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Plane Profiles

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STOWE, Vt. -

Sitting behind his desk, Tod Gunter's mind is flying. 

He creates aviation art for his Stowe business Plane Profiles

"It's technical illustration of the sides view of airplane," said Gunter.

His art is realistic. He spends hours researching the planes he draws. One drawing takes more than four months to create. But there's no pen or pencils involved, only his computer.

"There's a lot of research that goes into it, my work is known for its detail and accuracy, my clientele demands that of me," said Gunter.

Gunter sells his art to mostly military members and pilots. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has also carried his work. 

"The pilots know exactly what they're looking at and when they look at this they expect it to be true," said Gunter. 

He's drawn to modern era planes after World War II like Corsairs and Phantom fighters. They're state of the art and have interesting technology. 

Gunter also does commission work. He isn't a pilot himself, but has loved aviation since he was a boy. 

"They're sculpture in motion," said Gunter.

He put together his love of aviation with his background of being a product designer and started Plane Profiles. It's grown into his full-time job. 

Working in layers everything starts with a drawing, then Gunter adds in details. From the exact amount of rivets to the perfect number of screws and bolts, no stone is left unturned. Color highlights and shadows are the final touches that make the pieces soar. 

"It's during that process of laying in the highlights the shadows that the airplane becomes alive and jumps off the screen," said Gunter. 

Going to new heights with Made in Vermont aviation art. 

A small Plane Profile print costs $95 and large cost $150.

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