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Aircraft profile art - Osprey Aircraft of the Aces Ki-44 "Tojo"
show user profile  Skyraider3D
Howdy guys!

How are you all doing? Me... still busy with airplanes as I was over a decade ago. Never tires (me), hehe! :)

Here are some samples of a project that kept me pretty busy last spring: Osprey Publications' 100th Aircraft of the Aces book, about the Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki "Tojo" written by Nick Millman from
For this Osprey title I did all the artwork, meaning the cover art, two pages of line drawings, 32 side view profiles and two plan view profiles. As you can imagine it was a fair amount of work, during which time I saw little of my family and my pillow...! :)

Below are some samples from the profile art, I hope you like them:

Here's a composition of side, top and bottom view plus a snippet of the line drawings I made:

Lastly a number of close-ups at full resolution:

Credits for the research and colours go to Nick Millman. Nick has been studying Japanese aircraft for over four decades, but this Osprey title was his first complete book. Basically I fancied doing a Ki-44, tried to land an illustration job with Osprey and figured it was about time Nick wrote a book. So I tried to mix things up... the result can now be found on places like
Of course I am biased, but I reckon Nick did an awesome job on this book.

Last but not least, the cover image of the book is available on
I also intend to make the profiles available as prints, but I first have to make a nice presentation around them, a sideview on a white sheet being a bit bland perhaps.

If you got this far reading it all, I hope it was of interest! :)

Thanks for your time,

Ronnie Olsthoorn


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12/18/2011 12:10:29 PM (last edit: 12/18/2011 12:14:46 PM)
show user profile  Garp
Excellent, as usual.

Time to make a video tutorial for the textures? Just sayin'.

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12/18/2011 12:43:39 PM (last edit: 12/18/2011 12:43:39 PM)
show user profile  S. Silard
That's pretty nice !

Congrats, you found my signature.

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12/18/2011 1:32:15 PM (last edit: 12/18/2011 1:32:15 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Hey Ronnie, great to see you still have passion for it! Great work as always.

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12/18/2011 1:39:09 PM (last edit: 12/18/2011 1:39:09 PM)
show user profile  STRAT


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12/18/2011 1:41:23 PM (last edit: 12/18/2011 1:41:23 PM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Lovely. Big fan of your work mate! :)

My Turbosquid Area

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12/18/2011 2:00:37 PM (last edit: 12/18/2011 2:00:37 PM)
show user profile  nemac
These are absolutely amazing. There is a ridiculous level of detail in your work. Were these all existing designs? I like the 'Otsu' and the 'Hei'. This may be a silly question, but how did you achieve the waving in the panels and if there were stronger reflections would they be wavy as well like you would expect to see on a real plane, I wonder?

This is exactly the inspiration I needed for the P-51 I am currently modeling (almost done). Will make a thread for it soon to get some help, hope you check it out.
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12/18/2011 2:29:54 PM (last edit: 12/18/2011 2:29:54 PM)
show user profile  spoon
Excellent, as usual ;)

... and nice to see you again skyraider!

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12/18/2011 2:59:33 PM (last edit: 12/18/2011 2:59:33 PM)
show user profile  Skyraider3D
Hey guys! Thanks a lot for the comments! Glad you like it. Good to see a bunch of familiar "faces" again! I think I've been visiting Maxforums for well over 13 years now... how time flies!

Garp, check out
for an idea of my texturing. Below a sample of the glos map at full res.
Also see
for info on how I map my models.

Nemac, thanks a lot. Yes these are all based on real aircraft, photos of most appear in the book. Wobbly panels are done with the bump map. Simply have a fuzzy white blob between all rivet and panel lines, and the panels will bulge out and deform the reflection.
I'll keep an eye out for your Mustang!

Lastly an "airshow photo" I made as a test:


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12/21/2011 2:39:13 AM (last edit: 12/21/2011 2:39:13 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Thanks for the links!
The tutorials will definitely be usefull.

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12/21/2011 2:48:21 AM (last edit: 12/21/2011 2:48:21 AM)
show user profile  Jock
Excellent work as ever Skyraider!
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12/21/2011 9:46:04 AM (last edit: 12/21/2011 9:46:04 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Just love these..

The image in your sig - is that an early model??

Website | Blog | Contact | Vimeo

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12/21/2011 10:17:30 AM (last edit: 12/21/2011 10:17:30 AM)
show user profile  Skyraider3D

Dave, the sig is a photo of a plasticine model Missy made of a very old render of mine, see here:
I think it's brilliant and I might keep it until eternity (despite fierce protest from some...!)... :) :) :)


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12/22/2011 2:55:43 AM (last edit: 12/22/2011 2:56:40 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Hi Skyraider :)

I've only been here just over a year now... it pays to check the forum daily because in between all the noobness you find gems like this :)

Brilliant work. Especially the part where you linked some tutorials!
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12/22/2011 5:36:56 AM (last edit: 12/22/2011 5:36:56 AM)
show user profile  Cloak
Damn Ronnie; I've watched you do these for years, and you've always shown an attention to detail, but this is a new level. I love the Otsu textures especially. Great work.

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12/22/2011 10:33:49 AM (last edit: 12/22/2011 10:33:49 AM)
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