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SB family
by Massimo Tessitori

Update of 5 January 1918: pages on SB in Finnish service have been uploaded and linked: brief general history, evolution of the painting and marking, photos and profiles sorted for plane numbers

Update of 5 January 2018: a page has been uploaded and linked: Soviet SBs during the Winter War

Update of 22 February 2018: Soviet SBs during Barbarossa: introduction and links to sub-pages , with a lot of colorful profiles

Update of 28 February 2018: B.71 in Czechoslovak and Slovak service.

Update of 26 March 2018: Soviet SBs in Far East before the GPW

Update of 12 April 2018: SBs in Chinese service

Update of 12 June 2018: USB, the trainer conversion

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Evolution and painting of SB in Soviet service

Prototypes

Evolution and painting of SB in Soviet AF service

flat-engined variants: SB 2M-100, M-100A, M-103

Evolution and painting of SB in Soviet AF service

sharp-engined variants: SB 2M-103A/U, M-104, M-105

Evolution and painting of USB in Soviet AF service

all training variants

Ar-2

The last operative member of SB family, plus SB-MMN and SBB prototypes

Soviet SBs in Far East before the GPW

With profiles of Tapani Tuomanen

SBs in Chinese service

With profiles of Tapani Tuomanen

Soviet SBs during the Winter War

With profiles of Tapani Tuomanen

SB in Finnish Ilmavoimat:

brief general history

evolution of the painting and marking

photos and profiles sorted for plane numbers

With profiles of Tapani Tuomanen

Soviet SBs during Barbarossa:

introduction and links to sub-pages

With profiles of Tapani Tuomanen

Aluminum prewar standard SB (flat cowlings)

Grey prewar standard SB-2M103 (sharp cowlings)
Late SB-2M103 with green-blue prewar standard
Early SB repainted with green-blue livery
SB-2M105

Blotches camouflages over aluminum or grey liveries

Non-standard camouflages over green base
Black-green camouflages after the war's outbreak
Camouflages of winter 1941/42

B.71s in Czechoslovak and Skovak service

With profiles of Tapani Tuomanen

USB: the trainer conversion

With profiles of Tapani Tuomanen

 

Bibliography:

Tupolev SB of M.Maslov, ed. Icarus : the main reference on this subject of SB and derivatives in English.

Airwar 064 and 065: very wide and complete monographs, in Russian

Tupolew SB, Monografie Lotnicze n.083, very good monograph im Polish

Squadron-Signal in Action n.194- Tupolev SB: nice monograph in English with a lot of good photos.

Red Star 7, Winter War In The Air, aut. Geusts ed. Apali

Red stars 5, Baltic Fleet Airforce in Winter War, aut. Geust, Tirkeltaub, Petrov, ed Apali

Suomen ilmavoimien historia 9: "Venäläiset Pommittajat" of Kalevi Keskinen, Kari Stenman, Klaus Niska.

Warpaint- Finnish Air Force Colors - Finnish Air Force Series # 23 of Keskinen, Stenman

Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia 24: LER 5 of Keskinen, Stenman

Letectvi Kosmonautika, numeri vari

 

Links:

http://crimso.msk.ru/Site/Crafts/Craft20867.htm is an excellent gallery of photos, profiles and scale drawings.

http://scalemodels.ru/modules/forum/viewtopic_t_4728_start_0.html good general topic on SB in Russian

http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww15/b/44/1/1 a wide collection of profiles of SB

http://nnm.ru/blogs/shamba/hronika_propavshego_bombardirovshika/ photographic report of the discovery of a wreck. In Russian.

http://www.avia-n-aero.ru/photo.php a mine of photos, many of which taken by German soldiers during Barbarossa and showing lots of SB, forthemost wrecked.

http://www.dishmodels.ru/wshow.htm?p=143 walkaround of the plane preserved in Monino

http://vadimvswar.narod.ru/ALL_OUT/AiKOut02/AR-2/AR-2001.htm excellent article on the evolution of SB and Ar-2, in Russian

http://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,5483.312.html good images of a well detailed SB inside for a flight simulator

http://massimotessitori.altervista.org/sovietwarplanes/board/index.php?topic=1808.0 excellent build of a SB of ICM

 

 

Credits:

Tapani Tuomanen has drawn the color profiles and collected a part of the documents.

Aleksandr Ruckovsky, researcher for the Foxbot Decals, shared his wide photo archive and helped in collecting informations.

Igor Zlobin, of Kolibri Decals, helped for the identification of the units;

Mikhail Timin wrote articles on the Soviet Air Force that are a great source;

PG monster, author of a page on the markings of Soviet planes, helped for the identification of units;

Michal Sekula (66misos) helped with his researches about the B-71 and other items.

In general, many members of Sovietwarplanes forum were helping in mny ways.