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 Subject: Darth J's WIP and Freebies (Take 2)

DarthJ opened this issue on Dec 15, 2010 · 621 posts

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  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 8:19PM Sun, 19 June 2011  · @3808738

Both textures for "My van" have been uploaded :


I was able to take more pictures of 2 other discarded vehicles resulting in a very detailed Taxipost version. Much more than the Sibelga version, based on a few internet pictures only and with which some artistic liberties have been taken.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 8:32PM Sun, 19 June 2011  · @3808741

One of those 2 : a replacement door, heavy rust around the wheel arches. These vehicles had a rough time and  did not always get through their postal career unscathed.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 9:16PM Tue, 28 June 2011  · @3811922

East Point lighthouse in New Jersey, USA lookalike.

By request.


Done without any real references but the overall size is about correct, with the height of the tower about 12m (40 ft). The side building wasn't built, I feel it just breaks the symmetry of the main building.

The fresnel lamp is not included either, we are still looking for a volunteer to model this odd "beehive" shaped object.

Authentic detail : both side windows near the chimney stacks are at floor height. As proven by a picture. 

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 7:04PM Sat, 23 July 2011 · edited on 7:08PM Sat, 23 July 2011 · @3821614

Christine shader / texture for the "Immortal Elegance", actually a 1958 Plymouth Fury.

The car is available at DAZ for a reasonable price as the convertible version is also included. Still being banned from their forums I shouldn't release anything possibly boosting their sales but I just couldn't resist this one ... it must be the nature of the car.

Body colour is custom order "Ford red" (according to the book), instead of Plymouth's own somewhat darker "Toreador red".

Numberplate is correct, an easy job thanks to a compose-your-own-plate site using some famous plates including this one as an example.

Not so correct : dashboard odo, and rpm meter, clock.  If anybody owns a 1958 Fury, some detailed pictures would be welcome.

Find it here :





  cherokee69    ( ) ( posted at 10:03PM Sat, 23 July 2011  · @3821642

Quote - Not so correct : dashboard odo, and rpm meter, clock.  If anybody owns a 1958 Fury, some detailed pictures would be welcome.

Also not correct is the floor shifter and the bucket seats.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:41PM Sat, 23 July 2011  · @3821672

I was writing about **my own **textures, as I am trying to get as close as possible to a real Fury. The model however is sold as an "Immortal Elegance", not an exact replica of a Plymouth Fury, so how the modeler finished it is to be considered as correct.


Research : the Fury had push button shifting instead of a floor shifter. A fashion of those days which ceased to exist because a)the system wasn't too reliable and b) the US government imposing standardisation.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:34AM Sun, 24 July 2011  · @3821766

My next freebie will involve a panda and a jam sandwich.

That's enough information for now.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 9:56AM Sat, 06 August 2011 · edited on 9:58AM Sat, 06 August 2011 · @3827169

Almost finished : panda's and jam sandwich !

7 textures for British and Irish "panda" police cars from the 1960's and 1 "Jam Sandwich" texture from the 1970's. All for the "Anglia 105s" (Ford Anglia 105E) by adh3d.

Some are almost identical to an existing vehicle, others are more far-fetched though always featuring correct details, such as area and period codes on numberplates. A more detailed description of each car follows later.

Anglia 105s :


A 100% original item that should be in every car lovers' runtime. Though it is not without a few mostly mesh-related flaws and because of the rough finish of some parts it is not very suited for close-up renders.

panda car :


jam sandwich car :



  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 10:46AM Sat, 06 August 2011  · @3827177

A few details first :

  • The combined textures and shaders load as Poser material files. Hence they are not suited for Daz Studio.

  • For best render results the vehicle should be placed in an environment. The easiest way to achieve this is to place a skydome over your scene. Each Poser user should have the Microcosm dome in his/her runtime, as part of the extra content that comes with Poser software.

  • The loads are "all-in" : body, interior, numberplate, etc in one go. Loose shaders are provided to modify the interior colour(s) and textures can be swapped easily.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:07AM Sat, 06 August 2011  · @3827181

The most typical colour and source of its nickname for the Panda : light blue with a white belt. 3 variations are provided.

LTT930F : authentic livery and numberplate of the first "Heartbeat" TV-series Panda.

LAR988C : numberplate of the second "Heartbeat" Panda which replaced the damaged first one.

UTC847D : well known (photographed) numberplate from a Lancashire constabulary vehicle, they were one of the first large scale users of Panda's and bought 125 Anglia's in one shopping spree !

