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    Soviet Moon Rocket N-1

    Hi All,
    I have decided to try and model an N-1 moon rocket, the one that was intended to carry a cosmonaut to the moon before Apollo. Reference material is a bit thin on the ground, but I think I have as much as I am likely to get.

    This is likely to progress very slowly, so bear with me.

    For now I am just roughing out the shape, so I can be sure it is consistent. I'm working up from the bottom, so to speak...

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    Wow, thats a lot of engines!
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    Yes, and the actual engines were VERY highly regarded.
    The main problem was the insanely complex fuel pumping system, to keep them all fed.
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    Oh, absolutely! This is only roughed out - I am unlikley to keep a single polygon from the top 2/3rds. And not many from the rest.

    I like to start with a rough shape to check the proportions, so I can view it from lots of angles and see if it matches the (limited) reference material. I've made basic mistakes before when I did not do that, and it's a real pig to go back and try to correct later.

    This also lets me find the best angles to render from, and then I can put more effort into the bits that will be closest to the camera.

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    For a rough out, it's coming good thus far.
    Looking forward to the updates.

    flakester.

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    Maybe you will find these references useful. yet of course, you may have them already
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kora
    Maybe you will find these references useful. yet of course, you may have them already
    Thanks - yes, I had those. If there is any interest I'll gather up the references I found and put them online...

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    Here's an update:

    * I've done some fine detailing on the block-a skirt
    * I think the stabilisers are pretty much finished.
    * The chunks on the side of block-a have been added, (rounder is neat!)
    * ridges and lumpy stuff modeled under the blocks.

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    Looking nice so far, yet I'd personally like to see engines more detailed outlets are curved cones, not cilinders

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kora
    Looking nice so far, yet I'd personally like to see engines more detailed outlets are curved cones, not cilinders
    Kora, that is one of the big tasks - I want a LOT of detail on each engine! (Well, I get to use each one a lot so it won't be wasted effort!). Before that though I need to work my way through a tutorial so I can cut the holes in the base heat shield without errors.
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    Nice Job so far, I agree with the need for more engine detail. The skin above them looks great. Look forward to seeing more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E-ronin
    Nice Job so far, I agree with the need for more engine detail. The skin above them looks great. Look forward to seeing more.
    Yep, holes drilled to take the engines, all nice and smooth. I think the next stage is to put some work into the engines, though I will probably twiddle other stuff as I go.

    I've smoothed off the rim of the block-a skirt, and added the relevant details around the top lip of block-a (I think stage separation could be a killer image!).
    Also made some adjustments to those blocky pod things, and split them into 2 textures.

    I also got some good links to You Tube videos of the N-1 in action!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m79UO4HOQmc&NR=1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhjqJxKGIvI&NR=1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6ScC3n3LQk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lITe2DcKf0&NR=1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PsXNVf00x0

    And two web pages with plans for card models of the N-1:
    http://www.currell.net/models/n1.htm
    http://hjem.get2net.dk/ClassicPaperSpaceModels/

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    Current state of play at the bottom.
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    I have started work on a more detailed engine model, I'm not sure how far I will take this as only the bottom 25% will be seen.
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    More detail on the block-a engine.
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