How can I get a render to look this good in 3ds Max?

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Old 04 April 2013   #1
How can I get a render to look this good in 3ds Max?







I've tried all the types of lighting that I know and I can't get any of my renders to look this good. I'm pretty sure the Mental Ray Arch & Design material was used because of the reflectiveness, but when I try that it doesn't show up white in the render--even when I set the diffuse color to a pure white. The closest I could get to it is this, using a daylight system. But it still doesn't look as good.



Also I can't figure out how to get the bottom of the airplane to be slightly illuminated with that bluish tint...If anyone can help me, that would be great!
 
Old 04 April 2013   #2
Another quick thing, the reason I want it to look like that is because I'm going to be baking a diffuse shadow over the whole plane so it will show up in Flight Simulator X. And I don't want it to have really dark areas that will look black in-game. I just want that cool-looking shading effect.
 
Old 04 April 2013   #3
Frankly, I think it looks horrible But since you asked it looks like they've just used a reflection map over an ambient occlusion pass.
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Old 04 April 2013   #4
I know it doesn't look completely realistic, I just need to cast a slight shadow over some parts of the plane that aren't exposed to as much light. I've been messing with Ambient Occlusion and it's looking a little better, but it still doesn't get the look that the other ones have. The closest I've gotten is by using MR Area Omni lights and ambient occlusion combined...It looks like he's using more lights in different places like right in front of the wings and on the tail. I'll keep trying at it...
 
Old 04 April 2013   #5
Looks like a simple HDR light. You just have to try out different HDR at different angles until you find what you like.
 
Old 04 April 2013   #6
I think his plane isn't reflecting the black background, so maybe he used an environment switcher or simply rendered with white background, saved as png or another format that has alpha, then added black background in post
 
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