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  03 March 2014
Bell AH-1Z Helicopter - High Poly Model

Hey Guys,

I'm working on creating a pilot for my AH-1Z Helicopter I modelled a couple of years ago. This model is still being blocked out in marvelous designer, but it's starting to take shape.

C&C welcomed.

One of the latest renders of the helio:

Last edited by tewicks : 06 June 2014 at 10:18 AM.
  03 March 2014
Great work so far! How does the base mesh of the pilot gear look like?
I'm basically in the exact same boat right now with the pilot for my Mi-24

Fun and curious to watch you making yours now!

  03 March 2014
Nice work. Love the detailing given to the pilot and helicopter. Any plan to animate them? Waiting to see more from you.
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  05 May 2014
Andre, Thanks! Currently it's all still sim geo, so nothing much to show you until I retopologise it. Hopefully that's going to happen shortly! I'm keen to see how you go with your pilots... they can be just as intense as building the heli.

Maxter, Cheers man, there's always plans to animate but for now my most immediate goal is the get the pilot in the cockpit and get a sweet render of everything.

I've been making some progress with the helmet model...

  05 May 2014
Still some detail work to go, but its shaping up now

I also rendered a quick turntable of the whole chopper recently.

Check it out here

Last edited by tewicks : 05 May 2014 at 09:07 AM.
  05 May 2014
That's pretty awesome!!

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  05 May 2014
UF! Another great Awesome Model...
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  05 May 2014
2xbo - Cheers!

jonathankrijgsman - thanks man!

So I spent my 1 day off this week getting most of the detailing done on the pilot. Still some bits missing like shoe tread & laces and probably needs a bit of a pass in zbursh but I'm pretty happy with how it's looking so far.

Feel free to crit anything that stands out... I've been staring at it for so long its hard to tell what's even going on haha.


  06 June 2014
Update time!

Started work with the textures & shading. Only spend 1 day so far, I see many things that need fixing. Going to share it anyway

  06 June 2014
Nice modelling, lighting and details. It already looks more than good enough to be placed in your helicopter and produce nicely detailed renders. I'm sure you won't be able to resist the urge to keep adding to it though :P
  06 June 2014
Telemachus - Thanks man! Well I am moving the project along to get some renders out but I think I'll revisit the pilot later and add more details

This is a new higher quality render. It sort of looks like it's being piloted by ghosts at the moment, the skin shaders broken. I also notice now the pilots are a bit to small in relation to the size of the chopper. Gonna have to adjust that.

Check it out in full resolution here: http://i.imgur.com/REXv2Hx.jpg

Last edited by tewicks : 06 June 2014 at 06:39 AM.
  06 June 2014
But... an attack helicopter piloted by ghosts would be so cool! It looks great anyway. Doesn't look like there's much more left to do on this, modelling-wise.
  06 June 2014
Telemachus - haha yep it would be pretty cool if they were ghost pilots. I sense a mod to my helicopter coming :P

I've been busy making small tweaks to the shaders and lighting. I added a quick rig to the rotor blades to get them in place and now its flying!

I'm trying desperately to get a few good shots and a turntable render out of the chopper before I head overseas in a couple of weeks. Got some companies I need to show this too and I'm out of time! I'll be back in a couple of months to continue with the chopper then!

Full Resolution: http://i.imgur.com/TxFRa8r.jpg

  06 June 2014
Another shot:

Full resolution: http://i.imgur.com/MBoPAC8.jpg

  06 June 2014
Better comp?

Full resolution: http://i.imgur.com/8osCm3U.jpg

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