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3DAliens USCM Cheyenne Dropship

greeblegreeble174 Posts: 0Member
edited October 2014 in Work in Progress #1
I've been itching to give this a go ever since I finished my Alien APC

Here's some quick shots of progress so far. I'm working on the rotating side pods right now
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  • CoolhandCoolhand289 Mountain LairPosts: 1,298Member
    I recall Syd Mead somewhere dissing this design as being too spindly, his own design for this vehicle being mostly rejected, but I think they (Cameron and Cobb) got the tone of the hardware just right with this design - I think Cameron kitbashed it together and Cobb worked it further and detailed it.

    One i've always wanted to build, I had a very nice Halcyon kit of it back in the day so i'm pretty familiar with the layout - Looks like a great start so far.
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1804462 Posts: 11,127Member
    Great start. I love this ship. :D
    Coolhand wrote: »
    I recall Syd Mead somewhere dissing this design as being too spindly, his own design for this vehicle being mostly rejected, but I think they (Cameron and Cobb) got the tone of the hardware just right with this design - I think Cameron kitbashed it together and Cobb worked it further and detailed it.

    Sounds like sour grapes to me. He was probably just mad that they kitbashed his design.
  • greeblegreeble174 Posts: 0Member
    The more a look at this thing the more I think it wouldn't have a hope of working in the real world but no doubt the design is bad ass! The rotating missile pod operation is something I think would require some sort of hydraulic piston that spans its length to move it.

    I'm not sure if any though went into the firing mechanism of the missiles - is it a loading mechanism or a more traditional rocket launcher system? I decided to take some inspiration from the M21 Rocket Launcher.

    Some progress made....
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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1804462 Posts: 11,127Member
    Looking great so far. :D
  • greeblegreeble174 Posts: 0Member
    Haven't been able to put as much time into this as I had hoped - got some reasonable progress made in the last week or so. Spent ages trying to rig the landing grear so I can animate this thing! I've managed to get it working reasonable well with a couple of IK chains.

    Rear landing gear is next!
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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1804462 Posts: 11,127Member
    It's nice to see some more progress on this. Everything is looking fantastic, especially that landing gear. :)
  • greeblegreeble174 Posts: 0Member
    Rear landing gear done and fully rigged. Next up is the rear wing sections then onto detailing the skin.
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  • WizWiz28 Posts: 0Member
    Doing a great job mate!
  • greeblegreeble174 Posts: 0Member
    Cheers Wiz! I wish I had more time to make some progress on this.....
  • greeblegreeble174 Posts: 0Member
    Well i FINALLY had some time to throw some textures on this. Here's some renders and some with the APC.
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  • spacefighterspacefighter2 Posts: 0Member
    nice work. the design looks better in grey than in the green scheme used in the film. i notice the cockpit region is better sealed off from the cargo bay than in the movie, i guess this is a later version and they learnt their lesson!
  • greeblegreeble174 Posts: 0Member
    Thanks. Cockpit is still work in progress. Seats need to be offset and rear access door added. I also want to add some panelling details and modify the engines.
  • spacefighterspacefighter2 Posts: 0Member
    yeah a bit more panelling details on the hull would help. some parts look a little bit too plain at present.
  • TralfazTralfaz412 Posts: 846Member
    Very nice work on both models, but the scale seems to be off between the two. I notice you mentioned you were going to rework the cockpit a bit. This is good as there doesn't seem to be anyway into the cockpit and the seats look quite large compared to the APC. Other than that, very well done.
  • greeblegreeble174 Posts: 0Member
    Some more updates on this, pretty much done with this now. Next to do is some animation as the model is all rigged up!

    -reworked the interior
    -air intakes changed for a smoother shape
    -reworked rear engine exhausts
    -modified the front lights for angled versions - there are several references, some show this as square and some angled, I tihnk the angled version looks better.
    -added more panelling details, rivets
    -added some interior details in the cargo hold.
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  • spacefighterspacefighter2 Posts: 0Member
    Very cool, the new nose turret is excellent and the landing gear and intakes look great. I think your biggest problem now is those huge plain slab sides as seen in your fifth image, they really need to have some details added and perhaps a slight change in shape.
  • WizWiz28 Posts: 0Member
    Awesome work mate! :)
  • greeblegreeble174 Posts: 0Member
    Cheers wiz!
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1804462 Posts: 11,127Member
    Wow, that looks great. I don't know how I've missed all of these more recent updates, but I'm caught up now. :)
  • greeblegreeble174 Posts: 0Member
    Wow, that looks great. I don't know how I've missed all of these more recent updates, but I'm caught up now. :)

    Thanks mate. I'm happy with how its turned out. Like anything I've modelled theres always more detail i could add or bits I might have done differently but like I said I'm happy with it and onto the next project which I'm trying to decide on, maybe some character modelling possibly a stormtrooper which has probably been done to death but I haven't done anything other than vehicles (apart from a T-800 Terminator head) so time for a change.
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_1804462 Posts: 11,127Member
    There's nothing wrong with doing something that a lot of other people have done. After all, if you've never done it, it's not been done. ;) I know what you mean about getting a model close enough and being happy with it.
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