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Project Apollo - NASSP => Modeling => Topic started by: FordPrefect on April 06, 2008, 06:49:29 PM



Title: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: FordPrefect on April 06, 2008, 06:49:29 PM
Hi all,

I've found a good tutorial about texturing 3d objects (uvw unwrapping) last Friday so I decided it's time for me to broaden my 3d modeling skills a bit. After finishing the tutorial I started my own first complete model with textures and chose to make a Gnomon. The model is finished now and I'm quite happy with the result. Sooo... whenever we get to resume coding the LEVA stuff, this model can be used too!

This shows the model at an intermediate stage, no textures applied and the colorplate is still missing:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/Rhinehornet/Gnomon_noTextures_noColorplate.jpg)


I've been working on this half of Saturday and about 6 hours today, now the complete model surface is textured:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/Rhinehornet/Gnomon.jpg)


...modeling can be real fun once you know how it works. Now I feel well prepared to resume working on the LM ascent stage.  :yes77:



Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: Swatch on April 07, 2008, 12:41:18 AM
Yea, I just found the wonders of UVW unwrapping myself...its helping me do more work on the VC and worry less about making textures just right...


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: ryan on April 07, 2008, 10:39:16 PM
Which expirement is that exactly, it looks like a tripod stand, or is it something else?


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: Christophe on April 08, 2008, 12:03:04 PM
Hi Fordperfect!
Very great stuff! So much details are amazing.
thanks.


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: pattersoncr on April 08, 2008, 07:46:45 PM
Which expirement is that exactly, it looks like a tripod stand, or is it something else?
it was used to provide a point of reference in photographs.  The rod in the center swings freely to provide a known vertical and the color chart is a color reference.


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: ryan on April 08, 2008, 09:26:18 PM
Hey guys, for these intruments are we going to have to activate them? That will be cool, maybe a more better texture drill where you can see it turning or something. Also i think there was an intrument when you pushed a switch and it unfolded.


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: lassombra on April 09, 2008, 12:24:21 AM
There is potential there.

Once I finish with the checklist controller, I'm going to be digging further into the LEM and seeing if we can't get that baby running as smooth as the CSM is now.  If you wanted to look into the interaction there, that would be cool.


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: ryan on April 09, 2008, 12:45:03 AM
Ok i try to find videos and pictures and diagrams on the lunar intruments and maybe the SIM bay panel, yay im getting into the team. :D


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: ryan on April 09, 2008, 05:30:43 PM
Hey Ford Perfect i think i might have some pictures and diagrams of the ALSEP that might help you, if you are doing the whole ALSEP collection.


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: NukeET on April 10, 2008, 07:58:36 AM
Which modeling program did you use?

The gnomon looks great!


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: Swatch on April 10, 2008, 02:42:18 PM
Ford, I also have all the old ALSEP models from NEP and other NASSP sources if you want me to zip them up and send them to you. (may be a week or so until I can set up my old hard drives on my new computer).  There were quite a few models that I have archived.


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: ryan on April 12, 2008, 01:22:00 AM
Hi all,

I've found a good tutorial about texturing 3d objects (uvw unwrapping) last Friday so I decided it's time for me to broaden my 3d modeling skills a bit. After finishing the tutorial I started my own first complete model with textures and chose to make a Gnomon. The model is finished now and I'm quite happy with the result. Sooo... whenever we get to resume coding the LEVA stuff, this model can be used too!

This shows the model at an intermediate stage, no textures applied and the colorplate is still missing:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/Rhinehornet/Gnomon_noTextures_noColorplate.jpg)


I've been working on this half of Saturday and about 6 hours today, now the complete model surface is textured:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/Rhinehornet/Gnomon.jpg)


...modeling can be real fun once you know how it works. Now I feel well prepared to resume working on the LM ascent stage.  :yes77:



What are you using to make the intruments? what program?


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: FordPrefect on April 12, 2008, 02:49:19 AM
Hi Fordperfect!
Very great stuff! So much details are amazing.
thanks.

Which modeling program did you use?

The gnomon looks great!

What are you using to make the intruments? what program?

Thanks for the comments. The model is done with 3ds max.

Ford, I also have all the old ALSEP models from NEP and other NASSP sources if you want me to zip them up and send them to you. (may be a week or so until I can set up my old hard drives on my new computer).  There were quite a few models that I have archived.

Thanks Swatch for your offer! I'm not yet sure if I'm looking into these existing models and possibly "buff" them up a bit or build all the instruments/experiments models from scratch. Currently I'm more inclined to the latter. I'll let you know if I go with the first option. Initially, I did the Gnomon for learning purposes. During the upcoming weeks I'll focus on the LEM ascent stage again. And then we need a new descent stage too.



Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: bluespace88 on April 12, 2008, 02:51:00 AM
can't wait for that.  The ascent stage is looking awesome so far, and judging from these, I'm sure it'll be amazing.  After all, we can't have the ALSEP stuff without the LEM getting a make over :wink:


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: ryan on April 14, 2008, 12:04:57 AM
Hey guys, what do you think i should use to model this ALSEP?


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: FordPrefect on April 14, 2008, 02:54:48 PM
Hey guys, what do you think i should use to model this ALSEP?

I think anim8tor and gmax are good, gmax is a very powerful modeling program. Both are for free.

You can get gmax here: http://www.turbosquid.com/gmax

and anim8or here: http://www.anim8or.com/


Title: Re: Lunar Surface Instruments
Post by: Zachstar on May 01, 2008, 06:38:06 AM
Hey guys, what do you think i should use to model this ALSEP?

Do you have experience in modeling? You do know it takes time and patience to learn right?