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Handley Page Space Bomber by MikeDoscher Handley Page Space Bomber by MikeDoscher
This is a test treatment for a new book I'm working on.

I've temporarily shelved 'Working Boats of the Outer Planets' until I have a better handle on the real world science. In the meantime I've started an examination of the political, military, and technological climate that followed the events of 'The War of the Worlds'.

The book itself will be an e-book and done in the style of a children's book written after the fact. For the moment I'll calling 'Spacecraft of the First World War' but this may change.
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this one a LOT, you put a lot of work into making the parent designs very visible yet skipped on making them straight copies ina  believable fashion.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. This was one of the exploratory images I did for my 'Spacecraft of the First World War' setting, and I wanted to think through the technology and the way it would progress through time. I'm glad some of it shows.
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Cherardon Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Nice style.

Now...

MOAR WINGZ PLUEEZ!! :D
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this.
Amusing how it ended up looking a lot more like the Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo than any of the WW1 Handley Page variants, although I'm pretty sure the primary source of inspiration for this craft is the intervar Handley Page HP.50 Heyford, especially since the lower wing is suspended on struts like on the latter. 
The lines of the central engine nacelle put me in mind of the
post-rebuilding Savoia S.21 from Miyazaki's "Porco Rosso", although the Savoia-Marchetti S.55, Supermarine Walrus and Beriev MBR-2 are also possible real world contenders.

Also like the
Airco DH.2 / Vickers Type 161 inspired fighter in the background.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Influences wise, this one is a mess. The suspended lower is loosely from the Bristol F.2, while a lot of the structural details are a mix of the metal skinned Junkers aircraft and vague recollections of a Gotha model I built in my childhood.

This was a sort of test image to get me thinking about how the introduction of abundant aluminum alloys and new propulsion principles would have intersected with existing manufacturing techniques. It could use some refinement, to be sure.
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
I like your works like this one, with the combination of old and new.

As to the book, why not do something similar to "Jane's All The World's Aircraft"?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. That's really where I'll ultimately go with these, provided that it's something I finish.
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TheUnsquishedGoomba Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Now that really does look amazing. I'd love to see your version of something like the Sopwith Camel. :D
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Don't take this the wrong way, but this reminds me of the "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines" cartoon. :D
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's a high compliment, really. XD
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