02-07-2005, 09:54 AM
I have created a small website that focuses on the MTO as based in Corsica 1944 1945. The skins available for download now.
Currently the only aircraft available are B25J's. However, please follow this link below for a different perspective on capturing history with artistic skin represenations.
My small corner of the internet
In the very near future I'll be chaging providers and getting more bang for my buck.
02-08-2005, 12:10 PM
What an invaluable work you've given to us. This is one of the best WWII websites I've run across. The B25 nose art pictures are some of the best I've found. This is top grade excellent stuff I highly recommend for WWII aviation buff. Thank you for the time it took to create this website and thanks for sharing this great resource with us.
02-08-2005, 01:23 PM
It's my pleasure.
As far as I'm concerned skinning is not just about technique or talent or skin download count, it's about the history and the men.
02-08-2005, 02:07 PM
I will try to get round to the Spits you asked for in the near future mte, working nights next week (15th) for a week then 7 days off, so hopefully......................................... ......... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
02-08-2005, 02:55 PM
That's really cool. Congrats on putting together such a nice sight man, keep it up http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
02-18-2005, 12:36 PM
One of the things I like about this place is how serious many good skinners are about historical accuracy and documentation. Thanks to 1C, we have a flight sim that encourages those of us who love the history as well as the action. So, when Monguse contacted a few of us last month and said he was in touch with crew members and others from the 57th Bomb Wing during its time at Alasan, Corsica (1944-45), it sounded interesting.
Would we be interested in producing fully documented, historically accurate skins and providing the framework (documents, photos, letters, journals, etc.) for a dedicated history-focused project, beginning with the 57th Bomb Wing? Sure!
Since then we‚‚ā¨ôve been in contact with historians, crewmen and their children, relatives, writers and ground crew personnel with a connection to this unit. We‚‚ā¨ôve added to our libraries, joined historical forums and written a stream of letters and emails in an effort to make the aircraft and missions as accurate as possible. It‚‚ā¨ôs been an amazing experience. Dominique Taddei, who grew up in Corsica, wrote an excellent book on the period (in French); he sent us personal photos from his collection. The son of T/Sgt William Coursen, a crew chief with the 447th BS, 321st BG, provided us with pictures and descriptions of aircraft his father worked on and flew in. Quentin Kaiser, who has a website covering the 57th Bomb Wing provided access to his images and documents. Herman Voss, whose brother-in-law, Jack Sterett, was a tail gunner in the 486th BS, 340th BG, sent more aircraft pictures and information. There are many others, and much more information that helped us get the project started.
Using a couple of detailed B-25J templates Monguse created for the project, we‚‚ā¨ôve now finished about 20 documented skins from the 57th. We‚‚ā¨ôve learned that losses during the period were high, and that battle damage and repairs caused the appearance of some planes to change often, so each skin will be appropriately dated. I learned that 13 of the B-25s in the 487th BS carried unusual noseart ‚‚ā¨" pictures of Bill Mauldin‚‚ā¨ôs famous ‚‚ā¨ŇďDogface‚‚ā¨¬Ě cartoon characters, G.I.Joe and Uncle Willy.
Here are a few of the ‚‚ā¨ŇďDogface‚‚ā¨¬Ě Mitchells in the 487thBS, 340th BG skinned as part of this project. Almost all were 100+ mission aircraft (note the mission marks). Most are available for download on Monguse‚‚ā¨ôs site above. All will be available on ‚‚ā¨ŇďWarWingsArt.com,‚‚ā¨¬Ě a new history focused and dedicated website nearing completion. It will feature documented skins, missions, photos, records and links. Watch for a notice shortly.
23 Mar 1945, SN 43-27738 , 7-G ‚‚ā¨ŇďUncle Willie,‚‚ā¨¬Ě Pilot: 1st Lt. A. J. Forrister
23 Mar 1945, SN 43-28074, 7-C, Pilot: 1st Lt. E. B. Hogge
23 Mar 1945, SN 43-36102, 7-U, Pilot: Capt. J. C. Rau
20 Apr 1945, SN 43-4065, 7-X, ‚‚ā¨ŇďG.I. Joe,‚‚ā¨¬Ě Pilot: 1st Lt. R. E. Brown
20 Apr 1945, SN 43-27570, 7-H ‚‚ā¨ŇďWhite Litenin‚‚ā¨ô,‚‚ā¨¬Ě Pilot: 1st Lt. K. W. Hovermale
Coming soon: ‚‚ā¨ŇďWarWingsArt.com.‚‚ā¨¬Ě Watch for it. Have fun.