Thanks for the comment. It’s always gratifying when somebody says something nice about your work, but it’s nicer when they take the time to offer constructive ideas. I always like hearing about how I can improve my work.
The fuselage edge should be pretty sharp. The fabric was drawn tightly over a wood and metal frame. You can see how sharp the edge is on this reproduction:
You are correct about the differences in finish between the 1st and later images. I did fiddle with the bump and roughness maps between the first and last pictures. I’ve taken your suggestion and did some more work on the bump and roughness. I based it on this reference from the Smithsonian’s SPAD restoration:
The material is pretty glossy, but you can still see the fabric texture under the paint.
Updated images for my WWI assets.
Close-up of the new bump and roughness map. I don’t think any of the final renders will be this close, so it may not matter anyway.
I’ve also added an Airco DH.2 to the fleet…