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    I have been learning 3d modeling for the past 6 months (3ds Studio Max). I have never modeled a car before and wanted to give it a go so I figured, why not my car (our cars)? So begins my new task, Project: Digi-Birdô

    My last project was a spaceship for a Star Trek game (I am into sci-fi)

    Some pics of my work here:

    http://www.redspar.com/aries/desert.jpg

    http://www.redspar.com/aries/proto61.png

    http://www.redspar.com/aries/proto60.png

    http://www.redspar.com/pics/Aries&E%20copy.png

    http://www.redspar.com/pics/turret.jpg

    http://www.redspar.com/pics/turret_mat.jpg

    I did an animation test too. You'll need the Xvid video codec to see it http://www.xvid.org/Downloads.43.0.html

    Video here: http://www.redspar.com/aries/aries5_full.avi

    Or if you want to just see the flash version go here: http://www.redspar.com/ariesvid/

    Anyways, back to the Digi-Bird project...

    I took some orthographic shots of my '84 'Bird (front, side, top etc) to use as blueprints for my 3d model. -If anyone has blueprints of 83-86 T-Birds please let me know!!



    Imported ortho shots into 3ds Max:



    Modeling done so far:



    I can't tell you how hard it is to get all the subtle curves correct!

    This project is going to take me some time as I probably only will have a few hrs a day to work on it. As I have never done a car before there will also be a learning curve for me.

    The good thing is when I get this done I may try to put it in a mod for a racing game like GTR2 (my fav) or we can use it for visualizations of mods we want to do to our cars - different wheels, scoops, paint schemes, spoilers etc.

    1984 302 - T-5 speed - 8.8 3.73 diff - eibach springs/struts - headers & dual exhaust
    My '84 Thunderbird
    My PROJECT DIGI-BIRD

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    That will be really cool when you finish it. I use Autodesk VIZ (basically a slightly stripped version of 3DS Max intended for architects including a built in object directory) and SketchUp (which Google bought and is really quick for initial renders [hence the name]) and I'm glad most of what I model is pretty rectangular I also hate doing lighting and should really have someone show me how to do it better. I was supposed to learn formZ at some point, but haven't had a reason to yet.

    VIZ (and 3DS Max) can make some amazing models, but the programs are incredibly complex and I avoid using them for most stuff if I can get away with it.

    Good luck to you.
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    Is the "Aries" for Bridge commander by any chance? That stuff looks really really amazing.
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    It was going to be for Star Trek Online the MMO, but that game folded before it saw the light of day.

    1984 302 - T-5 speed - 8.8 3.73 diff - eibach springs/struts - headers & dual exhaust
    My '84 Thunderbird
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    Wow that is awesome. Keep me informed on how this turns out. I may have a project for you.

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    Great work !!!You know,Thunderbirds are darned good looking cars.
    '88 Sport--T-5,HURST shifter,TMoss GT-40 intake,Ed Curtis cam,Trick Flow heads,Scorpion rockers,70mm t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK headers,O/R H-Pipe, Flowamaster 40's, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels,Mass Air, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.73's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft and a lot more..

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    Well I am on hold for the moment on this until I can get a better plan (top down) view. My plan photo has too much distortion to use. I really, really need a blueprint!

    1984 302 - T-5 speed - 8.8 3.73 diff - eibach springs/struts - headers & dual exhaust
    My '84 Thunderbird
    My PROJECT DIGI-BIRD

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    Cool, keep us updated!

    There was another member here awhile back that modeled a 4 eyed Cougar, I think his username was Rwolf not sure though.
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    The perspective and distort tools in Photoshop can't correct your top view enough to work off of?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSX View Post
    The perspective and distort tools in Photoshop can't correct your top view enough to work off of?
    Tried that already. No way to know though if it is accurate short of measuring everything on the adjusted photo vs the actual car. Not sure I am ready to go to those lengths yet as I am still looking for some blueprints. If it comes to that I will give it a go but I will be essentially making scale drawings from scratch at that point.
    Last edited by Red Spar; 04-03-2008 at 07:51 PM.

    1984 302 - T-5 speed - 8.8 3.73 diff - eibach springs/struts - headers & dual exhaust
    My '84 Thunderbird
    My PROJECT DIGI-BIRD

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