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Zero Above the Pacific by turbofanatic Zero Above the Pacific by turbofanatic
The picture of the dogfight between the Zero and Corsair leaves out a lot of the details, so I'm putting up larger individual versions for each fighter.

Anyways, WWII aircraft were really cool. The Zero-Sen was an elegant little plane built by the Japanese during WWII. Because Japan had recently industrialized they had little experience with engines and were forced to build the Zero around a very small 1,100 hp engine (compare that to the near 3,000 hp of the Corsair). However, by removing all armor and finely tuning the aerodynamics they were able to turn the little Zero into a highly maneuverable fighter that was on par with (and superior in some ways) to the planes of other countries. Unfortunately for the Zero, the bombing of Japanese companies stopped improvements and by the end of the war the Zero was outclassesd by the newer and improved American fighters. Most were doomed to be spent in Kamikaze crashes.

I think it's a very pretty plane though. A very simple but very clever design.

Done in Photoshop 6.0 with a tablet and a scanned sketch for reference. I really enjoy using my tablet, but I just can't seem to sketch well with it so I usually use a scanned pencil sketch.

I updated the "death above the pacific" and the corsair picture, so if you want to see the changes check them out.
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warrioroftime82 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
That's a wierd way of porttraying a plane, but it's neat! But lets not forget that the Japs were very brutal towards American [link] They treated them like dogs. One instance on the Philipenes they torched [link] barracks durring a bomb raid to keep them from being rescued
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm fully aware of the cruelties of the Japanese during WWII. That doesn't negate the amazing engineering that went into the creation of the Zero though. :)
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:iconthegreattitanicchick:
ok that's cool...but i can't help but think of midway when i see that
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amberchrome Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Incredible work! That is one sexay plane!
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centaurfreak Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
omg this is amazing!
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lazardo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sugoi-neeee! :rofl: I should be slapped for that. Either way, I singled this one out because it seems more ideally set to duel the Mustang from the "Landing" than the Corsair.

Another Japanese plane that I'm particularly fond of happens to be the Nakajima Ki-84 "Hayate" (and not just because was nicknamed "Frank," mind you. XD) Since it was built as a land-based interceptor, few were used in kamikaze attacks. And like the Zero it could also outperform the best Allied aircraft in many aspects though it did suffer from quality problems as Japanese industrial capacity was hit.

But enough rambling. Nice plane, buddy. :D
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Genbe89 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006
Now that is cool
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grid-gunner Featured By Owner May 25, 2006
hahaha! I usually see these "armored-people" done with cute anime style girls, so this is an amusing and refreshing sight.
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cinicool Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006
It used to annoy me before, when you'd update a pic and then everybody in your watch list would see it...but now I miss that feature :(

Great design, the colour scheme works perfectly, especially that touch of yellow on the propeller, the design is also a lot slicker. Congrats :)

Only one thing on my mind now...what plane is next? :D
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48-Ten Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2006   Interface Designer
Your style is sooooo unigue! i thinks its absoluataley friggin' great! you deseerve a DD
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