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05-21-2006, 10:51 AM
Thought some of you might enjoy this proof from my most recent shoot. The photographer is actually working on a series of these:


05-21-2006, 01:13 PM
That's absolutely lovely!
Is it actually painted on the plane? (or has photo-shoppe fooled me?)

05-21-2006, 01:40 PM
Thank you! The photographer is experimenting with Photoshop--looks almost like the real deal, don't you think?

Maj.Nick Danger
05-21-2006, 02:30 PM
Nose art retro looking pics, I mean. :)
As a practising nose artist, I have genuine interest in new pics that look like the 1940's pin ups.
Maybe I could immortalize you on the back of an A2 some day?

05-21-2006, 03:08 PM
As a practising nose artist, I have genuine interest in new pics that look like the 1940's pin ups.
Maybe I could immortalize you on the back of an A2 some day?

You and me both, Major. I've been wanting to paint pinups* ever since I first saw one a few years ago... problem is, of course, finding the *right* model.

(*Though not necessarily on an airplane's nose)

05-21-2006, 03:29 PM
That would be an honor, Major Danger :) I would be more than happy to model for either of you boys, since I know you both appreciate the era I love so much as well!

The picture I posted is of a B-25, I believe. It actually turned out to be a similar pose to this airplane, though we were going for fairly original looks:


Here are a few more rough proofs, though not yet on an airplane's nose or tail ;)

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6db00b3127cce89e3eada7c7c00000015108AatmbRq2ctP http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6db00b3127cce89e3fb343c0200000015108AatmbRq2ctP http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6db00b3127cce89e3eace7c6800000015108AatmbRq2ctP

05-21-2006, 03:47 PM
Jitterbugdoll... Who is the photographer? Oh and congratulations on the win and sorry I didn't get to chat with you guys! :( I was frazzeled dazzeled and on top of that I forgot my shoes for the second act and had to run home with only 15 mins before my next act. :( You will be glad to know I was able to successfully exacute the backbend and tassel twirl this time around!! lol

Maj.Nick Danger
05-21-2006, 03:56 PM
I especially like the first pic with the flower print outfit and hat. Great retro look, like it could be right out of the 40's. :)

If you have any specific ideas as to catchy slogans, or a particular pose you would prefer for a jacket with you on it, please let me know. otherwise I would probably use that first pic that I liked so well.

I just have to get some more jackets! :rolleyes:

For a sampling of some of the nose art by lounge members, here is a link to a recent thread on the subject that you may have missed.


Tony in Tarzana
05-21-2006, 04:18 PM
Wow! You really have that look down! :eusa_clap

05-21-2006, 05:44 PM
Thanks, Tony!

Major, good choice on the outfit. I happened to wear it last night, and won a pinup contest at a local car show ;) Since the print is actually of strawberries (though it's a bit hard to tell because of the small pic), perhaps you could could call it "The Strawberry Blonde", or something like that? I just need to talk to the photographer to let him know, though I doubt he'll mind. I have also done a number of other WWII-themed pinup shoots, if you'd like to see any other poses.

I checked out the link as well--fabulous work, by you and the other lounge members. I'm very impressed!

Thanks, Lolita, and sorry we had to miss your second act. Glad to hear it went well :)

Maj.Nick Danger
05-21-2006, 05:55 PM
Yeah! I like it. And I would like to see more pics of course, but that one in particular catches my fancy. Do you have more posted at Myspace?

I have got to get me some more jackets! I have 4 or 5 ideas, but no jackets. :(
Time to hit ebay in earnest,.....maybe get lucky.
Glad you liked my work. :)

05-21-2006, 06:06 PM
I do have some more photos over on Myspace (with different themes), and I am going to change a few out soon (I have done several 1940s-style shoots in the last month.) I will have my own Web site in the next couple of weeks, too, so if you do end up painting a jacket, I would love to display a picture of it there as well :)

There are a couple of museums out here that have nice collections of A-2s--I always enjoy seeing the creativity of the artwork, and the catchy names they came up with :)

Maj.Nick Danger
05-21-2006, 06:15 PM
I'll be looking forward to seeing your site when it's ready, and looking for a deal on a jacket or 2. :) And of course you may use pics of any jacket I might do with you on it for promotional purposes.
I wear mine as much as possible, and always carry a supply of business cards. ;)

05-21-2006, 06:58 PM
Sounds like a plan :)

I should send you a few of my cards as well, just in case you run across anyone looking for a real live WWII-style pinup girl ;) (hey, you never know--since I have traveled as far as Reading on occasion) And I'd be happy to pass out your cards as well!