As a texture file only : WRO509E, numberplate of a mock-up "Hearbeat" vehicle standing outside a shop.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:31AM Sat, 06 August 2011  · @3827187

Irish panda's :

3060FZ : Belfast, all black.

AZD105 : Dublin. Garda vehicles in those days were usually "a shade of navy blue".


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:36AM Sat, 06 August 2011  · @3827189

Wiltshire, a colour scheme that was quickly abandoned because of the prohibitive costs involved.

Actually all I found in this livery was a Ford Escort mkI (made by Corgi). Numberplate should be correct for the area though.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:38AM Sat, 06 August 2011  · @3827192

Liverpool. Used for a short while (2 weeks...) only, as a stop gap awaiting the new Mini's. Numberplate authentic.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 11:56AM Sat, 06 August 2011  · @3827214

And finally the Jam Sandwich.

This type of livery was used in many variations roughly from the 1970's till the 2000's, when it was replaced by the "Battenburg" livery (more food...) Some vehicles in this livery may still be operational. 

A fictional model, consider this as one of the last Anglia's (F-registration of 1967/68) surviving into the 1970's and being used as a test car for the new livery. With some novelties such as the radio callsign on the roof and new white and yellow numberplates. Staffordshire used the orange and blue version of the "Jam" belt, so a Staffordshire RF coded numberplate has been provided.

The Jam Sandwich is actually the opposite of a Panda, a fast intervention car. The Anglia, a fast car ? Probably Cosworth tinkered with the engine, making this a perfect Q-car.



  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 8:07PM Sun, 07 August 2011 · edited on 8:09PM Sun, 07 August 2011 · @3827659



WRO509E and COP236 (Oxford) have been added. And check the textures, maybe you can find some unfinished leftovers ...

As stated on the download page commercial use is allowed but please do refrain of referring to the "Hearbeat" tv-series in any commercial venture.

Workflow :

  • load the Ford Anglia (sold at Renderosity) in the characters library. - load the roof sign (POLICE or GARDA) in the props library. Parent this sign to the "body" of the Anglia.

  • The Anglia and the sign textures/materials are applied seperately in the materials library.


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 6:23PM Tue, 09 August 2011  · @3828464

Next should be the (rather) authentic body colours for the Ford Anglia.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 1:57PM Wed, 10 August 2011  · @3828792

6 of those colours have been sampled from real vehicles' pictures.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 2:14PM Wed, 10 August 2011  · @3828801

21 colours have been sampled from several sometimes conflicting colour charts, the result is a "best estimated guess".  You do get a few special hues such as Black Cherry or the rare Venetian Gold and Blue Mink.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 12:20PM Sun, 14 August 2011 · edited on 12:31PM Sun, 14 August 2011 · @3829936



20 catalogue  (#21 went M.I.A.) and 6 sample based shaders. Also included are a tyre and chrome shader and a new, improved numberplate texture.

Note that unlike the police set these shaders only modify 1 part of the car. You have to apply the shader to each part seperately.  This to allow bi-coloured cars.

The body consists out of 4 parts :

  • fahpBody

  • fahpBody2



  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 8:27AM Mon, 15 August 2011  · @3830308


  • Totally fictituous but - as usual - realistic architecture .

- Depicts a building constructed somewhere between the 17th and 19th century, suited for European or North American settings. Could still be standing today.

  • Everything you see except the tavern wench is included.


Nearly finished ...

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 12:04PM Tue, 16 August 2011  · @3830702

And it's ready :


Provide your own background (buildings) and junk to fill the place.

The scene :

After transferring goods from larger ships onto their smaller vessels merchants would "park" at the mooring to be checked by a Customs & Excise officer and after paying the necessary taxes (and bribes) they would continue their journey through the small tunnel into the city's canals and docks.

... or it could just be the spot where they finds another bloated corpse floating upside down in the brooding water.




  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 7:28PM Wed, 17 August 2011 · edited on 7:31PM Wed, 17 August 2011 · @3831243

Back to shaders ...

My first idea was to provide authentic colours for the free "El Benzo" aka Mercedes-Benz E class W212 released by Elele at Sharecg :


real car :


Not difficult to find, the car is still sold and the colour catalogue is found online. But there isn't really much choice. Mostly shades of grey.

So, a change of plans. Instead you'll get some "historical" MB colours and as an extra a few typical taxi colours,the roof sign shown above is also included.

These shaders can of course be applied to any vehicle or other object in Poser.

Render : Belgian taxi in signal yellow (same colour as USA).

