GusTurbo

[WIP] Blue Origin BE-4 Engine

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After some research and some serious thinking, I've made some changes to the model and added some things. I've also taken the opportunity to unwrap it again, as my old UV map was a mess. So I'm also redoing the texture from scratch. Will show progress soon.

Now that I've changed the model, the gimbal animation should work properly and be relatively convincing. This blog post explains how an engine uses flexible fuel pipes to allow gimballing.

Here's an image showing the changes, with some helpful labels:

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Does the BE-4 have a carbon bell? That's not meant as a criticism, I'm genuinely curious. The only models/renders I've seen have shown a silver, metal engine bell.

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No idea, honestly. The BE-3 does (or appears to -- it's black). Very little info out there to go on. I can easily change it if I find out new info.

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Going off a model is a bit dangerous, as you are reinterpreting an interpretation.

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I haven't had time to work on this for a few months, but I promise I will get back to it in the near future.

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The texture work on this project is now in the capable hands of YANFRET. I'm excited to see the results.

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I fixed the issues with the model that caused it to look silly while gimbaling, so I guess the answer would be yes.

Now this project is back in my incapable hands. I'll try to revisit it at some point.

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Nah. I would have to go back a remodel a bunch, since the design has changed.

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Well you might want to pick it up again because Blue Origin just used it to land the Blue Shepard back from space under its own thrust (SpaceX style).

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[quote name='Jedilucas']Well you might want to pick it up again because Blue Origin just used it to land the Blue Shepard back from space under its own thrust (SpaceX style).[/QUOTE]

That would be using the smaller, LH2 fueled BE-3 engine, not the methane fueled BE-4 that is still in development.

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On 21. 6. 2016 at 3:06 AM, shoe7ess said:

Has this been abandoned or is there a new thread for devo?

its probably abandoned. but someone should take over this mod. according to the content postet by mod dev @GusTurbo it was almost finished ad ready to be posted

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It's been abandoned. One issue was that when ULA announced the Vulcan, which will use the BE-4, the design changed, so it would require re-modeling. Someone else made a BE-4, but I don't remember who it was or if it was part of a larger mod pack. It's all good though. I enjoyed getting back into modeling after a long hiatus. I should probably have this thread closed.

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