Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Against All Odds - Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 Return To Steam

Union Pacific's Big Boy locomotive is legendary. A true icon from the days when steam power on the railroad was at its pinnacle. When diesels took over all the Big Boys were retired to museums or sold for scrap. Generations of rail fans who never knew what it was like to experience Big Boy in operation first hand will now get that chance. Union Pacific has a long a proud tradition of mainline steam operation and Big Boy #4014 will join the stable. Well done UP!

In honor of Union Pacific bringing Big Boy #4014 I have released a limited edition canvas print of Big Boy #4014. The price for this print is normally $110.00 but for a limited time this print will be available at a one-time only, introductory price of $95.00 unitl 1/31/14. Prints are available through my website at www.markkarvon.com/.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

American Patrol

One of the most recognizable vehicles from World War II, the M3 Half Track was adopted for a wide variety of roles. Fitted with a quad .50 caliber machine gun mount, the vehicle was known as the M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage. The Half Track is accompanied by another iconic vehicle, the GMC CCKW 6X6 truck known as the "Deuce And A Half". This print depicts a patrol featuring both vehicles  in the European Theater of Operations during the winter of 1944. The painting is used as the cover piece for the Military Issue Holiday Catalog in 2013.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Douglas DC-3 first flew in 1935 it is not an understatement to say the DC-3 ranks among the best airplanes ever built. The impact of the DC-3 cannot be overstated. The airplane revolutionized the air travel industry. Passengers ride in comfort at unprecedented speed and range. Rugged and reliable, the DC-3 also found extensive use with military customers. Designated C-47 Skytrain, the airplane was a mainstay of the allied forces in World War II. The airplane also served in the Korean and Vietnam wars in various configurations. So well engineered for its purpose, hundreds of DC-3 airplanes continue earning their keep in commercial service to the present day. This print shows the DC-3 during the Golden Age of Aviation in beautiful Eastern Air Lines markings.

Monday, July 22, 2013

MiG Alley

After World War II the development of jet engine technology and advances in aerodynamics revolutionized the aircraft industry. When war broke out in Korea, the F-86 Sabre was at the cutting edge of fighter jet performance. Pitted against the equally advanced MiG 15, the Sabre proved more than a match for the Russian machine. Armed with 6 .50 caliber machine guns, the F-86 dominated the MiG in aerial combat. The Sabre racked up an impressive 10:1 kill ratio in dogfights over the MiG 15. Though relatively equal aircraft, better pilot training and tactics gave the edge to the Sabre in combat among the skies over an area which became known as "MiG Alley".

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Thoroughbred - SS United States

Built in 1952, the SS United States is a luxury liner  which sailed the Atlantic Ocean. Designed to also be used as a troop transport in time of war, the ships top speed was kept a classified secret. Soon after she was built she proved how fast she was capturing the record for the quickest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in both directions. Even in her retirement, the SS United States holds the Blue Riband trophy awarded to the fastest passenger ship to cross the Atlantic in regular service. Fabulously luxurious, the ship carried many famous dignitaries and celebrities in her day. A voyage on the SS United States was the trip of a lifetime. With the advent of commercial jet airliners, travel by ship fell out of favor and the ship was removed from service. Today the ship is in danger of being scrapped. There is a strong effort to preserve the ship by the SS United States Conservancy.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Electric Warrior

Developed from the A-6 Intruder, the EA-6B Prowler is a tactical electronic warfare aircraft designed to jam enemy radar systems. The Prowler is highly effective at its job. Since its introduction in 1971 the Prowler has fought in Vietnam, The Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom among others. The Prowler works by detecting enemy radar signals and then emitting electronic counter measures on the same frequency thereby blinding the enemy. Continually upgraded throughout its service life, the Prowler can also carry the AGM-88 High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). This weapon gives the Prowler the capability to strike the radar installations it detects. The EA-6B Prowler is so effective at its job that no aviator wants to fly over hostile territory without a Prowler to provide the electronic shield. It has been reported that the Prowler has been used effectively in Afghanistan to jam electronic devices used to remotely detonate improvised explosive devices.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Mohawk Mission

The OV-1 Mohawk is a battlefield reconnaissance aircraft that served with the US Army. Although it did have the capability to carry armament, most missions in the Mohawk were flown unarmed. The more glamorous fighter aircraft of the day tended to get all the headlines but the Mohawk performed its vital mission admirably. Seating two, a pilot and technical observer (TO), a typical photo recon mission would see the Mohawk flying low level passes below tree top level. Sometimes the enemy would string cables at low level in hopes of snagging a low flying Mohawk. The low flying airplane made an attractive target for the enemy and an airplane would often return to base with bullet holes. The Mohawk had a long service life and flew missions in the Gulf War as well as Vietnam. The Mohawk was generally loved by those who flew and maintained it. Although it was retired, there are still several air-worthy Mohawks flying today. This print is a tribute this beloved machine and those who served with her. As always, prints are available through my website www.markkarvon.com.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Realm of the Sharks

The Virginia Class submarine is the newest class of attack boats in the United States Navy. These nuclear powered boats are designed for a wide range of open ocean and littoral missions. Photonic masts, pump jet propulsors, advanced sonar systems, fiber optic fly-by-wire ship control, advanced combat systems and a 9 man lock-out chamber are some of the unique features to this class. Designed as replacements for the older of the Los Angeles Class submarines, the Virginia Class submarines will serve well into the mid-21st century. As always, prints are available through my website www.markkarvon.com.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Cold War Sentinels

The F-84F was originally a swept-wing modification to the F-84E Thunderjet but the extensive changes required made the type an almost new design. The Thunderstreak was adaptable and durable. Although it was not considered a spectacular performer, it was an excellent cruising machine and it could out maneuver an F-86 Sabre at low altitude. Too late to join its sibling (the F-84E Thunderjet) in the Korean war, the Thunderstreak spent most of its service life during the Cold War. The F-84F was dependable in the service of the US Air Force and served with Air National Guard units until 1972. This print depicts an F-84F Thunderstreak of the Ohio ANG about to rendezvous with a KC-97 Stratotanker to refuel.

This print is available through my website: http://www.markkarvon.com. If you have any questions or want more information please contact us at: cbscharlotte@ctc.net.