• John Matthews

The Line-Up

Hello Everyone! I hope you've all had a relaxing weekend.

Here's an update for East Mississippi Veterans Memorial Park's RF-4C, 67-438. Over the weekend I had time to start laying the panel lines out on the plane. Some parts went down easier than others. And, as is the case every once in a while, some parts required me to re-do portions of the coordinate mapping (where things are laid out in 2D space) so lines would run correctly.

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C S/N 67-438

All in all though I think it's going well. Some of it is a bit trial and error making sure the lines on one surface agree with those on another surface, but it's coming along. I'm trying not to make the panel lines too strong/dark. Dark enough you'll be able to see them, but not so much that's the very first thing you notice.

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C S/N 67-438

I changed the paint job up a bit so it's a bit closer to the gray Hill II scheme.  Further revisions to follow after I lay my hands on an illustration or two from the USAF technical order regarding painting the aircraft, if I can find one.

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C S/N 67-438

The near-white areas of the plane are going to be metallic later. It helps to block out those areas before hand and give them their own layer in the texturing process. I still have a large part of the underside of the plane to do and most of the starboard side. That's likely (hopefully... Ha!) a matter of copy/paste/mirror for some of it, since it's just flipped to the plane (excluding any unique panel lines).

In other news... I also had the opportunity to ship a print of of one of my McDonnell F-101B "Voodoo" prints, "Voodoo Patrol", this weekend.

I mention this because the kind person who bought it is actually a '101 pilot! Any time my work connects someone with pleasant memories... well, it just doesn't get better than that!

I wish you all a safe and healthy week!

Safe skies!


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