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    Update

    Exterior shots. Most everything that can be animated is rigged. I still am experimenting with textures and am leaning toward a more worn look. After all, our little ship has endured, what, meteor strikes, flaming comets, exploding planets, supernovas and fiery asteroids? Not to mention the fact that just looking at it funny will cause the computers to combust!

    (The second image below shows a more pristine titanium finish.)

    Also uploaded is a test animation of the exterior. The blast doors move, the gear retracts, the sensor bubble components rotate, the heat radiating engine fins deploy and the famed "Thompson Unitectic Gravity Drive" spins.









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    Gotta' say Avian, your model and animations are looking great! Your pictures and animations are so crips and clear. Anytime I upload anything to Youtube, it gets very blocky and blurry. Would you mind sharing what format do you render your animations to for uploading to Youtube?

    One thing I did notice was when your landing gear retract, the panel that slides to cover the foot pads should slide horizontally and not vertically. Other than that, it looks great!

    I've started modeling the Season 1 Jupiter 2 and hope to have it as accurate as possible to the show. I found a user group that has blueprints of most of the original equipment. The person I was talking to had met with the owner of the original equipment and had taken measurements, angles, even molds of the knobs so he could duplicate a flight deck for himself. There are about 10 people on the user group building flight decks. There are also original blueprints from the series. If my Jupiter 2 can look anywhere as good as yours, I will be very happy!

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    Thanks Tralfaz! Regarding the animations, I usually render out targa frames (never .jpgs) then compile them in an editing program (e.g. AfterEffects) to create a .mov file. Here I am using a 640x480 frame size. When compiling I do use the H264 codec and then upload to YouTube. You can also upload uncompressed files to maximize their quality - YouTube will automatically compress them at their end to achieve the best results.

    I'm glad you are going to model the 1st Season J2. I think the S1 version is truer to Kinosh-ita's ideas and probably avoids some of the kitschy colors of S3. For example, I'm rendering out an animation of the astrogator and in retrospect I'm thinking I should have left the little "saucer" silver instead of the tarted-up yellow with the black spiral pattern.

    Good luck with the modeling. I'm really looking forward to seeing it! I liked your animation of the flight deck - that's the level I am after as well. I am still figuring out how I'll use mattes to blend a "real" upper and lower decks with an exterior view. I know there has been a lot of discussion on physical modeling forums about the impossibility of incorporating both into a reasonably-sized saucer. But in CG-land anything is possible.

    About the landing gear hatch cover... Thanks for the confirmation. Yeah, I wasn't sure about how they actually slid closed in the show. I did see a clip where it seemed they moved horizontally but my mind suddenly switched over to engineering mode and thought "how did that work with the structural ribs holding the saucer together? Shouldn't they slide down from the perimeter?" I will probably change it it to be in line with the show though. Depends on how stubborn I'm feeling. Oh well. C'est la tÚlÚvision!

    If you don't mind, let me know how to find the J2 user group. I did download some fuzzy hand-drawn blueprints from HobbyTalk scanned from the original 20th Century Fox plans (they even include the lower deck bathroom!), but if something else exists that is accurate and clear I'd love to see them!
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    Oh man, what can i say but: Awesome!!! and: Beautyfull!!!
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    Hi Avian,

    Here are the links to the Jupiter 2 sites I found...

    Lost In Space Props on Yahoo

    Jupiter 2 Console Blueprints (I've had trouble accessing this one today.)

    Al

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    P.S. There is always the Irwin Allen Website. Lots of great photos there on a lot of Allen's productions.

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    A remake would be great! I have a copy of the unaired pilot, before the Smith character was introduced. That first season had great promise, with Smith as the antagonist. I'm one of the few people who actually liked the motion picture version, I has hoping for at least one sequel. I also have a copy of a pilot for a new series from the 90's, which actually wasnt bad. Kind of reminded me of Space:Above and Beyond, which I thought was great.

    Your J2 model is superb. The last time I worked on my B9 model I was trying to rig the arms for retraction and articulation, for animation.

    I may have to resurrect that old bucket of bolts, your work is inspirational!
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    Vignette

    I thought I'd throw the old gal into a refueling base I made a month or two ago (yes, I know, she's supposedly "lost" but the Robinsons did manage to run into a lot of other earth people, including an old guy manning a weather station. In space!)

    I'm still figuring out how I'll piece the animations together. I may try for a narrative or else just a tour of the ship. If you have any ideas, speak up!

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    P.S. - I used some "moon buggies" I once downloaded long ago but I've had them for at least 6 years and don't remember where they are from. My apologies if any of you out there are the creator!
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    You could always try to do an interactive tour. With a few click-able arrows for left and right views etc.
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    I'm planning on doing a pilots training guide, or operations manual of my re-imagines Eagle Transporter, from the point of view of a new pilot trainee, guided by an instructor. A huge task, but good, geeky fun, and a great way to produce a portfolio reel.

    Maybe a tour guided walk through of the J2? The robot could be the guide... Whats Bill May doing these days? Send him a script... or use a different voice altogether.
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    ^ Great suggestions, Pagrin and Jeffrey. Thanks for the ideas! I'll see what I can come up with.

    General updates...

    The Astrogator in its "normal" position with the ceiling ring and hatch closed:



    The rarely-seen stool housed inside the Astrogator:





    The flight console shown as a composite of all 3 seasons of the show. The rightmost screen is an animated video display with the leftmost remaining as the original green radar screen. The panels are little more than texture maps, though with tons of animated omni lights and animated screens. If I decide to move the camera closer than this I'll probably add some geometry to increase the detail:

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