• John Matthews

Happy New Year!

Updated: Jan 19

New Years' greetings to all! I hope this finds you and your families in good health and spirits as we move forward into 2021.

I began 2020 by working on the 3D model for a B-52. Here's a short video of my progress on the basic model...

I began modeling her as a B-52G. However, she ended up being a C/D model, which is where I wanted to begin. Here's the latest images of my work so far, picking up where I left off last year:

Picking up where I left-off, I wanted to model the tail gunner's compartment, radar, and the tail gun housing. That's done now.

Here's a side view of everything. This is a mass of different contours here and took a few hours to flesh-out between other chores around the House of Matthews. I'm happy with the look of it, but I'll still need to make a couple tweaks here and there once the model is finished.

Still have to model the housing for the quad .50s. I originally planned to make the tail guns a separate object from the bomber itself to allow them to traverse and for elevation. I decided to just go ahead and model them as one piece though because I want to get her finished and start on her texture maps.

You may just be able to make out the rough framing I did for the flight deck windshield glazing. I'll cut out the windows once the model is finished and I've made a rudimentary cockpit of some sort.

Here you can see some of the details I added inside the engine air intakes. I'll post more progress images once I've added the guns to the tail.

RF-4C Phantom Prints

I'm very happy to say we've sold over 1/3 of the limited edition print, "Phantoms Inbound Key" for the East Mississippi Veterans Foundation!

RF-4C Phantoms

These prints are limited to 100 signed and numbered editions. Shipping is free, and every purchase helps the East Mississippi Veterans Foundation with funding needed to restore Phantom 67-0438.


Here's a completed project showing two flights of B-47s flying over the Continental Divide:

Boeing B-47 Stratojets

I haven't decided whether I'm going to render this as a 24x18 inch print, or at 30x20 inches. I'm leaning toward 24x18 inches right now, but I want to begin the final, higher resolution render sometime soon.

Well, I suppose that's about all for today. I truly hope you, and your families and friends all enjoy a healthy, happy, prosperous 2021!

Safe skies!


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