Hi Cherokee. I had a couple of days not feeling very bright, but the bulk of my time has been taken up with the pier, especially in reducing the number of polys and in that, have been quite successful. It has been a bit like the old story of a duck - nothing happening above, but paddling like mad underneath. In other words, there is little that I can show you that is new or different, but I know that it is more efficient. It begins to look good for reasonable safety rails.
I want to do the lifeboat station again and in a few days will post an update pic.
The good thing about this is that your doing OK. Was beginning to worry about you when you hadn’t posted anything for a few days.
Yeah…. (Struggling to find another boating joke.) ...Er, yeah.
Thank you Cherokee, that is nice of you.
On my side of the UK we have (so far) avoided flooding, but the summer rains have been quite extraordinary. I reckon I may need that boat… Below I show the current state of the model. It will be seen that I have also flirted with the sea texture. I am not yet happy with it - there is foam to add - but it conveys the idea. Then after the Lifeboat Station there are fit-up stalls to add on the beach before the cliff safety rails, so much remains to be done.
If you are adding the lifeboat what need for the safety railings anyway?
I do not think it is there any more but I remember being taken to see the local lifeboat station (a boat shed with a ramp down into the harbour. I suspect the ramp was ‘powered’ to aid getting the boat into the water) and being wonderfully impressed. Mind you, I am still wonderfully impressed by the RNLI even if I never set foot in/on the sea!
Thanks guys. Yes, I too am greatly impressed by the RNLI. My family have been sailors or fishermen for many, many generations, although AFIK not as lifeboat volunteers. I left home when young, so all connection was lost, but I remember that my uncles and grandfather always smelled salty - of the sea - and there was ever a strange stillness about them. They rarely spoke or made an unnecessary move but a single look or gesture was LAW!!!
Simon - I believe that at Cromer and elsewhere, the lifeboat slid down the well-greased ramp by gravity, but was hauled up by winch. As I have said earlier, at this time I will not model the lifeboat itself, leaving it as a stand-alone project for sometime in the future.
Just an update. The lifeboat station is very nearly done and I have fiddled a little more with the sea, getting it close to where I want it.
It will be seen in this shot that the user may bring the tide in or out simply by raising/lowering the sea level, as in real life of course.
Even if I never download it (my Runtime drive is on a diet…), thank you, Skipper. This looks delightful.
Does the United Kingdom actually just put up landmarks like the Cromer Pier and the village of Castle Combe just so this guy can model them? If so, I may have to go to the post office and buy our passports, just to take my wife to stay in the Honeymoon Suite.
That is funny, Eustace, and enormously flattering. Thank you. I love modelling and I love these islands. I guess it shows, huh? BTW, if by the Honeymoon Suite you mean my model of the Bridal Suite, then I have good news for you - it is next in line for a make-over.
The Lifeboat Station was finished today - see below. I was greatly pleased to find that a slight simplification of the railings round the LBS resulted in an outstanding saving in polys and memory usage - far more than I anticipated. I am really chuffed. This end of the pier is now finished and now we may spend some time with the entrance.
The weekend has been very productive. The entire forecourt has been remodelled and the compass added. Together, these two features make up what is one of the more tricky areas we have ever modelled. The steps were constructed in Hexagon by making a profile and then sweeping it along the double-dip plan. This was not the difficult part however - the real problems arose when we came to marry these steps to the sloping access paths on the left and right, for they had to be trimmed, one step at a time. It will be seen that there is still a little tickling of the graphics to do, but the the bulk of the work has been accomplished.
Oh - and in case you are wondering, the compass was constructed in PSP, entirely from photographs. This was a little tedious, the only surprise coming at the end - when rendered, the compass was left-to-right. Fortunately, the compass rose had been saved to disk and it took just a few moments to switch.
The prototype has several lines going off to indicate the direction of important lifeboat missions and rescues. I appreciate the thought, but I think that I will omit them in the model.