Yeah, the change saved money, but at the same time, neutered the Navy's anti-ground ability. The Hornet was meant to be a fighter. It had some compromises made so bombs could be strapped to it, and compromises never end well...
Wow! Gad he lived to tell about it! It's another beautiful piece of work you have here, Lyle. The field of view is captivating. As always, your lines are crisp and clean. And a full range of values...and all of those beautiful gradients that we have come to expect in your work! Love that transition of values on the underside of the engine in particular. Another beautiful piece of aviation art!
Again a stunning work Lyle, sorry for my late comment haha, been realy busy since this new education is going on so I fall far behind with messages on Deviantart^^ Right now I'm trying to catch up, so here I am^^
As usual I admire the details you draw into your drawings, and the very realistic shading Just liek your other artworks: Awesome and keep it up