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The young son of a U.S. Navy pilot has borrowed his father's old aviator's helmut and, with toy airplane in hand, twists and dives around the lawn of his home. His mother calls him from the world of his imagination back into the real world. It's time for lunch.

It is the summer of 1941. America remains at peace but her government is already drawing her into the European War with her clandestine Leadlease program for Britain. In just a few more months, the United States will be attacked by the air forces of the Imperial Japanese Navy at Pearl Harbor. Within a day, America will have entered World War II on the side of the Allies.

Today, though, on this lazy June day, the only war will be in the imagination of this little boy. One thing is sure; the coming four years of war will inalterably change the lives for himself and his family.

I had in mind to say more above, but decided to keep it simple for once. (I tend to complicate things more than necessary.) This render was a real struggle to get the way I wanted it. For once, I think I actually accomplished exactly what I'd intended from the start. (A rare occurance!) I'm pleased with it. Hope you will be too.

Thanks for looking. And for stopping by. Comments are always appreciated--both positive and negative.



Vue7 Pro Studio, Poser6, PostShopPro5.
Buildings: Cory Peterman's Google Warehouse house models from left to right; "Queen Anne Cottage," "California Bungalow," and "Neoclassic Rowhouse."
Fence: Xavier Woillez's Wood fence dynamic treillis style (Google Warehouse).
Aircraft: BeyondVR's "TBD-1" torpedo bombers in PreWar colors (ShareCG).
Cars: From left to right; "'37 Chevy Coupe" by Dalmatiner (ShareCG), "1940 Ford Coupe DeLuxe" by Alain Bouchet and Eric Audibert (Cornucopia), and "1936 Chevrolet" modeled by Donald Sielke (DAZ).
Trees: "Old Eucalyptus Tree" from Vue's Plant section.
Shrubs: "DNA Flowering Shrubs" (RDNA).
Flowers: Lisa B's "Hosta Garden," "Black-eyed Susan Garden," "DayLily Garden," and "Coleus Garden," (DAZ).
Toy: a freebie from either ShareCG or Renderosity Freestuff--or both!
Boy: DAZ's Kids4 Boy; Helmut from "Steampunk Aviator for V4" by Sarsa and Bobbie (DAZ).
Mother: "Vila" by Frank van Rueschen aka Nursoda (Renderosity). Her hair is Curler Hair by Jackie Victor aka PropsChick (RDNA). Her Clothing "50s_Dress_for_Vila"is by trumarcar.
September 18, 2010
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Sep 18, 2010 8:46:59 pm
Very beautiful work and great narrative

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 9:16:42 pm
Aww before so many things that in my mind take away from such simple pleasures as this... when children had to actually make up games in their minds and use their imagination instead of the internet and all the electronic games that clutter their young minds now a days.. opps I guess I went off on this one.. but it really is a lovely scene, nicely done.

by tennesseecowgirl Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 9:28:20 pm
Very nice work.
Perfect in every detail.
(except the modern Wyoming license plate on the Chevy -- yes, I know, the most picky nit ever)

Good backstory too.

by geirla Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 10:06:56 pm
Ahh,,I love the historical part and the innocence of all toward the coming war. Europe already feeling it..others a bit isolated for the time. Well done.

by TomDart Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 10:20:38 pm
I love the model Ford in the street and the houses makes for a very realistic render

by Richardphotos Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 10:57:43 pm
Great Image & Story Jeremy!!

by Ravyns Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 2:04:32 am
Nice image! Real period feel!

by miketee10021 Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 4:29:13 am
WOW!!!!Really a fantastic creation my friend!!bravissimo!:DDD.Hugsxx Whylma

by Mondwin Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 8:50:26 am
Excellent picture, and idea.. Narrative speak volumes as well..
Good one, Jeremy..

by debbielove Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 8:54:54 am
cool scene and composition!

by necrophage Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 9:05:09 am
At first glance, I thought this was a photo! Great work Jeremy!:)

by tcombs Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 9:05:26 am
awesome work Jeremy :)

by mininessie Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 10:15:46 am
Beautiful work Jeremy!

by waldodessa Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 12:50:07 pm
Great work and story! :)

by emmecielle Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 2:53:07 pm
Excellent work !!!

by gillbrooks Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 10:44:23 pm
I'm just loving these series of images...Superb idea and artwork!


by KnightWolverine Homepage »

Sep 20, 2010 3:28:51 pm
wow awesome work on this!

by Eldeago Homepage »

Sep 21, 2010 9:40:52 pm
Excellent work, very realistic image

by Nuisum Homepage »

Sep 22, 2010 1:21:16 pm
Really great work and it goes very well with the story!!!

by jascorpio Homepage »

Sep 26, 2010 3:03:33 am
This is a very beautiful!

by DukeNukem2005 Homepage »


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