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Offline J_Matthews129

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Martin XB-51
« on: June 17, 2017, 09:02:32 am »
Hello all!  The XB-51 has long been one of my favorite experimental aircraft.  It's one of two planes for which I've made tribute/heritage artwork, which I'd like to share with you here.

Please come visit my website at: https://onetwentynineblog.wordpress.com/ and you can read a bit of the plane's history and see some of the process involved in creating my artwork. 

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Re: Martin XB-51
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2017, 10:35:39 am »
Wow!

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Re: Martin XB-51
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2017, 12:48:18 pm »
wonderful renderings
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Re: Martin XB-51
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2017, 10:04:55 pm »
Thank you both very much!  I'm going to complete the camouflage texture at some point.  It needs to look a bit dirtier/grungier.  The markings were a total "what if", of course.  The tail codes and nose art were from the 13th Bomb Squadron, which had flown combat missions in Vietnam.  The nose are was actually cribbed from their B-26 Invaders, but I thought I'd carry it over to these ships.  I was imagining what the B-51 might have looked like had it entered the inventory instead of the B-57 Canberra.  I picked the 13th because they had flown the Canberra, which won out over the XB-51, and because they're currently flying B-2s out of Whiteman AFB in my home state of Missouri.  I'm glad you both enjoyed the renderings so much.  Here are a couple more.  I put others in a gallery on my website, if anyone wants to see them.

Thanks again!

   
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Re: Martin XB-51
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2017, 02:11:35 pm »
Nice work!
Regarding the Vietnam era images, at some point after commencing operations (I'll have to check my references for when) the 13th (and 8th) BS switched to black undersurfaces, as they were mainly operating at night . . .

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Re: Martin XB-51
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2017, 05:24:16 pm »
Hi Robin,

Thanks for the compliment.  The 13th and the 8th were definitely flying B-57s with black undersides.  This is all a matter of artistic license, of course, and while the markings and nose art do, in a way, pay some tribute to the 13th, it's totally fictitious since they obviously never flew 51s. 

Just a very big "what if?". 

I had actually created texture maps for the plane with a black underside and gray.  I decided the gray looked better (to me, anyway), so that's the way I kept it.  If I had rendered a B-57 of the 13th, the camo scheme would be totally authentic, believe me  :D

Thanks so much for taking a look, and your kind compliments.

All the best,

-John

Nice work!
Regarding the Vietnam era images, at some point after commencing operations (I'll have to check my references for when) the 13th (and 8th) BS switched to black undersurfaces, as they were mainly operating at night . . .

cheers,
            Robin.
"Fly?  Yes.  Land?  No."

Please visit me at https://onetwentynineblog.wordpress.com/