I have been working on my Tractor Transmission (in the WIP here somewhere) for a long time now and have decided that my basic modelling skills need some improvement in order to progress with that model, particularly now I am nearing more complex pieces. So this aircraft is my practice at smooth modelling. I bought JW’s Plane Tutorial (a snip at $14.95) and played with the Shrink-wrap, Deform, Sub-surface, etc. modifiers. This is the first results, before I start to add the serious detail. All the control surfaces work as they should including “Flaperons” sort of ailerons with both downturned to act as flaps, I do the same thing with the elevators as well, that I learnt from my model aircraft building and flying. The undercarriage is also all rigged with a sequence of doors opening, gear stowing, etc. All controls are moved by one Empty for each function, allowing functions to overlap, like flaps down and still control the ailerons. The plane is still in the workshop on jacks as I continue the build. I don’t know what materials and finish to apply yet so its still in bare aluminium and primer.
Here are the first two renders, I used Studio015 as my HDRI light source.
and one glossy to see how the curves are progressing:
I’d be grateful for some critiques!