a tribute to Abarth

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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
5601.1 
lot of stuff here,let's jump back to my favourite years:the '70


I've decided to do my first car and,being Italian, i got a wide choice of models
avoid Ferrari...it belongs to our culture but also belongs just to few rich persons
(..surely you'll find more Ferrari at Beverly Hills or Montecarlo than all Italy..)
I choose most popular and democratic Italian car of last 40 years,a car that i driven a lot when i did practice for drive-license

FIAT 500




little and cheap(500 means 500.000 lire=its cost in old Italian value) it gave opportunity to all to get a car at the end of 50's.
I remember also when i was teen ,in 70's ,we often used a word to say -cool-:that word was ABARTH !

(here a video for some of you outside Europe or not car-amateurs that don't know this brand)



Abarth started to sell customized mufflers to give some more power to the engines






then he did some tuning-kits for most popular cars of that time
So,you could buy the kit to customize your car instead of buy a brand new one,
but i remember you could be cool just applying a simple sticker with the skorpio on your car,your motobike or your bicycle..to be cool !
Abarth did an own version of Fiat 500 (now i'll just call -500-)copied,imitated,re-customized,"exagerated" .."inflated".. in thousand ways
also Giannini's version was popular and a custom one with a Steyr-Puch engine (1000cc)



it's also a classic "benchmark" for 3D modelers,just visit Italian 3D forums you'll find a lot of versions
Modeling this in 3D is totally SUB-D stuff,and also very difficult to find models done well
so i did a search if someone did -500- in Rhino:


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please take a look at the front part: it's most difficult to do
surface must have a continuity with side surfaces and,at the same time,must melt with the front lights holes with a bulge
here is a perfect model from SILO's Forum (Silo is Moi's Sub-D alter-ego):





now leaving abilities and skills of both guys you can understand,observing two models, why this is Sub-D stuff !
Now my question is if i can get not the same model but at least 70% of it
So i left previous Rhino's version guideline and decided to split front part from the rest of the car


original blueprints

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i'modeled a box reference using dimensions of the original then matched images to the box to get the model in 1:1 scale
then used new -MOI's unit converter- for you Americans so you can understand how ""little" is this car


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start modeling front bonnet with three curves for network then moving points to get central relief

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side surfaces made using sweep tool: 3 sections and two rails
lower one has a central curve like scale path(scale rail) for better control of the surface

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now front part:i started to make a circle where is positioned the hole for the lights
made a plane surface and deleted the circle then draw two lines from quadrant to perpendicular point on the next surface(the side one and the bonnet)
i trunked the edge of circular surface and did a blend using G2 continuity

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now start the worst part:moving points and making little patches i started to see my front surface

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i have spent one month of my sparetime to do this and often i have thought to surrender until Michael gave us new ISO tool
it allowed me to extract curves from a surface,in my case not smooth but wavy and glitched,rebuilt its points and then refine all
and also build the same surface switching from network to sweep to loft or build a whole surface using ISO curves rebuilt and arranged from previous little patches
final result was a complete loft using half curves mirrored

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you see i've extended end points on the side surface using-snap on surface- to improve continuity between them (red arrows)



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i extruded a cylinder than cutted the surface(magenta) to get perfect circular site for front lights then arrange
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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
5601.2 
Fabulous! Bravo!

Can I translate your post + tut in French the next week ?

EDITED: 15 Dec 2012 by PILOU

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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
5601.3 In reply to 5601.2 
you ALWAYS can do everything messieu...

forgive me! i forgot to attach logos as i promised (too long thread..Moi forum needs old embed codes..Vimeo says that they will be no longer available...what a fuzz..)
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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
5601.4 In reply to 5601.3 

EDITED: 15 Dec 2012 by PILOU

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 From:  Michael Gibson
5601.5 In reply to 5601.3 
Hi Mauro, this is such a great project, thanks very much for gathering all the information on how you did it together and posting it!

> (too long thread..Moi forum needs old embed codes..Vimeo says that
> they will be no longer available...what a fuzz..)

What is their new method, is it the new HTML5 <video> tag, or is it something else?

I can modify the forum to support <video> tags, if that's the problem.

- Michael
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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
5601.6 In reply to 5601.5 
I can see the Fiat Video Vimeo on my old computer on the forum !

EDITED: 15 Dec 2012 by PILOU

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 From:  Mike K4ICY (MAJIKMIKE)
5601.7 
Mauro, I'm in sheer awe! What a magnificent tutorial, and you get into historical context and example of alternate modeling methods as well!

Much respect to you!
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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
5601.8 
Done! :)
That was a real pleasure and very funny!

http://moiscript.weebly.com/fiat-abarth.html

Ps I have made some publicity on it on the French 3D World :)

All love and are fan of your little car! ;)

EDITED: 15 Dec 2012 by PILOU

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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
5601.9 
Michael:
about embed videos same problem in Vimeo and Youtube
i have copied old embed code for both to visualize on MOI forum
in the Youtube FAQ they say new code supports video HTML5 and FLASH (starts with"<iframe.....)
old one supports just FLASH (starts with"<object....)

in Vimeo this is old embed code

<!-- This version of the embed code is no longer supported. Learn more: https://vimeo.com/help/faq/embedding -->

MOI- surface refiniment from M-dynamics on Vimeo.


this is the new one

<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/55672426?byline=0&portrait=0&badge=0&color=ff9933" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

MOI- surface refiniment from M-dynamics on Vimeo.


