Get your throwback on with looming Soviet bears that play chess with tactical assets, and supersonic spy planes zooming through neon cyberspace. The Cold War was still hot, computers were huge, and beige was in.
Available in on a broad range of products including tshirts, prints, towels, bags, and even shower curtains.
Will be releasing more of these awesome prints soon.
Aces by Edo is the new section on ArtByEdo.com where you can find plane and aviation related prints. The plan is to keep making high quality prints available for various aircraft throughout history, to include helicopters, civil aircraft, and even airships. If you have a special request or commission please don’t hesitate to contact me.
The journey of the VW from the “people’s car” envisioned by Hitler to the world’s top selling car had slow beginnings in Europe as people began to discover its charm in the post-war era. Among those people was a Scotsman named George La-Haye, who after being stationed in Germany during the last days of WWII and the post-war occupation purchased not one but three new Beetles produced at Wolfsburg as it was rebuilt from the wreckage of the war. He brought them back to the UK with him when he finished his service and really had a passion for the cars.
Back home, George encountered a gentleman named John Colborne-Barber who immediately took a keen interest in the VW. Supposedly John drove the car for 10 days and then decided to begin importing the cars for sale in Britain. John offered to buy the VW from George for a partial exchange on a Wolseley 6/80.
All cars produced by Wolfsburg around this time were painted in dark colors, mainly black as the paint was inexpensive and resilient. To make the VW stand out Colborne had a custom two-tone paintwork sprayed, as well as chroming the hubcaps and adding some brightwork trim. The car, a 1947 model known then as the Type 11, was registered as JLT 420.
Colborne saw great success bringing the VW to Britain and the Colborne dealership still sells VWs today. Colborne can also be credited with bringing the first VW camper to Britain, more on that later…
The familiar Type 1 body got a significant upgrade following the production of the Kubelwagen. Using the offroad ready capability of the Kubelwagen chassis, Type 1 bodies were fitted to make a somewhat more comfortable field vehicle for commanders and officers. These versions can be easily spotted by their increased ride height, usually sporting military tires.
The impressive ground clearance can also be seen clearly in the blueprints.
There were many variants and prototypes produced. The traction of VW’s rear engine is impressive enough, yet some featured locking differentials and four-wheel drive technology borrowed from the development of the Schwimmwagen.
Presenting the latest in a series of wartime VWs, a 1941 KdF Sedan, fitted with all the right accessories one might need to survive wartime Germany, including a center mounted NOTEK blackout lamp, A-pillar Hirschmann radio antenna, blackout headlight covers, and a military-spec Hella horn and foglamp.
Have you ever wondered what those funny-looking accessories that look like helmets are on wartime German vehicles?
They are called NOTEK lights. They are for driving under blackout conditions. The idea is that the device produces just enough light for a driver to safely drive at night. This is applicable for military or civilian vehicles under wartime conditions. The German company that made these devices was Nova Technik from Munich. The NOTEK nickname was derived from this (NOva TEchniK).
The NOTEK lights were usually mounted to the front driver’s side fender of KdF derived military vehicles including kubelwagens and schwimmwagens.
Another legenary Ace coming at you from the 357th Fighter Group, this time it’s Nooky Booky IV, flown by the Top Ace of the Group, Maj. “Kit” Carson. Kit scored an incredible 18 and half air-to-air kills within the last six months of the war in 1944. Most of these kills were scored in this P-51D, “Nooky Booky IV.” Kit named all of his aircraft “Nooky Booky.”
One technical note on this drawing: the exhaust cowling is removed. P-51’s still today can sometimes be seen flying without the cowling in place.
The KdF Wagen was the original Beetle design as conceived by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. The original people’s car was put into production in the late 30’s right as Germany’s war machine was getting revved up. This unfortunate timing meant most Germans would have to wait for postwar rebuilding to get their hands on the now inimitable Beetle.
3 examples plus some of the emblems and logos of the KdF civilian models are available in the Art by Edo store. All of them are black and have various period accessories.
Introducing a first for Art by Edo, aircraft side profile views, starting with the famed P-51D Mustang. This fantastic aircraft formed the backbone of the allies’ air superiority in late WWII. Over 70 hours were spend to bring this aircraft to life using vector art, and the attention to detail can be seen everywhere.
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The first production of the “Samba” 23 Window bus made in Wolfsburg, known there as the Kleinbus. The lower color is Sealing Wax Red, and the upper tone is Chestnut Brown. This fantastic paint job is one of the most popular original color combinations on the type 2, the other being Sealing Wax Red and Beige Grey which was a huge hit in the 60’s.