Orange Spit

A modern California fruit shipping box today! Aircraft are regularly used as a marketing differentiator, even where there’s no aviation connection. Here’s is a box for California mandarins, ‘Air One’ (Registered Trademark) brand, which has a monoplane fighter on the box – the five blade prop and curves in the fuselage and wings sort of…

Top Pun?

A billboard today, with a reference to a rather-well-known aviation film. Taking a steampunk aesthetic (top hats in steampunk, not so much in aviation) for the ‘we’re cool’ that massive companies use in response to the boutique smaller makers. I’m not sure what the pipes under the wings are meant to be, but the first…

Spitfire Racers – Pastiche

Today’s Poster. Almost believable, this poster is in fact a pastiche period design, in part intended to showcase Decade Type Foundry‚Äôs Reckless typeface. The process is explained in this tutorial here. It’s fascinating to see the effort gone to for ageing, or for an accurate period map of London – while on the other hand…

RAF Pastiche in the Century

Most pastiche period illustrations don’t capture the correct look and feel, either trying to hard or just not understanding the aesthetic. This set of cars, seen at Metro Hobbies in Melbourne, Victoria, do manage the flight of Spitfires pretty well, though the overall image uses modern fonts. The Spitfires could be a screenprint poster from…

Streamline Spitfire & Hurricane

Another from my main blog, Vintage Aero Writer. This one from 2011, looking back to the late thirties when the fastest things around were the RAF’s new fighters. Well, in the pictures, anyway! It’s notable that the (in reality) bulkier and less refined design Hurricane is made to look positively arrow-like by the artist’s use…