3DVIA Top 10 3D Models – 083

The ten best 3D models and one exceptional 3DVIA Experience uploaded to 3DVIA.com during the week of Saturday, July 17th through Friday, July 23rd, 2010 are highlighted here. This week we have a smörgåsbord of great 3D models from Mighty Mouse to the inner workings of a cell! Transportation is also big this week with two beautiful cars, a massive truck (yay!), a wooden sailboat and even transportation for your imagination. Check them all out and then take a rest in the great house with room for all of us!

I will be away next week, so the next two weeks’ best models will be honored in one post on Thursday, August 12. See you then!

(The “Easy links to the previous Top 10 lists” has been moved to right after the current week’s models.)

The Top 10:

lingling has done an exquisite model of Bust, which is based on just one of  many busts of extreme facial expressions created by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt in the late 1700s.  Lingling uploaded the model in OBJ format, but I’m guessing that the the modeling was done in Sculptris. [lingling lives in Belgium]

Oscar (mynameisoscarjo) has finished his Koenigsegg Agera and it deserves a return visit to the Top 10. It was also in Top 10 – 075 as a W.I.P., but is now a complete supercar! Oscar uses Blender. [Oscar lives in Sweden]

What a great idea to create a Virtual Cell to illustrate and explore this essential building block of life. MARQUIS used CATIA V5 to create this intricate and gorgeous model. [MARQUIS lives in France]

When you need a bad day made good, it’s time for Mighty Mouse by Michael (toymaker). He is one of my favorites from childhood cartoons! Michael uses Google SketchUp. [and lives in the US]

Casa Avila Definitivo Recorrido (Avila House Tour Final) makes this home concept come to life with a myriad of details. Vhavila has made every room worthy of exploration and consideration of how you would actually live here! Vhavila used Google SketchUp.

This massive Revolver was “manufactured” by Sam (sketchosaurus) using Google SketchUp). It’s based on the Smith & Wesson 500, which is the most powerful revolver in production today! [Sam lives in New Zealand]

Alfred (alfredix) heads in a new direction with his Patriot Tractor , which is the main mover for a MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile battery. Awesome power and modeling! Check out that suspension detail! Alfred models with Pro/E and then translates the final results into STEP format for upload. [Alfred lives in Germany]

Bluemoon is a 1950s American wooden boat modeled by Francisco (webmasternavales) using Google SketchUp. He included the lofting and rigging drawings in his gallery, which I appreciate. Having done lofting on the floor with ducks and splines myself,  I value the meaning and necessity of those drawings to truly fair your forms, naval or otherwise. [ETSI Navales is in Spain]

Nikola (zenox) provided his own renderings (thanks!), so I am easily able to present his beautiful model of the Audi A7 Sportback Concept, which recently went into production. Nikola used Blender. [Nikola lives in Serbia & Montenegro]

Body 0 0 by MrSinistar leaves a lot to the imagination, which I like. There’s enough there to spark your imagination and still plenty of room for interpretation. It was uploaded in OBJ format.

For a complete tour of the Brazilian DS offices take a walk through DSBR. It was meticulously created by hrp3 using 3DVIA Scenes. [hrp3 lives in Brazil]

Just so everyone knows, the order that the Top 10 are displayed is based on color, type of model and how I’m feeling, not any particular ranking. I just rearrange them until I like the way it looks. It’s as simple as that!

Easy links to the previous Top 10 lists: 001002003004005006007008009010011 - 012013014015016017 -018 - 019020021022023024025026027028029030031032033034035036037038039040041042043 044045046047048049050051052053054 (seven weeks in one)055056057058059060Best of the Best 2009061062 063 - 064065066067068069070071072073074075076077078079080081082

Here’s a brief recap of what I look for when I select the Top 10:

Variety – One of the most important factors. I try to show models created using lots of different software products and showing lots of different ways of using 3D. I include brief comments on why I chose each model.

Creativity, unusual subject matter and humor – These are big factors. We should all be having fun and feel free to model our passions!

Models entered in the 3DVIA Challenge contests will not be considered – They’re already getting plenty of attention and I want to spotlight models we may have missed.

There is no reward given – Other than the satisfaction of being noticed, spotlighted and being brought to the attention of more modelers. In my personal experience, the pleasure of having my work appreciated is the ultimate reward anyway.

From time to time I will make mistakes and not follow my own rules – I will review these mistakes on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes I will change the post and sometimes I won’t. I will be consistently inconsistent. I am human.

Your comments are always welcomed and encouraged! Your responses will help the modelers and the 3DVIA community as a whole. Feel free to bring other models to my attention and let me know why they attracted you. (PLEASE NOTE: In order to make it easier to explore, all photos are linked directly to the model’s page.)

One final note of caution: these are my choices (dswavely) and my choices alone. So, aim the tomatoes appropriately.

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  1. Despite the fact that each of these models is a masterpiece by its own, I have no problem to chose the A7 as my personal favorite. I am a huge AUDI fan and I am glad they decided to put this beauty into production (evne though I might never be able to afford one…). zenox did an awesome job!
    Truly a premium selection this week Don. Congratulation :)

    Best regards

    PS: Trucks rule !! :)

    • Thanks Alfred. :)

      Audi really does have some awesome vehicles out there in all classes. There was (until recently) a black A8 with the perfect wheels and other bits in our parking lot that ignited lust every time I saw it.

  2. Really an important week. Models varied and high quality items, all deserve to be nominated. My congratulations to all.


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