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Google Sketchup Models

Y'know, I just realized I haven't mentioned one of my favorite tools. I use Google Sketchup, the 3D modelling program to produce many of the vehicles and settings for Ad Astra.

I discovered Sketchup in the summer of 2007 and started playing with it, and I was amazed at how quickly I learned to use it to make 3D models that looked like the things I pictured in my head! It's incredibly easy to use and the tools make sense once you play with them a bit. Best of all, it's FREE! If you're like me, a frustrated sculptor who hates wasting materials, it's a perfect tool for rendering your ideas in a 3D space.

My main use for Sketchup is in designing space ships and other vehicles. It's not that I can't do it with paper and pencil, it's that I want a certain degree of consistency with my vehicles, certain buildings, constructs, etc. It saves me a lot of time, since I don't have to redraw the same vehicle over and over, though it does take time and effort to composite the images together, but I think the end result is worth it.

Here's my gallery on Google Sketchup's 3D Warehouse and you can download anything there and rotate it, edit it, etc. If you do anything with it, let me know so I can check it out.

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