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Skyraider3D
11-27-2004, 09:12 AM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/gallerycrits/1317/1317_1101550326_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/gallerycrits/1317/1317_1101550326.jpg)

Title: Tribute To Two Fighter Pilots (p-51d Mustang)
Name: Ronnie Olsthoorn
Country: Netherlands
Software: 3ds max, Photoshop

This image was made as a present for two veteran fighter pilots. They flew the P-51D Mustang with the 359th Fighter Group during World War II. The image shows their aircraft flying in close formation on the first leg of an escort mission into the heart of Germany.

This is the first work I have made for actual wartime veterans and it's been a pleasure doing this. It was made on the request of a friend of these pilots, who presented the prints to them last weekend. The response of the veterans was better than I'd hoped for. Both loved the prints and said they bring back lots of memories ("some good; some not so good"). The 18"x12" prints will get a place in their living rooms, which is a great honour to me.

Flying with different squadrons, these two pilots never flew together as illustrated in the image. But being friends for over 60 years now, they should have.

Besides the image above, I've also created a sideview profile of each aircraft. Please click the image below for a bigger version of it:
http://skyraider3d.military-meshes.com/gallery/H_SL_Profiles_680.jpg (http://skyraider3d.military-meshes.com/gallery/H_SL_Profiles_1800.jpg)

I am now awaiting signed copies of the prints to be send to me from the USA, which will receive a place in my own living room! :D


PS. Here is the old P-51D WIP thread on CGTalk:
http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=165531

xtrm3d
11-28-2004, 01:54 AM
your plane rendering are always awessome..

looking like a sort of hyperrealist airbrush ilustration

5 star from me ..!!!

ambas
11-28-2004, 02:16 AM
i love all your work skyraider. Very realistic.
Keep it up!! :bounce:

arona
11-28-2004, 02:45 AM
looks great man. keep it up

evan
11-28-2004, 05:14 AM
Deserves frontpage! I love the detail you put in your work Ronnie. Brilliant!

evan

Skyraider3D
11-28-2004, 07:35 AM
Thanks very much guys! :)

I see they've downscaled the images quite a bit from what I sent. Here's a 1500 pixel version of it:

CLICK HERE FOR A HIGH-REZ IMAGE (http://skyraider3d.military-meshes.com/gallery/LittleFriends_1500.jpg) :D

(original was 5400x3600 ;))

kiwi123
11-28-2004, 07:52 AM
5 stars for you matey ! :thumbsup:

3dmiao
11-28-2004, 08:08 AM
Your works are very impressive! nice to see you again

kevjon
11-28-2004, 08:19 AM
Ronnie

What can I say, we've been waiting a few months for this and was definitely worth the wait. It looks amazing, every rivet and stencil is included. At last someone as modelled and rendered a accurate looking P51. I think this is your best work so far, it would be hard to believe the vets could be anything else but thrilled by this work.

Thanks for the link to the larger image and the profiles look fantastic as well. These should be published as they look much far better than the ones you normally see in most books.

I really like the image with plenty of action going on despite no enemy fighters in view. There is also a sense of urgency in this image, but I'm not really sure why I think that but just my impression. The contrails look great too.

If there is anything to crit it would be that some of the aluminium panels could have a little more variation in tone (some brighter and some darker).

Interested to know about two mustangs depicted. Did the vets provide you with details about their aircraft or was this information already published some where ?

Really good stuff !

maeckle
11-28-2004, 09:04 AM
perfect!
5* from me too! :)

Mituhide
11-28-2004, 09:12 AM
Ronnie , It's really aviation art:thumbsup:
Natural metal surface of P-51's looks good balace ,
and composition of the picture is excellent.
5stars from me.

Archetype
11-28-2004, 10:24 AM
hahaha niiiiiiiiiiceee :)

i wonder how u did the aluminium stuff though :P
*drool*


+5 well deserved :)

combatmantra
11-28-2004, 10:42 AM
Good work mate, congrats :)

[wr]JeFf
11-28-2004, 10:51 AM
I'm impressed by the realism ! Very very very nice work !

