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Old 14th June 2007, 12:58 PM   #1
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Default Small space fighter (Very much WIP)

This is my first attempt using AC3D so please be gentle also my first post so hello all.

This is a basic small inteceptor design which I may use in a game eventually. It is completely untextured at the moment and is quite low in the polygon scale.

The side pods are rotating engines (VTOL) however I have not created a front landing skid (yet). The weapons are currently just the 2 front holes (think missile launcher) however I may try to fashion somekind of laser to come out of it (depending on my skills improving alot with this)

Any way I will keep working on it and post any improvements I make.

ps After looking at some of the work others have done I know I have a long way to go but hopefully it will be a fun journey
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Old 14th June 2007, 06:22 PM   #2
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looking good so far. Ceep us updated on this will you?
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Old 15th June 2007, 10:07 AM   #3
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looking good so far. Ceep us updated on this will you?
Thanks tbh, however looking good? I asked you to be gentle not to blatently lie I have taken a look at your work, and man can you model. Can I ask how long you have been doing this kind of thing, and do you work or did your education cover this?

I will definately keep this uptodate with my progress, I will later tonight post a landed picture of the ship with a starting point of a landing strut.

The texturing is giving me a bit of bother, can't get my head around this UV mapping thing, but practice makes perfect
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Old 15th June 2007, 10:51 AM   #4
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Can I ask how long you have been doing this kind of thing, and do you work or did your education cover this?
Not that many years. Dont remember when I started modeling, but it looked like crap as I recall . And its just a hobby, and I'm selflearned as well.
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Old 15th June 2007, 11:26 AM   #5
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however looking good?
From an artistic point of view, I can't really say, I'm not that much into spaceships, but I suppose it's a good simple model.
From a technical point of view, I can't say much too, because you didn't post viewable wireframes (overlay).
Having a good looking model is one thing, having a well modeled one is another.
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Old 15th June 2007, 12:00 PM   #6
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Ah right, thanks for that luucky, is the attached picture what you meant?

Also if anyone has suggestions about how to tidy up the model or improvements i could make, would love to hear about them
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Yes jonto81 (you can get ride of the vertices, we don't need them ).

I like the way the "wings" (not sure about the term) are shaped.
But is the rounded part on top of the ship (with a blue/green material) entirely part of the body (in an object point of view) ?
If yes, then you have ... 8 or + sided surfaces here (I don't see the image when replying so not sure about the count). You should really really only use triangles (tris) or quads, no 5+ sided surfaces. This would ensure a proper geometry, and would avoid you some troubles in the future (importing your model into other apps ...).
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Old 15th June 2007, 04:27 PM   #8
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What luuckyy said. he have some exellent clean meshes
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Old 15th June 2007, 05:01 PM   #9
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Ok,

Fighter landed, note the engines rotated to the ground and landing foot deployed.

I have fitted a landing skid, deleted the greebles on the black wings(but kept the texture), and triangulated all the surfaces.

Other bits I have done as well - detached the canopy (black dome) so that I can make it tranparent, hollowed out an area to make into a cockpit, and cut a hole into the bottom and fitted doors for the landing foot/skid to fold up into.
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Old 15th June 2007, 06:03 PM   #10
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Still looking good But you dont have to triangulate all the faces. I find it easyer to work with quads. Just triangulate what you need to get a clean shape. Something like this pic. Here I have just triangulated what I need.
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