The following recent customer comments are reproduced unedited and
with permission. We try very hard to excel with
our customer service,
so it’s always nice to receive such unsolicited letters – and we definitely appreciate
I received the print yesterday. Thanks for sending it out so speedily. I'm just in the process of getting it framed. I'm sure my dad will love it!
I have taken delivery of my print. The Remarque is excellent and I am really glad that I ordered it. Thank you very much for supplying the print and putting the whole package together. A very good purchase!
Thanks very much for your email and the photos were great.
May I just say, and please feel free to publish this: Your service not only on the day, but after the event, has been absolute first class.
Alex & Laura.
The prints arrived today they are magnificent thank you,my compliments to Mr West. I look forward to doing more business in the future.
We just wanted to let you know that the print (which is wonderful) and the Christmas cards (which are as always, amazing) both arrived safely. We are very pleased with the standard of service we received from you. We will be doing business again.
11th August, 2010
Hello again Sean,
Just had to let you know how impressed I am with your customer service. The print arrived safely and in perfect condition within 24 hours of order.....the first class attention given to my initial enquiry about the print, made up my mind to go ahead with the purchase......and the quality of the print and the paper it is on are superb!
Now what about the actual painting? I am absolutely thrilled with it! Fantastic...the detail is outstanding and far beyond that shown on website images. I could sit and look at it all day (and my wife says I probably will!)
By pure coincidence, yesterday I came across a new book of aviation memoirs by David Ince DFC, one of the Typhoon pilots who signed the print.
So once again very many thanks from a very happy customer...and please feel free to use any of this as a testimonial.
14th August 2010
I would just like to thank you and your staff for your exemplary service over the past two years.
As you know, I have ordered several prints from you and as I live in Malaysia, it is important for me to select the right dealer for my needs. For those of you wishing to use the services of an aviation art and print dealer then look no further, Sean and his team will fit the bill admirably.
The personal touch is often missing in business today but Sean’s company has a quality that feels as if your mail order is being conducted over the counter. Each and every order I have made has been accurately managed and dispatched in a timely manner always arriving unmarked, ready for the framers. Sadly I cannot make the social events but take daily comfort from seeing that my home is surrounded by some beautiful artwork – well done Sean and thanks.
January 2010 - 'In the Company of Heroes' Testimonials
I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I enjoyed yesterdays 'In the Company of Heroes' event. All the talks were excellent and it was nice to hear such a varied range of subjects being discussed. In particular I thought that Geoffrey Wellum's talk did a great deal towards putting the trials and tribulations of modern life into perspective.
I'm very much looking forward to the next event.
Writing to say how much I enjoyed the talks given at Bracknell on the 17th January. This is the second such event I have attended, and as before, the speakers were fascinating to listen to. I was particularly taken by the emotive talk given by Geoff Wellum.
Little did I know when listening to Geoff, that within a few hours of leaving the event, I was to receive news that a close friend of mine, a commercial pilot, had been killed in an aircrash. As always at such times, I experienced that shock and disbelief, followed by immense sadness. It gave me all the more reason to admire the dignity that Geoff displayed in talking about what for him were such awful times. I was grieving for one pilot and friend. How many did he have to endure? My respect for him, and the many others knows no bounds.
Please keep up the excellent work of organising these events.
Great day on Sunday.
I'd just like to pass on how much I enjoyed the talks yesterday. Geoffrey Wellums speech was phenomenal, and I can honestly say that if I was 18, I'd have immediately attempted to join the RAF! Thank you very much for hosting such an enjoyable event, and I wish you all the success possible for the future.
re: In the Company of Heroes.
Dear Sean, Many thanks for information. I will attend on the 18th April '10. Without doubt. 'Thanks' should go to you and your team for ensuring
an enjoyable and successful day in January.
Faultless organisation, the 'heroes' inspirational.
Just a note to say the Lancaster print arrived safe and sound this morning - magnificent !
Thanks for your help, you are right, the larger size is much better . .
