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Air War 1918 by markkarvon Air War 1918 by markkarvon
The Fokker E.V / D.VIII was the last fighter airplane put into service by Germany during WWI. The airplane was an advanced design and featured a single parasol wing.

There were some wing failures with some of the early E.V models which caused the unfortunate deaths of several pilots. The failures were traced to faulty workmanship by a subcontractor; the wing design was sound. The problems were corrected and the type was updated as the D.VIII.

By this time the war only had 18 days left so the type saw limited combat. If the war had dragged on many believe the D.VIII would have been the finest airplane of the war up to that time.

My depiction features the airplane in the markings of Leutnant Richard Wenzl during his time as commander of Jasta 6.
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ToTheGoryEnd Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Excellent work. Poor Spad...hahaha!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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SOTF Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Considering the high fatality rates given the aircraft's overall general failure possibilities (WW1 planes were generally unreliable, they can be compared to driving an old beat-up car prone to breakdown lol), those men from all sides had some serious nerve to sign up to be a pilot in WW1.

Overall, amazing details and texture-especially with the clouds in the background.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. That background actually was for another painting altogether however it seemed to work better for this scene.
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DMP75 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Great work on an often overlooked aircraft.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Polskadude Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You have a very nice, clean style. Great job!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Duef Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
very cool! love your work
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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Delta-13 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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billybob70 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome!
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Kitsch1984 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah!!! Wonderful! If you want see my old postacrd with the previous model:
[link]
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Nice postcard.
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dasAdam Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
a really gorgeous piece! i simply love it!
come to think of it i really love the propelled driven planes from back then :)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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dasAdam Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
no need to! :D
just continue with what you do :)
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162eRI Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Great piece of work. Sad for my French Spad, but nice drawing ^^
Don't understand why I didn't have you in my favorites yet. Now I won't miss a single piece of your work.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I originally started working up the piece with an SE 5a being the victim but a little research revealed Wenzl did not have combat with that type when he was flying the D.VIII. He did down two SPADs though.
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162eRI Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Thanks for the info. The German late WW1 planes were really beautiful and modern. I saw one in Le Bourget museum (Paris): the advanced fighter Junkers D.I. A really nasty plane ^^
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Blackout177 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! is that a SPAD in the background?
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks; yes it is.
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Blackout177 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome =)
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dugazm Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
great job
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work, Mark! I was at the Air Force Museum last week, and saw some of the planes with the lozenge pattern camo. Wild looking!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Chuck. What makes it even more interesting is there were quite a few variations on the schemes. There were different patterns and 3, 4 and 5 color variations. Also the scheme varied depending on if it was applied to the top side or the underside op the aircraft.
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SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Made for interesting looking aircraft! I wonder if it was painted on or was woven into the fabric.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I believe it was printed on the fabric.
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SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That's what I thought. What a nightmare it would be to have to mask all of that to paint!
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TomCatDriver Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
printed patterns,and applied with clear dope to save a bit of weight.
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SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I am sure they were glad they did not have to paint those patterns!
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TomCatDriver Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
smart ideas....!
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danyboz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yet another masterpiece!
It reminds me of a friend who did the Fokker as a scale model... he nearly became mad at painting the camouflage :D
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Most modellers just use decals for the Lozenge pattern for that very reason. :)
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danyboz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
He also had decals but favoured painting for a more realistic touch. The model was 1/32 or 1/24 scale.
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RoadTripDog Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Another thrilling artwork! That is an interesting paint design on the aircraft fuselage - were they already trying for a camouflage effect?
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. The covering is called Lozenge pattern. It was printed on the fabric used to cover the airplane. Here is a bit of information on it: [link]
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
:clap::clap:
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Bob.
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Medvezh Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This needs no words.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Jett0 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work, as always!
Spad had no chances hehe )))
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Tzimisce980 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
the life of a pilot was one week?
if not ended crazy or useless to pilot
right?
Congratulations to remain the best cartoonist warlike
for me :D
thanks for drawing art of this quality and magnitude

regards
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think you're right. It was better than the poor guy in the trenches though.
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Tzimisce980 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
it just because they cared more for the pilots by giving them better things food and clothing

but I think it lasted more a soldier in the trenches than in air

I think: D greetings friend
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the-nuclear-wolf Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
One word: Amazing
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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