The background is a matte painting ? a photography ?

unwrap
11-28-2004, 12:07 PM
Awesome work! Realistic :) .

Helgi
11-28-2004, 12:34 PM
Wonderful to finally see it finished :D This is a frontpage stuff! Very, very realistic and good lighting
But I was wondering how you did the background?

ArYeS
11-28-2004, 12:56 PM
This is very nice, first page job.

I like all your models, this is the best of all, keep it up with this amazing stuff.


5* stars .....

Skyraider3D
11-28-2004, 01:07 PM
Thanks so much guys for all the nice feedback! :thumbsup:

I am very glad you like it. This has been one of the most time consuming projects ever. The main difficulty was to get the shape of the Mustang right. I have seen so many 3D Mustangs that were simply not accurate enough. And because I was doing "yet another one" I was determined on getting it right.
I spent a total of 125 hours on this one, 50 hours went into the modelling (compared to my normal average of about 15-20). These 125 hours were all covered in the space of one month besides my full-time job. Busy month as you can imagine! ;) The image has been finished for awhile, just I wasn't able to show it online yet until the veterans got it (not to accidentally spoil the surprise).




Kevjon, I used to do a lot of panel contrast in my models but have come back from that as it makes the planes look painterly. On real aircraft the difference is often not that strong or even complete missing. The same with these two particular planes:
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery-pu.jsp?index=9&Group=359
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery-pu.jsp?index=20&Group=359
from: http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/359thfg-gallery.jsp?Group=359 (my main reference)
We didn't tell the veterans about this of course, as it was a surprise. But we did ask one of them a question about a particular feature on his plane (under the cover of an excuse) and he simply didn't know the answer as he couldn't remember. It's been 60 years afterall... :)
I got some help on a few aviation forums, though, and from the guy who asked me to make this image.



Voutlooz, the metal was made using raytraced reflections and the following texture maps and an inverted dome with seamless sky textures (invisible to the camera, but not to the reflections):

http://skyraider3d.military-meshes.com/images/P-51D_texture_samples.jpg

resulting in:

http://skyraider3d.military-meshes.com/images/P-51D_texture_result.jpg

On the print you can best see the result of this in the drop tanks as they're the cleanest (as they were single-use, thus brand new).



Dogster, Jeff, the background is from a photo I took from an airliner whilst on holiday. I always take my camera with me and make loads of pics like this one. Very handy! ;)
Photos were used for the contrails too. I took several high-res images of a contrail and glued them together to form a 12,000 pixel contrail and another 8000 pixel one! These were then mapped on 3D geometry.



Thanks again! :)

Ronnie

elnady
11-28-2004, 01:26 PM
Wow
amazing work
forntpage and 5 stars:thumbsup:

MORERO
11-28-2004, 01:33 PM
Great Work There :thumbsup:

Adeel Bukhari
11-28-2004, 01:52 PM
really awsome work man:thumbsup:

Cirric
11-28-2004, 03:16 PM
Ronnie - amazing as your normal work is - this is (IMHO) you best work yet!

Excellent work - and thanks for sharing the details with us!

stunner
11-28-2004, 03:22 PM
Awesome pic as usal skyraider ! Very good Work ! :thumbsup:

profg
11-28-2004, 03:42 PM
All I can say... This beauty deserves FRONTPAGE!

Z3uS
11-28-2004, 04:03 PM
WoW! Exellent work 5 stars from me, should be CG choice.

DoctorStopMo
11-28-2004, 04:32 PM
Your work isn't only excellent in the artistic sense, but it's also great that you made it for people who sacrificed so much. Congrats on a great project.

tlggungor
11-28-2004, 04:39 PM
Hi...
I think color correction need but good modeling and rendering :thumbsup:




Would you like see my 2D CHALLENGE Robots , CHARACTERS and CİTİES
:bounce:

Imatk
11-28-2004, 04:49 PM
This is a beautiful work. Both in detail and composition.

