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Revell B-2 stealth bomber by ninjatoespapercraft Revell B-2 stealth bomber by ninjatoespapercraft
The B-2 "Spirit" stealth bomber isn't actually supposed to be all-black, but I liked the way my SR-71 "Blackbird" [link] turned out so much, that I painted this one the same way:

- Cockpit: Revell #74 matt gunship grey
- Hull: Tamiya TS-29 semi-gloss black spray
- Wheel bays: Revell #91 metallic steel
- Landing gear: Revell #5 matt white
- Wheels: Revell #8 matt black
- Finish: Tamiya TS-13 clear spray
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MegaMoonLiner Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One of the US' most elegant planes, for sure!!
ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Yes I think so too, I really like "extreme" planes like these. ;o)
Rekalnus Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice model. One thing the gloss black brings out is that despite the very rakish leading and trailing edges, the B2 is full of curvature besides the ones for the crews area and powerplants. In fact, seeing these raised and troughed areas now make those dual stripe wingwalks and "step here" markings make sense now.
ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Yes, in reality it's really one, big aerofoil shape of course.

This was a 1:144 scale kit, so there aren't any readable "No step" markings but I'm sure there are plenty on an airplane that's basically a flying wing; it would be very embarrassing for the USAF for a billion dollar stealth plane to be grounded because some technicien walked over the wings on the wrong spots... ;o)
404bot Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
:) Scary black wings...
does that model contain any specific decal (on front wheel bay cover), referring which spirit (of all 21) actually it is?
1:144..hmm... perharps not..
Anyway, it looks really nice :thumbsup:

Well..The original is certainly one of most-expensive aircrafts in history (:hmm: if not THE most expensive at all...) (Rumors do say, the newest upgrades implemented some kind of electro-gravitic devices, to allow that plane even bigger combat radius.. :omg: freaking USA )

ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
The Revell 1:144 kit doesn't have many decals (most of them were for the "lines" on the wings).

The number on the front wheel bay is 21066, from the USAF serial number 82-1066. This "tail" number is also on the flanks, as well as three coats of arms, and rescue/escape points on either side of the cockpit. There was one cockpit dashboard panel and that's about all the decals this kit has (you can see samples of the instruction sheets and the decals for this kit here: [link] )

I think the 21066 is the first, full B-2 the USA built and unveiled to the public in 1988 (AV-1) and that was updated to a modern production version in 2000, when it received the name "Spirit of America". The Revell kit is from 1993, though, so they couldn't have known that part, of course. ;o)

It definitely is a *very* expensive craft, especially the modern versions with all the new technology (I have no idea about electro-gravity devices, though... ;o)

Many countries don't have a defense budget large enough to afford one... ;o)
404bot Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Dankt je wel :thanks: That link is indeed good source for some instruction sheet paint schemes. (I already had that problem, that I've lost them couple of times.) Nowadays one can seldom find any useful link to download them.

Whoa- that model is indeed bit old... I've noticed, that one bomb bay may be built open, however I'm doubtful about the accuracy (from what I know, the original uses "revolving" internal racks, while the model denotes the "internals" of F-117 more likely :) .) Anyway, still good-lookin' oldie-but-goldie. :)
Haha, from what the U.S. economy looks like now, soon enough even the Strategy command won't have funds to afford it eiteher. But I have "faith" in their "strategic" abilities of creating some conflict and thus justify to the senate the need of keeping such toys in active duty. :)

ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Yes, the instructions and parts are for an open bomb bay which shows 3 bombs in a default storage position.

Of course the Spirit can carry many different types of bombs, but I don't really know how accurate it is either, it's not very detailed anyway. ;o)

There are bigger 1/72 kits that have more detail of course, here's a great build by a professional: [link]
404bot Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
:nod: Indeed really pro built model. And in 72 scale it surely belongs to "bigger" display pieces.

