.-| Week 40- The Weekly Hard Surface Challenge |-.

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Hey guys! Looking to get a little better at modeling challenging and complex shapes? Do you frequently have trouble with tricky geometry, and need to up your game? Just bored at work and want to kill some time?

Well, You're in the right place!

In 'The Weekly Hard Surface Challenge' complex and challenging geometry will be posted weekly for poly counters to make along side one another.

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Join us on Skype! Discuss Geo in real time! Just send me a PM with your Skype contact and I will add you to our chat.

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The big idea here is we, as a community, get together and share techniques and approaches on how to best achieve challenging geometry!

All applications and 3d packages are welcome to join in.


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Each week I will post a section or peice of geometry to be modeled as proficiently and expertly as possible.


I will post the weeks model on Saturday, Every week. Along with the updated model, I will update the Original post (This!) With tips and trick on how to achieve the prior weeks geometry, Submitted by various other artists!

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When posting your take on an Object for the thread PLEASE:

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1. Post at least 1 Shaded image for people to accurately judge the model. A dark diffuse, but Highly specular material tends to work best for this purpose. It's encouraged you provide one of these as well as a render, or beauty shot.


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2. LINK to an image that shows the smoothed and unsmoothed wireframe of the model. DO NOT embed it on open forum, As other people may want the challenge of going into the modeling process without knowing how others did it. Like so:


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3.(Optional) Post a nice render or beauty shot of the geometry(with no wires)! There is nothing to say these small (but challenging) pieces of geometry couldn't go into your portfolio under a "sketch" category! Take pride in your work, Render it out nice, and show it off! Example:

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4.(super optional) Bake it, Texture it! This thread doesn't have to be restricted to just the modeling. We can explore how the high poly modeling process pre-determines material definition and how it affects your asset in the long run!



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Thanks for reading and stopping by!

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If you want to check out the previous weeks, check out the thread here!

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Week 9

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Week 10 - Team Associated rotary carb

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Week 11 - 1930's Electro Voice carbon microphone

Courtesy of Vintage Mike. More references can be found Here

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Week 12 - Work Equip 03 Wheel

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Week 13 - Tricone drill bit

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Week 14 - bicycle brake caliper

** Search google for "campagnolo super record brake calipers" to get this exact model for additional reference.

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Week 15 - s2000 HKS header

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Week 16 - Giro Hex helmet

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Week 17 - crane control box

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Week 18 - Halo 4 airlock door

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Week 19 - Elysium Grenade

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Week 20 - Borderlands Echo Scanner

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Week 21 - Oblivion Tet Rifle

Notes: Lots of extra refs for this one. The replica comes courtesy of Soulinertia via therpf.com
Tech note: The rifle in the movie (and this replica) is based on the ACR. Notice the lower receiver is unchanged, and it uses standard Magpul Pmags. Should be able to easily find more details for those items. :)

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Week 22 - Autopsy Table

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week 23 - flamethrower

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Week 24 - Valve cover

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Week 25 - Tokico calipers

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Week 26 - Optical Theodolite

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Week 27 - M314 Motion Scanner

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Week 28 - Type 25 DEP aka Halo Plasma Pistol

As in previous weeks with game models, you will need to translate an in game model into a nice clean "realistic" hard surface object. The plasma pistol has been in five Halo games, so reference images will probably vary.

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Week 29 - Medical Pod

Here is a pretty cool piece by Danny Gardner. Lots of smooth contours as well as sharper parts so it should be a fun one.

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Week 30 - Tank Trolley

Here is a cool piece from Natural Selection 2. It has nice contours and a variety of materials so edge definition will be important.

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Week 31 - Devilbiss HVLP paint gun

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Week 32 - Waterproof ship hatch

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Week 33 - Jerry Can

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Week 34 - Alternator Rotor. This is harder than it looks. There are 4 main parts; spindle, coil, finger poles, and fan.

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Week 35 - AR Bolt Carrier.
Feel free to pick and create any one you want, but they all share the same main parts as outlined in the diagram.

