I've been thinking about creating a series of 3D models to be made available on Shapeways. Three models have sprung to mind (Aliens UD-4L Dropship, Aliens APC and the Space Shuttle on the launch pad). However I wanted them to be slightly unique. Since it's almost Easter, I've thought about egg shaped models!
The first model I'm working on is the Aliens UD-4L Dropship. Here is an early concept of the Dropship.
The rear folding Weapon Pods have not been added to the model, as I'm not happy with them.
I've been working on the interior 3D model of Aliens M577 APC using hoto Stills from the film and the blueprints of the APC from Hydride-ion. The interior has a lot of objects in it, which I'll use some of them. This is mainly because creating renders of other high detail projects takes sometimes a few hours to render.
This is one of a number of back burner projects that I return to when I need to elevate stress from my main projects. Often when I'm stuck for information or struggling how to create the 3D model. I also use these back burners to try materials and lighting effects.
On my lunch break, I've managed to add some cockpit details to the UD-4L
Using a basic ejector seat and a HUD from another project. I've started to add objects to the cockpit. From watching the film several times, I've managed to create a basic console for the Co-Pilot and a large console / display screen for the Pilot.
I'll probably be able to add a bit more detail, however I'll probably make up the rest of the cockpit, based upon best guess work.
The Aliens UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship, in my mind, should be multi-role. So, I've altered the ramp position, created a pallet, cargo, and drogue chutes. This make the Dropship able to deliver cargo to the battlefield.
These are simple renders of the UD-4L Dropship deploying cargo, at speed, with drogue chutes dragging the cargo from the ramp.
For years, actually decades, I've been thinking about the Alien Queen fitting into the rear landing gear bay of the UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship. Sorry for the plot spoil!
I've semi accurately 3D modelled the mechanism of the landing gear, but when I've attempted to animate it into the landing gear bay, nothing fitted. So I've re-modelled it to something that actually works.
The void where the Alien Queen would to had to get in is so small, her head would not of fitted. In fact a Alien drone would of only just fitted. So, plot fail!
I've still got a few modifications to make so that gear nicely fits into each other, but at long last I've got something that actually works!