Just a line to acknowledge receipt of the above order and to thank you for a superb product and prompt service. The cards set
the scene and bring back similar memories.
Thank you also for including Aviation Classics publication.
The parcel arrived today. I was really surprised about the quality of the print, really good.
Thanks for a super service!
Just thought I let you know I received my print last Friday but wasn't
at home so it was stored at the post office. I couldn't pick it up
until this morning.
Perfect shipment, well received.
Many thanks and I will be ordering
more from you in the future.
Many thanks for the print of "We Salute You", which arrived in good order on Saturday. I am delighted with the painting and the quality of the print.
From a customer who bought two further prints: Pathfinder Force and Misty Morning.
Just today I received my 2 copies. And AGAIN they very, very beautiful!!!!!!!!!
(as usual ) The speed from your Royal Mail is excellent.
Thanks a lot and I wish you also good sales in 2009.
Thankyou so much for sending me a copy of 'Misty Morning' by Philip E West.
The print is absolutely stunning...Now one of the finest in my collection.
The Website does not do this print justice...Fantastic...Every Collector should have one.
Once again, service quality and delivery first class.
Waiting in anticipation for the Christmas Cards.
Sincerely, Richard Poole
This email is to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the Christmas cards
which, in their real form, are even better than I expected!
Once again, very many thanks.
Just to say Thank You!!
The cards arrived safely in Oman!!
Thank you for your prompt service.
I first used your web site last year because I couldn't get aviation cards when I was in the UK last time as it was the wrong time of year. I work in the Middle East (Oman) and saw your advert in the Aeroplane magazine.
Your service has always been very good. As a small company you have to go that little bit extra to attract and keep customers. Because you always reply quickly to emails, and get the goods delivered quickly, you are providing a very good service to the customer.
Kind regards and Best Wishes
Robert Crawford / Oman
The canvas print of Safe and Sound turned up today. To say I am extremely pleased with it does not do it justice.
What makes it so good is the canvas printing making it just look like an original painting.
My Christmas cards arrived safely this morning. I am most pleased with them.
Ex 460 Sqn RAAF.
I received the Xmas cards in the mail on Aug 21. Excellent service as always. Many thanks!!Cheers,
Bruce McTrowe, Canada
Your Christmas cards arrived safely today.They’re superb. They’ll certainly stand out among the Santas and reindeers!Many thanks and regards,Mike Swan
Received my order and am delighted with your cards.
North Carolina, USA
Good Morning Sean,
I am pleased to confirm the safe arrival of "Pathfinder Force", securely packaged & dispatched via a responsible carrier - as always, outstanding service & attention to detail.
Of the print, Philips' magnificent interpretation of the role of the DH Mosquito pathfinders, the inter reaction with the following bomber force and a serene backdrop is outstanding, however, the remarque which compliments the print is something else - I am at a loss for the words to describe how I feel about Philips' creation, I think "gobsmacked" covers it, yet it is probably inadequate !!!!
Please pass on my best wishes & appreciation.
Just a quick e-mail to say thank you for
putting on such an excellent event at the weekend. It was an amazing experience to meet such a group of real heroes.
I have certainly "spread the word" about this and your prints etc.
All the best
Dear Sean,After attending the signing "In The Company Of Heroes" I feel I really must thank you for such an excellent event. The arrangements were first class and very well organized
with helpful staff always on hand to help with any enquiry. The previous signings combined with the talks have always been first rate and never to be missed, but this event took SWA to even greater heights in my estimation. Many thanks and a big "Well Done" to you and all your staff.
13th May 2008Hello Sean,I just want to say how pleased I am with my print 'Enemy Coast Ahead. I'm relieved I didn’t delay and risk missing out on an Artist Proof copy. Your service was excellent and delivery very fast indeed. I should have bought this terrific print months ago!Regards,
I would like to send a belated ' Happy New Year ' to all at ' SWA ' and a special thank you as you colluded with my wife on ' Philip West’s ' magnificent Primary Target print as I had been wondering if I would ever get one. The print is in excellent condition and one of my all-time favourites I have long admired Philips work but have never been in a position to obtain them but now that the daughter has nearly finished school let the floodgates open! All artists have a defining print and I think this has to be the one for Philip he just gets better and better. Anyway many thanks for all your efforts and stealth between yourself and my wife you truly are a supplier of the finest quality and expertise along with customer care and discretion at all times that all art supplier should adhere to, keep up the good work and I look forward to doing business again (That is unless you and the wife have other ideas.) again my apologies for the late praise.Kind regards Geoff Mcaviney.