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 7:39PM Wed, 17 August 2011  · @3831246

A German taxi in mandatory "Hellelfenbein" (light ivory).

Though some German states now allow other colours too.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 3:31PM Thu, 18 August 2011  · @3831514

Taxi from the Netherlands with mandatory blue number plate.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 3:33PM Thu, 18 August 2011  · @3831517

Taxi from Barcelona, Spain.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 1:08PM Thu, 25 August 2011  · @3833848

"Authentic colours" for the El Benzo has been uploaded. The taxi sign is included.



  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 1:49PM Thu, 25 August 2011  · @3833858

If you download the El Benzo shaders you will notice that no number/license/licence/registration plates as shown in the renders have been included. Well, despite being a very high poly model the El Benzo doesn't possess a backplate.

Not that other modelers spend much time on making their vehicles -free or paid- "streetlegal".

That is why I decided to provide you with a set of numberplates covering most current formats : euro, american, pacific, japanese ... And also some obsolete ones.

 All with correct measurements scaled to Poser and some sample textures.  


  JoEtzold    ( ) ( posted at 7:51PM Thu, 25 August 2011  · @3833991

Really nice work ... I like the belgian yellow. But would not be a good idea in germany cause then peoples are searching for the slit to throw the letters in ... postboxes are yellow in germany ...:a_grin:

But b.t.w. "Umlaute" like Ä, Ö, Ü are not allowed on german numberplates ... so S-ÄR 7039 will bear trouble on a super direct way ... :laugh:

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 3:26PM Sat, 27 August 2011 · edited on 3:27PM Sat, 27 August 2011 · @3834498

If Germans can't distinguish Signalgelb (taxi) from Ginstergelb (Post) how about the yellow in the render above then ? I don't have much information so I'll simply call it Volkseigener Gelb.

Besides, yellow is not a typical colour for Belgian taxis. As far as I know only 1 company uses/d it. There is no mandatory colour but most taxis are black, silver or white. Except Brussels, they already have to use a special roof sign aka "Sputnik" and black will become mandatory in the near future.

quote :

But b.t.w. "Umlaute" like Ä, Ö, Ü are not allowed on german numberplates

Yes they are (with some restrictions) :



  JoEtzold    ( ) ( posted at 9:37PM Sun, 28 August 2011 · edited on 9:39PM Sun, 28 August 2011 · @3834836

Wow, didn't know that the Post Yellow is named "Ginstergelb". Here everybody is knowing it as "Postgelb".

Ok, to be precise Umlaute are only given sometimes in the first letter group which is derived from the town or region names and is fix given by a list.

But in the second free combined letter group they are forbidden. That english wiki article is (not only there) somewhat unprecise. The german wiki article is much more exact and seems to be on newest stand with for example changes from 2011.

Die Erkennungsnummer besteht aus:

  • einem oder zwei Buchstaben (möglich sind alle deutschen Großbuchstaben außer den Umlauten „Ä“, „Ö“ und „Ü“) (früher gelegentlich per Dienststellen-Kontingent der Zulassungsstellen-Niederlassung vergeben). Teilweise sind nicht alle Kombinationen möglich (siehe auch den Abschnitt Verschiedenes). Bei Behördenkennzeichen entfällt dieser Bereich;
  • einer bis vier (abweichend bis zu sechs) Ziffern. Bis zu sechs Ziffern werden vergeben, wenn es die einzigen Unterscheidungsmerkmale innerhalb eines Gebietes sind. Das kommt bei Behördenkennzeichen vor, da hier die Buchstaben fehlen. Bei der Vergabe der Zahlen von Behörden sollen zur Unterscheidung neuerdings an die einzelnen Behörden Kennzeichen mit Nummern aus verschiedenen Bereichen zugeteilt werden.

Also for example this text from general start of the english article is unprecise:

Quote - Number plates can be bought which are valid all year round or between 2 to 11 months within any 12 months. This allows to save money on vehicle usually driven in particular part of the year, eg. motorbikes. As of 2007, buying new number plates normally costs around 30 and 10 to 40 for fees for de-registering the old plates and registering the new ones.

How long a number plate is valid in the year is something of a insignificant information. The normal way is that the number is valid whole year and its not bought every year. You get the number with first registration of the car and then have to pay your tax year by year. If you don't pay the tax not the number becomes obsolete but the complete authorization for the car is out of order. A once given number stay with the car as long as it's not permanently stationed in a other town or region with a other first letter group.

