I thought I would post my progress so far. I still need to add a chain and put it in a scene.

The image is just a displacement map and alpha map. There is a blue plane behind it. Rendered with Yafray.

What do you think?

:o Very nice, perhaps you should show some wear on it. I’m interested in knowing how you did the side trim design?

I basically used three separate objects for the trim. (and upon closer examination, they don’t line up precisely.) For 2 of the objects I used nurbs and dupliframes and skinning. This tutorial gave me the idea:

Then I messed with the IPOs for the dupliframed object.