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Tesheiner
post Dec 18 2011, 09:48 AM
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Hats off, man! It's a beautiful piece of art, congrats!
And knowing about all the details you put on the model, I'm wondering if it may be perhaps the most detailed one ever done in the world...
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post Dec 18 2011, 12:10 PM
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Well, it IS the most detailed model, I can assure you wink.gif


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Toma B
post Dec 18 2011, 06:30 PM
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WOW!!!
I have just went through all your posts from the first one, and calculated that this MER 3D model was at least 1932 days in the making, although even in your very first post there were some parts finished.
You can rarely see that kind of determination these days. Well, I would REALLY like to say something to describe what I think about this AWESOME piece of ART but my knowledge of English is just not enough good for that, so I will just settle for fantastic, beautiful, inspiring and wonderful.
I can't wait to see what would it look like when finished.

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On the funny side......did you heard there is another even more complex rover currently en route to Mars? laugh.gif biggrin.gif tongue.gif



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post Dec 18 2011, 07:02 PM
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I had a retrospective read through your posts too, it's great dedication to a goal, looking forward to the finishing touches....


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post Dec 18 2011, 07:28 PM
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I suggest that for an even more complete rendition, you should model each atom of 57Co in the Mossbauer spectrometer and be able to watch them decay!


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post Dec 18 2011, 07:51 PM
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Scooterlord the new rear view render is stunning - even more things to ogle at! smile.gif

As to the Pancam, you've modelled it superbly

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it's how it is shown mounted on Mer's RH side which is not quite right; the wiring connection should be below the lens on the RH. The LH side is perfect.

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Keep the Christmas presents coming!! wink.gif

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post Dec 18 2011, 09:22 PM
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Woaw man, that's just ohmy.gif

congratulations ! A lot of work paying off !


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post Dec 19 2011, 12:03 AM
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QUOTE (Leither @ Dec 18 2011, 09:51 PM) *
Scooterlord the new rear view render is stunning - even more things to ogle at! smile.gif
As to the Pancam, you've modelled it superbly ...it's how it is shown mounted on Mer's RH side which is not quite right; the wiring connection should be below the lens on the RH. The LH side is perfect..
Keep the Christmas presents coming!! wink.gif
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That's just AMAZING! Isn't this some vision! Are you using x-rays? wink.gif Well done, minor detail but you were right, I though you meant about the lens being on the same side, I'll have this fixed. I am glad that you people spent quite some time studying my model and I guess you will be amazed by the amount of detail I made out of the reference found on the web...

Today I spent most of the day fixing 'bad surfaces' on the model, there were quite a few, had them all fixed though wink.gif Currently I am doing test renders on the environment, it's very difficult to get a nice surface at the high resolutions I am aiming at, will post later to get some opinions..

edit: @Toma B... Yes, I saw the curiosity rover, but.. I don't think so! LOL. I don't have enough 'life' to model this as well... Unless NASA hires me to do so that is.. hehe

This for me started as a fun modeling challenge to myself and it ended up eating up most of my brain thinking about every single day. Now, as I have already said, it will become the most important asset in my portfolio in order to get a job. I want to change professions, working at a hospital just isn't enough for me, and I am certain that you can see I am being wasted in there. Hopefully someone will notice and care to help..

edit2: Here are the render of the environment. They are big res files (3400x1996). What do you guys think?

http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/4678/env2.jpg

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/5442/env3.jpg


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post Dec 19 2011, 06:30 AM
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QUOTE (scooterlord @ Dec 19 2011, 01:03 AM) *
edit2: Here are the render of the environment. They are big res files (3400x1996). What do you guys think?

Not bad, especially 1st one; hard to judge without a scale refer... in my opinion, in the 2nd image there is too much terrain glare!


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post Dec 19 2011, 05:33 PM
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Scooterlord, I stand in awe of your 3D abilities. I shall never open Blender again! wink.gif


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post Dec 19 2011, 09:17 PM
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Well... you should! You should set this as your standard and get started! wink.gif Everyone starts from nothing...


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post Dec 20 2011, 10:45 AM
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Good morning! New render with right-side view details:

http://img859.imageshack.us/img859/5401/merright.jpg


Sorry I didn't have enough time to fix the pancam thingie, but will do so, I keep that in mind.

For people into technical 3d stuff. This render, although is 5400x3173 (that is TWICE the size of the previous render), it only took half the time and this time consumed 5.5gb of ram. I had forgotten to turn export instances; for people that don't know (and care to know wink.gif an instance is an object multiplied many times that is the same, like the photoboltaic mirrors, or the bolts, etc. It saved me a lot of time!

I didn't mention it so far, but the most difficult and time-consuming part of the rover was making the cables and the threads that hold them together. I was bored a million of times and just pushed myself to making them... finally, you can even see the knots on the underside of the wings if you pay attention. Only in this size of renders can they be clearly seen.

Expecting your comments, the next render might probably show up textured wink.gif


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post Dec 20 2011, 03:00 PM
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Look absolutely beautiful. At some point, you will need to do a render with the camera moved a few inches to the left or right so someone here can create a 3D view. smile.gif


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post Dec 20 2011, 03:24 PM
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I see the knots and lot of other amazing details, what a marvel! ph34r.gif This vision recall me the high-res MER movie I saw in Paris years ago...
You say this rendering took half the time of previous one but... how much time, exactly? (well, I know this question should be coupled to "which kind of hardware/software?" but I know also the risk of going OT here, so pls don't be too technical on this side! wink.gif ).
Good suggestion from Hendric about 3D view... cool.gif


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post Dec 20 2011, 03:46 PM
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As soon as I am done, I can make a 3d view out of it. Damn it's just two renders.. wink.gif

This HUGE render took about 6 hours, I am using rhinoceros 3d beta 5 x64, maxwell render, and am on an Intel i7 960 @3.2Ghz (that is 4 core-8 hyperthreaded -considered like 8-core) with 6gb of ram dd3 triple channel (expecting 12gb soon). However, because I want the pc to be silent, I am using a program to limit the core usage to 75%, makes it run cool and silent smile.gif However with materials it's another story, good thing I don't mind having the pc on and another good thing is that the renderer allows you to stop and resume the render whenever you want!

Currently I am at work but checking on a material render of just the RAT (includes displacement) and it has run 6 hours so far at about 1200x6??. Looks a bit hazy, but I was in a rush when I started the render, so I might not have focused the camera correctly. Looks absolutely S T U N N I N G smile.gif If I finish this later on tonight I'll post the render.


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