A Brief Introduction...

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As a young boy, I'd spend hours thumbing through my Father's original 3 Volumes of "Aircraft Of The Fighting Powers", which he was bought by his Father during WW2, and are 1st Editions. Possibly the definitive source for World War Two Aircraft Modellers, I have since completed the collection, and proudly own all 7 Volumes. These hallowed books detail over 450 Planes used during WW2, and are a MUST for any WW2 Plane enthusiast. Since then I have collected Plastic Kits, Books, Videos, Photos, Pics etc... and with the emergence of the Internet, 3D Models and Meshes of these Great Planes.

One thing became very apparent, very quickly... of all the 450+ Planes featured in WW2, only 100 or so have

ever been modelled. Finding the like of such favourites as the Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster, B-17, Mustang, Me109, Stuka or Zero etc is Child's play, but trying to find a Blackburn Botha or a Avro York - well, that's a different story alltogether... This became a matter of much frustration to an ardent collector like myself, and so I decided to start building my own.

I have been a keen 3D Modeller for some time and a bit of an Artist to boot, so with the advent of such great Computer software as Cinema 4D and Bodypaint 3D, I was able to (try to) realise by dream of actually building my own 3D Plane Models and painting them. This takes me back to my childhood, with the endless frustration of building and painting Airfix Plastic Kits, and the sense of accomplishment with each completed Plane. A mutual Plane-nut friend (and Critic), after seeing the first few Models built, admitted he was quietly excited about the thought of all those unseen and little known planes that he has been scouring the Web to find, but with little success. Instantly, we both started compiling Lists of favourite "unknowns" we wanted to see, and that's when he suggested that there were probably many others out there with the same interests and frustrations. That was about one Month ago so...

THE STORY SO FAR....

These are the first 8 planes I have built. Each one takes between 3-5 days to Model and Texture, depending on complexity. Admittedly, my technique is getting better the more practice I get. Most of the planes built so far are British (or used by the RAF). This is a purely practical decision and nothing else. I am English and I had to start somewhere. I welcome the chance to build Planes from other Nations, both Allied and Axis - so feel free to Contact me if you need a specific Plane built - providing it was around during World War Two. Until then, British they will continue to be.

All 3D Models are to a relatively accurate and high standard of external detail, although I only consider them to be Low Poly because of the Polygon Count (about 25-35,000). I only do rudimentary Cockpit setups due to Time restraints and lack of Reference material. However,- all Models have fully srperated Control Surfaces (Rudder, Elevators, Turrets etc) and are supplied with both Gear Up / Down options. Each Plane is contained in a ZIP File with the following:- .c4d ,.3ds ,.dae, fbx, obj and .lwo Format Meshes, All Textures and Bump Maps and several Rendered Images. These Formats were picked because .c4d is the original model's Format, and the others because they are the most Compatible Formats out there. The Texture and BumpMap are .jpg Format in 3072x3072 Resolution for high detailing. Obviously, some alteration might have to be made to Lighting and Reflectivity settings, depending on what software you use it with. I can convert to other Formats on request, but only supply these Formats to keep the Filesize down.

Well, I think I've probably bored you enough, so I'll close up this page with this. This is a passion of mine, which I'm hoping will blossom into a Full-time Job. I will continue building these models regardless, as I personally feel it's a task worth fulfilling, so keep checking back to see the newer models completed. I hope there are a few people out there with the same interests who find these useful, interesting, educational and (of course) fun... I have a Facebook and Pinterest page set up to display Hi-Res Images of my planes, but for now, I can be contacted at "chipbasschao@gmail.com"...

Later...MARK