I have received my print today and I am delighted with it. I would like to thank you for your excellent service and assure you that the next print I buy will be from SWA Fine Art.
I have only just realised that along with a few other pages I am updating today on our web site, this one was overlooked during 2007. But not anymore! Customer comments are always welcomed and never printed here without permission.
Dear Mr. White,My order of Christmas cards arrived today (December 17 2007, Monday). The package arrived safe and sound. The cards are beyond what I expected. I am very pleased with the items, they will be a welcome addition for some special persons on our Christmas mailing list. I will order earlier next year.Thanks again.May the blessing of Christmas be with you.Dave Grubb
December 2006Dear Mr Whyte.
Just to inform you that I have just take delivery of my latest acquisition with which I am very pleased indeed and many thanks for the Remarque numbers being the same.
Look forward to communicating with you again soon.
Seasons Best Regards.
December 2006Sean,Print arrived today as promised. Am very pleased with the result. Excellent service.Many thanks
Merry XmasGraham Cox
December 2006Dear Sean,
Thank you very much for getting the Remarqued Primary Target print to me so speedily and prior to Christmas. It is absolutely fantastic and I'm thrilled with it. I can't wait to get it framed and hung. I'm sure I'll be doing business with yourselves in the future. Many thanks.
Have a good Christmas.
Sean,Many thanks for your Christmas card. I really appreciate the excellent service you provide to us overseas customers. Merry Christmas from South Australia,Regards
I am writing to express my sincere thanks and gratitude in regards to the professional service I received from your company. I was delighted that my email enquiry was answered within two hours of sending it, despite the time difference between Australia and England. I was absolutely amazed when the Spitfire Patrol print I ordered on late Friday afternoon last week (Australian time) arrived today (Wednesday)!!
The pictures on your website simply do not do the print justice. Philip is truly an amazing artist. I will admit that both myself and my parents are not aviation fans, but it is such a truly beautiful piece of art you cannot help but admire it for its detail. It came perfectly protected, and I thought the information on the pilots who had signed it was an excellent and thoughtful touch to include in the parcel. I know my partner will enjoy reading about their lives as much as I hope he enjoys the print on Christmas
It truly was a pleasure dealing with such a professional as yourself, and I congratulate you on your excellent customer service as it is a rare
commodity these days. I look forward to purchasing more prints and
hopefully an original if i can convince my partner soon....
With sincere thanks,
Melissa Eelman (Australia) GOOD MORNING, JUST A NOTE TO YOU THAT MY CARDS ARRIVED SATURDAY AND I COULDN’T BE MORE PLEASED WITH THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. HOWARD VAN ALLEN
Netherlands HiJust a quick note to say thank for your prompt service.I received both pictures yesterday and have already sent them to be framed.Excellent quality and hope to make further purchases in the future.Many ThanksAndrew Frith
I have just had my two Battle of Britain artists proofs framed they look fantastic. I am so pleased with my purchase; they are pure quality. They will take pride of place in my newly decorated lounge. Once again thank you very much.
KeithOctober 2006Concorde - Early Arrival has arrived with due care and on time.
Astounding piece of work on display in my den.
Thank You.Michael Figurski
I would to say thank you very much for the two prints i received off you in last 3 days. They were of excellent quality and far, far better than displayed on the screen of my computer.The delivery was excellent even thought the postman rang hell out the door bell at 0705 on both days, I am not sure if he thought we dead or deaf, but at least we got an early cup of tea! Subject to wall space and my wife permission I hope to ordering more prints
cheers, Gordon (Harpenden) Hello SWAJust a quick thank you for sending me my three prints through so quickly. They arrived yesterday morning - only 24 hours after I had ordered them. Tremendous service.
