XM Magdalena 3D print, GGeorgy (3D)
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07-27-2003, 06:30 AM

This is a X-15, the fastest and highest-flying plane ever built - yay :)
Made with 3ds max and Brazil r/s.

07-27-2003, 03:35 PM
Looks cool!

A little bit too dark to evaluate your geometry though.

nice work.


07-27-2003, 11:57 PM
the modelling over all is clean but how come the windows are not oval as in the original ... perhaps you've modeled the rebuild also the little antenna type thing behind the text "APU exauhst" isn't there on the original

07-28-2003, 12:17 AM
Also if you modeled the X-15 rebuild the underside of the aircraft has a white heat protective coating

07-28-2003, 08:46 AM
ssyed, refer here: http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/X-15/Medium/E-7896.jpg

Thanks for the comments.

07-28-2003, 05:51 PM
sweet, good texturing/modelling as far as i can tell, but isnt the SR-71 the highest flying plane ever? or maybe even the U-2.

07-28-2003, 07:43 PM
The X-15 is not a conventional take off aircraft it is launched off the wings of a B-52 so technically it's more of a rocket than really a plane . I think SR-71 is the highest conventional take off airplane...

o yeah thanks for the pic i guess this one is dif from the pics i have in my aircraft book

07-28-2003, 10:08 PM
did you know they developed a variant of the X-15 that could land in water? interesting eh?

07-29-2003, 04:46 AM
OMG, I love that plane, I just finished reading The Right Stuff for school and I wish so much that they had continued that project!!!! Did you have full out rotoscopes for this? or just that one picture? For real, this is so cool that you are modeling that!!! As for comments, weather the tail fin a little more, as you can see in the pic you posted it is a little white in places. I guess this is from the air friction? Anyway, work on weathering it a bit more, the geometry looks fine.

Rei Ayanami
07-29-2003, 08:04 PM
the back of the tailplane looks way to thick. it should be just two sheets of metal together with a bit in the middle, but v thin at the top.

yeah teh X-15 did hypersonic flight (mach 5+) and is a solid fuel rocket motor powered plane, now tech the Space Shuttle is the highest fly plane... but the SR-71 does a sub-balistic loop, and gets out of the atmosphere, so that is the highest flying plane.

also the black doesnt look black enough.

The Cross
07-29-2003, 08:57 PM
Interesting indeed. Actually it did Mach 6+(Six times the speed of sound) And other reports claim it reached mach 8. Robert White is the one who got to pilot this machine for the first time. There was a list of other pilots that got to ride it as well, including Neil Armstrong. I'm not sure who it was , BUt it came to a point where one of the X-15's (although heavily coat protected for intense heat) got dicinigrated and thus discontinued the entire project.

Today at one of NASA's base's (Not sure where it's located) Has the actual X-15 that broke mach 6, Bronzed and placed in the front of the base as it were a statue.

07-29-2003, 10:03 PM
Actually i think the tail of the x-15 is supposed to be wide at the ends not sure why...

@RmachucaA: thats really cool .. now if only it could fly under water

07-30-2003, 12:33 AM
Hi Censored,

Nice model!

Something is just a little off about the cross sectional shape of the fuseloge. Not sure how to say it. If you get reference photos from different angles and lighting, I think you'll see it. It's not a simple convex shape, it sort of has concave parts.

Other than that, looks great!


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