Rich Warsinger's TM model

Part 1: A work in progress

Rich Warsinger, who lives in Oakland, California, USA in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a very talented computer model maker and he has e-mailed me his beautifully made model of the 2002 Time Machine. Though it is not yet completed, it looks very nice with sublime details. I will do a follow-up on Rich later, when his model is finished, it will be awesome...

Click on the images to enlarge them, the text below is written by Rich Warsinger.

The model was created in 3ds Max 3.1 on a Windows XP machine. The trees in the background were done in Vue 6 xStream and imported into the 3ds Max scene. Some texture maps were enhanced through Photoshop.

The model is only half done and lacks some major components such as the Berninghaus Barber Chair, the Babbage Machine (the early computer with the dial readouts), the smaller Fresnel blades at the top & bottom, all sorts of stuff on the under carriage, various pressure gauges and so on. It has always been my intent to create a highly accurate model, not an easy thing to do as there are no blueprints and all I've had to work off of is pictures I could find on the internet and then establishing proportions for the major elements of the design.

The project has been sitting for some time now and I would like to start up on it again when I get some time. This is a hobby for me - not what I do for a living. The intent is to do my own time travel sequences and I have some very specific ideas that I will develop over time and should be a lot of fun. This whole project has proven to be a very daunting task as I am trying to do the work of dozens of modelers, animators and related artists in pulling it all together. I did create one small test animation set to the main theme music from the film with the sun streaking overhead. It looks pretty good.

As a child, I was a big fan of the 1960 film and have always found time travel a wonderful and enduring fantasy. The 2002 film was a disappointment in many respects but did have some good elements, primarily the time machine itself, the time travel sequences and the brilliant Klaus Badelt film score.

If anyone want to comment on my TM model, here is my e-mail address:
[email protected]



Sandra Petojevic, Master of Arts, February 9, 2008 (updated February 25, 2008)

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