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Making Of 'Airship Station'

By Stefano Tsai
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Date Added: 9th December 2009
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3ds Max, Photoshop, Misc
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Concept

The idea came from a series of documentaries called ''Airbus A380'', from the Discovery Channel. Fig.00 was captured from the videos. This is one of my hobbies: to see the process of making of machines, especially seeing where thousands of components have been designed and assembled. In the final moment, when the control tower permits, they prepare to take off - Airbus A380 starts up with full power going to all of its engines. This really made me cry, so many times! It was for this reason that I wanted to create this image. However, I wanted to have more room for imagination, so I set up an environment in a sci-fi style with dramatic lighting.

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Fig. 00

Modelling

I started to model this environment from the basic framework of the aeroplane, focusing on the joints and using some illustrated handbooks for reference. Basically, when I came up with a set of steel frameworks that I felt comfortable with, I copied them into a small group. You can see this from Fig.01. The most important thing for me was to make sure the structure was reasonable and could be built properly. Even though I am not a structural engineer, I understand that it has to be right for the artist's eyes.

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Fig. 01

After the basic steel frameworks were done, I tried to extend the rear of the structure to shape the middle part of the ship, and started putting some sheet metal to cover the ship's body Fig.02.

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Fig. 02

I could then use my imagination with it more. I continued to extend framework and sheet metal at the same time. If it came out well, I kept on doing it; if not, I went back to adjust one of them to fit the final version. For example, Fig.03 originally had a stiff and dull design for its rear roof - it was more like WW2 aircraft, so it was far from sci-fi.


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Fig. 03

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Fig. 04

After modelling the main structure of the ship I had the proper frames and surface for the exterior. I then started to focus on adding more detail for the ship's interior, such as pipes connected to the air intake, electrical equipment, engines and so on. These small details always help me to turn my imagination into reality (Fig.05 - 06).

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Fig. 05

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Fig. 06

I added the landing gear for the ship (Fig.07 - 08).

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Fig. 07

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Fig. 08



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(ID: 185112, pid: 0) Lynn on Wed, 06 March 2013 6:23pm
Dam nice work, incredible
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(ID: 87871, pid: 0) Rorrick on Tue, 21 February 2012 9:46am
Love this piece. How long did it take you to complete it?
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(ID: 84851, pid: 0) Alireza Seifi on Tue, 07 February 2012 8:09pm
Congrats man, One of the most great tutorials i`ve ever seen. Also your science about industrial mechanisms and engineeringis APPRECIATING.
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