You should definately feel proud of your accomplishment and especially in honoring the vets who flew these planes.

Excellent.

Pionier
11-28-2004, 05:44 PM
as always amazing work:)
(5 stars)

post a wire please.

Skyraider3D
11-28-2004, 06:08 PM
Thanks very much for the amazing response and ditto rating!!! :bounce:

I must say, the response from the veterans - and you guys! - indeed gives me a great sense of pride which I've not experienced before with my artwork.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the presentation and meet these guys myself, as they live in the States and I live in the UK. But thanks to their friend, who came up with the idea in the first place, I'll soon have some nice signed prints :) Here are two pictures of the veterans, signing the copies of the prints for me.

http://skyraider3d.military-meshes.com/gallery/John_signing.jpg

http://skyraider3d.military-meshes.com/gallery/Rene_signing.jpg


-tolga-, colour correction? Are you referring to the over all reddish hue? That's intentional. WW2 colour photos often have a reddish hue to them, plus the image depicts an early morning (as can be seen from the clouds). If this is not what you meant, please explain me :)

Pionier, please have a look at the WIP thread for wireframes:
http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=165531


PS. I am really honoured so many of you want to see this on the frontpage!
But if nobody lets the moderators know by PM, they won't know! ;)

arai
11-28-2004, 06:33 PM
Great work ronnie. Definatly has that wwII painting feel to it. Those prints are pretty large, what res were your final textures at? Its motivated me to get started on a lancaster for my grandfather who was a squadron leader in wwII. Now I've got to get good reference about the lanc "piccadilly princess" from the 424th bomber group. What aviation forums did you end up getting help from?


great work as always, really nice attention to detail.


-arai-

--mi--
11-28-2004, 06:59 PM
Definately five stars Ronnie! Speachless :)

cheers

Michal

dcmoutinho
11-28-2004, 07:02 PM
very nice, great scene...

Synthesizer
11-28-2004, 08:31 PM
Wow! Nice work Ronnie! I love all of your work, you put so much detail into everything. Just two questions:
1)Did the bombers give off that much exhaust? I've never seen it like this before.
2)How did you manage to take a picture out of the plane? I tried that this summer over the Alps, but I only got a blurry view of the frost on the window.
Five stars for you!:thumbsup:

arai
11-28-2004, 08:51 PM
Synthesizer, bombers arent giving off exhaust, they're producing contrails. if you looked that up online you'd find this definition

Contrails are condensation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condensation) trails (sometimes vapour trails): artificial clouds (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud) made by the exhaust of jet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_engine) aircraft (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft) or wingtip vortices which precipitate a stream of tiny ice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice) crystals in moist, frigid upper air (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air). They are the cloud-like trails of water vapour that can be seen in the wake of airplanes, either from their exhaust or sometimes from their wing tips.


the picture out of the plane maybe depends on your ability to manually change settings but I've taken quite a few out of aircraft shots that turn out really nice. just make sure its focused on the scenery and not the glass ;)

-arai-

starman
11-28-2004, 08:58 PM
really well done mate

The palnes look superb and i like the colours too , the veterans must be chuffed with the pic

Denfox
11-28-2004, 08:59 PM
Amaizing work! I love feeling. Textures are just great!

Synthesizer
11-28-2004, 09:45 PM
Synthesizer, bombers arent giving off exhaust, they're producing contrails. if you looked that up online you'd find this definition

Contrails are condensation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condensation) trails (sometimes vapour trails): artificial clouds (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud) made by the exhaust of jet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_engine) aircraft (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft) or wingtip vortices which precipitate a stream of tiny ice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice) crystals in moist, frigid upper air (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air). They are the cloud-like trails of water vapour that can be seen in the wake of airplanes, either from their exhaust or sometimes from their wing tips.


the picture out of the plane maybe depends on your ability to manually change settings but I've taken quite a few out of aircraft shots that turn out really nice. just make sure its focused on the scenery and not the glass ;)

-arai-
Thanks for the info:thumbsup: About the pictures, I was using a crappy 2 megapixel camera and it did the focusing automatically, so that would probably be the reason.

