1911 assembly 3D animation


This amazing 3D animation shows a 1911 being assembled. Made with the free open source Blender software, it is the best video I have seen on the internet in a long time.

The description:

This is an animation i made in blender of a colt 1911. all of the parts are modeled to blueprint specifications

it took me about 100 … all hours to model all of the pieces and about 10 to get the animation done. rendering was a multipass process, using yafray for a high quality GI render, then using blender for a post process DOF blur total rendering time was around 500 hours on a core 2 quad

I have a friend who can make some amazing models using blender. I have tried but I am not very skilled. I have always wanted to model one of those cut away animations of a rifle or pistol.

Hat Tip: Freedom Sight

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  • thebronze

    That’s badass!

  • http://crypticsubterranean.blogspot.com Jay.Mac

    Very, very cool. Thanks for posting.

  • http://blog.robballen.com Robb Allen

    Wow, makes me want to fire up Blender and do something similar. ‘Cept I simply don’t have the time.

    What I do have is Blender and several computers with lots of CPU cycles to spare, so I could help out with stuff like this if anyone ever needed some render time.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Thanks Rob, unfortunately I lack both! But if I ever find the time I will let you know.

  • Steve C

    Fantastic! Really nice job on that!

  • http://www.bodegadunbar.com Dunbar Pappy

    Totally cool; job well done.
    Helps me get my 1911 back into the holster & on the job.

  • http://1911grips.org Bill

    It looks more complicated than it is. The first time I ever stripped a 1911 it was pretty intimidating and I could have used a tutorial like this.

    Hopefully this will save someone some angst.

  • “gunner”

    my word, that’s good! would you mind if i post the link over at “women & guns”? some my ladyfriends shoot the .45 and enjoy it, and i’m sure they’d appreciate the time and effort you put into it.
    “gunner”

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      “gunner”, go for it.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      “gunner”, out of interest, what it the address of the “women and guns” site you mentioned?

  • DON

    STEVE, THIS IS AND AWESOME 3D ANIMATION OF A 1911 ASSEMBLY. WOULD A COPY ON A DVD. START MAKING SOME MONEY FOR YOUR 500 HOURS YOU PUT IN. THANKS, DON

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      DON, I did not make it! I just posted it on the blog.

  • http://www.e1911pistolgrips.com Jerry

    Hey!

    I saw this one on youtube once. I was browsing how to disassemble the 1911 and ran across the video.

    I must say, 3D scaling is hard. Much props to the author of the video. It must have taken at least 20-30 hours to make.

  • Alre

    Muy bueno!

  • Wes

    That was awesome. How did you model it? Reason I ask, is I am learning Alibre and modeling a firearm would be a cool exercise.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Wes

  • kovacs1985

    Very awesome animation and detail.