Okay guys, need some help. Below is the best picture I have of the nose art from my Great-Uncles B-29. Unfortunately, they went down in the Pacific in January '45 on the way to Tokyo. I am doing a scale cut-away model of their plane and I am going to print a color copy of this art. mainly, look at the letters. it looks like three colors to me, maybe yellow inside, then a darker color then red or black for the outside line. The other colors I will have to add lib with a little, like the outfit but the skin, hair and straw matt should be easy. Anyway, here's the pic. Clean your dirty minds fella's.
I think the colors of the lettering mirror the colors in her sarong. Traditional Hawaiian quilt work is primary colors, red, yellow, and blue, though it can be green or orange. The colors are generally strong and clean, not shades or tints, but very bright. I'd say the letters are yellow, like you said, then red, then maybe black or dark blue around the outside. Green would work, since the palm in the back would be green. I'd take it into photoshop and color it a bunch of different ways to see what looked right.
Cain's really into Pin-up Art and Nose Art and he's got an idea of what the colors should be, but he wants to research it a little more. He'll post up soon.
One of the things he mentioned is the background color of the sarong is white. If you look, and I didn't notice it until he said it, the sarong is much lighter that the center of the letters. The next shade up from white is yellow, so you seem to be on the right track with that.
I'm gonna work on a Photoshop of it for you today.
The artists only had what paint they could scrounge. It's not like they could just drive down to the hardware store. Because the colors were so limited, I have a really good idea of what colors are what on the nose art pic you have. So, stay tuned and I will post it up when I'm done!
Not that is a good possibility. Our plane was on Saipan. From what I've learned, early on after they began flying missions there, several planes (including ours0 were lost due to mechanical failures. They were too heavy. After some re-configuration, losses went down. I believe they began flying from Saipan in October '44. Someone posted a pic of the left side, same art, just incomplete and I forgot to save it before it dissappeared from the host site. I'm hoping the 73rd Bomb Wing will have their reunion on the east coast this year so I can go, there has to be someone who knew my uncle still alive even thought their numbers are dropping.
Dude, you're my hero. Awesome and it is as I pictured it. Imagine the looks on the Japanese faces as this beautiful wahine flies over and drops hundreds of incendiary bombs on them. Thanks Cain, that will look awesome once it is printed to decal and on the plane.