Tonight, I'm a very happy camper, for a major stumbling block has been removed from my path. I have been struggling with a design problem using two contradictory views of Orion...Actually, it was only one view of Orion, as the second view was any number of models based on Simon Atkinson's drawings. Thanks to Steve Mavronis, over at Hobby Talk Forum, I got this image of Orion, with the light and attitude of the model just right to show up these features:
Thank you Steve for posting this image of the original model. I doubled it's pixel count, as it's already a small image, so there is a bit more fuzz to it than I'll have later on, but the essential thing is, one can clearly see the fuselage that extends below the level of the wings, and you can follow the changes in the hulls curvature from the mouth to the probes, along that bottom edge where it varies in it's degrees of arc. Thus proving, the wings are not flat and level with the bottom of the ship. Before this, I was studying the hull contours as they change from the mouth back to the landing lights where the wing starts, as this is radically different from the models I've played with and the drawings I've studied. The following image of Orion, colored oddly for some kind of test, shows this area at the front of the ship that flares out to meet the wings. Unfortunately, the light angle is such that it's too dark under the wing to reveal the hull curvature or any details. It was driving me crazy, trying to integrate a contradiction with reality, and as you all know, a contradiction will kick your ass, every time! Fortunately, I know that contradictions do not exist, and so I worried that part of the design until I found the answer.
Together, these two images tell the whole story, and later, when I get the high-rez version of the B/W image above, I'll be able to see a great deal more of those features. For now, this is just fine for modeling the larger strokes, and zeroing in on the end of my goal.
Thanks to all of you who are making my life easier, especially those of you who do not wish to be credited here, I'm thinking of you with gratitude.
One other thing. I've pointed out, as have others, the flaws in Simon Atkinson's drawings, but these are not his fault. Like all thoughtless and unnecessary deadlines, they are destructive. Simon was forced to turn over these drawings before they were completed. He was not given the time required to do them properly, though he tried to convince them, some idiot thought it better to try to push the river. So, Simon, if you're reading this, you have our sincere appreciation for doing such a great job in the little time that was afforded you. We have all loved and enjoyed your drawings for they paved the way for some of our own creative endeavors. Thanks.
When I get to be the Dictator, I'm going to allow cruel and unusual punishment for certain crimes against creativity, like artificial deadlines, and for certain other crimes, like waking someone unnecessarily. LOL
Message edited by LeonArtO3D on 2/14/2011 - 1:36 AM