photographer
Great work, and great info.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Thanks very much! :D
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dresden in flames probably must have been a great view for the guy in that seat.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Actually, a picture of a bombardier overlooking a target city *is* a fabulous idea! :D
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy to be of service :D
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skulleevee Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
the looks like the nose of the nine o nine B-17
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THEWULFMAN Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is, so beautiful. Best piece of art I've seen all day and I just spent the last 4 hours surfing deviatART.
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breadfreak Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's gorgeous - I think my only complaint is the resolution! With such beautiful detail, I'd like to see it larger :)
The wood, metal, cloth, clouds - everything - looks just great.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Gah, how do you do this whole thing with the details and the awesomeness and so on? It looks amazing. I love the wood texture. And it's got atmosphere as well. Very very cool!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Thanks! I love doing details, and when it happens to be a subject I love, I tend to go a little overboard with things. :laughing:
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