HMC #36 - Ecto 1, I love the 80s!


#1

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I’m going to attempt Ecto 1 for this challenge. Just Ecto 1 and not 1a from Ghostbusters 2 or 1b from the video game.

From the Wiki:
“The Ecto-1 is a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura (limousine style windows) Duplex (hearse / ambulance combination) used in the 1984 film Ghostbusters and other Ghostbusters fiction.”

If I can finish this guy up, I’ll attempt to turn it into an 80s tribute with a few other choice vehicles from the time period.


#2

Why doesn’t it surprise me you chose this?? Good luck Wyatt! :thumbsup:


#3

Yah! I forgot about this one. One of the most iconic movie car.

Best luck Wyatt, but I know you will do fine


#4

I remember having the toy of this car. I look forward to seeing her as glorious CG as for me the only two cars I can think of that really stands out as unique were Ecto-1 and the 1989 Batmobile.


#5

Thanks fellas, gonna try to get an early jump on this one.

They really had some great concept art in Ghostbusters. I don’t think I could get better. Quick look up gave me the dimensions so I’m good to go.

So, first task is to model a 1959 Miller-Meteor Futura Ambulance.
Second task, convert it into Ecto1. :smiley:

Here we go!


#6

and your scene is set…Jump on it…Good luck Wyatt


#7

Cant wait to see how this turns out. Really was considering doing the ecto 1 but I thought there would be a few people doing it. Good luck though :slight_smile:


#8

Updates, Updates, Updates.


#9

So here’s a funny thing, after doing CG work for 15 years I realized I’ve never actually modeled a car before. Plenty of spaceships, but never a car. I’m kind of impressed with how much detail is in just the base car body. Details that you would normally not worry about on a spaceship and just use greebles, nurnies and spaceship hull textures to finish it up.

Having said that, I realize that while the concept art was good for getting the layout and general approximations of the car it really wasn’t that accurate. So I searched all over for photos of either Ecto1 or a 1959 Futura but orthos of those are pretty hard to come by. But what I did find were some really high quality shots of fully restored Futuras. Looking at those I realized that the 1959 Cadillac De Ville has the exact same body style, minus the ambulance area and I found this:

I started on the model twice and both times really didn’t like what I was getting so I stopped and really analyzed the refs and my third attempt is coming out much better. Not much to show yet, I should have something today… maybe. :smiley:


#10

Cool infos, me too never model a car. I start a Helicopter but never finish it.

Good use of an other car. Can’t wait to see your progress


#11

i havent done a car for year and years…5 at least…

i just wish i had time for this one…


#12

Alright finally making some progress here. Spent way too much time on surfaces and rendering today. Surfaces are close but still temporary, need to finish more car before I know for sure. Lighting is done by sibl. Hood is mostly done except for some decorative chrome. Still working out the fender but I should have it tomorrow. I took off this week so I should have plenty of time.


#13

wow

I tought it was ref photo man. Your good at render


#14

Thanks Scote! I’ve used the car paint shader before but it’s amazing how hard it is to get white car paint to look right without being blown out.


#15

How is that HOOD floating in the scrap yard like that LOL- JK very nice!


#16

this is looking suweeett! Can’t wait for more updates :smiley:


#17

<coug>updates?<cough>


#18

are those renders using sIBL Wyatt? only just discovered it myself and itching to try it out!


#19

@TheNeverman - Yeah yeah, I’m working on it. :smiley:

Yes, it’s a very easy plugin to setup. And once it’s working you just pick an environment and 1-click later all of the HDR lighting is setup.

Man, there are a lot of curves to work out. Finally starting to get the hang of it but the body around the headlights is tricky. Should be easier once I finish that.


#20

Are you box modeling this Wyatt or extruding from curves?