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    I've got a Abrams myself, I'd like to use for an animation (and further I'll rig a Tiger like the Norwegian military use..) - but there's a huge problem, it's really REALLY hard to make 'perfect' morphs... Any ideas on this, Cageman ?

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    There is probably a simpler way, but here is how I made a tread morph long ago...
    I made one section (copied it to another layer), then made a closed path that followed the wheels..then I path cloned (changing numbers until it finally looked right. Then I copied the path and split it at the center of the second tread so the start of the path was at that point. then I path cloned the copied tread using the same values as before.
    It worked good and there is only slight squeezing at the drive wheels.

    My problem it figuring out how to model the tread and the path in order tohave the treads line up at each joint. Is there a way to measure the total length of a path (thats all curvy and such)?
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    Johan helped me out on this. The path centered and the one tread object centered as well helped me with my problem. The only problem now is that I can't add smoke, and parenting it to the body (or any other object) without the Body of the tank jumping around like crazy, like if it's bouncing on the particles.

    But so far, I've tested with a Landrover and the Abrams tank. Think it's quite fun just moving them around, adjusting the thrust and make target_ nulls to make it turn and follow my route automatically. This is like goofing around with a RC car, rather than working. All I'd like now is a way to use a XBOX360 controller or so, to control the thrust and steering - and I'm probably not alone on that one.


    PS! Very quick test animations: Landrover - M1 Abrams tank

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlaHaldor View Post
    The only problem now is that I can't add smoke, and parenting it to the body (or any other object) without the Body of the tank jumping around like crazy, like if it's bouncing on the particles.
    You can always solve it by baking with VRbaker.
    I tried adding a null, parenting it to a wheelnull by using motion modifier expression and it worked with particle emitter.

    Nice animation!
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    Just a notice for the users.

    You can download and try the beta version of w_gamedevice in the forum. It's windows x86 only.
    Demo video

    It's a motion modifier so you can use it on non VR project as well. Recording control is in the master plugins.

    Cheers
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    Any plans for a Mac version?
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    Very interesting plugin, I'd like to test it on some of my cars sometime.
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    I want to go backwards. Is that possible yet?

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    This looks not only useful but fun too. I downloaded the beta...now I just need to rush out and get a game pad.

    Keep up the great work Walfridson!

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    I need some betatesting of the gamedevice plugin. Only on 64bit, XP and Vista. Non-costumers are very welcome to help out!
    Let me know by mail, pm, skype, msn.

    Quote Originally Posted by 3DGFXStudios View Post
    I want to go backwards. Is that possible yet?
    Not to soon!

    Quote Originally Posted by lwanmtr View Post
    Any plans for a Mac version?
    The gamedevice is and will be windows only. Everything else is mac friendly.
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    Forgot to mension, Lightwave 64bit and a joystick or gamepad is a must.
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  12. #72
    Dang dang!
    You can now get it with a 50% discount from 3Dwired.
    Remember, the gamedevice stuff is included.
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  13. #73
    Vehicle Rigger is now freeware

    Huge thanks to everyone who supported it!!!

    Links at http://walen.se/vehiclerigger/

    ciao
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    Wow, thats generous. Thank you
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