AlecGood Morning Sean,
I am pleased to confirm the safe arrival of Philip West's magnificent "Wings of Dawn" print. It is truly magnificent and is complimented by a most inspiring remarque of a Mossie taking off. Thank you again for great service and for ensuring arrival in pristine condition.
With best wishes and kind regards,
2006Dear SeanThank you for
your prompt dispatch of my” Winter of 41” Aviation print,
most impressed with your service.Would you please
add my details to your Collectors Club for special events etc.Many
a quick note to say how pleased I am with the "Typhoon Scramble"
remarque it is great. I think you can safely say I will by buying
more Steve Brown prints over the coming years.
Hi SeanJust a big thank
you for the (Concorde- Pride of Bristol) print.
Stephen Brown has done a grand job again.
I look forward to getting the print framed and hanging on my wall.Many thanksAndrew Emery
I have just received my print "Welcome Sight". It is simply
breath taking!! My grandfather F/O Robert K. Card D.F.C 432 Leaside
Sqdn Halifax pilot also thinks so as well. I think I now have every
Halifax aircraft print in the world. Thank-you so much for making
a WWII vet and his grandson very happy and proud. He also flew Wellingtons
hint hint; looking forward to ordering more prints from you soon.
very much - received safe and sound.
Excellent service, very impressed!
Just a quick note to say thank you for another exquisite print,
and Phil for another excellent remarque! Once again your customer
service skills have been second to none and I look forward to my
Thanks very much for sending 'Primary Target' so soon., It is a
which I am very pleased with.
I will of course be ordering again in the future and appreciate
the level of service
offered by you.
like to thank you for the excellent day we had on Sunday, my wife
and I really enjoyed it.Thank
you for the video "Above and Beyond", looking forward
to watching that.It
was fantastic to see so much art in one room, and especially to
see the originals of some of the prints I've purchased over the
past months. And you'll be pleased to hear I will be putting in
orders on others I've now seen in the flesh, when my credit card
recovers (Please warn me if any of the following are getting low
in stock!!! :- "Over the Beaches", "Teamwork",
"Phantom Patrol", "Welcome Home" and "Heading
for the Convoys"?)
It was so good to meet Stephen and Philip, please congratulate Phil
on his excellent presentation.
One final thing, Sean, I'm sure I did (or intended to) can you check
I'm on your Premier Club Membership list
would be very grateful to receive two tickets for the above forthcoming
event in Brighton. Can
I just say that we, (my self and my husband) had a very enjoyable
time on Sunday at the Petwood Hotel, and thoroughly enjoyed the
whole event. - From viewing the paintings & prints, to meeting
and chatting with the 'old timers', to sitting in on Philip's talk
on 'The Art of Aviation Painting'.
The latter we both found particularly interesting. A brilliant day
very well organised.Many
I just wanted to say thanks for sending the picture so quickly -
I picked it up from the post office on Friday. He was delighted
with it - so much so now he wants more!!!! Although I have pointed
out we are limited to wall space.
The information you sent with it was very interesting.
I would just like to say thank you for your quick response to my
order. The remarque arrived yesterday (in perfect condition) and
is beautiful. My boyfriend is absolutely delighted with it. It is
the first time he has had one of Stephen's prints as normally collects
Taylor's or Coulson's but is over the moon with this one and will
definitely consider more of his pieces in the future.
I was highly delighted with the service I received from yourselves
and I do believe we may be making use of the special offer which
Many thanks once again
Thank you for the two prints, Higher and Higher and Happy Holidays,
I received today.
They are just beautiful I can't tell you thrilled I am with them.
I have bought them for my grand daughter Lauren who is almost three.
When we opened the package and I showed her the pictures she said
"take it home", praise indeed. After seeing them I am
having second thoughts about Lauren taking them home!!
I have visited your web site, it is just wonderful and how nice
to see your picture.