So the english wiki this time is not best information source I guess.

I'm not sure but if the volkseigenes Gelb is standing for the easter VEB Kraftdroschken (Taxi) didn't they have the black-white checked line around the car until the end. Though for that El Benzo only a theoretical question cause a) to young for GDR and b) everytime to expensive for them. They drove Trabant or as luxury version a Wartburg.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 5:57PM Mon, 29 August 2011  · @3835127

Rather complicated or should I say "gründlich" those German plates. Here the plate goes with the driver, not the vehicle. The oldest still valid 5-digit plates date from 1951.

quote : 

Wow, didn't know that the Post Yellow is named "Ginstergelb". Here everybody is knowing it as "Postgelb".

This is where I found the description for the German Post yellow :


However I do not consider the shown colours on that site to be entirely correct, this one is better :


And I wish there was a Poser Wartburg 353 or Trabant ...



  JoEtzold    ( ) ( posted at 10:36PM Tue, 30 August 2011  · @3835434

3D Trabants are on market from 5.90 $ to 175 $ and one free in a unknown format (GBx - Trackmania???). But Wartburgs are rare, very rare ...

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 1:28PM Thu, 08 September 2011  · @3838244


Something different inbetween :


To remember the summer 2011  ... which we didn't have here ...

More on this subject in the huge Antonia thread in the main Poser forum.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 1:42PM Thu, 08 September 2011  · @3838247

But never mind summer !

I still have to spend my holidays where East meets West and if everything goes as planned even a few hours about 200m (600ft ?) high above ground.

Which could result in a few freebies ...


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 3:48PM Thu, 15 September 2011  · @3840243

... such as this one. It's NOT a Star Wars Death Star, though also unfinished.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 5:28PM Sun, 18 September 2011  · @3841108

If Mandy ever finishes reading this new building will become the tallest building in Poserland, 365 m height reduced to Poser scale.

10 segments (each 11.50m high) as shown above will also be needed.


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 7:26PM Mon, 26 September 2011  · @3844310



... for the holidays ...

Off to a country that no longer exists.

Maybe I'll post some pictures.


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 8:14PM Mon, 10 October 2011  · @3849017

Imagine this :

A stand-up comedian while performing his show is rudely interrupted by a haggler. Security staff intervenes but they don't take the haggler to the exit, no, instead they close the show !

And that is exactly what happened here :


I was about to reveal a new series of freebies in development accompanied by more historical and trivial details than you ever wanted to read. The Fernsehturm as seen in previous renders is in progress, WBS70/5 - a typical example of Plattenbau - is nearly finished, see above.

Thanks to a few ignorant loudmouths that will not happen. Since I started producing freebies I got very few rewards. Not that I expected any. But instead being banned by Daz, the first version of this thread being locked and now the above thread being trolled to death it's been enough. It's time for a period of evaluation considering whether it's worth spending my time at items that might fall into the hands of the same dumbasses that rampage my threads.

Maybe I'll offer the items for sale (in gift vouchers), maybe I'll just keep them for myself.


  infinity10    ( ) ( posted at 10:06PM Mon, 10 October 2011  · @3849039

I think what we have here is a simple miscommunication and misunderstanding of your freebies presentation.  

Basically, you want to show people your freebies, which is good, and we are all grateful for that.  

But perhaps some folk do not appreciate the storylines you include, which build up the presentation. 

Your presentation of your freebies in this manner does not bother me on a personal level; other people may express their opinions to the contrary;  likewise, websites are entitled to enforce their site rules if they feel such action is necessary.

Eternal Hobbyist


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 10:45PM Mon, 10 October 2011  · @3849047

But perhaps some folk do not appreciate the storylines you include, which build up the presentation.

 As they say, if you don't like it, leave. Don't troll the people who made or like the storyline.

Basically, you want to show people your freebies, which is good, and we are all grateful for that.

I hope so. See the WBS70/5 house above ? Taking pictures of real examples, 800 km from home. Hours of internet research. Several original East German books bought on Ebay. Of course nobody here knows what the "Wohnfiebel" is. All to get the correct measurements and "feel" of the real thing.

websites are entitled to enforce their site rules if they feel such action is necessary.

They should enforce their rules on the right culprits. Such as the ignorant hillbilly rampaging a thread.



  alexcoppo    ( ) ( posted at 10:52PM Mon, 10 October 2011  · @3849043

Dear DarthJ, by now it is more than clear that Renderosity staff would be delighted if we all packed our stuff and went away (like it has happened in all forums but for the Poser one). You might consider moving to DeviantArt (free membership, unlimited gallery space, no limits on size of images in the galleries, it is possible to upload also items like freebies, the average mental age of the fellow deviants is above 10 years old).