Skyraider3D
11-28-2004, 11:12 PM
Thanks once more, everyone!!! :) Your comments and votes are appreciated a lot!



--mi--, thanks, looking forward to seeing your P.50 appear here on CGTalk.


Thanks Arai!
I use a lot of textures on these, but the biggest ones are the wing (4560x1200 for top and bottom each) and fuselage (4080x1320 for each side projection). In the airplane texturing thread (see sig) I explained more in-depth about the texture setup. I overcomplicated it a bit, hehe :rolleyes:
Cool to hear your grandfather flew lancs! You should definitely make one asap! :) If you need extra references, drop me an e-mail. I wish I had some vets in my family, but I'm afraid my late grandfathers weren't as "fortunate" as Holland was quickly overrun by the Germans. Sometime during the war the Germans started deporting adult men to do force labour in Germany. One of my grandfathers taken to Germany and spent part of the war doing force labour there. He experienced many traumatic events as the town where he worked got bombed on a regular basis. He hardly ever spoke about it. My other grandfather had more luck and living on the countryside he was able to hide from the Germans in his own haystack when they had one of the "razzias" in his town. In fact, numerous men in his street found refuge in that haystack then. Must've been well scary... :sad:
Anyway, I am wandering off... but do make that Lancaster! I bet it's gonna be awesome! :D

Simon, I think Arai more or less answered your questions, but I can't resist adding a bit more info! :)
It can indeed be a pain to make pictures out of a plane when there are ice crystals on the windows. If you only have an automatic camera, zooming in may help but at all times keep the camera as close to the glass as possible.
As for contrails, they're similar to the clouds that appear when breathing on a very cold day (or into the fridge! :D). They in fact posed a threat to the bombers, as contrails could get so thick, they could decrease visibility and occasionally led to mid-air collisions. But even worse, they instantly gave away the location of the bombers, so German fighters could easily find them from miles away. Plus enemy fighters would hide inside/below them, thus enabling the to sneek up on the bombers, unseen, to launch their deadly attacks from up-close, without any warning! Me 262 jet fighters used this technique a lot, as they could easily catch up with the bombers.
More about contrails:
http://home.att.net/~ww2aircraft/B-17formation.JPG (http://home.att.net/~ww2aircraft/B-17formation.JPG) (nice photo)
http://www.flensburg-online.de/nazizeit/air-force-b-17-kondensstreifen.jpg (http://www.flensburg-online.de/nazizeit/air-force-b-17-kondensstreifen.jpg) (contrails + spiralling prop tip vapours!)
http://www.astro.ku.dk/~holger/IDA/notes.html (http://www.astro.ku.dk/~holger/IDA/notes.html)
Okay, enough typing for today! :D

magicm
11-28-2004, 11:48 PM
Excellent work Ronnie :thumbsup:

- Martijn

Saeed
11-29-2004, 01:59 AM
awsome work:thumbsup:

Songbird
11-29-2004, 05:11 AM
Guy your works always impress me very much!!:thumbsup:

The textures are so real and beautiful, my god!:eek: If I can do it as yours, my B-17 would look much better:) I had used more than 15 mins to gaze at the side view and the scene, thinking about how the guy did it.:D :D

neu
11-29-2004, 05:58 AM
Hey Ronnie!

Congratulations! Looking noce. I'm sure those guys are very happy about it...I can imagine what they feel when looking at their planes from the past...

One of my painter friend does the same as you with a Me-210 :)

Once again, great work, and very nice idea!
Greetings, neu

sam4grafix
11-29-2004, 09:18 AM
WOW... grrrrrreat work man!!
Ammazing fly!
one of my best picks!!
like ur work.. IMPRESSED!