I did notice how carefully the prints had been packaged, thank you
very much for a very quick delivery. I am just delighted with the
prints, they have surpassed all my expectations.
I just had to drop you a short note to thank all for another incredible
print, the three dimensionality of "Over the Beaches",
is simply amazing!
I look forward to seeing what comes next!
thanks for the prompt delivery and excellent service in the sending
of the order below. The Phillip West print of "TEAMWORK"
is a 50th birthday present from my wife and son. The interest lies
in the fact that the Stirling in the foreground is BK611 which is
the plane my Uncle was rear-gunner in the night is was shot down.
,He survived but several of his crew mates did not and i believe
it was a meeting with him and Mr West that prompted the picture.
Once again many thanks and I hope to deal with you again soon,
best wishes MICHAEL
a lot for your parcel which arrived today. I am very happy with
both of my prints. You give a great service and in my opinion the
associated information you supply re. the signatures on your prints
is second to none.Best
wishes from Yorkshire.
– Second to None.I
collected my framed copy of the above print from "The Framing
Centre" in Broughshane Northern Ireland, this afternoon, my
regards to Stephen and all in the company who have produced this
Combat Rescue arrived this morning, safe and sound and well bundled
up. As you said, even better than I had imagined. I am very pleased
with it indeed (and my wife liked it too.....I live to spend another
day!!!!). Thank you for such a prompt service. I'll be doing business
All the best
Sean & Philip,
Just picked up "Phantom Patrol" from the framers yesterday.
To say I am absolutely delighted with both the print and the superb
remarques would be an understatement. I'm really
pleased with it - brings back all the good memories of people and
places associated with my time with 43 Sqn at Leuchars. Thankfully
the scars of long night shifts and bruised fingers
are fading at last.
Many, many thanks.
print arrived today and just wished to thank you for kind and courteous
service. If you could also pass on my thanks to Philip West for
doing an absolutely superb pencil remarque of the Lancaster.Many
My print (Primary Target) arrived this weekend and I have just put
it up on the wall, I am really pleased with it is quite easily the
best record I have seen of this famous mission. Please pass on my
thanks and appreciation to Philip on this fine work of art, I feel
that I own a piece of real history. many thanks.
The following is from a former A1 Skyraider pilot living in America.
received the print. The rendition is "fantastic". When
I opened the shipping container and took a look, all I could think
was "I've been there and the artist got it right". Congratulations,
you sure run a professional operation. I'll be sure to pass your
business name around to my friends.
Thanks again, it's been a pleasure doing business with you.Sincerely,
Just wanted to let you know that we received the print on Thursday.
Thank you for the prompt service. The magazine was a very nice added
touch. It is a pleasure doing business with someone who obviously
cares about and caters to his customers needs. The print is every
bit as nice as we thought it would be. Again thanks for the kind,
prompt service and we look forward to dealing with you in the future.
& Dave Wessell
Just to let you know that the print arrived safe and well yesterday.
The print is wonderful, but I have to say that the remarque is magnificent!!
I did not realise just how BIG and detailed it would be, it complements
the print beautifully. Combined with the 11 signatures as well all
the extra information supplied by the chaps from 101 squadron, it
really is a superb piece.
Many thanks: very pleased indeed
two USA customers.Hi
“Received Maximum Effort the other day in fine shape. What
a nice print – and what a value! Keep 'em coming! Thanks again
for the great service and speed.”
“Received "Primary Target" today. Excellent condition
and faster than expected.” Thanks,
a customer in Holland. “Thank
you very much for your attention and tremendous customer service.”
Jan A. Schipper
From a customer in Australia.
