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Old November 3 2012, 05:53 PM   #991
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Um, I have a power screwdriver that lights up to allow better viewing of screws in tight places. Besides, for space craft, in reality, you might actually have heat radiators that would glow when trying to get rid of high amounts of heat.
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Old November 3 2012, 07:51 PM   #992
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Besides, for space craft, in reality, you might actually have heat radiators that would glow when trying to get rid of high amounts of heat.
In that case, perhaps the ring should emit black-body radiation in accordance with Planck's law, in which case the color would lie along the Planckian locus.
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Old November 3 2012, 08:00 PM   #993
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^Heat radiators, by their nature, are not in equilibrium with their environment.
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Old November 3 2012, 08:05 PM   #994
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^Heat radiators, by their nature, are not in equilibrium with their environment.
True, but, without sidetracking the thread, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-body_radiation:

Although planets and stars are neither in thermal equilibrium with their surroundings nor perfect black bodies, black body radiation is used as a first approximation for the energy they emit.[5] Black holes are near-perfect black bodies, and it is believed that they emit black-body radiation (called Hawking radiation), with a temperature that depends on the mass of the hole.[6]
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Old November 3 2012, 09:36 PM   #995
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Never mind, upon further reading, we're talking about the same thing. I just wasn't familiar with the black-body terminology.
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Old November 4 2012, 05:14 AM   #996
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They wouldn't glow very bright, just a dull red, which would probably be washed out by a weak flashlight. http://www.projectrho.com/public_htm...gn.php#dullred
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Old November 4 2012, 08:15 AM   #997
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Final detailing on the booster engines:

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Old November 4 2012, 08:39 AM   #998
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Old November 4 2012, 09:06 AM   #999
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That's gorgeous! I love the orange paneling. And I gotta admit, when quite faint like in this last pic, the glowy blue ring doesn't look bad at all.

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Old November 4 2012, 03:02 PM   #1000
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They wouldn't glow very bright, just a dull red, which would probably be washed out by a weak flashlight. http://www.projectrho.com/public_htm...gn.php#dullred
I was talking about getting rid of heat from a stardrive. Could be any amount. But the idea was that it would be red in idle and blue-white when activated.
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Old November 4 2012, 06:20 PM   #1001
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Honestly guys, we don't need color changing lights on this thing. I think it's gonna be blue or orange or nothing at all. It should NOT wind up looking like a neon bar sign.
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Old November 5 2012, 06:57 AM   #1002
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^Personally, I'm not talking about the Polaris specifically here, but radiators in general.

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They wouldn't glow very bright, just a dull red, which would probably be washed out by a weak flashlight. http://www.projectrho.com/public_htm...gn.php#dullred
I was talking about getting rid of heat from a stardrive. Could be any amount. But the idea was that it would be red in idle and blue-white when activated.
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What color will the radiators glow? A practical one will only glow dull red. You can use the Blackbody Spectrum Viewer to see what temperature corresponds to what color. If it was glowing white hot, the temperature would be around 6000 Kelvin. This would be difficult for a solid radiator, since even diamond melts at 4300 degrees K.
In other words, it won't glow blue-white because by then the whole thing will have melted!
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Old November 5 2012, 08:20 AM   #1003
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I keep finding stuff I always planned to do but forgot about until now. Here, at long last, are the docking latches that hold the lander modules in place:




I also optimized out another few thousand polygons to (mostly) make up for the stuff I added and got the last couple dozen objects properly renamed. I just have two more sets of greebles to add and a couple of light sources for illuminating the name and registry. Those are the final three items on my completion list. Hopefully they'll all be done by tomorrow night.
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Old November 5 2012, 08:54 AM   #1004
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How do you get into the lander? I don't see a hatch. Oops. I just made more work for you.
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Old November 5 2012, 09:04 AM   #1005
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The bay interiors you see here are incomplete and will probably be deleted entirely from the final update I deliver to Dennis. They're not visible for 99% of the movie so no point in including them as a permanent part of the model. When I manage to get around to it, I'll do more detailed versions of both the lander module and the bay interior that can be copied in just for those scenes that require them.
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