Donno much abt 3d softwares... but doin 3d work in photoshop
http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=189400

SAM

Guybrush
11-29-2004, 09:19 AM
Amazing work, definetely worth the wait, congratulations on probably your best work

mmiller
11-29-2004, 01:25 PM
Nice piece Ronnie
Profiles came out good as well :thumbsup:

5 stars from me

TeeWorks
11-29-2004, 03:37 PM
so what should i say... it was all said ;) ....GREAT WORK!! ...especially the texture... but i think you now that.... i finally could only say... great respect... u're my hero *GGGGG*:applause: ..would love i could do such damn good textures!

greetings
TeeWorks

Skyraider3D
11-29-2004, 11:39 PM
Thanks everyone! The response has really been overwhelming and I'm very thankful for that! :)

For those who like Mustangs, I'll be doing more of them in the near future ;) So many choice with regards to colours and markings! What started out as "just another Mustang" has turned out to be one of the most enjoyable projects ever! :D I might do a Spitfire next, hehe!



Songbird, no bad word about your B-17! It's awesome! Maybe we should combine forces and make a formation flight render together? :)


Neu, the Me 210 is a great looking plane. I'd love to see that painting if it's possible.


Mark, thanks! I might just do a bi-plane one day! ;)


TeeWorks you're too kind! :D Please have a look at the aircraft texturing link below for some more samples of my textures. They're not that special, I think. It's just a matter of keeping working on them until they look right. This can get very tedious, though (rivets and panel lines especially). I spent about 33 hours working on these... And the textures are only there to make the materials look right - they require endless tweaking too. A matter of perseverence :D

TraceR
11-30-2004, 12:45 AM
wow! Incredible work! Very nice job. I love P-51D's. Pic is on my background now. Got some great skills man. Makes me jelous. :thumbsup:

izmal
11-30-2004, 01:58 AM
im always impressed with Skyraider3D's work....nice...superb... u are the king of the sky...:thumbsup:

Ollarin
11-30-2004, 02:40 AM
Meh...What can i say other than "Perfect!"? :p

the3dwizard
11-30-2004, 03:59 AM
Wow, most excellent! Love the details on the textures.

Multiblue
11-30-2004, 06:22 AM
w00t w00t great work !! 5 stars

capblood
11-30-2004, 06:51 AM
Perfect work.

Tilstrom
11-30-2004, 07:16 AM
very nice work, great texturing. :)

Guerrilla Games
11-30-2004, 07:45 AM
Hey Ronnie, congratulations with your frontpage !

kiwi123
11-30-2004, 07:47 AM
Congrats on you front page Ronnie ! Well deserved mate !

Archetype
11-30-2004, 08:05 AM
congrats on the frontpage :P

*cracks whip*
now help me get there ^^ lol

TeeWorks
11-30-2004, 08:49 AM
thanks for the hind skyraider! ...i suppose, i'm too impatient to do kind of textures which have differented diffuse and bump layers :)... (but i have to say, i am active in 3d only for a short time (about 3/4 year), so i still have to learn very much =) )

greets
TeeWorks

Jameslsy
11-30-2004, 08:49 AM
The textures are awesome! Really love how you set the mood of the sky!

Fred Heys
11-30-2004, 09:03 AM
thats awsome dude.........

Samo
11-30-2004, 09:11 AM
Hola SkyRaider,
I must admit it is an excellent work! Great planes and great scenery. You are our guru.

:zepedro:
11-30-2004, 10:50 AM
Hi Ronnie!
Congrats on your front page! Well deserved :)

This image is amazing, itīs great to finally discover it :applause: :applause: :applause:
Five stars *****

greets

marcowilz
11-30-2004, 11:27 AM
Cool skyraiders you did!
Is Hubert the name of one of the pilots?

Great work

solidesign
11-30-2004, 12:30 PM
Congratulations for the beautiful work!

