Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Evolution...

She's come a long way baby! ;)



The L-39's external model is almost finished now, just need to create the pilots and add a few asymmetrical parts, such as the apu exhaust, vents, and such. Apart from the obvious additions of weapons and a cockpit with finished ejection seats she picked up quite a few other new bits during my recent nights of insomnia. At least something benefits from me living in the twilight zone. :) It now has integral boarding ladders, gas struts for the canopies, air brakes, and even trim tabs, all of which are animated.

And all that in exactly 20,000 polygons. That's less than half the poly count of the Acceleration F-18 and less than a third of the number in the average addon fighter. Hell, it's less than the default Bell Jetranger! :) It's exactly as many polys as the RealAir SF260 Marchetti actually, the least cpu intensive aftermarket plane ever.

Adding the pilots will bring it up another 2k, but this is going to be one very smooth performing plane in multiplayer. You won't have to wince and say a little prayer for your framerate when someone brings one of these, or two, or three, or six, into your session. That's one goal achieved, detail on a budget, now, just a few thousand more hurdles to cross. ;)




Cheers.

-lotus out.

15 comments:

d0ugi3 said...

Flipping hell Lotus.
That things awesome!

Mugar17 said...

haha, I don't mean to sound like I'm talking down to you, but "I'm Proud of you, son". Looks so nice! are their going to be any other ext. models? (clean, whatever...?).

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

Thanks guys. Mugar, yup, there will be several variants with different weapons loadouts (sidewinders etc), ones with just fuel tanks, a clean version, and a display team model which will have no stores and just one pilot, and maybe a few other external optimizations for maximum framerate performance. :)

Scenium said...

Very nice work! Imagine if every FS Developer worked this fast, wheeeeeeew!! ;)

jet1954 said...

Wow, I want to "get it on!" with that thing! I don't think that I remembered that you worked at EA. When and why, if you don't mind, did you part company?

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

Thanks Scenium. Actually that was very slow by my standards, at least back when I was doing this daily for a living. However I built this one oldschool, created every single polygon by hand to ensure that there was no waste. It's a slow way to do it but the end result is as lean as possible, and that leads to good fps. :)

Jet, yeah, I worked there for about 3 years and did 4 years at Namco in California. I left EA for a lot of reasons but the primary ones are: It's a shitty place to work, you get pigeonholed if you show any aptitude for anything specific, the hours are fricking insane, there's no creative freedom whatsoever on sports titles (which is pretty much all they do at EAC) and the management has the creativity of bark.

Will that do?

;)

Scenium said...

LOL Well, I consider that fast. The few tutorials I have done in gMax took.....ages...lol
I'm sure it will fly as good as it looks when it's done. :)

Sundowner said...

Make one in Breitling colors, do a nice movie, and maybe you'll get a good watch for free ;P

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

Scenium, thanks. I'm really looking forward to getting her textured. Then the fun starts, the VC, ugh! :)

Haha, Sundowner. I probably will do a Breitling paint since it's so well known, but I never wear a watch, don't like being a 'slave' to time. Not knowing what time it is and not caring is one of life's little joys for me. My circadian rhythm doesn't approve of my philosophy though. :) I've heard the birds outside wake up several times in the last couple weeks and seen a few more dawns than I'd like to hehe.

Sundowner said...

Haha, that reminds me of a friend in high school, after finely passing his chemistry exams, he took off his wrist watch, said "Happiness do not count time!"* and threw it away... 10 minutes or so later:

"So, what's the time ?"

:D

* - it's an old German saying "Dem Glucklichen schlagt keine Stunde." Often used here in Poland.

Anonymous said...

If your plane are like your videos,this plane will be awsome!! A lot of flight sim add-ons are really crap, but a this date, your plane seems reeeeaaaaallllyyy good!!

Do you will upload it at simviation, avsim or something like that!?

David

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

David, thanks for the vote of confidence. I have a long way to go though, many challenges ahead.

And no, I intend for this to be a payware quality aircraft and as such it'll be payware. :)

Mugar17 said...

out of curiosity, what was that song you used in the trailer for your L-39 in that last blog? I liked it! :)

Lotus / Ramasurinen said...

That was 'Let it All Out' by Forme.

Diverdave said...

Awsome! I've been looking for an L-39 for FS9 or FSX, I'll gladly buy it or trade one of my custom laptop sized joysticks for one when you release.