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d-tox
07-12-2005, 11:22 PM
hi,

it's been a while, but i finally got some time for this. Well this time i desided to make something different than another character...(tho i am thinking of making a pilot for it:P)

My first plane, so it was kinda difficult understanding how the plane came together, still think i made some mistakes..

Still needs a lot of work though

a couple of pics:

http://img326.imageshack.us/img326/1368/rend3tn.jpg

http://img326.imageshack.us/img326/5118/screen9up.jpg

Nunyas
07-13-2005, 02:55 AM
looks pretty good so far... I assume you just haven't gotten around to adding the wing tip hard point/missile rails for the Sidewinders... :)

You use blue prints to make this? or was it strictly from reference pictures?

d-tox
07-13-2005, 08:42 AM
wel both actually. No missisle's and stuf yet to come, it's far from finished...:)

Nunyas
07-13-2005, 08:53 AM
hmmm... you decide on what paint scheme yet? You going strictly for the tactical paint pattern, or the nice and loud Blue Angels paint scheme? ... or both? heh. It's just a matter of texture once the model is done I guess. 'sept tactical schemes are 'flat' while the show boating Blue Angles scheme is semi-gloss/gloss, so I guess that changes some of the shader props. Anyways, I've always been a fan of military jets (they're like the exotic sports cars of the jet powered aircraft world), and will be looking forward to seeing this completed :thumbsup:

d-tox
07-13-2005, 11:00 AM
hmmm... you decide on what paint scheme yet? You going strictly for the tactical paint pattern, or the nice and loud Blue Angels paint scheme? ... or both? heh. It's just a matter of texture once the model is done I guess. 'sept tactical schemes are 'flat' while the show boating Blue Angles scheme is semi-gloss/gloss, so I guess that changes some of the shader props. Anyways, I've always been a fan of military jets (they're like the exotic sports cars of the jet powered aircraft world), and will be looking forward to seeing this completed :thumbsup:

no not yet, but still a lot of modelling work to be done...:p

here's an update:

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/793/untitled4li.jpg

kevjon
07-13-2005, 09:42 PM
Nice work so far d-tox.

Only real comment is the glass for the canopy should be flush with the canopy framing. Only on model kits do they make the canopy frames protrude outwards to make them easier to paint. As you can imagine in real life this would create extra wind drag.

Good blueprints for the F18 can be found here http://win.www.airwar.ru/other/draw/f18sq.html if you wanted to go the extra yard with accuracy and detail.
For a first plane, its looking pretty good.

d-tox
07-15-2005, 09:20 PM
Nice work so far d-tox.

Only real comment is the glass for the canopy should be flush with the canopy framing. Only on model kits do they make the canopy frames protrude outwards to make them easier to paint. As you can imagine in real life this would create extra wind drag.

Good blueprints for the F18 can be found here http://win.www.airwar.ru/other/draw/f18sq.html if you wanted to go the extra yard with accuracy and detail.
For a first plane, its looking pretty good.

thnx for these ref pictures there perfect.

an update

http://img308.imageshack.us/img308/88/untitled3hs.jpg

d-tox
07-16-2005, 10:05 PM
well another update modelling i think about 85%done..

http://img320.imageshack.us/img320/6755/untitled6rw.jpg

unwrapping is gonna be hell i gues..

MartenU
07-16-2005, 10:47 PM
Hey, looks very good!
Only thing i see is that the gap between the nose and the rest of the body seems to be a bit too big.

d-tox
07-17-2005, 08:55 PM
an update

modelling at i guess 95%

still need some tweaks, and after texturing, perhaps i'm gonna make the interior and pilot as well...

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/9987/upd7pf.jpg

maje3d
07-19-2005, 12:51 AM
And as a person who's modeled the F-18 before, I have to say that I really like your model. It seems very clean and far more accurate then mine. Some day, I might redo mine, though that'll probably be awhile.

d-tox
07-22-2005, 11:39 PM
And as a person who's modeled the F-18 before, I have to say that I really like your model. It seems very clean and far more accurate then mine. Some day, I might redo mine, though that'll probably be awhile.

thnx, since i finally got a job, i haven't got that much time to work on it anymore. But i will work on it every weekend i guess:P

DerPapa
07-22-2005, 11:54 PM
nice modell, but it has this "meshsmoothed" look. You should definately refine your base geometry! It's very important to do little gaps between two armorplates with solid chamfer, NOT with a simple chamfer. meshsmooth won't do a good radius with a chamfered edge as you see in this pic:

http://www.ground-studios.de/stuff/meshtools/img/09-solidchamfer.jpg

It's all about details!

cheers
Michael

d-tox
07-23-2005, 01:16 PM
nice modell, but it has this "meshsmoothed" look. You should definately refine your base geometry! It's very important to do little gaps between two armorplates with solid chamfer, NOT with a simple chamfer. meshsmooth won't do a good radius with a chamfered edge as you see in this pic:

http://www.ground-studios.de/stuff/meshtools/img/09-solidchamfer.jpg

It's all about details!

cheers
Michael

that's a really nice tip. I will remodel some parts with that. thnx man

d-tox
08-26-2005, 05:53 PM
an update, started texturing. Been a while, but i was too busy to work on it..:P

http://img369.imageshack.us/img369/3166/wip0ho.jpg

d-tox
09-15-2005, 03:30 PM
an update i can begin texturing now:)

http://img344.imageshack.us/img344/3576/update4hh.jpg

sandrich
09-15-2005, 11:56 PM
Whats the difference between solid chamfer and regular chamfer, how do you go about doing it.

Chems
09-16-2005, 03:50 PM
Basically what it means is, a regular chamfer will give you 2 edges and 1 face, and the edge will be very smooth when mesh smooth is applied, but a solid chamfer is where you add 4 edges and 2 faces, so basically you chamfer the same edge twice, this makes the edge hard but not low poly hard.

d-tox
09-26-2005, 05:46 PM
started texturing, still a long way to go

http://img271.imageshack.us/img271/2880/bew7ps.jpg

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