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Waking a Giant - 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack
show user profile  Skyraider3D
"Waking a Giant"

On 7 December 1941, 75 years ago today, the skies over Oahu, Hawaii, filled with the noise of Japanese radial engines. Before too long Pearl Harbor and surrounding facilities were burning and the American fleet had suffered a major blow. But the carriers had cheated death and would come back to take their revenge on the Imperial Japanese Navy, while in America the war machine went in overdrive. Admiral Yamamoto, the designer of the Pearl Harbor attack, most likely saw this coming.

Earlier this year I was commissioned to design the cover for a bookazine written by Jack Harrison for Mortons Media, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. It was only logical to me that I try and combine the two most iconic war machines of this battle: the USS Arizona and the Mitsubishi Zero.


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12/8/2016 1:08:53 AM (last edit: 12/8/2016 10:20:06 AM)
show user profile  spoon
Nice imagery! Looks more like a giant is being put to sleep :)

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12/8/2016 6:36:18 AM (last edit: 12/8/2016 6:36:18 AM)
show user profile  Skyraider3D
Thanks mate! The USS Arizona was indeed put to sleep and rests today at the very same spot where she sank, with inside her nearly 1200 sailors, more than half the total casualties of the attacks.

Also on the morning of 7 December 1941, Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" fighters of the 1st Sentai of the Japanese Army Air Force claimed the first victims of the Pacific War as they shot down a Catalina flying boat, flown by Australian Flying Officer P.E. Bedell and his seven-man crew, who all perished. Note that because of the date line, this happened almost a full day *before* the attack on Pearl Harbor! The invasion of Malaysia began in the early hours of 8 December, local time, several hours *before* the Pearl Harbor attack. The Philippines too were attacked on the 8th simultaneously with the Pearl Harbor attacks.

Below is an illustration of a 1st Sentai Ki-27 as it looked in 1939. Photos of 1st Sentai Ki-27s at the time of the start of the Pacific War are extremely rare, but show they had yet to receive any camouflage.


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12/8/2016 9:49:44 PM (last edit: 12/8/2016 9:50:44 PM)
show user profile  nemac
Fantastic work as always. I like the touch of the orange under lighting - as if there are other ships or targets ablaze below.
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12/13/2016 12:37:28 AM (last edit: 12/13/2016 12:37:28 AM)
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