Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

[NL] [NL2] The Amazing Flying Machine


Recommended Posts

I'm working on a new project. It's a little different.

 

I'm going to be using a combination of NoLimits, NoLimits 2, Rhino, Maya and Illustrator for this one. It's called The Flying Machine, it's based off the Vekoma suspended family coaster, and it may or may not develop into an actual section of a park as opposed to just a roller coaster.

 

Here are some test renders I did a few hours ago.

suspended_jan22_1.thumb.png.1fe33c485bf8446f03e14382e1044bda.png

suspended_jan22_2.thumb.png.67e5af77db87c7480cb88692d28c31a3.png

suspended_jan22_3.thumb.png.ebec926b63f31d2b639c8b2010521f99.png

suspended_jan22_4.thumb.png.5ba4d2cdef33b27b28f2ab5c6518860a.png

Edited by A.J.
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 36
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Posted Images

Progress update. There's a big dividing wall between the two lines. The idea is that when an overflow queue is needed, guests walk up into the windmill house on the side closest to the coaster, turn around inside the house, and then walk down on the other side of the wall. The wall is tall enough that guests can't see to the other side, creating the illusion that it's one isolated pathway.

supended_jan31_1.thumb.jpg.b2bde6aa6136b410b8367ea2e456e308.jpg

suspended_jan31_2.thumb.jpg.57351fc1a27b90bda806f83cf91ab566.jpg

suspended_jan31_3.thumb.jpg.4b9532fc701e95be3e76901d304eba4d.jpg

suspended_jan31_4.thumb.jpg.902c2a02cb764552de0fcecd1b3b45b3.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm working on a new project. It's a little different.

 

I'm going to be using a combination of NoLimits, NoLimits 2, Rhino, Maya and Illustrator for this one. It's called The Flying Machine, it's based off the Vekoma suspended family coaster, and it may or may not develop into an actual section of a park as opposed to just a roller coaster.

 

Here are some test renders I did a few hours ago.

 

The renderings look like they are done in V-Ray, yeah? Correct me if I'm wrong.

 

I've been meaning to find a new medium for modeling for NL, I've grown out of 6 years of SketchUp already. How does exporting Rhino to the simulator work out? Is there a difficult process for texturing (I already have experience in Rhino because of architecture school).

Link to post
Share on other sites
The renderings look like they are done in V-Ray, yeah? Correct me if I'm wrong.

 

It's Mental Ray in Maya. I haven't gotten it to be "photorealistic" but with the right materials and settings it has a wonderful, bright aesthetic that I absolutely love. (Here's an example.)

 

Because I originally began 3D work in Inventor and AutoCAD, Rhino came very easily to me because it works the same way - it's a NURBS modeler! Draw out a curve, extrude/revolve/loft/sweep it. I use it because it's very easy for me to keep tabs on measurements. I'm not a "this looks close enough" kind of guy, I want to make sure that what I design is tangible in the real world.

 

While I have imported NoLimits tracks into Rhino as 3DS objects using the Construction Kit, I have never formally went the other way. I have very little experience with texturing outside of Maya, however I typically use Photoshop to match textures to UVs.

 

Because of the great new material editor in NoLimits 2, I'm planning on exporting the untextured modeling there as well and then applying those materials to it. But getting this scene into Maya and doing the texturing, materials and rendering for Mental Ray is priority number one.

Edited by A.J.
Link to post
Share on other sites

Progress update. The majority of the queue is totally done. I'm on a deadline so I don't intend to create interior spaces (with the obvious exception of the station platform, as it doesn't have any walls). The coaster itself is about seventy-five percent finished as well, I need to create supports for everything after the first figure-eight and I have to add some small thematic elements.

 

I've been managing my time well enough to actually create an environment past the coaster, it will include an endless river that guests can get in and out of freely, and a small restaurant.

suspended_feb6_1.thumb.jpg.74166ae2878b30534491041e2750d0a9.jpg

suspended_feb6_2.thumb.jpg.b973951fa5b95e090f1f739d362a833c.jpg

suspended_feb6_3.thumb.jpg.f6e6ec3afaa788298556c892623c6c83.jpg

suspended_feb6_4.thumb.jpg.142923b3e871b8b3708afe0bf142d4b6.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

The only scripting that might happen is an object attachment, and maybe some small animations. No audio is necessary.