Maj.Nick Danger
05-21-2006, 07:16 PM
Sounds like a plan :)

I should send you a few of my cards as well, just in case you run across anyone looking for a real live WWII-style pinup girl ;) (hey, you never know--since I have traveled as far as Reading on occasion) And I'd be happy to pass out your cards as well!

You got mail. :)

05-21-2006, 07:45 PM
And now, so do you :)

Maj.Nick Danger
05-21-2006, 08:01 PM
I'll print a few sheets of cards tomorrow. :) Checked out your Myspace too, lookin' good! ;) The army air force uniform was a nice touch.

05-21-2006, 08:27 PM
Thanks--I try to depict the era as closely as possible ;)

Benny Holiday
05-21-2006, 11:59 PM
The nose art is a great idea, as is the jacket art, and the pics look great Jitterbugdoll. I guess there are a few 50's-style pin-up girls doing the rounds, in magazines like Barracude for example, and it's great to see a wartime-style pin-up gal.

05-22-2006, 07:46 AM
Thank you, Benny!

There are several 50s/rockabilly style pinup models out right now, and they do a very nice job. But since my heart lies in the 1940s, I love to recreate that WWII look :)

Dixon Cannon
05-22-2006, 06:59 PM
Is that you on the side of "Sentimental Journey"????


.....aren't you our own Betty Grable??!!

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h44/dixon-cannon/19a78797.jpg -dixon cannon

05-22-2006, 07:20 PM
Yep, you found me ;)

What USO show is that picture from?

05-22-2006, 08:27 PM
(From Paddy: Marks' rather nice looking blonde lass in Father Xmas's underwear! Just use your imagination gentlemen!)
I think this would look nice on a jacket or a plane !!!!

mark the shoeshine boy

Maj.Nick Danger
05-22-2006, 09:05 PM
I'll paint 'er for ya Mark! ;)

05-22-2006, 10:45 PM
great pics JBD!

I just had an idea on the whole nose art thing...

A A2 jacket back series...

The photo is taken from about 15 feet up with the model laying down on a dark brown tarp. Above her is an actual painted name of the plane, painted just like the original and the girl models just the original. And on film, it looks like the real thing.

Does this make sense? It's late and I"m tired. But you got me brainstorming...

05-23-2006, 12:11 AM
im not a pilot but if i was i would fly that any were. great pictures, great talent.

Tony in Tarzana
05-23-2006, 03:18 AM
Anybody have a B-25 for sale?

05-23-2006, 04:25 AM
the lady in the picture is a friend of mine from kansas city. she is a model who likes the classic pinups style.

She would love to have one of you guys paint her on a jacket....er...paint her likeness on a jacket....

If the picture offended anyone, please forgive me...

Mark tssb

05-23-2006, 06:32 AM
On the contrary Mark, she's very easy on the eye and I dare say a queue is forming as we speak of boys with paint brushes wanting to be budding Picasso's!! She'd make a cracking model for a painting on the side of an old B-17 and a few old aircrew would turn in their graves seeing that babe on their bird.
But to save the boys here an early grave as their tickers stop ticking, I had to throw an old army great coat of mine over her and escort her off the premises (but got her phone number just to make sure she got home to Kansas alright and not end up on the Yellow Brick Road!!).

Cheers guys! :)

05-23-2006, 06:50 AM

That sounds great. So let me understand this. Other than the jacket artist, are you saying there are others that wants to paint her on a real plane ???

If so, I can contact her and let her know. She was very interested in the jacket when i named it "the kansas city bomber"...

I really wanted the Hemi Hiney" in honor of the WWII planes that had the original hemi in it.

mark easter

05-23-2006, 07:27 AM
Thank you boys for all the nice feedback ;)

The photographer is still working on this project to make it look more authentic (because that's what it's all about :)) But I like your idea shamus--perhaps you can explain it a bit more when are more awake ;)

I'm really excited about this project--since I am unable to do as much reenacting as I would like, this is my tribute to our war heroes.

Dixon Cannon
05-23-2006, 10:17 AM
Yep, you found me ;)

What USO show is that picture from?

That is a snap from the CAF AZ Wing 2005. May I post the full length for the fellas? You look smashing! -dixon cannon

05-23-2006, 10:22 AM
Why, I would be delighted if you did ;)

Dixon Cannon
05-23-2006, 01:40 PM
Why, I would be delighted if you did ;)

Ladies and Gentleman, I give you jitterbugdoll "Betty Grable" (apologies for the 'antique' photography!!!) Va Va Va Voom, as it were! -dixon cannon