And i dont like very much the P-51 but in the final is fantastic. Like always!!

Greets!!

Dutchman
11-30-2004, 03:18 PM
WOW! Great and very dynamic work! I like the clouds, and the colors of the 'atmosphere'! Also awesome, btw, to see a (n'other) dutchman on the frontpage ;)

Greetz, Gijs

BgDM
11-30-2004, 03:48 PM
Simply gorgeous.

Great tribute to those that did the unthinkable to keep our values and way of life intact so many years ago.

BgDM

Tranchefeux
11-30-2004, 04:55 PM
Hi, Very cool your image, congratulation.

Velinov
11-30-2004, 07:26 PM
Nice job and texture. Amazing worck :thumbsup:

Skyraider3D
11-30-2004, 08:56 PM
Thanks again everyody!!! :cool:



:zepedro: thanks for your patience! ;)


Cool skyraiders you did!
Is Hubert the name of one of the pilots?Thanks, they're Mustangs though, not Skyraiders ;) I hope to do a Skyraider one day though.
Hubert is the name of an American cartoon character that was popular during WW2. I don't think any pilot ever put his own name on his plane! :D Usually they were names of girlfriends/wifes or cartoons or pinups or funny names they gave their planes.

giobianco
11-30-2004, 08:58 PM
hi Ronnie...very nice work! beautiful image... compliments! :applause: :applause: :applause:

Demalii
11-30-2004, 09:39 PM
this image is hot! I love the renderings of the planes, so very realistic.. keep up the great work!

gizmosart
11-30-2004, 09:43 PM
There are no words :thumbsup:

maxlover
11-30-2004, 09:52 PM
I got one crit that is its greater then gr8 :bounce: :bounce:

loocas
12-01-2004, 12:26 AM
Very nice man! Very nice... I especially like the models and the smoke trails ;) But overall, it's very good...http://www.cgtalk.com/images/rating/rating_4.gif from me! :thumbsup:

Relic
12-01-2004, 01:10 PM
Excellent work Skyraider, was looking forward to this one for quite a while now and I am happy to see it came out awesome, love the little detailsl like the bomber contrails off camera and then the bombers behind.

Ramon
12-01-2004, 04:37 PM
I have got to hand it to you... GREAT JOB! :). Have you ever built the p-47 Thunderbolt? The P-47 and 51 were my favorite US planes of WW2. On the German side, the Me-109 was my favorite (although I also enjoy the styling of the FW-190).
Keep up the great work!

igorstshirts
12-01-2004, 11:05 PM
Super clean. Thanks for showing the maps too.

montclaris
12-02-2004, 12:10 PM
i've read your statement on photorealism in the Devoitine WIP by LeMog, and now, that makes sense. You can be proud for these WWII veterans displaying your artwork in their houses.

Although i'm not particularly interested in aeronautics imagery, yours has a nice mood and a sense of history that i like. :applause:
Rated accordingly

Skyraider3D
12-02-2004, 09:53 PM
I'm glad you like it, guys! :)
Thanks once more for all the comments!




Giobianco, how is the CeeGee movie coming along? Did you ever finish that Fiat G.55 cutaway model?


Ramon, I might be doing an Fw 190 next year. It's one of my favourites too! It will be a more obscure model though (high-altitude prototype that didn't go in production).

Tetra84
12-03-2004, 04:23 AM
very cool ronnie, love everything about it! hope I can reach your talent level someday.:applause:

solidesign
12-03-2004, 12:23 PM
Hello Skyraider3D.

Really hope you model the Fw-190 is one of my favorites.


Bye!

chrisdude0000
12-05-2004, 09:20 PM
the top plane looks as though it is sliding like it is using it's rudder and flying sorta sideways. It doesnt seem to line up with the bottom plane It almost looks like it is going to the right farther away from the camera than the bottom. I would add maybe a bit of an aileron roll or try and line it up with the other. Only thing I notice the rest looks good.