Sean. Just a short note to let you know that the Primary Target
print arrived this morning. What a magnificent print, couldn't take
my eyes off it. Its now at the framers as we speak. Will be in touch
again soon to order another print. Once again thank you very much,
and from all of us
out here in the colonies, bye for now.” John
“Maximum Effort” Alec
Cowan, 101 Sqn. Navigator says, “Please give Philip West my
congratulations on a magnificent painting, capturing the scene and
thanks for all your efforts.
remarqued copy of Maximum Effort is truly exceptional. It is one
of the finest pieces in my collection. Please pass on my thanks
to Philip for his outstanding and consistently high standard of
With kind regards.
you very much for your prompt service, the print (Maximum Effort)
and accompanying documents arrived on Saturday. The print is as
good as Pat and I hoped and the additional information adds to the
With the quality of the print and the excellent service we hope
to purchase from you again, and I will definitely be recommending
you to my friends.Once
again thank you very much.Kind
the above 17-03 2002 Many thanks, absolutely brilliant.Yours
Sean and best wishes from Oz,
The prints were collected this morning and, once again, survived
the journey in pristine condition.
Am very happy with them.
Your service continues to be outstanding and I fervently hope you
can provide the other previously discussed prints over coming months.
The following email relates to an order we shipped to CANADA
on the same day we received it (7th October) - and it arrived on
the 10th October.Dear
The Artist Proof of "Loire Rendezvous" arrived safely
yesterday afternoon. Great service, it has been a pleasure doing
business with you. The print is everything that I thought it would
be. I am delighted with it.
Many, many thanks,
print arrived in my office noon today, Tuesday, which was very fast
for the other side of the world. Looks great, thanks. Thanks also
for the additional notes regarding the PRU squadrons and men, which
is much appreciated. I think I might be tempted by some of the other
the two new Mosquito prints which were both Remarqued by Philip.Dear
I have just opened a magic tube of prints and I am highly delighted…...they
are absolutely fantastic!Please
send my sincere thanks to Philip for such excellent quality of work.
These two prints must be some of the most prized possessions of
my entire collection. SUPERB !!!With
best wishes to you both
hope you and Phillip West are both keeping well.I've
been intending to send a "Thank You" email for my last
two remarques "Tirpitz Revisited" and "Loire Rendezvous".
The latter in particular absolutely radiates atmosphere, add to
that the fine collection of signatures and the history almost jumps
out of the frame. I've quite a few fine prints now and 1 original
oil, Regardless, "Loire Rendezvous" holds pride of place.
Please do thank Phillip West for me and let him in on the secret
that he has some most impressed customers out here!When
I purchased "Loire Rendezvous" I promised myself that
I really must stop buying prints for a little while as wall space
is limited, unfortunately for me Phillip seems to like the Mosquito
and has now released "Operation Jericho" and "Mosquito
Attack". The Mossie is my favourite aircraft and having been
to Amien prison and stood by the scared walls... well I'm sure you
can see the position this places me in! ……………………………”AlanFootnote:
(Alan went ahead and ordered a Remarqued copy of both “Operation
Jericho” and “Mosquito Attack”, plus an Artist
Proof of “Operation Jericho”)SeanPrint
of Primary Target arrived safely today.EXCELLENT!!Thank
a short note to say thank you for the prompt delivery of my remarqued
'Homeward Bound' print which arrived yesterday, and if you could
pass on a big thank you to Philip for the wonderful remarque he
did! The extra leaflets included were a nice extra too and made
for some interesting
a short message to let you know that I have taken delivery of the
H.M.S. Ark Royal print. It looks fantastic. Many thanks.Leonard
to let you know the painting arrived safely and I'm saving up for
again, very many thanks for your speedy and friendly service.RoseDear
just wanted to write and thank you for all your efforts in organising
a really enjoyable day on Saturday - I thoroughly enjoyed the day
as did my father who was especially moved to meet John Rees who
knew his brother and flew on the same day that he was killed. I
was delighted with the print of Maximum Effort which is not only
a really well crafted painting but also a great reminder of my uncle
and his colleagues.I
wonder if you could also pass on my thanks to the four aircrew for
taking the time to come and give the talk that we both found both
interesting and very enjoyable. Many thanks again
Thank you for your prompt and efficient service in dispatching my
remarqued copy of 'Maximum Effort'.
