Thanks for all the comments. I might consider adding a spot lamp to create a more distinctive shadows (rather than just a HDR map). It seems the smoothing of the pieces disapeared in some of my tweaking of the model (it was smooth before. I’ll have to check on that). Thanks for pointing it out.
StrikerMunc, I searched for you thread so I can compare the two models. Yours is not bad at all. On the other hand I feel like the pieces are too thin :P. Sorry to hear you didnt receive as many comments :(.
Some of you guys might remember this model from about 7 months ago.
Tuturial on how to model a similar balsa wood model:
Since i enjoyed making this model i decided to make a tutorial on how to built it. It should work even if you have a different model too
Making a Wood Dinosaur Model (or other model with similar pieces)
1-Scan your pieces. Here are the ones for my model
2-Set these pictures as a background image in blender
3-Trace the pieces using Control-Click to manually add vertices. I recommend enough vertices to keep the shape rather smooth and flowing (depending on your model of course). Once you traced the general outline of one piece, create a new object and do the second piece. This might take some time depending on the number of pieces you have to model
4-Once you have the outline of your pieces, extrude them to the desired width. It should all be the same as normally all those pieces came from a pair or more sheets of wood with pre cutout shapes.
5-Well, now assemble the different pieces (they are independant objects so it should be rather easy) in their appropriate place. (in this model there as slots for you to slide the pieces in. Use them to your advantage even if you dont need them in Blender cause there is not gravity…)
PS:There are pieces missing in the scans as i have lost them in the mess of my room so just make duplicates and change the shape a bit and put them in the required slots that are empty (told you it was worth modeling the slots)
6-I recommend parenting all the assembled pieces to an empty
Add an empty, select all the pieces then the Empty and press Ctrl-P
Now just move the empty to move the whole model
7-Add a simple plane with the texture you want. Texture the model with a simple wood texture (try different ones to give you model a different look)
In this case use a good HDRI image in Yafray for the lighting (the mood of the picture will depend a lot on the image you take though)