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Week 36 - BMW M3 Differential Cover

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Week 37 - Hydraulic cutter/spreader

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Week 38 - Astro A50 Headset

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Week 39 - Vise Grip Pliers

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Week 40 - Natural Gas Meter

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Week 41 - KSport Coilover

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Week 42 - Vortex Ranger

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Week 43 - Soyuz T/TM O2 Valve

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Week 44 - Pentax K1000 - Feel free to use other lenses if you like!

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Week 45 - Kitchenaid bowl lift stand mixer

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Week 46 - Sci-Fi Fantasy Pistol

This week is a request to try a cool piece by Brandon Liao. Check him out here

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Week 47 - Tadiran CNR - 9000 UHF/VHF Radio

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Week 48 - Fender Stratocaster

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Week 49 - Klarus XT11

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Week 50 - Shimano Calcutta 400B - *NOTE* If you search for additonal reference, be aware there are multiple configurations such as right hand vs left hand. These three reference images have variations as well, so be aware of any differences between them.

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Week 51/52 - FINALE!

Evolution 160cc radial engine

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  • s6
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    Nice piece! Can't wait to see some people get into it.
  • GrungyStudios
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    hey im trying to start high poly modeling and enhance my skills and this thread seemed perfect.
    This is my progress so far, still working on refining some shapes to fit the picture more accurately, although some changes were made purposely to for design matters. Updates soon.

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  • commador
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    Welcome aboard Grungy!

    You are off to a good start. It may be a bit hard to see, but the swashplate (the piece with the 5 links attached) is actually two seperate parts. The inner section has the two links connected to the rotor blade mounts, and the 3 links which connect to the servos. All you should have to do to denote the cut between the parts is just that, a cut. Simple :) Also, the three servo links should be 120* apart. Your three look about 90* apart. The four mounts for the blade links should be 90* apart however. Yours seem more like an X shape vs a + shape. Get those changes taken care of and you are well on your way.
  • AlexRodriguez
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    WIP, some of my proportions are a bit off not to hard to fix might just leave them as is.

    Nice choice in a object Commandor
  • MSanchez
    My take for this week's hard surface challenge. Since starting these challenges I've become more comfortable with using the boolean and proboolean feature in 3ds Max. Before would shun the feature as it seemed to be a pain to clean up afterwards but careful planning seems to circumvent that.

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    3ds Max shaded render.

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    Beauty shot.

    Wireframe renders here.
  • AlexRodriguez
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    Week 9 Advanced, only a week remains till I begin to focus mainly on texturing. These challenges have greatly improved my modeling (lucky it started when I was focusing mainly on learning to model)

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  • AlexRodriguez
    Critique Sanchez: I personally like to create my own cutouts as I use the primitive I drag over to determine my proportion. You have 4 wings when there should be 3, the cylinder that connects up these wings I'd also a little short increase the height it about the same height as the cylinder above it. Moving up you could also increase the pipe by moving everything below it down. Lastly it a little more smoother when the square block connects to the propeller surface. Overall great job just some minor fixes to clean up your proportions.

    I also learned and refined my modeling skills more during Week 1 I thought I was skilled enough to only do the beginner objects.
  • Copletaf
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    Hi guys, it's my first post in the weekly hard surface challenge.

    This is my beginning :

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    Render from max

    There are some "cut" in the mesh because I work with intense and didn't collaps them yet.
    At the top it's just beginning so don't pay attention at the smoothing group.
  • MSanchez
    Critique Sanchez: I personally like to create my own cutouts as I use the primitive I drag over to determine my proportion. You have 4 wings when there should be 3, the cylinder that connects up these wings I'd also a little short increase the height it about the same height as the cylinder above it. Moving up you could also increase the pipe by moving everything below it down. Lastly it a little more smoother when the square block connects to the propeller surface. Overall great job just some minor fixes to clean up your proportions.

    I also learned and refined my modeling skills more during Week 1 I thought I was skilled enough to only do the beginner objects.

    Thanks for the critique Alex!

    You are right on the 3 wings. Looking at the reference again thought that it was 4 when I originally created that shape.

