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    Quote Originally Posted by CMT
    Looking really nice, Nick! Rockets.... Always love to see a good rocket model!
    Thanks CMT - I am still finding new reference material - it's a bit of a pain when I discover I got something wrong before, and have to go back! My current excuse is that as I intend to show a successful launch, it's clearly not one of the ones I have photos of!

    It is really difficult when it's not clear about the alignment around the rocket of various shots, or which bits are just on it for transporting. In general I am using real details, but placing them in guessed positions - in particular I am tending to replicate them around the rocket to add visual detail. I am also getting more confident that I am finding errors in reference material I have got.

    But I have high hopes that if I can keep it going, I will end up with the most accurate model ever done of it.

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    Working on the main N-1 Gantry - here's the main repeating unit, and a stack of them. Panels done with IFW2.
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    More work on the main gantry - I had started on the crane on op, but it looked awful, (which will teach me to noodle away with no plan).

    Also more small detailed on the main rocket.

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    Excellent progress Nick - you've done a wonderful job on those stairs!

    The whole scene is looking a lot more complete and more convincing as you go.

    flakester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flakester
    Excellent progress Nick - you've done a wonderful job on those stairs!

    The whole scene is looking a lot more complete and more convincing as you go.

    flakester.
    Thanks - the steps are provisional, they definitely need a handrail. I'll be reolacing all the big pipes and stuff on the right too. The main rocket is nearly done - there are just some final checks that I have not missed any nurneys, and the blocks that run the iinter stage connections to do.

    I've just today worked out that the same basic gantry structures were used for Buran, and there's a LOT more reference material of that one on the pad.

    I'll have to be careful though, or I'll end up modelling the whole of Baikonur!

    I'm pretty sure I'll be taking it forward to model the Luniy Oribitalny Korable (LOK their command module equivalent), having found some excellent plans and reference images. The lander will be a real pig but if I do the rest, I guess I'll have to complete it! Fortunately it spends a lot of the trip time tucked away inside the fairing...

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    Not my work but...

    A friend on the IAAA list took one of my test renders, cut it out. and treated it to look like one of those old slightly sepia reference images. I think it looks just great...
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    Excellent work so far!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by starbase1
    A friend on the IAAA list took one of my test renders, cut it out. and treated it to look like one of those old slightly sepia reference images. I think it looks just great...
    That, is not bleedin bad at all!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by korolev
    Excellent work so far!!
    Well, with that name you would say that!
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    Starbase - let me pick up my fallen jaw and I'll give you my opinion in details

    briefly - WOW.

    PS: Why don't you really model whole Baikonur might be interesting to see

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kora
    Starbase - let me pick up my fallen jaw and I'll give you my opinion in details

    briefly - WOW.

    PS: Why don't you really model whole Baikonur might be interesting to see
    Please nit pick, it will help make the model better. But there are many things I know need work, it;s a LONG way short of finished. Surfaces are still VERY provisional. I want to decide the lighting first, then I can make the surfaces look right with the real lighting.

    I can't model the whole of Baikonur because Lightwave can't handle the polygon count! I am getting serous about the launch pad though - I am using what I think is a Google Earth image of the pad at the time of Buran / Energia to get the gantries and stuff in the right places. At the moment I have it assigned to a polygon in the scene, which looks awful, but helps me develop the scene, and is great for positioning the blast pits.

    See attached images.

    It has shown that I have the angles on the main gantry badly wrong though, the support structures need a complete rebuild.

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    Populating the launch site is revealing some nasty scale inconsistencies. I think I need to get some simple human figures in the test shots, for a better sense of scale. I'm also switching to HDRI for the renders.
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    Looking good. Vast impovement in the lighting.

    2.5 MG:

    http://ia300116.us.archive.org/2/ite...7_New_Moon.mpg

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    Lots of not very dramatic work getting the scale consistent and correct. Which is the main reason the human dummies and the helicopter is in there)
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    Work continues, though I got very distracted with the lighting, with the aim of starting surfacing...

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