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I'll be trialling making these wagons from scratch with Autodesk Inventor. (The same company that makes Autocad, and this forums' favourite: 3ds max.)
About the only good reference I've got (without searching for books on the subject... but that may be done later) is the NSW Rollingstock Page. (and for information on the rolling stock codes... http://www.nswrollingstock.com/roacode.htm)
As usual, any criticism is greatly appreciated.
NHFF hopper - WIP (model)
To start off with, a few tests, getting used to working with Inventor.
I've only rendered 36 frames in Inventor here (as opposed to the required 64 for lomo sprites - just testing a few things out first)... and that took 10 mins. This PC isn't exactly sluggish either. I can see now why Plastik has a high end PC dedicated to this sort of stuff
Opened up GIMP, load the generated sprites as layers, save as .gif and voila... animation!
Criticism welcome. As far as I can tell, I need to:
-do something about the lighting
-get the right number of frames/angular rotation
-add the air reservoir, etc under one end
-add the undercarriage
-change the model length/image sizes to suit lomo size...
Getting there though.
Made a bit more progress both with Inventor, and the hopper. Next I think try and get the sizes right, colours and lomo pallet applied. Braking equipment still needs to be added. I've got the right number of sprites now, but still need to check up on the angles.
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