I think this will be the final version of the XB-51 for now. Time to move on to the next project.
I’ve extended the camouflage paint over the entire tail now. I also decided to use nose art from actual 13th Bomb Squadron aircraft, replacing the “Betty’s Ready” nose art I made earlier in an attempt to make it a bit more authentic. I toned-down the panel lines, rivets, and grunge a bit on the fuselage for this image. Probably too much, though, since they’re barely visible. I began work on other grunge on the plane (stains from leaks, chipped paint, etc.), but I really want to start moving forward with the next project. For the last image here, I made a rendering of a two ship formation…
This is “Sylvia and The Wench”. Originally, both names had been applied to Douglas A-26 Invaders that were flown by the 13th Bomb Squadron in Korea. I thought the nose art (sadly missing from most modern USAF planes) would add a bit of color to the planes, and help make them look a bit more authentic. I’m uncertain as to who the actual pilots were who would have flown those two planes. When I visited the 13th Bomb Squadron Association I wasn’t able to find their names. The pages dedicated to their planes’ nose art stated they were generic paintings. The web page is definitely worth a visit and makes for very interesting reading. There’s also another website devoted to the 13th Bomb Squadron, here. The Grim Reapers are now assigned to the 509th Operations Group, flying B-2 bombers out of Whiteman AFB, here in my home state of Missouri.
Well, I guess that’s it for the XB-51. For no anyway. Hope a few people found it interesting. If anyone wants to commission a print of this plane (featuring three-view projections, or something else in a specific paint/insignia scheme), please let me know. Until then, I’ll be thinking of the next project. Could be the Bell D-188/XF-109, The Convair Model 200, or something equally interesting (I hope).
Until then, thanks for stopping by! See you soon!