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16-05-2005, 22:42
Hi there,

I'm trying to model a 3d version of a Lightning fighter, but I'm having trouble finding some good reference. The Imperial Armour books have some good stuff but I really need pics from underneath, and the Forgeworld webpage doesn't have anything. Does anyone know where I can find some pics of a Lightning fighter? Preferably from lots of different angles. I don't really want to shell out a $100 for the model...


Puffin Magician
18-05-2005, 23:51
I've never seen a photo of the underside of the model, so when I made a scratchbuild, I simply guessed. From what pictures I gathered, there seemed to be little of anything on the ventral fuselage except flat armour plate and the obvious enormous engines. I believe there is, however, a small vertical change somewhere near the center of the aircraft, flat plate from the nose suddenly rising about 4mm before becoming boringly flat again until the V-shaped hole at the aft where the centerline engine goes.

I wouldn't worry too much about it, it's the bottom of the aircraft, after all.

Lord of ???
20-05-2005, 06:51
Dont Lightnings have vectored engines? therefore shouldn't there be some grilling underneath?

20-05-2005, 10:34
It's ok guys. Forgeworld updated their site with some more pictures, at my request :D

No underside shots unfortunately :( So if anyone has any, please let me know.

20-05-2005, 16:46
I have 3 Lightning Attack Fighters which I bought for my drop troops, so perhaps I can help... What information are you looking for especially? Drop your email or something in the thread and I'll try and send you some pictures from the angles you want...



20-05-2005, 17:42

This should help

20-05-2005, 20:40
It's ok Kzer-Za. Forgeworld have just put a bunch of new photos up, including some underside pics, so I should be good to go. Thanks for the offer though :)

Thunderbolt Pilot
25-05-2005, 03:27
What's your time worth? I applaud your desire to scratch build an existing model; but, if it takes you more than seven or eight additional hours to scratch build the model than it probably would be cheaper to buy the real thing. (I'm genuinely not trying to start a fight....)

25-05-2005, 04:07
What's your time worth? I applaud your desire to scratch build an existing model

Actually I think he meant create it in 3d on the computer... hence the need for reference pics and not actual models.

Or am I sitting too close to the glue pots again?

25-05-2005, 05:15
Hehe, yeah I'm making a 3d model. :)

Here's a work in progress shot.


Thunderbolt Pilot
31-05-2005, 15:59
My misunderstanding.

By the way, that is very, very cool!

self biased
31-05-2005, 16:17
goodness. that's sexy. i wish i had the aptitude and patience for such things. as it stands now, it's a miracle that i get stuff painted.

The boyz
31-05-2005, 19:55
That looks well good.

31-05-2005, 20:48
Damn, that's good. I like it.

Robot 2000
01-06-2005, 22:51
why are you making this? it had better be a HL2 mod :p

02-06-2005, 06:23
All I can say is wow! what are you planning to do with it?

02-06-2005, 06:39
Thanks for the nice words guys :) I plan on creating a short movie with it.

02-06-2005, 11:08
syaped.. 3dsmax or lightwave or some other 3d modeller.. wish my skillz were up to atht .. unfortuantley i am just getting to grips w 3dsmax..

02-06-2005, 11:19
alterion - get Blender. It's open source. I'm just trying to get to grips with it now and I'm admtitedly not getting very far, the interface is a bit complicated. I've managed to make a doughnut and stretch it, so far.