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Duel Over Venice by MiGpilot25 Duel Over Venice by MiGpilot25
"Hey Dad, I think I drew the wrong airplane!" was what I said when I was just about finished with this drawing. It came together at a surprisingly quick pace. But anyway I started this drawing with a set of vague three view drawings of the Italian Macchi M.5 Flying boat (the aircraft closest to the viewer.) from WWI. I wanted to research the markings this airplane had before I went anyfurther but when I began looking through a Windsock Datafile my father has on the Macchi boats I found they had many variations on the tail plane. I panicked for a bit but went further into the book and found the version I unwittingly drew and breathed a sigh of relief.
I've been wanting to get into some WWI themed stuff for awhile now and I haven't drawn any aircraft in a while so I thought this would be a good start. Of course the aircarft had to be Italian (gotta out-do the competition somehow right? ;) ) WWI in general has always been a favorite subject of mine, mostly because of my father. Even so I was looking through my gallery when I realized I only had two WWI themed drawings! This had to be remedied so I should have more WWI stuff comming here soon.
Italy I believe entered the First World War sometime in 1915 on the side of the allies. They were originally supposed to come in on the side of the Central Powers but somehow managed to avoid being dragged in and then switched sides when it looked like the allies were going to win the war. Instead, the lines settled into a stalemate on the Western Front and Italy was torn apart by war. I don't know much about what happened but it doesn't sound pretty. The Italians suffered some pretty catastrophic defeats, such as the Battle of Caporetto. From the looks of it it would seem like the Italians had some of the same problems they had in WWII, poorly led, lack of equipment, bad organization, you name it.  I'm told they had to bring out caches of black powder Vetterli rifles because of a weapons shortage and then had to use huge siege cannons for mountain warfare. Italy though, suffered from lack of good aircraft as well and had to rely on some FArench and Belgian aircraft such as the Nieport and Hanriot designs.
The Macchi M.5 was actually a copy of a Hansa-Brandensburg flying boat design. One of these boats was captured from the Austro-Hungarian Naval Air Service. Though it should be noted that the macchi did have some design ideas taken from the Nieport 11 and 17, like the "v" strut. The Macchi actaully proved to be a pretty capable fighter and was one of the few Italian home brewed aircraft able to take on Austro-Hungarian (whom the Italians mostly tangled with) aircraft. I'm kicking the idea around of backscratching one of these beauties here soon.
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
There is a Japanese animated movie called "Porco Rosso", in which the hero flies a Macchi flying boat fighter.
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I heard of that, I don't know where to find it. Isn't that the one where the pilot is a pig?
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes. He had originally been a human but was transformed into a pig for an act of cowardice. www.amazon.com/Porco-Rosso-Blu…
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I might buy that.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Bellissimo, thanks for share!
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
You too mate!
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YamaLama1986 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015   Digital Artist
This is a really great drawing. :)

To be honest I've never read about the air war between Italy versus Austria-Hungary in World War I. I never thought about looking into that. This artwork has inspired me to now read into that air war. :)
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
I actually don't know very much about it myself Sweating a little... But I like Macchi's flying boats.
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Dark-Raven42 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very fascinating, and as always a great detail  drawing.
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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Dark-Raven42 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Anytime my friend.
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Very cool!

IIRC, Italian aircraft were also the first planes used in war when they dropped grenades from them on Turkish troops in 1911.
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
here it is, came out in 1914 img.wp.scn.ru/camms/ar/1841/pi…
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've read that somewhere too. I think I've also got an article around here on a plane the Italians made similiar to the Bleriot where they mounted a machine gun on a bipod type affair over the propeller arc. I'll look for it.
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KatieRichtofen Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist
You know I've been wanting to ask a WWI request for a few weeks, but the character I want has never been fully drawn before. I was wondering dude, are you gonna do some pics involving the new Sabaton album?
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 do have a rough sketch? If you want give me a description, I could go off that but I've never drawn something off of a verbal description before, just so you know. A lot of things will be open to interpretation.

I didn't know sabaton had a new album out, what's it called?
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KatieRichtofen Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist
I have a rough sketch, but there are some flaws with it. I'll send you it later.

Yeah, its called Heroes, it comes out on the 27th.
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
all right I'll take a look. I probably won't get to it until next week, I've already got another drawing going, I'm having a very productive week!
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KatieRichtofen Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist
Okay.
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wunderbar ich liebe es. sehr gut sehr gut
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ich danke Ihnen sehr!
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gern geschehen
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