About these tutorials
My personal interests obviously focus on aviation and aerospace. But, all of my tutorials below are about 3D modeling, texturing, rendering, rigging, and animation, and should not be considered as "airplane only" training. At the macro level, we all create and edit polygons, edges, vertices, etc., and the techniques used for creating aircraft are no different than the ones we'd use to create a car, ship, train, toaster, or chair. New MODO users might also note that although each new version of MODO has new tools and capabilities, the techniques shown in my earliest tutorials still work in the latest version of MODO. So I hope that all MODO users will have fun with these, and that you'll be able to apply some of what I share in your own projects.
This work requires the continuous updating of my hardware and software, as well as ongoing training, research, and study.
Your support is always appreciated!
All products below are available for direct download, but due to their file size, they will time out in a regular browser. You will need to use FTP software. Both recommendations below are easy to use.
- If you're on a Mac, I recommend "Fetch". You can download a free trial at http://fetchsoftworks.com/fetch
- If you're on a PC, most of my customers have recommended "FileZilla", which is free., at https://filezilla-project.org
Special: ALL SIX "Modeling with MODO" Volumes for $220.
Save $50 by ordering all six volumes shown below, for $220.
This is a nearly 25 gigabytes of content, including video, text, and 3D files.
MODO Tutorials: (Latest releases at the top)
Click the (blue) links in the left-hand column below for more detailed product information on each set.
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This tutorial focuses on creating very high resolution, detailed models, using Catmull-Clark subdivision surfaces. ("Psubs", in MODO) We'll use my new 2014 Piaggio P180 "Avanti II" model as the primary example, (See that article here.) which is all sub-d from start to finish, resulting in meshes with nearly all quad polygons (very few triangles) and no Ngons.
Meet our new best friend, "MeshFusion". I've included a variety of examples showing some of the potential of this new magical plug-in. I'm also working on a "kit" for MODO users which is a set of all-quad, sub-d meshes suitable for kit-bashing your own aircraft and spaceship models, all designed to play nice with MeshFusion. This should be available in early 2015.
See The Foundry's MeshFusion page here.
Detailed descriptions, examples, and nearly 4 hours of videos discuss how to create the initial geometry from your documentation, how to make clean cuts in subdivision surfaces while avoiding smoothing errors, how to adapt to changes as the project moves forward, how to avoid various "traps" this sort of modeling can produce, more on how to extrapolate dimensions from unknown parts, and of course at the end, texturing, rendering, and animating all of these parts. This is my most advanced project to date, and I've learned a lot of handy tips and methods during the process, all shared here.
"Modeling with MODO, Volume Five - Problem Solving"
$35 plus $5 handling
As most of you know, my main use of MODO is design, modeling, and visualization. Although I tend to specialize in aviation/aerospace projects, the last couple of years have been filled with an enormous variety of subjects, including 3D patent drawings for a new kind of hair clip, a new Volvo hybrid bus, some organic visualizations for physical art installations, graphics for TV and print publications, and the biggest one, (still under NDA) the design, visualization, and animated rendering of an entire theme park, based on a popular kids TV franchise. Thanks to the "Power SubD - NURBS" plug-in, I've also started to produce machine ready files for manufacturing of some large-scale, radio-controlled aircraft, and I've learned some tips to make this process pretty painless. This variety has forced me to find some new methods of doing things, and to solve problems in a timely, practical way, and that's what this training set is about.
"Modeling with MODO, Volume Four - Details!"
$45 plus $5 handling
Two scale aircraft projects illustrate a variety of methods to extarpolate scale information from less-than-ideal documentation, and then to create all kinds of details, including an internal structure, cabin and cockpit detail, interior and exterior lighting, basic rigging for animation, and more. Several other scene files and tutorials, including the complete T-38 file, and a huge library of parts you can use in your own models.
"Modeling with MODO, Volume Three - Jets!"
$40 plus $5 handling
As you can tell from the title, this set focuses on the creation of modern jet aircraft. I've included examples of fighter, bombers, business jets, and two major airliner projects. The same techniques apply to any modeling subject, so even if you're not an aircraft fanatic, I think you'll find a large variety of information that may improve your results.
"Modeling with MODO, Volume Two"
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Right brain/Left brain…
First, a very large aircraft project focusing on the construction of the King Air B200 model, as well as a variety of systems, including animated versions of the de-ice system, fire suppression system, heating/cooling system, fuel system, and a fully-animated cockpit.
And, something completely different…
A variety of large, organic visualizations for other artists, making extensive use of MODO's sculpting and painting tools. Several model and scene files are included too, in LXO format.
"Modeling with MODO, Volume One"
$35 plus $5 handling
A huge variety of projects, from museum scale aircraft, to architectural visualizations, organic art, displacement exercises, future gadgets and vehicles, boolean operations, and modeling with spline cages. Several model and scene files are included too, in LXO format.
Specific information for those designing and fabricating flying, radio-controlled models:
NOTE: Since this is not MODO-related, it's not included in the package deal at the top of this page.
"How to Do Everything, Volume One"
$45 plus $5 handling
Advanced tutorials and reference information for those interested in the design and fabrication of flying, radio-controlled models and UAV's. Includes aerodynamics, structures, weight prediction, material selection, plug and mold making, composite fabrication, including vacuum bagging. Also includes the entire contents of my archive site at nextcraft.com.
"How to do Everything", Volume One
(Design Methods for Molded Composite Products)
Multimedia tutorial includes Research, Design, CAD/3D Tools, Plug & Mold Design and Fabrication, Vacuum Bagging, Movies, Data, and Assorted Building Tips.
The title, "How to do Everything" is meant to be humorous, and I don't portray myself as some "super guru". If you've enjoyed the content on my NextCraft™ web site, then you'll like this set. The content is better, in some cases, since I can include larger, uncompressed photos and movies. Since I've often been forced to adapt methods to work on a limited budget, I think you'll appreciate the many options in each section that you can use when time and/or money is a problem. This information is applicable to any composite field, including aircraft, automobiles, boats, surf boarding and snow boarding, etc..
The HTML-based navigation system makes browsing thisset the same as viewing a web site, except faster. Of course, you can also browse the files manually. For comparison... The entire content of my NextCraft™ web site at the time this set was created was about 300 MB, and all of it is included. Bonus... The set also contains over 200 MB of additional information, images and movies, that were not published on the site.