My good friend, Liz Matzelle, asked me to create a vector illustration of her badge design for use with her de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth restoration project. Happily, I took on the project and am rather proud of how it turned out.
The aircraft's history was where most inspiration for the design was derived. According to Liz's blog where she tracks her restoration progress:
"A17-370 was built by de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd. It was delivered to No. 2 Aircraft Depot on 5/24/1941 with Engine Number 193, at RAAF Base Richmond, N.S.W. A month later it was sent to Canberra for storage. It was finally assigned to No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School on 9/6/1941 located at Parafield Aerodrome near Adelaide, South Australia."
That being the case, the primary design was derived from the squadron badges worn by aircrews in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Though very similar to those worn by their English counterparts in the British Royal Air Force (RAF), the RAAF badge features an up-and-in roll and a crimson backing of the scroll banner at the bottom. Outward-facing bars also distinguish an RAAF badge from one from the RAF.
Both designs feature the Queen's crown atop the roundel. Liz made a specific request to have the badge be designed with both crown types as her aircraft was produced and began service during the reign of King George VI.
While my research for the King's crown used on RAF and RAAF badges turned up nothing, I was able to pull inspiration from the crown used on His Majesty's Royal Cypher.
Ultimately, the badge was meant to be authentic, but unique from those in service. Therefore, some additional leaf clusters were added around the roundel.
I was asked to complete the design within a week. I was able to produce a final product within 24 hours.