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(OT) Re: CGI FT starships

From: Ndege Diamond <nezach@e...>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 22:22:07 -0700
Subject: (OT) Re: CGI FT starships

At 03:05 PM 8/16/99 +0100, you wrote:
>Sorry to reply to my own post, but I had an idea that may be of benefit
>those wanting to join in with this..
>Turns out there is a decent library of stellar images which don't
appear to
>be under copyright available at

I would love to see a FT model site!  I would donate my little Arapaho

For those, like me, who can't wait and have access to rendering software
here are some resources I have found handy as a cgi duffer/hack ;) 
if you don't you can get POV-Ray at  It's a free
open source render engine.  They have links to 3rd party modeling
that talk to eachother too).

I got the star background I used in my images at it was the 2.9 meg Tycho8.tif (They state
anything NOT specificaly marked "JPL/Caltech" requires no permission to
use).  I thought it was nice because it wasn't just a bunch of white
Thre is a bunch of spherical maps of planets and moons in the solar
as well which are NICE.

For DIY planitary maps I cant recommend Wilbur enough. Go to and get it.  It
provides output that can be used as heightfields or for grid-mapping
favorite colony world.	Did I mention you should go get it?

And there are a metric long ton displacement butt-load of starship model
sites out there.  Unfortunatly (in my opinion) the ship model selection
tends to closely follow the current popular TV SF programs.  But if you
interested in doing your own you should try to find some that include
and texture maps in the download and look at how they were made then
engineer your own.  

And if anyone is worried about model compatibility there is always
Crossroads a Windows freeware application that can translate between
several 3D file formats.

Sorry if I rambled on there. I hope that it wasn't too OT.


Ndege Diamond

Every dogma has its day

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