Raptor 90 Models for Reflex Xtr
This page finally lists the long awaited Reflex XTR models of the Raptor 90. Note that recently the Raptor 90 SE was added for download!
Modeling, mapping, and Photoshop correction is done by Vincent Charbonneau.
Photo's, the behavior of the models (.par file) and the sound files are done by John Vugts.
The reason this project started is that Vincent was looking for a new modeling challenge after his nice work on the Raptor 30, and I was looking for a nice model to practice my flying with Reflex Xtr. The Raptor 90 did not yet exist in great detail visually, nor a version that did fly realistic for Reflex Xtr.
Somehow Vincent ran into my site, and asked me if I would like to work with him in creating this Reflex Xtr model. I immediately agreed in doing this, not knowing how much time it was going to take. Neither Vincent expected it to take this much time. The "problem" is that two perfectionists had found each other which kept pushing each other for better results. This is the only reason why we kept on going, and kept improving the model, and were actually capable of finishing this huge effort.
This is the end result:
An exact copy of my personal Raptor 90.
The main effort was in:
Here you have the Raptor 90 with original fins.
The total amount of hours spent to do the modeling of this Raptor 90 exceeds 400 hours! During the modeling the total amount of data was near to 3 GB of files, test files, mapping tests, some parts tests etc. The canopy got remodeled 2 times, the first version was not good enough. All the points had to be aligned perfectly in the canopy to get it smooth and reduce any strange reflections.
Furthermore, a way had to be found to model the "mouth of the raptor" (merged faces) which has been tried for the first time in RMK to get a real good model of the bottom of the canopy.
You can see the result here, we are very proud of our work, and feel that we created a very nice looking, flying and sounding Raptor 90.
The body modeling work, the mapping, and the Photoshop correction of the pictures is done by Vincent. The photo's are by me, the behavior of the models (.par file) is by me and the audio files are done by me.
Be aware that I have modeled the behavior of the Raptor to behave exactly like my own, and I am having a very VERY agile setup for flying 3D. This setup will be the exact setup as I will be flying at the 3D Masters again this year. You will get this setup with a standard Raptor 90 if you:
Next to this I use:
Update May 15th:
I got questions on how I get the machine to fly as exact as the Reflex model does? The most important think I do in order to get it to fly very exact is the following. I glue (with loctite) every single bearing to the bushing that goes inside the bearing, and then I even glue the bolt that goes in the bushing themselves (again with loctite) to the bushing. If you do this properly, this yields a control systems with absolutely no play whatsoever. This improves the flying of the heli quite a lot. Be careful however, maintenance on the heli becomes a nightmare, since it is very difficult to get it apart for maintenance.
We will also create and release Raptor 90 machines with different color schemes (e.g. the Raptor 90 SE, an Arizona heli version, and an Alan Szabo version. We may also release a Raptor 90 model that flies like an original standard Raptor 90.
Please send the donation by means of Paypal to my e-mail address which is: "john.vugts" and then concatenate: "@tiscali.nl".
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Note that it is not allowed to publish these Raptor 90 models for Reflex on any other medium or any other website without an explicit and written consent of the authors. The model is copyright by Vincent Charbonneau and John Vugts. If you download the Raptor 90 model, then you explicitly agree to this. Given the amount of time we spent on the modeling, we assume that everybody respects this, and only creates links to this site.
We wish you a lot of fun flying our Raptor 90 model.
John Vugts and Vincent Charbonneau.
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The Raptor 90 Model has been downloaded: times
The Raptor 90 SE Model has been downloaded: times
Some pictures of the model during construction
And here you see part of the frames (a lot of detail still needs to be added).
And here some more detail is added already, and some flaws have been removed.
Here we added the gyro and again some other small fixes.
And here we have the modeled SAB 20 gr. paddles.
And here the NOT YET MAPPED start of the head.
And a first mapping test. The picture for mapping were taken in the evening (too dark), so this is just a test. They will be much more carefully mapped with better pictures.
The completed frame, after hours of point reduction to make the model simple enough for Reflex. Just need to add the engine, muffler gears.
The completed frame with canopy
Here you can see a first shot of the engine in the frame.
And here the muffler is added.
Here we added the gear.
And here the landing gear is added.
Here we started to add the carbon fins.
Here we did a mapping of some Raptor SE graphics on the canopy . We will release the complete Raptor 90 SE later.
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