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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2017, 06:10:14 PM »
Some great CG work there! :)

The L-133 would be a great starting point for something Science Fiction-ish & would only need minor modifications to be way out there! 8)
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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2017, 07:32:25 PM »
Hi John:

Welcome to the land of non-conformists aka BTS.

Your work is outstanding. I just wish there were cheaper to acquire 1/72 versions of the L-133 and XB-51.

I was an armourer on Voodoos so I was wondering if the F-101 is in your virtual hanger or inbound?

Carl

Hi Carl!  Great having another Air Force guy here.  Thank you so much for your compliment!

I haven't priced kits of either plane, but I can imagine either one being expensive since they're both kind of "left field", as a friend of mine would describe them.  I was thinking about trying to have them printed.  If I ever do that I'll make sure to post pictures.

Yep, the F-101 is definitely on the horizon!  Since I'm from the St. Louis area,  I want to make a collection of McDonnell/McDonnell Douglas aircraft.  There's even an F-101b near my house for reference.  I can't say when, but I will most certainly make one.  I had a great teacher who was a back seater in the 101, so it's been on my list.

Thanks again!

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« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2017, 07:39:40 PM »
  I must have made at least six attempts to get that fuselage right.  It's all blended, and there aren't many straight lines on it, so there was a lot of sculpting going on with that one.  There are a couple areas I'd do better, but at some point it's time to step back, say "finished", and move forward, you know?

John

I know what you mean. ;)
Few years ago I tried to make a line drawing for L-133 and I didn't managed to finish it.Although it doesn't seem complicated the rear wing area is slightly more difficult to reproduce if you don't use lights and shadows...I didn't like the result and I abandoned it.
Anyway, I'm glad you joined our forum and look forward to see new works from you.

Cheers

There's a funny transition there where it stops being the wing and starts being the exhaust.  I know what you mean.  It took me a while to learn how to model that.  You really ought to give it another try.  I bet it will look great and I'd love to see it once it's finished!  The wing of the L-133 looks like it was used for the F-80, if you compare both.

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« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2017, 07:41:47 PM »
Beautiful.  Actually, that was a multi-part (three, IIRC) article in Air Classics and it was quite interesting.

That I didn't know.  Thanks for telling me that!  I'm going to have to see if they're available as back issues.  Just what the wife wanted; more magazines coming into the house.  Ha!

Thanks again!

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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2017, 02:26:56 AM »
Great having another Air Force guy here. 

There are a few of us around...
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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2017, 02:44:24 AM »
Strike Voodoo based on the F-101B...  :-*
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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2017, 07:08:04 PM »
Great artworks :-*

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« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2017, 07:19:18 AM »
Your work is extraordinary!! Keep it up!

Thanks a lot Kerick!  I'm happy you enjoy it  :D
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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2017, 07:22:32 AM »
Some great CG work there! :)

The L-133 would be a great starting point for something Science Fiction-ish & would only need minor modifications to be way out there! 8)

Thank you very much sir!  You know, I wrote something like that on my website within the "completed work" section regarding this plane.  I thought it looked like something straight out of Buck Rogers (might have also been what the USAAF thought when they saw the proposal... Ha!).
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« Reply #24 on: June 29, 2017, 07:31:26 AM »
Strike Voodoo based on the F-101B...  :-*

Sounds good.  Probably do a 101B.  Really miss that era since so many of the Century Series had some really colorful paint schemes applied to them.  And then there's the Navy aircraft, which had some very cool paint schemes also.
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« Reply #25 on: June 29, 2017, 07:43:54 AM »
Great artworks :-*

So glad you're enjoying it!  I'm working hard on getting things right on the 105 I'm working on.  From the basic 3D object to the textures, I want everything about that model to be as correct as I can reasonably make it.  It's important, since that plane has touched so many people who either flew them, were aircrew or support, or had friends or family who were involved with that plane.  Moving the needle a bit at a time.  Sometimes modeling takes a long time, and sometimes it's the textures.  On the L-133, it was sort of both, since it was a learn-as-you-go experience.



I forget how long the texture maps took for this.  It was a while.  I always look at it and think, "coulda' done that a differen't way" about some parts.  Lots of rivets and panel lines, grunging things up, markings and insignias, faded/scraped paint, etc.  Layer-by-layer, one things at a time, and lots of do-overs.  I need to do an overall gloss gray with the old, vintage Lockheed logo near the nose, as if it was in the prototype phase, perhaps.
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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #26 on: June 29, 2017, 07:45:29 AM »
Great having another Air Force guy here. 

There are a few of us around...

Great!  I'm in good company!
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« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2017, 01:47:14 PM »
Just a couple new progress images to post.  I've added an auxiliary intake and the horizontal stabilizers to the fuselage...



Both are extrusions from the fuselage.



There's still a bit underneath the horizontal stabilizers to model, and I'm likely going to detach them from the plane so they can be rigged and moved, depending on the attitude of the plane.  I'll also start modeling things like antennas, ports, vents, etc.  The gun port too, of course. 
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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #28 on: July 04, 2017, 11:25:23 AM »
Here's a new profile illustration of the XB-51:

« Last Edit: July 04, 2017, 11:30:02 AM by john_matthews129 »
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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #29 on: July 05, 2017, 02:15:48 AM »
 :)
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