As I was specifically mentioned in this thread - thank Richard - I thought it only fair to make a comment from my perspective.
First, the Desert Eagle isn’t my model. As I recall it was made by the same vendor who made the Modern Desert Soldier pack, which was 3D Universe I believe.
Second, while I do fully understand the frustration of losing the free items from the archive, the larger majority of things in there (and I include my models in this) were old. For myself, I often found them rather embarrassing as they were very early models and to be frank, somewhat on the messy side mesh-wise. I can understand why Daz decided to simply do away with that section, although items like the aforementioned Desert Eagle ideally should be linked from the product page correctly. This is something that the web guys could perhaps fix if somebody files a report with (insert assistance here please Richard) either store support or the web site bug report. I’m uncertain which would be relevant.
Meanwhile, there are pose sets here by Don Albert which contain relevant weapons for the poses from those sets. Admittedly these are more period related than modern so perhaps unsuitable for current purposes.
It is unlikely that I would agree to the guns being hosted here at Daz again simply because they are very old. The mapping on them is beneath basic and the mesh quality isn’t that great either. However, and I say this very tentatively as I have huge demands on my time at the moment and probably will up until close to Christmas. I may be tempted to make new packs of both swords, knives and guns (similar but not identical) to the ones which are now lost. I don’t know whether Daz would be interested in such a thing as a permanent freebie - or if they can even set such a thing up under the new store. But it is something I have been considering.
No promises, and certainly no time scale will be offered, but I confess I have an urge to make something that goes bang.
The attached image should at least give some hint of the kind of thing that “might” by offered in such a pack, this being (obviously) modern weapons.
Obviously though, as Richard pointed out earlier, there will be slight compatibility issues with any poses because of the differences in scaling, so some correction would be required.
My apologies to anybody who is disappointed by my thoughts in regards to the old weapon packs, but in all honesty they have far outlived their time.
I won’t comment about the other items which inhabited the archive as their fate is up to Daz and the creators of those files.
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