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Old 03-14-2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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Bob Hall's Bulldog - a 21st century Do-Over

Just started this one yesterday... coming along reasonably thus far. Very pleased with my geometry flow this time. Again this is NOT a straight replica (though its awfully close) I am taking artistic license to make some edits here and there per my own tastes if I were to build one of these today with a Federal Govt Budget behind me.

Bear in mind Bob Hall only built ONE of these aircraft EVER, and it was lost to the sands of time. An outfit in Florida is currently building a working replica.

If this looks familiar, its cuz it was designed in 1932 by the dude (Bob) who designed the Gee Bee Z... after he LEFT Gee Bee to design THIS.

Then he lost *TO* the Gee Bee Z with this. He then jumped off a bridge.

After sticking this up against some blueprints for an R/C scale model of this design, and looking at reference photos... this would be an even MORE uncomfortable aircraft to shoe-horn your ass into than Hall's original Gee Bee Z design. It's CRAMPED in there.

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And about a day and change work so far -



 
Old 03-16-2013, 01:30 AM   #2
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... getting into panel divisions & surface detailing. For some reason when Hall designed this aircraft he was either in a rush or just lazy; that external fuel cap that pokes out past the body skin looks cool for a model but... kinda dumb.



 
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Nearly done w/ control surfaces. Decided to detail some stuff that will probably never get seen, but it's there... also made the aileron a littler overly complex for the sake of adding something interesting to an otherwise large, flat surface.

 
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Doing texturing tonight, going with a black-on-yellow old school Taxi Cab theme, just gotta figure out where the checkering goes...

 
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looks really great! what app and workflow are you using?
 
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Thank you! I'm using 3DS MAX 2010 w/ Mental Ray. As for workflow... I've been gone from 3D for a long time and I'm trying to practice myself back into shape. This particular model I began with a schematic plan for an R/C scale model of the Hall Bulldog and improvised/edited the design on my own from there to modernize it.

Started with a cylindrical fuselage main poly and pulled everything out of that & smoothed, placing edgeloops where I needed them etc and went from there.

I finished my first paint scheme for the model, and I'm looking to setup some in-flight racing scenes with my Gee Bee model to print for my son and nephew.

This taxi cab paint scheme is for my 4yr old nephew, whose name is william but the whole family (for some reason) calls him "bear".



 
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looking forward to the race scene!
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This is looking good too.

I was wondering if you'd do the Z racer as well
 
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Well I did KIND OF do the Gee Bee Z... I think you saw that WIP thread.

Since these models I'm making are all kind of modernized 'updates' of my own... I'm not sure it would be respectful to be including the genuine designs in the same composition :P
 
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pffft, I don't see why not. screw the naysayers

looking forward to seeing the rest of the planes you create, really nice execution on both so far
 
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Thank you, hugely appreciated! I've been out of 3D for a while and the past couple weeks I'm trying to crash course my way back to being halfway decent.

I just blocked out the third racer so I can make a proper scene... here I thought the inline water cooled airframe would be easier... WRONG... lol
 
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