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08-02-2006, 04:43 PM
Is this one alright? Right now, it is 12 sided, and about 232 polys. It doesn't look too round to me, but if I add sides, it adds a lot more polys than just the apparent, due to the round ends. I'm not sure how close to the track you want it to be.
It holds 500 gallons. An LOD that takes it down to about 50 polys.
Let me know what you think of this. Also, was it you I made the rail stack for? The 5x5 stack? I have another stack, which I've seen in pics and on the GNRR, of the rails being stacked on old ties, so that a forklift can get at them. Does that sound interesting too?
08-02-2006, 05:16 PM
Smooth the shape, and it will give it a round look. try for a 16 tube rather then a 12.
08-03-2006, 12:27 AM
"Let me know what you think of this. Also, was it you I made the rail stack for? The 5x5 stack? I have another stack, which I've seen in pics and on the GNRR, of the rails being stacked on old ties, so that a forklift can get at them. Does that sound interesting too?"
Yea shes lookin just about right. Yes you did the rail stack for me, and why not. I just went to have a gander at a town on my line, and boy is that place track-parts messy. Wont have a problem findin a cram hole to cram it in. :P Thanks James. :)
08-03-2006, 06:04 AM
Anyone who reads this may download that and use it. It turned out to be a small zip, and I don't like to add to the clutter in the library.
It's the above pictured 500gal propane tank, lettered for Strickland Propane. Easily repainted. 2 LOD's. Total poly's is 204.
There is also is another stack of rails, for filling up unused land.
Nick, if you send me your truck, I'll figure out how to hook my trailer to it.
08-04-2006, 10:30 AM
"Nick, if you send me your truck, I'll figure out how to hook my trailer to it."
Thats a big 10-4 as soon as I get it all textured.
08-05-2006, 10:05 PM
Try using a sphere, set the Latitude number to an odd value such as 9, then stretch the round section out to form your basic propane tank shape. Total created polys, 256.
08-06-2006, 02:50 AM
I use Gmax, and for a sphere, it just asks for the number of segments, and the radius. For this tank, I started with a sphere, and the split it, and added in the side polys.
What I've done in the past, is start with a cylinder, which will let you specify the number of height segments, but, I would still have to build a sphere to cap the ends.
I trimmed polys off the first model that I posted by taking a segment out of the piping cover. The one that is in the zip is based on a 14 or 16 segment sphere.
10-07-2008, 07:03 PM
I rebuilt the 500 gallon tank, using the Smoothing Groups in gmax, that I didn't use before. At 544 poly's, it's bigger than the one above, and there's only one LOD, at 350m. It may 'Pop' into view, if your route is lacking other scenery distractions, but you'd probably have to be looking for it.
If you are using the older file from higher in this thread, the image mapping of the new tank should coincide with it. If you do this, and the dark lines appear, then edit the old ACE, and recolor the black background.
It looks better, this is a 10am shadow.
The link is: http://www.trainsim.com/vbts/attachment.php?attachmentid=7111&stc=1&d=1223420398
That one looked alright, too, but it isn't ready for release, yet.
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