    I originally had moved the bottom section down but raised it up a bit as the connectors seemed stretched in comparison to the reference but think I can find a happy medium distance for those two sections.
  • Damian Nachman
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    A quick beauty render of the HP:

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    Sorry for the weird reflections on the plastic part.

    I Might get around to tweaking and retopo during the weekend.
  • commador
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    Progress for tonight.

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  • Ellis
    Here's is my try at it
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  • commador
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    Would have had this up a few days sooner but I was out for a while with a nasty cold.

    I'll get week 10 posted tomorrow. Keep an eye out! For everyone who completed this week, good job! For anyone who has yet to join, come on in. I'll restart the two model format with week 10, giving a choice of an "easy" model, and an "advanced" model.

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  • MSanchez
    I updated the model based off critques.

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    Beauty.

    Wireframes here.
  • Alex262
    Hi, I hope I'm not too late, didn't know we need to wait for account activation. This is my attempt for this week, I'll upload the wires once I'll clean up the flat areas, they are pretty messy right now.

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  • commador
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    Week 10 is up! Not sure how to change the title, I suppose a mod will have to do that?
  • commador
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    Progress for this week. This object is rather deceptive. There are going to be lots of merging and cuts to make this smooth.

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  • Copletaf
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    A little bit late but done !

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    The next piece is going to be fun yes haha.
    I think commador you should make a little bit smaller the edge at the top of the square, it seems to be a little bit more "round" (the center piece)
  • commador
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    Good job Copletaf! I see some scale issues but overall its a solid piece.

    Posting for week 10. Lots of cutting and merging for this one. I'm sure booleans could've made quicker work, but this is practice after all. I think I could've made the high speed fuel needle (the tall brass gizmo on the left) a bit fatter, but its pretty good I think.

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  • commador
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    Alex262 wrote: »
    Hi, I hope I'm not too late, didn't know we need to wait for account activation. This is my attempt for this week, I'll upload the wires once I'll clean up the flat areas, they are pretty messy right now.

    Welcome to the challenge!

    Your mesh looks pretty solid. All the proportions are very good, and there isn't anything that looks off or out of place. Some of the edges look a bit tight however. The way you have modeled it is very accurate to the real piece, and very much how it would be machined in reality, but if you have the intent of baking this mesh to a low poly asset, those tight edges would lose detail. Just something to keep in mind going forward. In fact, thats probably what you would hear most. I still need to get better at "loosening up". Anyway, keep it going and stick around! :)
  • Alex262
    Thanks for the feedback, I didn't noticed that the edges are so tight until you mentioned it. I had to choose between polishing the high poly and making a quick low poly and I went for the LP. Cannot post the wires because they are still messy but here is the normal map. I hope that I'll come back with textures and some animation in the weekend, probably I'll delay the current model for the next week.

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  • AlexRodriguez
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    WIP Merging the cylinders onto a cylinder was kind of complex in maintaining a clean topology. I gave it shot and almost got it just the way I wanted, will tweak tomorrow upon finishing the HP
  • Aga22
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    WIP Merging the cylinders onto a cylinder was kind of complex in maintaining a clean topology. I gave it shot and almost got it just the way I wanted, will tweak tomorrow upon finishing the HP

    i'd recommend going with the flow on such parts, keeps your corners consistent.

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  • Mitch Cosgrave
    Commador, first of all been following this SubD stuff for a while. Awesome work and thanks!

    Been toying with SubD stuff a fair bit lately, figured I'd take the night off my personal project and have a crack at this.

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    Took me about 2 hours so far, the shape and stuff is pretty complex. Most of the time spent was just bridging, merging and connecting polygons and ensuring the edge loops worked properly.

    [edit - I need to learn how to type ]
  • commador
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    Commador, first of all been following this SubD stuff for a while. Awesome work and thanks!

    Been toying with SubD stuff a fair bit lately, figured I'd take the night off my personal project and have a crack at this.

    Took me about 2 hours so far, the shape and stuff is pretty complex. Most of the time spent was just bridging, merging and connecting polygons and ensuring the edge loops worked properly.

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    Welcome aboard Mitch!

