Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I had decided to 3-D the pilot before tackling the backhead under the assumption that it would be easier. Seems I like to fool myself like that more and more. Turns out getting the necessary details on the construction of the pilot, the truck, the snowplow, pilot beam and the host of other little doo-dads was a real challenge.

I'm presently 3-D'ing the coupler... because I enjoy inflicting pain on myself.

Seriously, none of this has been a walk in the park, but I am getting closer to wrapping this project up.

Once again, this is just another "quickie" render, and several layers are not shown, so the snowplow assembly can be more easily seen.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012


This is - of course - more of the K-36. The picture is a "quickie" render without all the added point lights to improve contrast and shadow.

Those steampipes from the superheater manifold, what with all those twists and turns, were pretty tricky. They're not perfect, but close enough.

The CAD file is getting huge. 3-D files - if they have a decent number of isolines, get big in a hurry.(Isolines determine the smoothness of a curved surface.)