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Submitted by Mean Fox, posted on September 14, 2001

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Here is a screenshot of a free 3D screensaver I made recently. ItÂ’s called RocketSaver and you can download it and other free 3D Mean Fox screensavers from

My friend Calle Wollner modeled the rocket. Some of you may recognize the design. It has several hundred polygons. I used 3D Exploration to export it from a 3DS model into an OpenGL display list. The texture is embedded into the screensaver as a bitmap resource.

The stars are just triangles of varying sizes. They rotate slowly and aliasing causes them to twinkle.

The rocket trails are also made up of triangles. They look decent and are a cheap alternative to the more usual particle system implementation based on blended textured quads. My exhaust particles spin, shrink, and fade to black

RocketSaver is of modest complexity, obviously, but I had fun making it. Feel free to email me if anyone has specific technical questions:

Mean Fox

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September 14, 2001, 06:36 PM

I have a giant blow-up rocket not even 5 feet from my desk that looks exactly like those. Tin-tin?

Anyway, cool shot.



September 14, 2001, 06:44 PM

Er, it's not my rocket, but my Tech Director's rocket. One of these days we're gonna hang it from the ceiling, but for now it's just hanging out down with the programmers. Hehehe.



September 14, 2001, 06:50 PM

whats the format for the rocket .ms3d?

3d is the only way to go


September 14, 2001, 07:14 PM

hey that's the Syrens ships from Star Control ][,
and they were pretty ;)

Craig Rennie

September 14, 2001, 08:44 PM

I loved that game.

Roch Denis

September 14, 2001, 10:24 PM

Errr no I'm fairly certain it's from Tintin, "On a marché sur la lune". Dunno the english translation if there is even one.

Machin Shin

September 14, 2001, 11:02 PM

um.. from the two parter where tintin goto the moon..
um. part 1 is called "voyage to the moon" iirc ..


Lourens Veen

September 15, 2001, 01:59 AM

Yes, most definitely tintin (or Kuifje as he's called in Holland :))


September 15, 2001, 04:05 AM

I just got wildly humped by some snowboarder girl!

Wanna play a real game? Go outside.


September 15, 2001, 04:17 AM

nice work!
However, the trails look a bit strange in static but I guess in motion it just fits.


September 15, 2001, 05:33 AM

Nice work!

Try to reduce the ambient light on the rocket. In space you mostly see almost black shadows. This is because there is almost no indirect illumination.

Dave Hillier

September 15, 2001, 06:34 AM

Does that make you cool? Ive meet several unattractive snow-boarder chicks. Why do you bother to post?


September 15, 2001, 07:34 AM

Yup, You're right Denis!

"Månen tur och retur" in swedish.
Actually one of my favourite Tintin adventures!

Just realized how old I'm getting again :(

Jukka Liimatta

September 15, 2001, 07:59 AM

Nice work!

Pierre Mengal

September 15, 2001, 08:17 AM

I attest the translation is OK.

Tintin was created by Hergé, a Belgian artist.

Pierre Mengal

Arne Rosenfeldt

September 15, 2001, 08:21 AM

TinTin was near the sun,
but maybe these rockets are far away, so that the sunlight does not dominate ;-)


September 15, 2001, 08:52 AM

Just a word of warning: a friend of the family is director of the Tin-Tin (Kuifje) organisation. If anybody would see this model and report it you would be liable to lawsuits without asking permission first from the company as the original creator has deceased...


September 15, 2001, 09:39 AM

Oh come on!

You can't copyright a model of such low complexity as that!

I've seen people post IOTD's with Quake 3 models in them and the program is available to the public...

Anyway, nice work.


September 15, 2001, 12:50 PM

Yes, I can copyright model of arbitrary complexity
But I dont want it, or I dont have it, or both

still awaiting for the war

Peter Mackay

September 15, 2001, 03:39 PM

"still waiting for the war"

There's a time and a place for comments. For the above, this was neither.

- Pete

Louis Howe

September 15, 2001, 04:42 PM

Wholehearted agreement.

Tobias Franke

September 15, 2001, 05:58 PM

Um, question: Is there really a copyright on this stupid rocket? If so, I'm going to get a copyright for an ordinary triangle and sue anybody as often as they used it in their programs, muahahah. That'd be at least 100.000 times per terrain engine... No, seriously, thats, of course in my opinion, just plain stooopid! If this "I put a copyright on everything" hype goes on, there will be soon copyrights on the smell of farts...

Wim Libaers

September 16, 2001, 07:28 AM

It is copyrighted. I know someone who wanted to make real models of those in wood and metal, but could not get permission to distribute them.


September 18, 2001, 06:35 AM

Thx for the confirmation ;) Why don't you try copyrighting a traingle? In australia someone managed (albeit briefly) to patent the wheel ;)

I agree on all the copy/patent stuff but just think if you invented something and everybody 'stole' it.

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