    I picked this object for that very reason. There isn't really a whole lot to the shape, and at cursory glance it looks easy enough, but its quite deceptive and requires a bit of planning to reproduce it. What I did was essentially manual booleans. I could make a quick demo (which reminds me, I need to finish the one for week 8) but it basically goes like this: Align the part you want to "merge" (in this case the angled cylinders on the right side) and on the "host" mesh, draw an outline of edges around the cylinders. Draw a loop of edges on the cylinder where it intersects. Remove the faces that overlap, and merge the two parts. Do any cleanup work to make the edges flow as good as you can get it. Then, draw a loop of edges around both sides of the intersection for support. Try to tie these off someone to avoid pinching or weird surface shading.

    This method may not be perfect, the best, or the fastest, but it will result in a decent mesh, and as I mentioned earlier, its really good practice for doing boolean operations manually, and getting a really good understanding of how they work. I imagine Modo's new Mesh Fusion feature would have this knocked out in minutes with great results.
  • AlexRodriguez
    Thanks you Aga22, I am pretty picky about my topology and after having a look at your image I complete agree. Touched up the topology with a control loop can easily move it as needed *deviated a little to keep it all quads*.

    On a final note, do some research on Week 10 model a simple Google search of "Team Associated rotary carb" is a excellent start *this piece is actually more complex then one might think*
  • Mitch Cosgrave
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    Welcome aboard Mitch!

    This method may not be perfect, the best, or the fastest, but it will result in a decent mesh, and as I mentioned earlier, its really good practice for doing boolean operations manually, and getting a really good understanding of how they work. I imagine Modo's new Mesh Fusion feature would have this knocked out in minutes with great results.

    I use this method, and you're right it is slow but it's effective and can provide really neat joint seams! I'm using Maya and while the new modelling tools speed up the process a fair bit, it's still far from perfect. Boolean operations almost never work for me in Maya. I'll be focusing on the angled pipe sections today trying to get those to look neat and sexy.
  • AlexRodriguez
    I am also a Maya user, I personally haven't tried using booleans as I learn more by doing it by hand as half the time I figure out ways to use less topology with decent to good edge flow
  • Mitch Cosgrave
    Found an hour or so to work on this today, has been pretty challenging so far.

    The hardest part I'd say so far has been getting the extrusion at the top of the phillips head screws to work properly. Any subdivisions to strengthen the edge borders through results in more edges running through the screw cap itself and down through the cylindrical body of the peice which gives it sharp lines. Still, it's great fun problem solving this stuff.

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  • Copletaf
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    Progress of this afternoon, need some last tweak

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  • commador
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    Found an hour or so to work on this today, has been pretty challenging so far.

    The hardest part I'd say so far has been getting the extrusion at the top of the phillips head screws to work properly. Any subdivisions to strengthen the edge borders through results in more edges running through the screw cap itself and down through the cylindrical body of the peice which gives it sharp lines. Still, it's great fun problem solving this stuff.


    Good work Mitch. Keep an eye on the proportions, and be careful of making edges too tight. If you stick around you will probably hear that quite often. As for your screw, you could add more segments, or change the direction of your support edges to "follow" the edge of the cut. I think Perna has some examples of this floating around somewhere.
    Copletaf wrote: »
    Progress of this afternoon, need some last tweak

    Nice work Copletaf! Shapes look quite nice and seem to match the reference well. However I notice some proportion issues with the brass cylinder on the left. It could be a bit taller. Would you mind posting the wireframes?
  • AlexRodriguez
    A few things I would have improved, my middle areas is to square miss-read the shape after seeing Commandor and thought it was more of a flat surface. Had already added my cylinder extrusion and when I went back in to fix it was a bit to late. (Found a great reference for a orthograpic side view which helped me proportion on the front)

    Working on keeping my edges farther apart as I have begun to learn to texture/render

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    The back was done by using reference images from teamassemble (everything was at a angle was hard to judge accurate proportions). Would have loved to see other try the back side or show what they did some of the back started rerouting my edge flow making it a much thrilling challenge

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  • Copletaf
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    Thanks commador ! You were right about the left tube, I correct some other scale too. I put wireframes this time :D I forgot it before.
    The part with "DV-I" is high res on the 2 screen because I collaps my modifier in max when I add the text, didn't think about the screen at this moment.