P.S.: You can find me as jpb06.deviantart.com or as alexcoppo on RuntimeDNA.

GIMP 2.7.4, Inkscape 0.48, Genetica 3.6 Basic, FilterForge 3 Professional, Blender 2.61, SketchUp 8, PoserPro 2012, Vue 10 Infinite, World Machine 2.3, GeoControl 2

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 9:58AM Tue, 11 October 2011  · @3849139

Well, I've stumbled upon the one sensible being in this place who kept her promise and unlocked my thread.  So I'll pretend as if nothing has happened and will continue "business as usual". 

I do agree that Renderosity has taken some very unloving decisions towards freebie creators. That's one reason why my freebies are hosted by Sharecg.


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 4:48PM Tue, 11 October 2011  · @3849277

Though the WBS70 is a later 1970s-1980s type of "Plattenbau" (pre-built plates) it is still the most widespread version of this kind of building found in East Germany. Consisting of a whole range of modular parts many variations exist. The same parts were also used to build schools, shops and offices.

The earlier buildings were usually 11 floors high, the maximum height possible with this type of construction. Later on the height was reduced to 5 or 6 floors. Because they had to install an elevator if they went 1 floor higher ...

In those days they were considered luxurious offering a bathroom, running hot water and central heating. Also services such as kindergartens and shops were always nearby.

The construction kit in the picture above gives you a good idea of the real version.




  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 8:22AM Wed, 12 October 2011  · @3849465

WBS70/5 is available for download. Grab it before I build a wall around it :


  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 9:48AM Fri, 14 October 2011  · @3850325

Only logical after a WBS70/5 : a WBS70/11. Similar in design though with an incorporated small Konsum supermarket. 

Konsum still exists, they are even expanding into the West :


... in German.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 9:56AM Fri, 14 October 2011 · edited on 9:59AM Fri, 14 October 2011 · @3850330

For a more authentic look, simply duplicate the building and turn the 2nd one around.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 6:53PM Fri, 14 October 2011  · @3850523

... or use the new middle section ...

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 6:08AM Sun, 16 October 2011  · @3850933

The WBS70/11 with Konsum shop has been released :


The boards are removable separate objects, 11 slogans (of which 1 FAKE) have been provided for the propaganda board.

The shop is empty, provide your own interior. And goods. According to one former East-German shopper the problem was not that basic goods were scarce, the problem was to know where and when they would be delivered.

  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 7:19PM Wed, 19 October 2011 · edited on 7:22PM Wed, 19 October 2011 · @3852486

Stützwandelement UL12.11

Aka Grenzmauer 75 or border wall 75 segment. Together with about 45000 other segments it formed the "Antifaschistischer Schützwall" according to one side, the "wall of shame" according to the other side.

This was the 4th and last generation of the Berlin wall, built between 1975 and 1989. Its colour when new whas a more "beautifying" concrete white, in an effort to enhance the wall's and thereby the whole country's image.

The element is about 3.60 m high, with a tube on top to avoid people getting grip and a foot to avoid vehicles breaking through (the foot would tip into the underside of the vehicle).

Some elements had small doors to inspect the other side. Paranoid as usual these doors could only be opened using 2 keys.

And then there were elements that* could* be taken down fast to allow the easy passage of East-German troops.

Easy passage of East-German troops ? That's right, they had plans for the invasion of West-Berlin, called "Operation Mitte". This invasion was exercised as "Operation Bordsteinkante" in 1986, 1987 and 1988 with the city of Magdeburg doubling for Berlin. However, the plan also involved breaking through the Berlin wall in 59 places. Bearing in mind that the definitive downfall of the Wall took place only 1-3 years later this seems a major mistake to me : how would the East-Germans have reacted when suddenly 59 holes in the Wall appeared ?

Of course NATO knew about these plans and had a defensive plan ready.

Anyway, the segment will soon be available as a freebie, then you can try it out for yourself.





















  DarthJ    ( ) ( posted at 12:05AM Sun, 23 October 2011  · @3853607

Flächensperrelement aka "Stalinrasen" or "Spargelbrett"

These nail beds are a very ugly way to stop people : meant more to hurt and maim than to kill. Usually placed right behind fences for full effect.

My model looks as a high-tech version compared to the somewhat "homemade" look of real examples seen in pictures.

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