"Glamorous Glennis" - Bell X-1

On October 14, 1947, the Bell X-1 achieved a speed of 700 mph (1,100 km/h) and became the first airplane to travel faster than the speed of sound. The plane was piloted by Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager who nicknamed it “Glamorous Glennis” after his wife. I modeled this plane because of its unique design and also its historical significance.

Wow, It looks really great.Lovely detail. What a great tribute to Chucks great achievement. I love aeronautical history. :slight_smile:

This model looks really good! Congratulations!

Some “cosmetic” suggestions:

  • [SUP]this “space” panorama is fine, but from the historical point of view it would be more adequate for X-15 (X-1 had ceiling comparable with modern serial fighters - 21 thousand meters);
  • [SUP]you can make the panel lines and bolt heads more flat (see how they look like on the real plane - here or here), compensating their visibility with a ref texture (in fact, the significant part of visibility of the panel edges depends on the differences in the material reflectivity around them, caused by weathering);[/SUP]
  • [SUP]The glass of the cockpit can be lighter - however, it depends on the light direction and color. For example: on this picture you can see that it was a plain, transparent glass, while on this one, taken during sunrise on sunset, the glass seems to be darker, more similar to your picture (but still not as dark as on your render);


it looks good, as said before, congrats ! Nothing to say, Witold did the job :wink:

Thank you.

When I was planning the background of the scene I found that the planes service ceiling was 21,900 m but I had read incorrectly that the red bull stratos jump was from 21,000 m (it was actually 39,000 m) so I based the background off of photos from that jump which is why the plane is nearly in space.

Texturing and materials are my weaknesses and though I learned alot from this project I still have a long way to go.

The glass is not darkened, the interior is. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend on this project so I decided not to fully model the interior and instead filled it in with a low poly placeholder mesh which I shaded dark to hide the lack of detail. :slight_smile:

I also want to do a shot of the plane with a vapor cone around it like it is breaking through the sound barrier though I don’t know if this is historically accurate and I need to wait for cycles to support volumetrics to get it looking good.

Sweet! Always loved this airframe.

Here is the wireframe:

Hey daniel!

I don’t know if you remember but a while back I asked if I could use one of these images for my chuck yeager fan site. you said yes so I wanted you to see the image as it is on the site:


I would love to add your credit to the image so if you want to PM me with that info just let me know. It looks great! Have you done any other renderings since that I should see? Thanks again,