I would like to compliment Philip's work; the composition, detail
and quality of his picture is impressive especially the pencil drawing
of the Lancaster in flight which is depicted exactly how I wanted
Would you also pass on my sincere thanks to 'Rusty' and his colleges
for sharing some of their memories of serving with 101 Squadron
in the form of the notes you included with my print. What these
Gentlemen went through can only be imagined.
Thanks again for the invite to next Friday's signing of the PRU
prints, I am looking forward to meeting both yourself, Philip and
Sean from downunder.I
have been away a couple of days before, and after the Queens Birthday
holiday weekend so was unable to reply in a timely manner to your
email. Enjoyed fabulous weather for a change and feel just a little
this morning I visited the post office to collect a tube from a
local artist and a welcome surprise awaited me …. another
tube from SWA.Opening
at my framers revealed not only two pristine-condition prints but
also “RAF News”, another most welcome attachment and
through which I have yet to fully explore. And then I noticed the
number of the print “Spitfire Patrol” and was flabbergasted,
another No 1!! You are much too kind!Then
I laid eyes on your invoice and became mildly annoyed since I realised
you had not taken up my suggestion of sharing postage costs. Yet
another wonderful gesture Sean!With
such impeccable service and thoughtfulness it’s no wonder
you are receiving greater patronage from A’Asia.By
the way, recently acquired the May edition of “Fly Past”
magazine with Philip’s “Primary Target” on the
cover – we get sea freight only so it has been quite a while
delayed. Both of you must be seriously proud and I trust it also
results in enhanced business as well as reputation.Finally
the information contained in the biographies of the signatories
the signatories is much appreciated. This effort is clearly superior
to most other offerings and again reflects the care, and attention
to detail you 'bring to the table.'I
am in your debt.
Very best wishes.
a new customer re. “Maximum Effort”. Dear
Philip and Sean
I would like to congratulate you on your painting "Maximum
Effort", a print of which is winging its way to me, and in
an attempt to give you some sort of feedback I would like to tell
you why I bought it.
The painting of the aircraft and its surroundings is exceptional,
but I really bought it because it is the first painting that I have
seen that goes some way to depicting the conditions the mechanics
were called to work under.
I joined the RAF in 1952 as a Rigger (Airframe in today’s
speak) and consider myself fortunate to be able to say that I worked
on some of the later MK's of WW2 aircraft, the Mosquito being my
all time favourite. When I became a fully-fledged Rigger and started
working under the biggest roof in the world (sky hanger) it soon
came home to me just how bad the conditions were for WW2 mechanics.
Not only the conditions, but also the sub-standard tooling, ground
equipment and clothing they were expected to use in all weathers.
I know because I was still using the same gear in 1956 and later.
I, if no one else, take my hat off to these dedicated guys. They
are rarely mentioned yet their skill in adaptation and innovation
was a key factor in enabling the air-crews to do their job.
The air-crews were in the firing line and many of them paid the
ultimate price, for which I will be eternally grateful. To have
my print signed by some of their surviving colleagues will be an
honour, but it would have been nice if you could have sought out
eleven mechanics of 101 Squadron, along with their signatures. This
would have shown the true value of team Maximum Effort as depicted
in your painting.
You will discern from my comments that I have been a hands-on mechanic
all my life, starting in the RAF and working my way through to holding
qualifications on most of the present day civil jet aircraft.
Again, thanks for the wonderful painting.
From New Zealand
Hi Sean, I have just received the prints and they are outstanding
to say the least …………..the Dambuster newspaper
also looks like it’s full of great reading, not a bad effort
on your part to get them all to me so fast.I
am definitely still going to purchase the other two prints, Tirpitz
Revisited and Time to Go, within the next month.With
regards to the video I am assuming it comes with the Tirpitz print
as this depicts the PRU mission, if not I am happy to purchase it
as there is very little on offer here in the way of limited production
Prints arrived today in perfect condition and are now at the framers!
Many thanks for the superb service.
Once my Visa card has recovered I will again be in touch. Some of
the prints included in the brochures/leaflets are VERY tempting!
I can see this new pastime is going to prove expensive!