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Old 21st Dec 2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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Default Space - Wernher von Braun's "round the moon" ship

Nothing here that wasn't in the WIP thread, but I thought I'd gather up the finished images.

This design dates from 1952, by Wernher von Braun, as party of his attempts to popularise the idea that manned spaceflight to other worlds was a practical possibility.

This vehicle was designed to fly around the Moon without landing, and was intended to be built primarily from parts of the ferry rockets that were assembling the main big landers. The mission would take place at new moon, so the astronauts would see the whole of the rear of the moon lit.

The major artist on the originals was Chesley Bonestell, and it appeared in 'Colliers', later being reworked for other formats, including Disney.

Werner von Braun said of Chesley Bonestell that he had "learned to respect, nay fear, this wonderful artist's obsession with perfection. My file cabinet is filled with sketches of rocket ships I had prepared to help in his artwork—only to have them returned to me with blistering criticism."

Pretty good for an artist from such an engineer!
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 03:47 PM   #2
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Cool ship, the thrusters are my favorite, how did you do them?
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 04:41 PM   #3
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Cool ship, the thrusters are my favorite, how did you do them?
The engines?

Pretty straightforward, start with the stubby upper cylinder as a disk. Apply router to get a broad rounded edge.

Select the lower disk inside the rounded edge, and bevel in to get the narrowest point.

Now a sequence of bevels, out for the main cone, in a bit, then indented for the lip, then a big bevel to make the inside.

Thats the basic shape. The engine bell has some thickness, I next assembled several triangles along an edge, then lathed them, same number of segments as the original disk, to get the ridges around the bell and expansion chamber.

Garnish with the odd hexagonal bolt head cloned around the central axis.

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PS - I used to release these sort of bits and nurnies, several in the files area. I stopped doing that because no-one else joined in...
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 08:06 PM   #4
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Love the Moon Ship! It's really amazing what they came up with all those years ago.
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Sweet. I'll take two please.
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Old 23rd Dec 2011, 01:02 PM   #6
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Absolutely beautiful. I especially like the third image.
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The engines?

Pretty straightforward, start with the stubby upper cylinder as a disk. Apply router to get a broad rounded edge.

Select the lower disk inside the rounded edge, and bevel in to get the narrowest point.

Now a sequence of bevels, out for the main cone, in a bit, then indented for the lip, then a big bevel to make the inside.

Thats the basic shape. The engine bell has some thickness, I next assembled several triangles along an edge, then lathed them, same number of segments as the original disk, to get the ridges around the bell and expansion chamber.

Garnish with the odd hexagonal bolt head cloned around the central axis.

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PS - I used to release these sort of bits and nurnies, several in the files area. I stopped doing that because no-one else joined in...
That good but I meant the flames from the engines in the second pic.
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Old 23rd Dec 2011, 01:23 PM   #8
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Absolutely beautiful. I especially like the third image.
Thank You!

That's my favourite too, and I spent most time making it. Seems to be getting less clicks than the others though - I don't think it works well as a thumbnail!

Let's add a full HD roll of the ship, to show it off.
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As soon as I get to my pc I will watch it, I'm on the iPad now.
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Old 23rd Dec 2011, 02:16 PM   #10
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That good but I meant the flames from the engines in the second pic.
Ah, right,

Simple volumetric spotlight.

Tiny preset file attached to this message for you!

If you want to use it in an animation, just move the texture in the volumetrics along the beam.

Cheers!
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Old 23rd Dec 2011, 02:38 PM   #11
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Love #3, great use of light, shade and colour a striking image
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The second one is my favourite, the ship looks awesome backlit like that.
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Old 23rd Dec 2011, 03:14 PM   #13
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Thanks Guys!

Anyone know how to make a volumetric spotlight taper, so the central parts are longer than the edges?
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Old 23rd Dec 2011, 03:24 PM   #14
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Very cool ship, great work and render....sorry can't help with volumetric spotlight taper!
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Love your work Nick.
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Thanks, it will go good with tan.j battlestars or serenity with a color change.
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Wow ! Fantastic work mate. The moon looks amazing. I would love to see a little weathering on the ship to give it a little more realism, but apart from that its brilliant
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Wow ! Fantastic work mate. The moon looks amazing. I would love to see a little weathering on the ship to give it a little more realism, but apart from that its brilliant
Thanks! Took me a while to get the moon right - there's the displacement map I used in resources I think. Be aware that even with 12 Gb of memory I had to cut the moon in half and rotate the texture to make it work without crashing lightwave!

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Interesting concept, never seen it before. Nice modeling!

I did a sketch once of a similar idea, with iss style modules and a lem on the end for a reusable lunar explorer, never seem to find the time to model it.
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Interesting concept, never seen it before. Nice modeling!

I did a sketch once of a similar idea, with iss style modules and a lem on the end for a reusable lunar explorer, never seem to find the time to model it.
I hope you do at some point. It sounds like an interesting concept.
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Interesting concept, never seen it before. Nice modeling!

I did a sketch once of a similar idea, with iss style modules and a lem on the end for a reusable lunar explorer, never seem to find the time to model it.
There have been quite a few concepts along those lines, and most offer cool opportunities for images! My favourite is the 'lunar cycler', a space station to lift slowly into a highly elliptical orbit that passes close to Earth but also around the moon - 2 week period, so every other loop gives a close approach to the Moon.
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Old 28th Dec 2011, 02:27 AM   #22
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Lets see it in flight, shall we?

Full HD flyby between Earth and Moon. Planets done as billboards.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXjB8...ature=youtu.be


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Old 28th Dec 2011, 03:52 AM   #23
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That was really nicely done!
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Thank you! One thing is that Xvid codec tends to leave faint trails behind stars, but otherwise it was one of those quick shots that came out nicer than I expected!

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Note to mods!

I'm not sure why but the video wouldn't embed - which is why there is a link. Youtube seem to have changed their layout, so perhaps that's what's confusing me!

If anyone can fix it or tell me what I did wrong it would be appreciated!
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Testing...



Seems to work, are you just sticking the wXjB86tYMBw bit between the YT tags?

Anyhoo, nice vid. The ship looks good in motion.
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Love this piece!

I see a Kerbal Space Program mod in the future.
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Note to mods!

I'm not sure why but the video wouldn't embed - which is why there is a link. Youtube seem to have changed their layout, so perhaps that's what's confusing me!

If anyone can fix it or tell me what I did wrong it would be appreciated!
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That link you have is slightly different than the actual link. They have "featured" links and "normal" links these days.

I used your link, then clicked the button above the video with your user name on it, clicked the video link from there and used that code. So what I added to your post up there was:

(youtube)wXjB86tYMBw(/youtube) with square brackets of course.
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OK, think I've got that...
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Very cool. I am really looking forward to more.
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