Michael please re-arrange -500-'s images i posted in the Gallery,put them just in one entry deleting the PNG one that turned out black background
replace it with the JPG one i sent you via e-mail yesterday

about your comment on my post i say you:your welcome!
Being a member of a forum means share(for me) skills or tricks and also errors not only various requests or complains
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Mike:
thanks....when i thought how to do a logo for Triple Squid Team i had my brain "empty"..no ideas at all
so i understood why,in a graphic studio,there are more persons to do the same job..
i thought:"..maybe Mike could have a good idea to do it..." but i choosed to do basic and simple and not disturb you
maybe in future i could contact you:i like your "Tiki" stuff and American touch...could you be available?

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Pilou:
you gave me a lot of publicity on 3D French forums with the bicycle video
i'm little embarassed about my way to do front part of -500-..it's little bit "messy" and confuse to understand
..anyway if you like i just say you :Mercì !

Personally i prefer rally races than Formula one,especially the historicals one that have lot of fans here
F1 are "far" from the people (too techological)
Rally are performed with real cars,tuned and customized to excess, but always real car
and the people is more "close" to them...in all senses:in fact,often,someone die when a car go off the road because he want to observ the race too close to the cars
also my elder brother transmitted me a little passion about Rallyes
He was (is) a fanatic since Sandro Munari won Rally Montecarlo in 1972



He has been lot of years to see the Rally and going on the Turini to watch the race it was like to go on a pilgrimage to Lourdes

about -500-it's really part of Italian story because is linked to the BOOM-ERA (the rebirth after WW2 started at the end of '50)
that car,with the Vespa scooter represent that era
it's weird but you can still find some of them run on the roads of Italy right now

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what about Fiat??
they redid -500- and it turned out cool for actual design standars
it's bigger and much more expensive if compared with the old one(actually is producted in east Europe...)
you know mr.Sergio saved Chrysler and seems the main headquartes,thinking brains etc slowly move in U.S.A.
(here you see where is "positioned" Fiat brand)


seem also that he want to cut a glorious brand:Lancia

they bet a lot on U.S. market launching also an American version of Abarth 500,here at Los Angeles 2012 Salon



but marketing rules sadly are the same all over the world....



...what future..?..i just don't know...

If i look at the new restylized Abarth now..i find it not cool
if i think at the good old 70's ,when the guys ,with few bucks in their hands, mounted the rubber hooks and opened their bonnets just a little..
Abarth belong to the 70's and belong to us forever
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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
5601.10 
There are also few Abarth prototypes made at the end of 50's
One of them built on tuned -500-engine with an aerodynamic body designed by Pininfarina

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This time easy to do with MO-AI
basically a loft with flat profiles drawn on side wiew than projected

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then rendered

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TECH SPECS:
Engine capacity:479,5 cc
Number of cylinders:2
Power:36 CV at 6800 rpm
Cooling system:forced air cooling
Max speed:over 180 Kmh
lenght:4130mm
width:1410
height:1200

General mechanic tests started on February 13 at overbuilded ring of Monza's racing track
car was driven by six pilots (3 hours each)
after four days of no-stop drive at incredible average speed of 109 Kmh they got first records
the race finished on February 20

Total distance covered:18.186,44 Km
Total time test:168 hours
Total average speed:108,252 Kmh

One year later they achieved last records

Average speed on 1000 Miles:159,667 Kmh
Average speed on 500 Miles:165,740 Kmh

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EDITED: 6 Jan 2013 by M-DYNAMICS

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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
5601.11 In reply to 5601.10 
Very cool result!
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Pilou
Is beautiful that please without concept!
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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
5601.12 In reply to 5601.11 
Mercì messieu...
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 From:  ed (EDDYF)
5601.13 
M-DYNAMICS -

That's an amazing result and lofting sure is easier than building individual panels.

I wonder if your loft technique would work for a typical modern car design, or if it would only work for a streamline shape like the Abarth?

If you can get the basic car shape with a loft, then scoops and ridges can be added as demonstrated by Majik Mike and others.

Ed
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 From:  Mike K4ICY (MAJIKMIKE)
5601.14 
M,

Very elegant use of Loft!
I'm impressed by the fluid simplicity of your model. Your ABARTH came out nice!
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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
5601.15 In reply to 5601.13 
<< ed>>

I wonder if your loft technique would work for a typical modern car design, or if it would only work for a streamline shape like the Abarth?
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I choosed this model to complete the family of -500- Abarth, but also:
-It's a simple shape
-could be done easily in MOI
-final result is just a rendered image
I think i got my target...i don't know what approach could use a company to design an engineer for production
Which tool or technique use for modeling basic shape i think depends just by the shape,in this case you see loft is easiest way to get an immediate feedback
This is main benefit using Nurbs modeling:immediate and intuitive results
if you start from a sketch on paper then transfer it on the screen using Moi..surely the easiest way!
I did directely in Moi without blueprints or previous sketches.."by eye" (translating from italian)
Nurbs brings also limits in cases like this:don't give full control in every part of the mesh
I carefully arranged loft's points,i'd like to have more accuracy on lights area..but obviously i can't (just one tool could give this kind of control:T-Spline)

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That car belongs to the 50's style..much more American than Italian



even if made by most famous car desinger ever(here at the beginning)Sergio Pininfarina(here two examples of his creations)

ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPIDER (...could be done with a loft...)



FERRARI ENZO

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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
5601.16 
Update :)
http://moiscript.weebly.com/fiat-abarth.html

What was the year of the race of the Yellow 500 ?

EDITED: 7 Jan 2013 by PILOU

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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
5601.17 In reply to 5601.16 
Pilou:it was 1958

here another example you can add,maybe is more clear

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screenshot of set-up scene in C4D

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final image"old brochure style"
rendered with Fryrender and "aged" with PSE

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here top view of Monza's racing track



DARK BLUE:actual track of Grand Prix F1
GREY:overbuilded high-speed ring(maybe will be restored) surely a piece of history of cars race


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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
5601.18 In reply to 5601.17 
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Pilou
Is beautiful that please without concept!
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