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##### This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« on: July 22, 2007, 08:32:48 pm »
Tonight, learn how to build yourself a saucer with phaser strips with 3ds Max. (versions 5 and up, i think).

Enjoy ^_^
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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2007, 09:41:16 pm »

Thanks FOAS. Good work!

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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2007, 10:30:07 pm »
Excellent tutorial. However I couldn't find a "Bridge" button in 3ds Max 5. Any plugin for that?

Also, is it possible to get that "Zeroer" script that you had in the tutorial?
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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2007, 11:27:29 pm »
Bridge might have been one of those things added in max 6 or 7 or something, I really don't know - I just know the Max version I use.

The Zeroer Script is really easy.
In a new maxscript put this.

Code: [Select]
macroScript SyRGBZeroer
Category:"Symphony Tools"
Tooltip:"Zeroer"
buttontext:"Zeroer"
(
on execute do
(
if $!=undefined then ($.pos = [0,0,0]
\$.rotation = eulerangles 0 0 0
)
else
(
)
)
)
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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2007, 12:52:56 am »
Awesome thanks.

Any chance of more modelling tutorials like this one? Perhaps for like... stardrives, nacelles etc?
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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2007, 01:05:50 am »
Awesome thanks.

Any chance of more modelling tutorials like this one? Perhaps for like... stardrives, nacelles etc?

I dunno, I've never really tried to model either one, lol.
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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2007, 09:04:35 am »

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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2007, 09:07:48 am »
Yes because they decided to take a major feature that was in max 3 out of max 5 but put it back in for max 9....
Max 3 doesn't even have editable poly mode.
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2007, 10:13:10 am »
lack of editable poly mode...is that nessecary for this tut?

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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2007, 10:20:31 am »
to use the bridging method? yeah. I dunno about the extrude edges method for phaser strips. like i said, i use 9, i know whats in that, im not sure whats in other versions.
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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2007, 10:46:30 am »
Yes because they decided to take a major feature that was in max 3 out of max 5 but put it back in for max 9....
Max 3 doesn't even have editable poly mode.

Maybe missing something, but I edit polies all the time.. it's one of the ways that I kitbash.
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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2007, 12:06:46 pm »
Alec, i think what you are talking about is the polygon mode of the Edit Mesh system. it sits right next to vertex, edge, and element mode, yes?

What I am talking about is a newer system that Autodesk made in order to better handle quad-based meshes (which are better at meshsmoothing). It's basically a rewrite of the Edit Mesh system. It sits right along side the Edit Mesh, Edit Patch, and -=shiver=- NURBS. I don't know why they went with overlapping terminology, but its annoying.
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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2007, 08:27:13 pm »
Yes because they decided to take a major feature that was in max 3 out of max 5 but put it back in for max 9....
Max 3 doesn't even have editable poly mode.

Maybe missing something, but I edit polies all the time.. it's one of the ways that I kitbash.

Atleast you have a clue. I wouldn't know my *** from a hole half the time. Soon as I finish this trek novel I need to get back to the lib I'll hafta give this a shot.

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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2007, 10:59:08 am »
Hey FOAS.  This is great!!!!  I thought building a saucer was more difficult than that.  Hopefully your tutorial will help me out with what I want to do when it comes to updating some of my previous bashes and maybe help me finish one that's been on the drawing board for such a long time.

What utilities/plugins do you use when working on meshes?  Such as that PolyBoost 3.0.  That's a separate utility isn't it?
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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2007, 12:18:00 pm »
Yeah, polyboost is a seperate utility. You can get the demo if you google it, but the full version is expensive. all the stuff i do in polyboost can be done in normal edit poly, but it would just take a tad longer.
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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2007, 09:05:52 am »
Alec, i think what you are talking about is the polygon mode of the Edit Mesh system. it sits right next to vertex, edge, and element mode, yes?

What I am talking about is a newer system that Autodesk made in order to better handle quad-based meshes (which are better at meshsmoothing). It's basically a rewrite of the Edit Mesh system. It sits right along side the Edit Mesh, Edit Patch, and -=shiver=- NURBS. I don't know why they went with overlapping terminology, but its annoying.

that tickled me.. great tut by the way

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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2008, 01:27:43 pm »
FOAS, what happened to the tutorial?  I went to review it again, and it was gone.
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##### Re: This just in: how does one build a saucer? find out tonight on FoaS 9!
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2008, 10:48:10 am »
Site went down, I'm afraid.
Hosting coped out.
New domain is up, but i haven't uploaded the site yet.
The new site probably won't have the video on it, just because of bandwidth and diskspace size.
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« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2008, 01:28:52 pm »
I can host the vid on bcfiles