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Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« on: September 04, 2009, 11:19:29 am »
Hi folks,

A thread for that perennial favourite - the Shark's Mouth or Tiger's Mouth (or anything with lots of sharp teeth - even the vicious killer Rabbit of Caerbannog is acceptable).  To start, here's a cool pic of a F/A-18 mouth:



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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009, 04:19:15 pm »
"Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality." -Jules de Gaultier

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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2009, 10:47:03 pm »
That P-3 is the least aggressive sharkmouth I have ever seen! :D

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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2009, 03:08:54 am »
I'm sure you'll have seen this one before Nev!  Straight out of Walt Disney!  The story is that 5 Sqn's commander came back from an exchange in the US & was impressed with the sharkmouths.  On return, he gave an order for several of the Lightning's to be painted up with sharkmouths.  Trouble is, they didn't last long, as the crews hated them!  You can't blame them, I think they would have looked much better with a more aggressive expression.


This is XM.191, a F.1A nose painted to represent the F.6's.

Regarding the P-3, I think it's down to the eye.  Doing a few profiles, I've found that even if you have an aggressive mouth, the shape, position & angle of the eye can make a big difference.  Sharkmouths don't look right without eyes, I find.
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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2009, 03:23:51 am »
A few of my SR.177 profiles:





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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2009, 04:21:33 am »
A few I've found



Couldn't go without showing A-10's!  A good chance to get the experimental Peanut scheme in too.


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Mil Mi-14 Polish Air Force


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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2009, 04:58:20 am »
How about the two TSRs from Operation Telic I profiled awhile back?

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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2009, 06:39:32 am »
there are very few known examples of Finnish aircraft with 'sharkmouth' type markings ...

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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2009, 08:57:15 am »
I had a book compiled by Robert F. Dorr (published by Motorbooks Intl. if I recall correctly), I think the title was simply 'Shark's Teeth Nose-Art'. Whilst I cannot post any pics from here in work, here's a few to continue the fun:

M-46 & M-24 tanks of the 6th Armd Bttn, Korea winter 1951...... trust me, I have an M-46 in the stash and fully intend to build/paint it in those markings !!

WWI German ground-attack aircraft, I cannot recall its' name, but Airfix had it as a series 1 kit (in a plastic bag !!) about a thousand years ago.

P-40's of course in all their varying marks - I personally like the 'N' with the HUGE parrots head on it - I've got one built and will post it here tomorrow, together with a 112 Sqn 'E'.

Bf110C's of ZG76.

Lavochkin La5FN with a mawl that covers the ENTIRE cowling.

P-51B/Mustang III of 112 Squadron, in fact you can add the Venom, Sabre F4 and Hunter F6 to that particular squadron.

23rd AVG P-51B's & C's (another of my builds)

Operation Telic Tornado's and Buccaneer's

Corsair II's VA-93 Blue Blazers, Ubon based A-7D's in 1972, 23rd TFW, post Vietnam.

EC-47 with extended nose (no I didn't mean AC-47 !)

EB-66 Destroyer & EKA-3 Skywarrior

VF-111 F-4B's & N's, Numerous USAF F-4E's and G's and a couple of RF-4C's - don't forget VF-111's F-14's too in high and low vis.

Ryan Firebee drone's

Australian Spitfire XIII's

Polish (?) Su22M's

US Army UH-1C gunship's

French F-100's

I could go on, and on, and on, and on.... well you get the picture, hopefully folks will pick-up the thread and add photo's when they can, I know I will ! - let's see if we can get more replies/pics than the 'Russian' thread  :thumbsup:

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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2009, 09:11:31 am »
I've had this book for a couple of decades. Has anyone else seen it?

book by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/100165274@N08/
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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2009, 08:48:02 am »
The first page of profiles from the above book.

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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2009, 12:04:13 pm »
A few I found:











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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2009, 12:58:40 pm »
Wow - never seen that Lanc with all the Merlins painted like that.  Surprised it was even done, given the chance that all that hard work would go down in the flames sooner rather than later (although that one does seem to have an impressive mission tally).  Perhaps a tired old bird pulled out of front line duties?
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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2009, 01:17:00 am »
The Lanc was from a Canadian squadron I think...operational certainly though. :wub:
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Re: Shark's or Tiger's Mouth Markings
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2009, 01:26:08 am »
I've had this book for a couple of decades. Has anyone else seen it?



Yep, I have it as well and Vol 2.

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