Monogram + Photoshop
"Low on Fuel"
by Bob Aikens
"Low on Fuel"
1/48 scale Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a is available online from
Here are some Photoshop montage images of the old 1/48 scale Monogram
release of the Messerschmitt Me 262.
For this and other such 'image' projects, I took a number of digital
pics of the models in what I thought to be good 'flight' positions, and
chose those the more appropriate. I move these into Adobe PhotoShop and
begin work building up these 'virtual' images in the sometimes elusive
hope that, in the end they'll look like more than the sum of their
The models themselves sprung out of the Kagero book and decals (Me 262
in Combat). The images sprung out of the models. The captions come
mostly from pilots recollections or log entries.
I began working on the images even before the models were fully complete
such was my enthusiasm to get going-almost like the Napoleonic officer
who mounted his horse and rode off in all directions. Perhaps even a
better analogy might be that of some kind of medieval court buffon or
jongleur, trying to keep his creative courage alive, and also his head
on his neck..
There are 5 main images and a collage:
- Low on fuel
- 8000 meters
- Older pilots
- Hptm. Tronike
- Yellow 4
The Marauder in the montage (s ) is the Monogram B-26 which I did up
from image files.
Re; 'Yellow 4' - this image springs out of a digtal shot taken at the
RAF Hendon museum in London . I was in contact with John Levesley, who
is the web master of the 404the Fighter Group UK website. I asked him to
help identify the unit, as I had failed to do so when I was there. He
said this aircraft was apparently captured at Flensburg at the war's
end. The 'Reich Defence' bands are those of JG 7. He says most
references put this aircraft in the 2nd staffel because of its' yellow
numbering. i.e. II/JG 7. The badge is a different story, however as it
ought to have been their 'greyhound' one; but it may have been painted
over with the '2' for some reason.Perhaps we'll learn more..
I think this was the most fun of all-to get a 'real' 262 flying again!
I'm not going to say much about actually how this imaging process is
done, but Adobe PhotoShop 7 is its main engine. Besides, it's probably a
subject for another forum. It may not be modeling, but it is aircraft
image modeling and its a lot of fun!
TimeWarp Images is an especially appropriate name for what I'm trying
to do. I think of them as 'vignettes' or 'virtual dioramas'.... so maybe
it's not that different from 'real' modelling after all !
Click the thumbnails below to view larger
Messerschmitt Me 262
Osprey Modelling 12
Author: Brett Green and Bob Oehler
US Price: $18.95
UK Price: £12.99
February 28, 2006
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841768235
Model, Images and Text
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