BTW, I still plan to do a model of a MkIV Jetta as well.
The profile is very similar to that of the Ford Fusion Bonneville car which attained a .21 Cd.
I plan to possibly purchase one myself and run it on Veggie fuel ( and get over 40 MPG to boot )
I'd been hunting the past few months since that other thread for decent baseline models of the 4th-gen Jetta, and I did find a few.
The better ones ring in at around 38k polygons, part of this is modelling the interior.
Seems to have details like some panel seams.
The downside, however, is...
Improper vents for the intercooler and radiator up front.
Flat underbody that doesn't model the real non-flat underbody
No engine / drivetrain / engine bay
Simplified wheel wells. Front wheels can't turn.
Getting/making a good, accurate model will take a lot of extra legwork, I think.
I'm about a decade away from the last time I used any CAD program, but hey, it's a lot like riding a bike!
My intent with this, was to help improve the missing details with the model, when I've time to take better measurements off my car. My focus right now is directly on the stock hubcaps
My eventual todo list:
Base model hubcaps (working on the "VW" logo bezel in the center, and working outward)
Base model Steelie rims under the hubcaps
Brakes/suspension bits in the wheelwells
Lower valance under the bumper
Rough out the engine bay and then, the drivetrain in it.
The stock plastic "skidplate" on the Jetta isn't in the works -- mine's not on, so I can't take measurements.
The best of the drawings I've found, was stored up as a series of meshes on different layers, in Autocad .DWG format, if anyone IS interested, I'll check my original source, to see if I can post the file, or if I'm restricted to digging up the original site/link.
Could you e-mail me the mesh ? I would save me a lot of time.
I just started adding some details to the Civic model. So far it is just a body shell and some wheels.
I planned to add a full undercarrige and engine .... so I've got a lot of work to do still.
ChrstphrR : I managed to follow your link and find the file that you were talking about.
Unfortunately, my main 3D program is having problems with a .DWG file.
I have a demo of Cinema 4D R10 that opens the model, but I it is save disabled.
I had hoped that my older version of C4D R 6.5 would open the file, but V6 won't open .DWG files.
I also tried Wings, Blender ( still working on that one ) Silo, XSI, ....
Can you convert the file to .3ds or .obj ?
i just downloaded a converter. I'm not sure if it will work or not.
I'll let you know.
From what I saw of the model in the C4D demo, it is very accurate and well built.
I would be happy to finish it given the time.
BTW, my Civic model is nowhere near as good as these models. I still have loads to do on it.
( Part of which is learning how to use the tools .)