Launch when ready!

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Revell-Fan, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    I'm very pleased with the general shapes and think they will stay the way they are. So I made some test unfolds which showed that the mesh of the nose was somehow flawed. It exploded into a zillion triangles spread all over the canvas. After reading several tutorials and testing out new scripts I was able to clean it up and to reduce the number of split triangles to a minimum.

    Then I tried to wrap a texture around the three nose cone parts. This proved more difficult than I expected because SketchUp is not capable of UV mapping operations. There are some scripts which close this gap but the mesh still has some weird areas which makes a clean wrapping impossible. Even the trick to export the model, import it in a special UV mapping application and re-importing it in SketchUp didn't work. So I'll be projecting the texture. I used the first sample texture for another projection test. The result speaks for itself and I think this is how I'll do it.

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  2. imcold

    imcold Member

    I haven't understood all of it, but the textures can be always modified on the unfolded models if something goes wrong, so I wouldn't worry much if the process doesn't get 100% perfect results.
  3. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Yes, you are correct.

    What I tried to do was to treat the nose cone like a cylinder and wrap the texture around it to achieve a seamless result. This was not possible because there were some mistakes in the mesh which prevented the map from being wrapped around smoothly. The result was messy. So I projected the texture as shown here:

  4. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

    I'm still too "young" in modelling to understand that problem and ty to figure out a solution, so all I can say is that the pictures look amazing! Please, more pics!
  5. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Member

    Looks great Marcell! :thumb:
  6. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

    Actually the rule of thumb was to get it done as quickly as possible and use the parts as effectively as possible. :wink:

    While they did try to disguise the parts when they could, the first priority was to get that model out of the shop, especially in the TV realm. They had a short amount of time to get the models done, and it wasn't necessary to completely disguise the parts when the model would be seen for all of three seconds on screen and at low quality. They never imagined people like us would be examining the models in detail and try to build replicas of them.
  7. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    The texture is really looking good so far (even with all of the problems).
    I am sorry that you were having a hard time with it, but I am very certain that it will be well worth the trouble, effort, energy, and work that you (have and) still are putting into this model.
  8. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    I'm beyond excited to see the progress you're making. It looks fantastic!
  9. thomvz

    thomvz New Member

    this viper looks fantastic I still love the original better than the new one
  10. thomvz

    thomvz New Member

    even star treck next gen had an ailon shuttel that started life as a machbox car with 2 lady's razzers stuck on
  11. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Really? I didn't know that. Do you have a picure or a name of the vessel?

    A little update, this time concerning the Mk. IV. I have made the canopy a bt rounder and the collar around the intakes got its wavy line.

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  12. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I have always liked the MK-IV Viper.
    I like the additions that you are making on this one.
    These will really set it apart from the rest.
  13. ShadowHawk141

    ShadowHawk141 Member

    This is realy comming along nicely.
    I love the pics with the textures it makes the model more....alive :)

    You're realy creating something special that many people will love to get their hands on, I know I do !!

    Personaly the first Viper from the TOS is my favourite, propably to do something with sentiment :)

  14. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Mine too! :) I just had a tingling sensation in my fingers which somehow forced me to continue working on the Mk. IV. Now I'm back to the Mk. I again. I've decided that the landing gear will be in the kit but the steps to actually add it to the fighter will be optional. So those who want to have a Viper without landing gear will have to assemble fewer parts. This however requires a proper stand, and what would be more suitable for the job than a partial launch rail? I'll give you some pics soon..!
  15. vbsargent

    vbsargent Member

    Partial launch rail? :eek: Wait- I thought that you guys were gonna do an entire bay WITH a complete launch rail.sign1
  16. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Oops, sorry - should be: "partial VINTAGE STYLE launch rail" :mrgreen: !

    The complete one is from the new BSG, this one will feature the 1978 version.
  17. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member



    Man, it's gettin' pretty good! But that's old news, when talkin' about your work...
    You're gettin' closer, and I'm gettin' more and more...ANXIOUS!sign1
    Just can't wait.:cry:
  18. Kjev

    Kjev Member

    I like them! Good to see you didn't let your bout with "constant snotitis" get you down! They look great!
  19. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Thank you! :wave:

    Here a sneak peak at the things to come... The two of them are still missing a texture, but you'll get the idea..! :thumb:

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  20. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    These are a GREAT start to a WONDERFUL COLLECTION of Vipers!!!

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