You surely do some amazing paper models. Haven't you considered doing aircrafts too ? (especially those, which are at the "edge of interest" for producers)
And I haven't seen any decent papermodel of "spirit" sofar. And doesn't seem much of a challenge considering the "flat" overall shapes (mainly structural reinforcements and two "skins" attached), but the model itself surely can look really nice. And it's good chance to put it in Ecardmodels server for download amd earn some "pocket money", or simply upload it on your webpage as freeware. (I'm sure plenty of folks would be interested to build such unique plane)
Well, FiddlersGreen announced the model is being designed (some years ago), but it got stuck (apparently) somewhere in process. I've managed to download one .3ds model and tried to unfold it in pepakura, but it's modelled in not very unfold-friendly way, as well as my lack of any decent skills to use it as "re-working template" in any other editor (like google sketch-up).
Soo, any chance of intriguing you into this endeavour? One way or another, thanks for nice chatter , and best of luck in your future projects :thumbsup:

ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
I'd love to some papercraft airplanes myself some time, but I have so many ideas that it's hard to choose... ;o)

If I do end up making a B-2, maybe I'll do it by hand (it's a nice shape to do by hand I think) although with a computer and Pepakura Designer it would look cleaner of course.

Most 3D models you find ready and done aren't really mode with papercraft in mind, so they usually need some work, yeah...

For many papercrafters, it's the most annoying step, but even if you are inexperienced, papercraft is not very difficult to teach yourself, but it can take up a lot of time... ;o)

If you take it as a hobby that you do for fun (so only work on it when you really feel like it, and not because you want to get it over with ;o) it may take a long time, but you can create very nice things! ;o)

From the top of my head, I know of a papercraft B-2 made by Mitsuhiro Itakura: [link] and one by Ojimak. Ojimak made *a lot* of airplanes, including a B-2: [link] (note the password at the top to open the pdf files!) His paper planes can be launched with an elastic band, and he even has a video of him "flying" his B-2: [link]

But if you already looked around, then I'm sure you already found those two... There might be more detailed papercraft B-2's around, but I'm afraid I don't remember any right now... (if I do, I'll let you know ;o)
404bot Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
:) Pretty overbooked, are you? (Well who ain't nowadays :giggle: - setting-up priorities vital to prevent frenziness :) only kiddin' ;) )

Right. IMAO The 3-d models and their use in papercrafting via Pepakura are tricky , mostly because two aspects: Either do have high poly rate, which makes whole process insanely complicated, or the polygon mesh is unsuitable for unfold and edge-selection.
The hand-made papercraft design is somewhat innacurate in terms of shape and overall geometry. (apparent with aircrafts especially) So -I guess- the truth is somewhere between.

I've already made few attempts with both apporoaches, but because of the fact, I've modelled them from zero or minimal references availible, the process deemed rather lengthy and the results were doubtful. :p So more or less, I got distracted, at least to the point I'll be more potent with 3-d modelling. (I guess that's the solid base, on which one can start-up. These days I stuck mostly in "passive" modellbuilding. )

Yup, Stumbled upon these models some time ago, (and plus one russian hand-made). The first is Fine by me, although some undercarriage would be fine. (but good way to get crafty by DIY , although some decent blueprint 3-views are not at disposal, and photo-reference is better for adding details rather than scratchbuild of whole section.)
The second one is rather schematic, good enough to glide..but that's where it ends too. The 3'rd - hand made has some "extras" like bomb bay, gear as well as some basic interior, but the overall texture of parts is blurry and panel lines are terryfic. (I know- I seem to be picky, but that's my point of view, and honestly, guess I ain't capable of doing it better :blush: )

Anyway I really do appreciate your effort with pointing me to those models, as well as nice interaction. Good to have folks like you around ;) -So thanks once more.

ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Yeah, I thought you probably already knew those two sites, sorry I can't be of more help right now... :o(

I hope you can find a papercraft B-2 to your liking some time; there are lots of papercraftcrafting aviation fans out there, especially from military planes, so I am positive that more people will make a paper B-2 in the future!

I can't promise you if/when I will make one myself I'm afraid, but if/when I do, I'll put it on my papercraft webpage for you and others to find!

For now, have fun building! (either in plastic or paper ;o)
B-l-u-e-y Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good job
ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Thanks, the B-2 is a great looking plane!
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