With some nice quite time today I was able to make very good progress on my Lancia Stratos Blender 3D project. This is a challenging vehicle to model and I still have some tweaks to make on the body as you will see in this post today.
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The lines of the body came together pretty well after working with the Blender model you see pictured above for a couple of hours today. I like the door seam and the beltline(?) that runs along the body across the door and the rear panel just behind it. As usual with my vehicle Blender creations I collect a lot of photos from the Internet to use as reference material.
I have found with this vehicle that some of the reference photos are not of a real car but are of toy models of this car. This is very evident when I find a wiper blade in the photo that looks to be as big as my arm compared to the rest of the vehicle. With finding this type of photo I immediately dismiss it's accuracy as I want my Blender model to be as close to the real thing as possible. Needless to say I take a very close look at the little details in my reference photos to get my Blender model where I want it to be.
With the view shown above I was happy to see the reflections of the door and the rest of the body match up very well. It will be interesting to see the windshield in place to fill the void that is now in the body shell at the front of the model. What really brings the car together is the wheels but at this point I have some ways to go before I can get to modeling them. I just will have to keep plugging along with my efforts and check and recheck my reference photos until I am happy with the finished body.
One big fun puzzle just like all the rest of the vehicles I have created so it is a good thing to work on when the weather outside is far from ideal to do anything else. Hopefully I can finish at least the body work by the end of the weekend. I'll keep you posted as I move forward with this fun project to let you see my progression in it's modeling. Enjoy the pictures.