Spitfire Part 3

It’s been over 3 years since I lasted posted an update about my 3D Spitfire. In case anyone is reading and wondering why it’s been so long I’m building this model slowly as a hobby and labour of love, without any deadlines. Since the last updated I found a better set of blueprints and ditched the old mesh, starting over. The basic body/shell is complete, next comes the cutting and tiny detail bits, as well as the landing struts. When I’m feeling a brave I will tackle the cockpit interior, though that might be years down the road.

Here are a couple of pics of my progress.

Unfinished 3D Supermarine Spitfire
Unfinished 3D Supermarine Spitfire
Unfinished 3D Supermarine Spitfire from below
Unfinished 3D Supermarine Spitfire from below

Spitfire Part 2

spitfire thumbnailWork continues at a slow, deliberate pace on my 3D spitfire. I am focusing this entry on changes I made to the aircraft’s fuselage to correct the profile. I find one should always re-examine one’s work. Just because a mesh “looks right” does not mean it is accurate. The changes I made to the mesh make it a far superior recreation of a Spitfire MK. 1 then the one shown in the previous entry. More details after the break. (more…)

3D Supermarine Spitfire

illustrator spitfireThe Supermarine Spitfire is arguably the most attractive warplane ever built. The plane, in many incarnations, served throughout World War II. I am currently building one in 3ds Max, based on the early versions of the plane. The early versions, especially the Mk I, were the planes that fought the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Other versions were developed during the war with many body modifications, such as clipped rather then elliptical wings and bubble cockpits, and improved engines. (more…)