Skyraider3D
12-05-2004, 09:31 PM
Chris, the slight misalignment is intentional. I needed to have both aircraft close to the camera, so to show off their nose art, but not unrealistically close together. The top plane is indeed trying to increase his distance a bit from the lead and pitching up slightly to prevent overshooting the lead who is flattening out from the climb. The pilot is leaning over to keep his lead in sight while trying to get back into a "proper" wingman position again (which is slightly behind and below the lead).

After hearing the feedback of the veterans, I've been told that the pilot of the front plane enjoyed flying in very close formation. Occasionally they would try to break eachother's formation lights in flight - and succeeded! :D

LAURO_MX
12-06-2004, 05:54 PM
Very Cool dude!!:thumbsup:
it's perfect to me...

seet it...

--mi--
12-06-2004, 06:16 PM
Ronnie :)

Congratulations - well deserved CG Award! I am happy as if I got this lol. If you ask me I would give you this award for your NAA render too.

cheers

Michal

Skyraider3D
12-06-2004, 07:06 PM
Thanks guys! :D

Wow, an award! Thanks very much, CGTalk!! :) It's been hard work! :D
Should look lovely on my website once I get to update it! ;)

DieNacht
12-06-2004, 11:01 PM
great job, mind blowing =)

Synthesizer
12-07-2004, 01:36 AM
Congrats on the award Ronnie! You deserve it. They should also give you the "Helps Others" award:thumbsup:

neu
12-07-2004, 07:08 AM
Finally you've got it you deserve it very much :D Congrats my friend! :applause: I've told you that you have to be patient and you'll have it...and here is it! :D

Greetings. neu

arlen
12-07-2004, 07:14 AM
5* to monumentalize the war great job:buttrock:

:zepedro:
12-07-2004, 11:28 AM
Finally an award :bounce: :bounce:
For the lovely work and the great help you always provide.
Congrats Ronnie :applause:

greets

Multiblue
12-08-2004, 06:03 AM
Awesome work! :thumbsup: 5 Stars

Horsea9788
12-08-2004, 06:29 AM
good pic!!!
aeronef is very old,it is nice!

Bri_Spencer
12-08-2004, 07:55 PM
Amazing work! Thanks for sharing your talent with us all.

Lluc
12-08-2004, 10:09 PM
:applause: Very good job :applause:
I love the WWII aircraft models, and your P-51 is fantastic, i prefer me-262 model.

virtualwizard
12-09-2004, 12:01 AM
Skyraider
Really classic image , with a great story too! I also guess you know what it feels like to fly, the whole composition looks like one brief second of a long flight;you can almost hear the engines roar.Its very inspiring to see work where technicque goes beyond method and starts telling stories....and congratulations on the award !
Cheers vw

PINGemator
12-09-2004, 03:47 AM
I like your render in every way, especially your attention to detail (such as the oxidized area imediatly to the right of the exhaust). 5*

coolgauss
12-09-2004, 07:33 AM
goooood texturing & compositing.

adequate motion blur makes it better.

Skyraider3D
12-11-2004, 11:16 PM
May I have the honour of posting the 100th reply? :D


Thanks everyone for the very nice comments! :)


Thanks Simon! It's been a pleasure helping you out on the previous project, and I hope to see some progress with your Gladiator soon! ;)

Neu, :zepedro:, thanks for your support! :)

Lluc, the Me 262 is one of my favourite aircraft of all time and has been on my to-do list for years. Who knows, one day...?

didier13
12-12-2004, 02:24 PM
:thumbsup: What can i say apart this is wonderfull.
i give you a 5 stars !

evandavies
12-13-2004, 01:39 AM
Skyraider,

What can I say...

Technically brilliant and beautifully inspiring image of a terrible era.

5 stars and thank you for sharing.