    The next piece is challenging, good choice !

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  • MSanchez
    My progress with week 11's model so far, nearly got everything modeled in and will commence on the wiring whenever work lightens up a bit.

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  • AlexRodriguez
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    WIP would of used a un-wired but as it still pretty low poly it hard to see. Most of my geometry is modeled into the model. Only used a few floaters mostly on the screws

    Sanchez: Look over at your bolts on the right image the outer most bolts are a-lot bigger then the others. Also the outer ring has a little more definition. But overall looking good don't forgot the stand/bottom
  • Copletaf
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    progress for now :

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    I just notice that my round (with spring) around the center are too small and I need to remake the big circle. I need to correct some scale error too and make the support.

    AlexRodriguez : Good start ! But your big circle seems to be too thick and the center piece not enough thick.

    MSanchez : Looks good ! But I think the top of the support should be bigger

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  • AlexRodriguez
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    Just need to go in and smooth and add control loops. But I wanted to see how people tackled the wire knot, I was thinking of using a nurbs curve to get the form but wasn't to sure.
  • commador
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    Progress for tonight. A few things need some tweaks, but I'm calling it a night. I'll get some crits for all you guys tomorrow after some good sleep. :)

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  • AlexRodriguez
    Commando and Copletaf: Thanks for the crit Copletaf made it much thicker. As for your models there not much to say except a few minor areas. Commandor the middle section where four screws 2 on each side hold it in place is a little short increase the height a little. Copletaf your inner circle (the piece where all the screws are in) is slightly to thin causing it to throw off your other porportions (you could also shrink it down and scale up the bolts)

    You could both add a little rotation to the springs where they latch on so it not so symmetrical and duplicated. I did it slightly as a suttle affect. Lastly on the front where there 4 screws there the biggest of the whole piece (those screws) has a washer on the surface below it. Commandor has it there slightly bigger then the screw and can be seen more clearly

    Besides that it all nitpicking
  • commador
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    I see some things now with fresh eyes on mine that need to be addressed. But, as promised last night, here are some crits! :)
    MSanchez wrote: »
    My progress with week 11's model so far, nearly got everything modeled in and will commence on the wiring whenever work lightens up a bit.

    Good model. Everything looks very solid and the proportions are bang on. The only piece I can spot that needs work is the base of the ring mount that threads into the stand. The cylinder is much fatter than the "wings" that flank it to either side.
    Copletaf wrote:
    progress for now

    Nicely done. I think the inner diameter of the front bezel could be shrunk just a tad, and the outer "lip" could be made a little bigger, as on the reference it appears as if they aren't quite the same size. The last thing I can spot is the "dogbone" piece on the front should have smoother transitions from where it extrudes forward. Your mesh is pretty sharp there.
    WIP would of used a un-wired but as it still pretty low poly it hard to see. Most of my geometry is modeled into the model. Only used a few floaters mostly on the screws

    Looking pretty good so far. The outer ring mount should be flat on the inside. On the reference images, you can see some welding marks where the two halves were joined. The ring looks like it has a straight profile the entire way through, with maybe a touch of curvature on the outside. You have a pretty steep bevel on yours.
  • AlexRodriguez
    Very true just noticed that was the weld mark, thought it was where the surface became flat leaving that big bevel
  • Copletaf
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    Thanks both of you for critics !

    Commador : Nice piece ! I think faces around the center face extruded of your "dogbone" should be more large and your spring should be bigger if we really want the same as the reference :p
    Otherwise your spring attachment are funny, it's seems like that will break.

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  • AlexRodriguez
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    Nice Completaf you should brighten up the lighting a little more some areas aren't very well light (Bolts).Your wiring also looks very clean (seem you like to have a few floaters hanging about)

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  • commador
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    Made some changes, finished the bits that needed completed, and I'm calling this one done. Now to jump back to the monthly challenge. :)

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  • Lemonwatcher
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    Started last night, put a quick 30mins and finished up today, I made some mistakes but it was fun and I learned a few things.

