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sean hargreaves
06-27-2007, 04:10 PM
Does anyone know where I can get free files of cars?

Andyjaggy
06-27-2007, 04:29 PM
Define files? If you want blueprints go to www.suurland.com

Steve Warner
06-27-2007, 04:31 PM
Here ya go. Lots of cars in LightWave format for free.

http://dmi.chez-alice.fr/models0.html

Cheers!

Matt
06-27-2007, 04:42 PM
Here's some excellent models given away by Nigel Schutte, the nice chap that he is!

Mercedes 280 SL
Audi TT
Fiat 500
Mini Cooper
BMW Z4
http://www.spinquad.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4912

sean hargreaves
06-27-2007, 04:49 PM
Oh my God Steve Warner, thats GREAT! I have to do a quick city pre-viz for Friday morning...aaarrrgghhh!
Which leads me to this next question, how about skyscrapers and other buildings, any leads to files of them? :thumbsup:

Steve Warner
06-27-2007, 05:54 PM
Yes, but unfortunately the largest collection of free ones I know of (http://www.greatbuildings.com/gbc_types/models/models.html) won't open in LightWave. If you need quality, I'd plunk down the $49 for the Geo-Metricks skyscrapers. (http://www.geo-metricks.com/) If you got paid $10 per hour it would take you more than 5 hours to model all these. So it's a real bargain.

If you need a cheap cityscape, you can use the Greeble plug-in or you can go really low-end and just use the Bevel tool on a subdivided grid with a randomized shift value.

sean hargreaves
06-27-2007, 06:28 PM
Thanks Steve. Hows the heat in Tuscon? Its roasting here!

sean hargreaves
06-27-2007, 06:31 PM
Have you guys used Turbosquid.com for 3d models? They have a lot of stuff!

Andyjaggy
06-27-2007, 06:46 PM
Yep Turbosquid is great. I sell a lot of things on there but I have never bought anything myself.

sean hargreaves
06-27-2007, 06:53 PM
Hi Andy,
Whats a 3ds format mean? I can use it with Lightwave right?
I'm thinking of getting a building package. Are the textures good? I'm working with a reputable effects company and I'm doing a pre-vis for them.
Want the models to be good.

Matt
06-27-2007, 07:02 PM
3DS is a 3D Studio file, and LightWave can open them directly.

sean hargreaves
06-27-2007, 07:11 PM
Thank you my valiant knight!!!
Wait, that does'nt sound right!!!??!

Matt
06-27-2007, 07:29 PM
<-- Runs a mile!

:D

Steve Warner
06-27-2007, 07:43 PM
Hows the heat in Tuscon? Its roasting here!
Nice and toasty! 108-degrees today. But it's a dry heat. ;D

If you've got a slightly higher budget, Marlin Studios has a City Building Model Collection (http://www.marlinstudios.com/products/bldgmodels/bldgmodels.htm) for $199. The models come in LightWave format, so they're good to go.

I could have sworn that a year or so ago someone posted a complete model of New York city. Anyone remember that?

Andyjaggy
06-27-2007, 08:00 PM
Yes 3DS is a standard 3D format. However if you have the option go with an OBJ or LWO file because 3DS can't support quads so everything will be trippled which means messy and hard to work with geometry.

sean hargreaves
06-27-2007, 10:55 PM
But Andy, its just sitting there, or passing by, why is it hard to work with?

sean hargreaves
06-27-2007, 10:57 PM
Does that mean all the 3ds furniture I just downloaded from interiors.net is going to be a pain? I just want simple things, simple, simple, simple..:bangwall: :compbeati :grumpy: :grumpy: :grumpy:

Andyjaggy
06-28-2007, 08:55 AM
You have to understand I am obsessive about clean and well built models. If you aren't going to modify it or do anything to the model other then stick it in a scene to render then it won't really matter I guess.

sean hargreaves
06-28-2007, 08:58 AM
Yeah, thats all I'm doing right now, no time for modifications!