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Offline john_matthews129

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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #105 on: November 02, 2017, 01:44:02 PM »
Very nice!!  Please remind your client that later MiG-21 variants also carried a semi-active radar-guided variant of the Atoll and the final versions could also carry the AA-8 Aphid on twin launchers.  If you wish, I could check some references as to other Atoll variants that might could be used.

Hi Elmayerle!  As a matter of fact, I suggested later variants of the ATOL, or another A2A missile on MERs, for this variant, but I haven't heard the "GO" for that.  I know he's on a budget and a schedule I do my best to honor.  He may not want me to go to the trouble or time of modeling these and may want me to move on to the next plane on the project list. 

Image of the finished gray MiG-21 BIS with better gamma correction:



This is actually how it looks when it pops out of the renderer (that's after the bell rings and the confetti sprays from the top of the monitor).  For some reason I didn't have the gamma output set as high as it should have been.

I'm looking forward to getting on with the next plane in the project line.  One of them is a seaplane, which should be fin to make.  We'll see!

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Offline john_matthews129

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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #106 on: November 04, 2017, 01:01:19 PM »
I'm happy to say here's the final version of the gray MiG-21 BIS with blue tac numbers:



After I complete texturing the CL drop tank I'll be starting on the next plane (either a MiG-23 or an SU-22).

Hope everyone here has a great weekend!


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Offline john_matthews129

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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #107 on: December 02, 2017, 01:20:29 PM »
HIYOOOOOOO!

Still working on MiGs.  I was asked to start on a MiG-23 next (the seaplane will have to wait I guess):



Modeling the fuselage as one piece, and creating the intakes was a chore, but it's getting there...



I'm still obsessing over the way the intakes blend in near the midsection of the fuselage, so more work is going on there.  I'll probably add the stabilizers soon.  I've been able to slow down on the MiG modeling of late, which has given me time to break out the F-105 again:



As you can see, the canopy and glazing has been sorted out and I've been working on the cockpit...



I modeled the cockpit tub and unwrapped it so it could be textured.  The instrument panel and side panels are finished, as are the gunsight and ejection seat.  Here's a shot where I put my XB-51 pilot in the driver's seat:



I have just a bit more work to do on the cockpit, but not much more.  Chances are the detail will go largely unnoticed or unseen at the distance the "camera" will be from the aircraft in the finished illustrations.  I'm really anxious to get cracking on the fuselage so I can start swathing it in camouflage. 

I do plan on making a few subtle modifications to the model to create earlier variants.  I absolutely have to paint this in bare metal and a Thunderbirds paint scheme!  It looked marvelous that way.  I also want to modify it to become an "F" or "G" model so I can do some Wild Weasel illustrations.  That shouldn't take a lot of doing though.  Just a stretch here and there, and modeling another canopy.  Fortunately I've saved this model at a stage where it's still possible to make that kind of modification.

That's about it for now.  I hope to post more soon with some SEA paint on this big bird. 

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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #108 on: December 03, 2017, 01:51:12 AM »
Loving the 'build' process here. :smiley:
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

Offline john_matthews129

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« Reply #109 on: December 03, 2017, 06:52:02 AM »
Loving the 'build' process here. :smiley:

It's funny you said that because that's just what it is.  And my process is always the same.  Working from a primitive object, forming the canopy, then usually the stabilizers, intakes, the wings, and, once everything is finished, then create the cockpit and anything that goes in there.  On the MiG-23 though I wanted to tackle the intakes after I got the shape of the canopy because they're split from the fuselage and I had to experiment with modeling it all as one piece.  Figuring out the smoothing groups for the intake area is a challenge, but it's coming together.
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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #110 on: December 03, 2017, 07:30:07 AM »
Great job with Thunderchief so far...and now we have Mig-23 too...lovely !
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« Reply #111 on: December 05, 2017, 01:56:54 PM »
Great job with Thunderchief so far...and now we have Mig-23 too...lovely !

Thanks Alex!  I'm working on the textures for the air brake petals  for the 105 now.  And I have to get back to work on the MiG as well pretty soon also.  More progress images later this week, I hope!
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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #112 on: December 05, 2017, 08:06:30 PM »
I like it (Thunderchief ) - great work!
Waiting for the painted version :)
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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #113 on: December 06, 2017, 05:56:15 AM »
Oh that is handsome. Looking forward to your Wild Weasel  :-*
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Offline john_matthews129

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Re: Matthews Aviation Art
« Reply #114 on: December 10, 2017, 03:35:04 PM »
I like it (Thunderchief ) - great work!
Waiting for the painted version :)

Thank you!  Working on texturing it now, little by little.  Camo for this version soon.
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« Reply #115 on: December 10, 2017, 03:41:58 PM »
Oh that is handsome. Looking forward to your Wild Weasel  :-*

Thanks!  I'm looking forward to doing a Wild Weasel version quite a bit.  A lot of history to explore as far as possible scenes to create.

I've finished texturing the air brake petals for now.



Not that the reflection or gloss maps couldn't be tweaked a bit here and there, but I'm generally happy with them for the moment.





I think tomorrow is going to be a MiG day.  I really need to finish modeling the stabilizers.  Then I can play with the 105 some more. 


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