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  • AlexRodriguez
    Lemonwatcher you should remove that first render something really off with your normals or lighting. You made this in 30 minutes? (If so you should work on your proportions the outter ring to thin and could use a edge to give it more form and middle to thick). Everything else looks fine, would love to see yourwwires
  • Lemonwatcher
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    Lemonwatcher you should remove that first render something really off with your normals or lighting. You made this in 30 minutes? (If so you should work on your proportions the outter ring to thin and could use a edge to give it more form and middle to thick). Everything else looks fine, would love to see yourwwires

    I think it's the lighting, I'm not sure how to present max viewport renders, I just screen grab without any lights in the scene, is that right?

    Nah I made it in 2-3 hours I meant I spent 30mins last night getting the basics in, I agree with what you've said, any chance you have any tips for getting the correct proportions on these kind of props?
  • commador
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    commador polycounter lvl 10
    I think it's the lighting, I'm not sure how to present max viewport renders, I just screen grab without any lights in the scene, is that right?

    Nah I made it in 2-3 hours I meant I spent 30mins last night getting the basics in, I agree with what you've said, any chance you have any tips for getting the correct proportions on these kind of props?


    Make a block-in mesh and observe the references. Sometimes there won't be much presented to you (week 11 I actually got lucky that there were so many good photos taken) and you will have to make some assumptions about how things work. I've said before assumptions are bad, but if you have no other choice, experience and observation will fill in the gaps.

    For your entry, the diameters of the microphone and ring mount are pretty good. The depth could be brought down a bit. The spring hooks should be centered in the ring. Yours are almost on the front edge. The spring mounts on the mic itself should be centered in the gap between the two halves of the mic body. The horizontal of the dog-bone piece on the front should also have more height. The base mount that threads onto the stand should be much bigger. The two sides are half the size of the center portion in height/width, whereas yours are very flat. Finally, there are only 2 wires on the mic, the part screwed into the back looks to be some kind of strain relief. Otherwise, you have a good start for the model.



    Alex, your ring mount is waay too thick. If I had to guesstimate, the cross section is probably one quarter inch or less. Yours looks like its an inch or more.
  • AlexRodriguez
    The first thing is to try and find a orthographic view of the model you are going to be making. The past weeks I been able to find 1 for most

    http://vintagemike.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/photo8.jpg?w=645&h=863
    You can set this one on the Side View is great for the front shape proportions

    Then once you have the front done you can look over at this image

    http://vintagemike.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/photo6.jpg?w=645&h=863
    (This is about 2 inches wide, and yours was about 4 inches wide) *There also another showcasing how wide to make the outer ring*

    As for Week 9 the mirc rotor head you basically have to judge it, you can mark a line and say that is 1 inch then any piece that is the same length as that line is 1 inch (Then when you make the shape a scale of 1 can mean 1 inch *least that how i do mine*
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    commador wrote: »
    Make a block-in mesh and observe the references. Sometimes there won't be much presented to you (week 11 I actually got lucky that there were so many good photos taken) and you will have to make some assumptions about how things work. I've said before assumptions are bad, but if you have no other choice, experience and observation will fill in the gaps.

    For your entry, the diameters of the microphone and ring mount are pretty good. The depth could be brought down a bit. The spring hooks should be centered in the ring. Yours are almost on the front edge. The spring mounts on the mic itself should be centered in the gap between the two halves of the mic body. The horizontal of the dog-bone piece on the front should also have more height. The base mount that threads onto the stand should be much bigger. The two sides are half the size of the center portion in height/width, whereas yours are very flat. Finally, there are only 2 wires on the mic, the part screwed into the back looks to be some kind of strain relief. Otherwise, you have a good start for the model.



    Alex, your ring mount is waay too thick. If I had to guesstimate, the cross section is probably one quarter inch or less. Yours looks like its an inch or more.


    That's the kind of critique I've wanted since I started 3D modelling, thanks a lot, I knew joining this challenge was a good idea. I'll keep what you've said in mind for the next challenge, I did rush quite a bit for this week but I'll spend more time on the next one.
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