The tail wheel assembly on my Messerschmitt Bf 109 is almost done, except for the tyre. You can see from the screen shot below that for these details I tend to use my own close-up photography to get things right. You can’t beat actually visiting a museum or air show and getting these shots. As I said in a previous blog, you can’t draw what you don’t understand, so having this sort of research to work from is vital to creating a truely accurate and detailed piece of art.
I like making this sort of fine detail in even the smallest components. I enjoy doing the sort of stuff few illustrators get around to doing in their own works. There is a well known expression, “The devil is in the detail” but I’d prefer to think that it’s God in there instead. The devil is in the battle to get it right, while it’s got to be God in the result! I guess that if you can get a small component like a tail wheel right, the rest is going to be brilliant!
My grandfather had another very useful expression: “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” I’m trying my best Grandad.
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