 

Progress update. After doing some research I found that the exit ramp was too steep for disabled access. I had difficulty coming up with a solution due to the space constraints but eventually settled on a stairway plus an elevator. The nice thing is that the experience isn't necessarily broken as you can't see the elevator doors unless you're on the level of the station platform. Sometimes I'm pretty clever.

suspended_feb17_1.thumb.jpg.a82ddbba87edc781d3098b066e7ae9b1.jpg

suspended_feb17_2.thumb.jpg.33c666966a2b825b948126261708bc37.jpg

suspended_feb17_3.thumb.jpg.ff082fb9aaa4d1c67a74007b8f125fb3.jpg

suspended_feb17_4.thumb.jpg.6ee11bb423b90908c1ae944bd34d8716.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

This is amazing! Are you going to school for engineering by the way? I am just wondering because this looks very good, like I can mistake this for a promo of a new coaster for a park. I can't wait to see more of this!

Link to post
Share on other sites

I originally went to school for engineering at Penn State, but the mathematics were boring and I didn't get enough exposure to the thing I really liked the most, which was 3D modeling/visualization. I transferred to the I.D.S. major in the School of Visual Arts so I could concentrate on what I liked the most.

Edited by A.J.
Link to post
Share on other sites

Here are some new renders.

 

The surrounding environment will be just as detailed as the coaster area is. I'm planning on including a wide lazy river that guests can enter/exit at will, as well as two bowl water slides themed to water tanks. Check it out.

suspended_feb19_2.thumb.jpg.a2324df5ce9615c7bbacb1521f88fee5.jpg

suspended_feb19_3.thumb.jpg.e2934f185c7e2021afa9f00f3f0fcd77.jpg

suspended_feb19_4.thumb.jpg.de7d9330b184dd27ffacebfcf2cc8de7.jpg

suspended_feb19_5.thumb.jpg.dc077770142af3a8958ad653836b70b3.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
Is the coaster going to be more like bandit bomber then with lazy river interactions? Or are they two separate things?

Yes, the coaster is very much inspired by Bandit Bomber. The "jungle gym" section flies over the lazy river for about half its length. There will be water gags but none that guests can access themselves, they will be basically pipes that squirt water. Another difference between this and Bandit Bomber is that this will use full ten-car trains.

 

Progress update - the tube bowl slide is about ninety percent finished at this point. I just have to add lights, some extra pathways and the doors and windows for the actual building. The area is designed in a way that the actual slides look like they're merely continuous pipework coming from the ground, up into the building, and then down into the tank.

suspended_feb24_1.thumb.jpg.6539322a8979120a894fd4d8bee80a68.jpg

suspended_feb24_2.thumb.jpg.ff74ccfc04a68ebce7cf93ab8f05f8a1.jpg

suspended_feb24_3.thumb.jpg.463073b4c0743b8cc9304341ee972595.jpg

suspended_feb24_4.thumb.jpg.bf45a5c2e6a2c877fdf0c013288e74b5.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

More renders!

 

All of the "big" stuff is now finished. Everything is laid out the way I want it. What I have to do at this point is hammer out the little details such as lights, railings and the like. There's not much more to do before I can start texturing this thing!

suspended_feb27_3.thumb.jpg.815c503b7a2075557ec3d1bb04ae8447.jpg

suspended_feb27_4.thumb.jpg.d595a17cf4cb6d45b345bc868e8cf780.jpg

suspended_feb27_5.thumb.jpg.3bec1a5c6581954b47105f4722fff37f.jpg

suspended_feb27_6.thumb.jpg.f412cb7a48646756e6cba2279d02aba8.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Texturing and material assignment has begun! Updates will be a little bit sporadic as a lot of behind-the-scenes work only translates to a little bit of visuals.

 

Also, the terrain texture is a placeholder.

suspended_mar17_1.thumb.jpg.9e0f9ae1511f36f7582a7d36118fc4f8.jpg

suspended_mar17_2.thumb.jpg.c8d758d9478ee42382ea29dfab64e512.jpg

suspended_mar17_3.thumb.jpg.9b2adb7f2515e5753ebe9ae1692a952f.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

Progress update. I'm currently working on the station platform and queue line. The majority of the platform is finished save for some thematic elements and lighting elements. Progress is slow but steady!

 

Also, as these renders are now approaching production quality, I have watermarked them because I'm insecure like that.

suspended_mar23_1WM.thumb.png.36e28b474c1e495aa7876219a09fefc7.png

suspended_mar23_2WM.thumb.png.8603dcb37279915993294fd3e9a5c2f2.png

suspended_mar23_3WM.thumb.png.1eb47d9513024be647b8c9bb2f099beb.png

suspended_mar23_4WM.thumb.png.35a1aae70052301e1a726815da4121fc.png

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.


×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/