Click on the image to view an interactive 3D render that you can take for a spin with your mouse 🙂
I was recently on a trip to China where I chanced upon one of the infamous “Replica” Apple Stores smack bang on the main street in town. This one, in Xi’an, gives itself away by the term “Smart Sore” 🙂
Not sure if the t has fallen from the sign or if is a genuine spelling mistake, but certainly a genuine Apple store wouldn’t let that blooper go unchallenged for long. Didn’t check if the products they sell are fakes, but the personnel are outfitted just like the real deal.
Finally I have found time to finalize the Gallardo after Dan Lavoie’s wonderful tutorial. It is a larger build than the Audi, but also more rewarding. Not without issues, though. I did most of the body part, approximately one third of the whole tutorial, before coming to a dead end where none of the prescribed commands worked. Something was not right in my otherwise beautiful looking part. Eventually I started from scratch again, and this time completed the tutorial without issues. The only thing missing was instructions for modelling the Lamborghini logo on the rear of the car that you see on this SolidSmack page. I must do that on my own, but after having been tutored by Dan it must be a breeze.
The model is also a good test of your PC hardware. At around step 230, with the introduction of meshes, the model started to become seriously demanding to handle for my Q9400@3.2GHz . I first added 2 GB extra RAM (Windows 7, 64 bit), which had absolutely no effect. I then reduced the “Image Quality” sliders found in “Options -> Document Properties” to mid position, and this made the model much more responsive, but it does take no less than two and a half minutes to open from scratch.
I am back with news on my model of the HK-450 helicopter. I originally got stuck because I couldn’t model a proper canopy in Alibre Design, but after having done the great Audi R8 tutorial, I was able to model a decent canopy and assemble the whole shebang in SolidWorks (imported in STEP203 format from Alibre).
Pretty good compared with the real deal….?
If you don’t know how to model soft shapes with splines in SolidWorks, I can wholeheartedly recommend a video tutorial by Dan Lavoie where he shows you just how to model an Audi R8 step-by-step. This is pure “learning by doing” and it works very well. I did this model as a novice in SolidWorks (but having 3D experience from Cinema4D and Alibre Express):
Here it is rendered in PhotoWorks:
Look for more info about Dan’s tutorial at www.solidworksaudir8.com.
I recently put together a set of floats for a 450-size helicopter. Got a “noodle” from the local pool shop, cut off two pieces, length 32 cm, diameter 7 cm. Sharpened a couple of chopsticks to form a bridge between the pontoons and tied the landing gear onto the noodles with zip-ties. Placed the noodles more or less symmetrically under the main mast to obtain level flotation. Inexpensive, fast, simple and works a treat.
Now all I need to do is learn to avoid capsizing it 🙁
I almost choked on my single malt, when I read our local paper the North Shore Times this morning. First there was this ad from St Ives Baptist Church promoting a sermon and a book on how to escape dangerous Christian cults!
The irony seems to be totally lost on the good folks in said church.
Then a few pages further on the obligatory promotion of soon to be sainted Mary MacKillop, with our allegedly atheist Prime Minister Julia Gillard announcing “measures to protect Mary MacKillop’s name from being commercialised.”
Say what? The whole charade is one big publicity stunt for the Catholic church in the first place, and take a look at the “official” webpage complete with online shop!
It doesn’t get much more commercial than this. How bloody ironic if it wasn’t so sad.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
– Albert Einstein
It also seems to be the definition of the game of golf 🙁