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Wild West Water Tower
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Wild West Water Tower
Steam Trains need a good source of water to keep running:

[Image: Water Tower polys.jpg]

This Water Tower has 392 Polys, but only one is needed in a Theme Park.


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01-04-2011 05:12 PM
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RE: Wild West
WOW thats your best model yet the textures are awesome on that water tower! Fantastic!


It is going to have some animation when filling the train up? Or just there for show?
01-04-2011 05:59 PM
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RE: Wild West
(01-04-2011 05:59 PM)_mrme Wrote:  WOW thats your best model yet the textures are awesome on that water tower! Fantastic!


It is going to have some animation when filling the train up? Or just there for show?

The Spout is a separate item, so it should be able to be moved up and down. I don't know if there will be the appearance of water coming out of it or not. I guess that's an issue for the Coders.


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01-04-2011 06:12 PM
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RE: Wild West
Looks like a good model that you've got going there, but there could be a few improvements on it if you don't mine me pointing them out.

Look at this image that I think you modeled your tower off of.

[Image: 1.1248198807.water-tower-from-original-steam-train.jpg]

The outer supports are very different. Those straight up supports look like they should be built out of metal, not wood, and metal wasn't that common in the old west to have a metal pole there either. Look at the image I posted, it has wood beams criss-crossing eachother in an organized, but not precise manner. The concrete footers would be very out of place in the old west as well. Even in modern theme parks, they will rather bury the wood supports deep into the ground to keep it in place, then let concrete be visible.

Besides the supports which irks me a little, the rest of the tower looks great, except it looks a little too clean as well. The Wild West was never that clean. Dust storms that get into everything, bird **** everywhere, the sun fading it, it'd be a hard time to try to keep it that clean looking. If you don't mind, imagine a dirty wooden park bench, and try to get this thing to look like that. Not only is it more accurate to what most theme parks try to do to their Wild West themed areas, but it helps to set the earthy tone of the Wild West style architecture.

Other than those items, this tower looks like a great model that you've made.
01-04-2011 06:45 PM
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RE: Wild West Water Tower
I've added Sway Bracing to the lower supports and have added some texturing to the bands around the tank. I'll post a new picture when I can. Total Poly count is still under 500 poly's. I'll see about changing the Piers under the legs too. Would you mind if I just recolored them to look like wood?


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01-05-2011 06:39 PM
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RE: Wild West Water Tower
I am glad to hear that this will be available! As for the water I am not sure yet either.

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01-05-2011 06:52 PM
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RE: Wild West Water Tower
^Eh, it's a scenery feature. It may be animated if attached to a trigger on the track. It doesn't need to dispense actual water.
01-05-2011 07:27 PM
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Well or it could be static and that is where the discussion comes in.

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01-05-2011 07:46 PM
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RE: Wild West Water Tower
Well, that's why I added the trigger thing. I know that we don't want a constant animation, because that wouldn't be easy to sync up with trains. So when you place it, it could just sit static. If you want it animated, just place a track trigger. It would work like a ride event and it would lower when a train pulls up to the piece of track.
01-05-2011 07:50 PM
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RE: Wild West Water Tower
Alright. That makes better sense.

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01-05-2011 07:59 PM
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RE: Wild West
(01-04-2011 06:45 PM)Eagle Eye Wrote:  Look at this image that I think you modeled your tower off of.

The concrete footers would be very out of place in the old west as well. Even in modern theme parks, they will rather bury the wood supports deep into the ground to keep it in place, then let concrete be visible.

The Tower now has wooden footers instead of Concrete piers. The Poly count went down!

The Water Tower that I used for the model is really a G-scale model (1:22.5 scale) for large scale trains.

I changed the picture in post #1 in this thread. It now shows more weathering around the bands around the tank and shows the new wooden footers.


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01-06-2011 12:20 PM
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RE: Wild West Water Tower
Since yesterday, I've added a ladder and a water depth gauge to the Water Tower. Total increase in Poly's: 4. It also adds 2 more textures.


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01-07-2011 02:57 PM
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RE: Wild West Water Tower
The Water Tower in what should be its final form:

[Image: Water Tower (5) polys.jpg]

This one is ready to upload.


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01-09-2011 05:16 PM
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RE: Wild West Water Tower
That is a magnificent tower, Mopaso. Great job!
01-09-2011 07:12 PM
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RE: Wild West Water Tower
I'd have to agree, great job on this.
01-15-2011 08:58 PM
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RE: Wild West Water Tower
Deffinately your best model you've made so far! Textures & colours are perfect.
01-17-2011 10:17 PM
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