ZombieFrog
12-18-2004, 05:18 PM
5 stars, no crits

bluestar77
12-18-2004, 08:51 PM
Congrats, Ronnie on a well overdue award, mate. Gorgeous work as always, but this one is surely your finest yet. The attention to details in the texturing is mind-boggling, and that is probably the best rendition of aluminium I've ever seen, I love the subtle rippling effect in the reflections.

Love it!

PeterSanitra
01-04-2005, 07:20 PM
Great Idea. Great Picture. 5 Stars from me

monkeywrench
01-05-2005, 05:36 AM
that's a beautiful sky. nice to see it wasn't just thrown in as filler. well done.

viper550
01-06-2005, 10:44 AM
I like it vey much.

dif2find
01-10-2005, 02:28 AM
superb....superb......
real detail. Keep it up

Jackol
01-16-2005, 06:28 PM
I salute you master, from a humble slave.

Obizzz
01-19-2005, 10:22 PM
Great to see it finished, your best work so far IMHO...

Now how about that Swedish paint scheme? :D

Skyraider3D
01-19-2005, 11:07 PM
Thanks very much guys! :) Your comments are very much appreciated!



Obizz, the Swedish Mustang is definitely on the to-do list.
The main problem that is stopping me from working further on the Mustang is my computer. It seems to be getting slower and slower and editing the textures and setting up renders is becoming too painful :( I guess I gotto upgrade my machine or something, because I am tired of fighting against it. It's a real pain... I've got an Athlon 2000+, 1GB of RAM and an X800 Pro videocard... Not too bad a setup, you might say. But rotating the model in MAX or scrolling the big textures in Photoshop simply takes seconds to update. It's driving me mad :(
And for future projects (Fw 190) I am planning on more detail, bigger textures... but I just don't know how...

So if anybody knows a good setup for a new mobo/processor, then please let me know! :)

Obizzz
01-20-2005, 09:34 AM
Yeah I had the same problem with my Draken model, the textures were a pain to edit in PS so I've put that on hold for a while...

FW 190? Have you gone over to doing famous WWII planes now? :eek:

Skyraider3D
01-20-2005, 09:09 PM
Don't worry, it's going to be a very strange prototype variant!! :)

http://www.luftarchiv.de/motoren/turbo_1.jpg

It's the Fw 190 V18/U1 with turbo-supercharger. Mental machine...

Obizzz
01-20-2005, 09:52 PM
Hmm it looks like it's rather long is it based on a D-model?

Skyraider3D
01-20-2005, 11:43 PM
Rather the other way around :)
It's a prototype for the C-series that was never build. The idea was to make a dedicated high-altitude fighter out of the 190 by giving it an in-line engine and turbo-supercharger. The C was a failure though and the D-model was a temporary solution until the Ta 152 was fully developed. The Fw 190 V31 is another prototype which I'll also make. It's practically identical to the aircraft in that photo apart from camouflage. After the C-variant was cancelled, the V31 was rebuilt to become one of the first Ta 152 prototypes.
PS. The "V" means Versuchs Muster which is German for trials model or in more common language, prototype.

Synthesizer
01-21-2005, 04:59 AM
Heh, going for the odd and unknown plane again :thumbsup: I just wanted to say nice work again, and I cant wait to see this new plane!

Obizzz
01-21-2005, 05:49 PM
oh ok, thanks for the info :)

But it was an in-line engine model at least.

AVM
02-16-2005, 01:54 PM
it is really excelent.

Capn_Camo
04-01-2005, 04:03 AM
Nice stuff man, I love the texture work. A good whole rounded attention to detail :buttrock:

Skyraider3D
04-01-2005, 10:20 PM
Thanks :)



Obizz... the Fw 190 C is cancelled before it's properly begun... Perhaps I'll do a Jumo 222 engined Ta 152 instead.

Skyraider3D
04-30-2005, 03:08 PM
Obizz, good news! I'll be doing a super-detailed Fw 190 A-8 later this year - and this is as good as certain! :)

floclau
10-30-2005, 12:19 PM
im amazed i love it nothin 2 critiq

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