Rockets of the Space Race: 14 rockets completed
It’s amazing how time consuming drawing pointy cylinders can be!
With a reasonable variety of models nearing completion, I was able to finalise the process I use for creating textures and surface detail. This meant that I had to go back and slightly re-work all the models I’d done so far, which took a while…
It’s all done now, and the process of modeling is getting easier as I now know what I’ll be needing when it comes time to texture the surface of a rocket. Because of this, I’m able to “unwrap” parts while they are being created, before the models are complete, which is a big time saver.
I’m finding that the most time consuming process is still the research to figure out what the stages look like for some of these rockets. The early US ones are particularly bad, especially the vehicles that aren’t considered very successful. One source of information that has proved useful is the NASA technical reports website which provides scanned PDF documents of technical reports that were written when the vehicles were flying. Useful, but not great as photos in these documents look like they have been transmitted on an old black and white fax machine.
At least the line drawing survived the process fairly well.
I’ve yet to start serious work on the Russian launchers, so I’ll have to wait and see how much detail I’ll be able to find about those…
The app code has also been improved with some buttons added to control moving through the list of rockets and adding and removing of stages for the multi-stage vehicles. It’s still very simple and in now way representative of the final product, it’s just there to make it easier to test on my tablets.
Also, the rocket tally is now up to 14 complete of 32, so it’s getting close to half way now. Juno I, Jupiter, Juno II have been added in the last couple of days and work I’ve begun work today on Saturn I. It typically takes about a day to create a model, so there’s about two more weeks of work left… for the models anyway.
Here’s a couple of shots, the first showing stage 2, 3 and 4 of the Juno II rocket, with the gold coloured Pioneer 3 on top. Nothing too fancy there, just bundles of Baby Sergeant rockets (a small version of the military Sergeant rocket) securely strapped together. Pioneer 3 (or 4 – they were identical) is even attached to a single Baby Sergeant which is stage 4.