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Old 03-15-2020, 10:07 AM
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Cool U-2a/d

Hello gents,

I have been looking through the internet for a 1/33 or 1/32 paper model of this famous jet. I looked for hours and hours and looks like there isn't one, although there are 2 of TR-1 (U-2R). So I have decided some time ago to try my luck with the 'dragon lady'.

The main plans I am using are from old issue of Aviation News (UK) with some help from Aviatsya & Vremya (Ukraine) plans.

I just had 2 weeks off (being off sick) and because I am still waiting for moe documentation for B-737, I could do a bit with this one...

My choice, for now, is a 'peaceful looking' white U-2D with a red stripe and a little skunk on the tail



As you can see on the photo below, two sections already needed the correction (cabine and tail section).
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Old 03-15-2020, 12:06 PM
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Wrong medium, I know... but still cool!

https://www.planebricks.com/u-2-drag...ructions-only/
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Old 03-15-2020, 01:16 PM
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Can this one be rescaled?

https://murphs-models.webs.com/lockheed-u-2b
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Old 03-15-2020, 03:33 PM
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Hello gents,

The Murph's U-2 is 1/51 scale, so you can enlarge it to 1/33 and you may get a decent result I think.

However, my question is, was there any proper scale (1/33) model of Lockheed U-2A/C/D issued through the years at all or not?

I couldn't find any which seems to be a bit weird as for the famous airplane which got onto the first pages of the newspapers all around the world almost 60 years ago.

The only info I found on the internet was that somebody tried to issue a Lockheed U-2 in Eastern Germany (early '70s?) but the whole thing got stopped by communist censorship and publishing company was closed down!


Anyway, back to the project...

I going through all kinds of photos of U-2 because there are only a few with the correct angle I need. That is to get the correct shape of the fuselage and cross-sections just like on 1st photo.

Also, there are only very few photos/drawings of the painting scheme I am doing. Please see the bottom one on the 2nd attachment (should have 66722 no. on the tail).
(The drawing I found comes from Hungarian modeling site: modernwartech.blog.hu)

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Old 03-15-2020, 04:29 PM
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Afaik only Aaron Murphy and Nobi did respectable U-2 models in scales 1:51 and 1:48 respectively.

I don't think any of Polish outlets did it (to my surprise).
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Old 03-15-2020, 04:37 PM
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That paint scheme may be fictional, which is why there aren't many photos of it. The skunk on the tail is the logo for Lockheed's Skunk Works, and I don't think they had their own private U2.
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Old 03-16-2020, 02:35 PM
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Smile 56-6722 Skunk

Hello gents,

@ Butelczynski - the second one by Nobi (Thai paperwork) is actually U-2R (TR-1) in 1/48 scale which a different (much bigger) airplane.

I am not surprised there was no Lockheed U-2 model in Eastern Germany or Poland till 1989 but I would have a guess there should be at least one issued in so-called 'western countries'.
Just now I have been informed by one of our forum mates that there was one model issued by Schreiber Bogen in Germany


@ murphyaa - from what I found on the internet I can say that at least a bigger part of this painting scheme is real.

There were 2 U-2D (serial nos. 56-6721 + 56-6722) specially painted for Air Force Flight Test Center (white with red stripe).
Both had a big red 'AFFTC' lettering on the tail.
According to what I found 'AFFTC' letters got replaced with 'Skunk works' logo in 1977, and the airplane was used at Edwards AFB.

The 'Skunk works' logo on '56-6722' appears also in BUNRINDO - Famous Airplanes Of The World no. 171.
I have a few of those great aviation monographs from Japan and I think they wouldn't put that scheme if that would be some kind of 'aviation sci-fi'.

Anyway, even if the 'little skunk' appeared on U-2D only occasionally, I can always make an 'AFFTC' tail as well

Please see the attachments
(source - The Aviation Photo Company, and www.rarebooksjapan.com)

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Old 03-22-2020, 02:26 AM
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Smile side view

Hello gents,

From what I found out, the paper model from Schreiber Bogen (Germany) appears to be a nice and simple vintage model of 1/50 scale, out of production for many years.

And here is a colored side view of '56-6722' with a red stripe with well-known animal.
By the way according to my little one this is a 'black squirrel'

The next painting scheme could be a black one of the same '56-7622' airplane.
Later on maybe a 'silver one' could follow. However, that would need some tests with printing on 'metallic' cardboard and homemade decals from what I can see now.

I hope you are all OK and if you stay at home because of coronavirus self-quarantine you have some time for your beloved hobby!
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Old 03-22-2020, 06:59 AM
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Interesting discussion.

I am going to bring this thread to the attention of a buddy who flew U-2s for many years.

I look forward to seeing your model, Cybermac.

Don
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:41 PM
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...another U-2R model

Hello gents,

@ Don Boose - that would be great to get any suggestions, infos from a real U-2 pilot!
If you could please ask you mate if he have got any photos of the U-2 he flew.

By the way I found another paper model of U-2 (R version?, scale??) among the other models in this particular book by Michael Johnson: 'Paper planes 2' from 1991.

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