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Ibishu Pigeon - BeamNG.Drive - Finished

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  • Member since
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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Ibishu Pigeon - BeamNG.Drive - Finished
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, September 27, 2018 8:21 PM

You may not have heard of Ibishu Motor Company, as it's a fictional manufacturer from the computer game BeamNG.Drive (https://www.beamng.com/)

The game is the worlds most accurate driving (and crashing) simulator game using a specially built physics game engine to achieve bone crunching crashes. The crashes are realistic and destructive, so lots of fun to be had. To avoid paying expensive licensing fees, all the cars included are fictional, from supercars to this three wheeled monstrosity known as the Pigeon.

It's a three-wheeled pickup, based loosely on the Robin Reliant or Mazda T1500. It's handling is diabolical, as it goes 60 mph, but can only corner at 20 without falling over. It's slow and tips over all the time, but at least it's tough as superman's neck muscles.

Unlike most games, BeamNG uses a format that i can use to print (DAE) and the cars have most parts modelled, like engine and suspension (most games don't bother if they aren't visible). Opening it in 3D Studio Max, everything needed was there, but there were bumps ahead.

Pigeon

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Tags: beam , game , hotrod , racing
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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, September 27, 2018 8:43 PM

I separated out all the parts into various groups, like suspension, and interior bits and printed that out. Here i found out the shortcuts that the game developers had taken. some parts were not solid, as bits never to be seen (like the backs of things).  These i had to fill in and in the case of the rim, i had to delete parts and rebuild them. Mostly though, i had to beef up some of the parts as they were so tiny, they either didn't print or the software deleted them thinking they weren't parts. These were parts like window winders and the steering wheel.

Some of the many parts

Here's the major components

chassis and drive train

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, September 27, 2018 9:09 PM
Cool project, looking forward to seeing it completed!
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Posted by justmike on Friday, September 28, 2018 11:14 AM

How long have you been messing with this 3D stuff?  You've been on the forum a long time and I am just now seeing this. Looks to me like you have expanded your skills immensely.  You are going to have some very one of a kind builds.  Can you build me a Holden Supercar?  KIDDING!!!

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Friday, September 28, 2018 5:10 PM

I only got a 3D printer a few weeks. it's the most modeling i've done in years, as i've only been doing 2-3 subjects per year. it was a good way to re-energize my enthusiasm.

I managed to break the seat frame.

no problem to fab a replacement. same as i've been doing for years.

Also, those rims are TINY! They are only 11mm.

Pigeon

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, October 01, 2018 12:59 AM

I had to reprint some parts that came out poorly. this was mostly because they were too fine or detailed to come out. eg the steering wheel and some suspension parts

I painted the driveline. good thing i printed them in one part as it saves glue.

Some of the suspension parts painted up, and the driveline installed in the chassis.

and some pics of the body. The paint is seafoam green, a custom mix of humbrol pot paints applied with airbrush.

DSCF8284

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, October 01, 2018 1:06 AM

I installed the rear leaf springs and the fuel tank

To give an idea how tiny the engine is, here it is next to a Revell 440. I was going to install a carb and air cleaner, but the kit part fouled the body, so i pulled it off.

DSCF8288

by aus_mus, on Flickr

If you're thinking a big block should go in there... it's not the craziest mod done to this car in the game.

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, October 06, 2018 6:26 AM

I installed the dash pod, door handles and window winders. You can see where i've been grinding away the inner fender, where a problem occured in the print, due to an error in the mesh i missed before i printed.

Then i finagled the interior floor in. this was a major headache.

Installed windows and used black chrome around the windows. that stuff doesn't stick very well.

I installed a lot of underhood details. I should have printed the body with the hood open (possible)

assembled the steering wheel and made some seat rails from bent pins.

assembled interior

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, October 06, 2018 10:14 AM

I showed my race buddies your tesla and then the Robin Reliant here. I couldn't believe it when one of them instantly identified it as such when he saw the first picture and he's not a gamer!  This is a cool little project you have going on.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, October 07, 2018 12:01 AM

thanks, maybe he's a closet gamer

I added a metal spring to the front instead of printing a solid plastic lump. This joins the single front wheel to the chassis. I found a good source for these size springs. We have fibre-optic network at work, so i harvested them for the springs. The LC connectors have these narrow, longer springs. the SC have a thicker shorter spring.

The completed chassis

Pigeon

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, October 07, 2018 12:12 AM

This is now finished. i painted the lights and blacked out the bed. I found a Jeep mirror in my spares box. Overall a positive experience getting a 3D printed kit together.  Sure some of the parts could be cleaned up better, but overall the car came out better than i expected. I did have a few issues with the 3D mesh, because it's a game mesh, not intended for printing. I think i'll keep going and put together a few more BeamNG cars.

Pigeon

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Posted by justmike on Monday, October 08, 2018 11:18 AM

Thats neat.  I'll be showing that to those race buds of mine.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, October 11, 2018 5:37 AM
This is such a great little project, and nicely done!
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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, October 11, 2018 8:02 AM

Very impressive, especially with your lack of experience with 3D printing. I know the learning curve can be steep, but you got on with it. The result looks great. Excellent work.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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