ESH-2501 Modern Fighter Jet Staff Pick

  • September 18, 2011
  • Blender 2.5x
  • Render: Blender Internal
  • Creator: turquoiserabbit
  • License: CC-BY-SA
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This is a modern fighter jet with the "Canard" wing configuration. Inspired by the Sukhoi SU-35/37 series Russian fighter jets.

Model is fully rigged and textured. Also comes with optional nose-art. Cockpit and ejection seat are modeled. No pilot.

Armature movement is automatic where appropriate (landing gear only requires rotating one bone, wheels and turbines spin automatically when moving forward etc.). Detailed instructions are included in the file.

(UPDATE: Fixed some minor texture issues, added weapons - 3 types of guided missiles, 1 unguided bomb, and right shoulder mounted machine gun. Updated cockpit with instrument displays. )


  • JamesNZ profile picture

    Dude... this is like... INCREDIBLE!!

    Edited September 18, 2011
  • Jay-Artist profile picture

    Nice model, and rigged too - well done! Haven't had time to check out the file - good luck with the comp :)

    Edited September 19, 2011
  • Pjotr profile picture

    Most superb modelling and texturing. Great work indeed.

    Written September 19, 2011
  • hjmediastudios profile picture

    Did you do all the texturing in Blender, or did you use external programs? I may have to look into Blender's texture paint features; my new computer can actually handle them...

    Written September 19, 2011
  • turquoiserabbit profile picture

    Textures were started in Blender with basic diffuse colours using texture paint. Then a layer of baked ambient occlusion. Since UV maps didn't necessarily map to straight lines where they were supposed to on the model, I thought I would have to end up drawing lines by hand with a very steady hand using Blender's live texture paint. Fortunately I found a blender plugin called "Texture Paint Plus" that adds the ability to draw straight lines. So that let me do all the bump and spec mapping inside Blender.

    I had to bring it over to Photoshop to do the layers for paint scratches and the text for the labels. I don't know how I would do that in Blender internally but would love to hear if anyone else does. GIMP would have worked just as well, but that's personal preference.

    Lastly the nose art I drew with a tablet in MyPaint, which is a Free Open Source program that I love, and highly recommend.

    Written September 19, 2011
  • lsgrrd profile picture

    Great work!

    Written September 20, 2011
  • Jay-Artist profile picture

    Congrats turquoiserabbit for winning overall!

    Written October 13, 2011
  • Mike1701 profile picture

    This is amazing! A retractable fuel probe would enhance the model even more. This looks a lot like a SU-37.

    Written April 02, 2012
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Okay, I just fell out of my f** chair. This is unbelievable.

    Written July 03, 2012
  • Dimmyxv profile picture

    OMG...what else can i say about it...

    Written August 06, 2012
  • recc45 profile picture

    gracias por compartir, quedo elegante.

    Written October 03, 2012
  • blendaero profile picture

    can you make a tutorial how to model an airplane?

    Written January 18, 2013
  • turquoiserabbit profile picture

    Modelling an airplane is not much different than modelling any other vehicle or mechanical object. The secret is simply reference, reference, and REFERENCE. At least 10% of the time I spent on this project was collecting a good set of reference images to draw from. Particularly since this is something that exists in real life.

    Other than that, the only other advice I have is that if you practice your modelling skills, you will gain the confidence to model any object without needing a specific tutorial.

    Written January 22, 2013
  • blendaero profile picture

    thank you

    Written January 24, 2013
  • Ersupri profile picture

    i'm still confused... can u help me how to make Main Rig Controller ...? Aileron, Rudder, Elevator etc

    Written April 09, 2013
  • stuntman7545 profile picture

    Really awesome work! What are your tips for photorealism in texturing/materials on an object?

    Written May 17, 2013
  • Frame73 profile picture

    My favourite jet in perfect performance. Congratulations! Thanks! I'd like to fly with it!

    Written June 03, 2013
  • frodovial profile picture

    awesome work just a detail it's a russian sukhoi 35 other than that just fucking amazing with that level of detail you shoul try to make the sukhoi 47 or the sukhoi 50 pak fa raptorsy it's basicale an f 35 but still again very nice work

    Written September 14, 2013
  • Sfsoftware profile picture

    Veeerrryy good work!

    Written October 22, 2013
  • s12325sd profile picture

    goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood woooooooooooooork man !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Written November 01, 2013
  • eric6 profile picture

    So perfect :)

    Written January 17, 2014
  • Bluetooth profile picture

    awesome !! :)

    Written February 26, 2014
  • Sparky007 profile picture

    One of the best model aircraft ever created. Great work! Hope you don't mind printing it on 3D printer. Best regards, Sparky (Slovenia).

    Written March 02, 2015
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  • TARDISMaker profile picture

    Hi, great model. I was extremely supprised how good it was when I opened it up.

    I hope you don't mind that I'm planning on porting this over to cycles. I can't stand BI (although you did a great job using it here), it's just to over complicated for me (although some people would argue the same for cycles :) ).

    Written April 14, 2015
  • joehot200 profile picture

    Sorry to be stupid, but how do I get the different statuses of the plane (e.g. the one without landing gear), etc?

    Written May 15, 2015
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  • balderrico profile picture

    this is fantastic

    Written October 29, 2017
  • murtazacal profile picture

    Hey its a great model to work on but could you help me with the bit that i want this model to be in cycles, and when i turn on cycles renderer the textures vanish, can you help me with this ?@ turquoiserabbit

    Written December 19, 2017
  • carlosespinoza profile picture

    With your permission, I hope to put it to good use, thank you. amazing work!!

    Written April 20, 2018
  • trelvin profile picture

    Awesome Model

    Written November 30, 2019
  • trelvin profile picture

    Awesome Model

    Written November 30, 2019
  • raulico profile picture

    Excelente trabajo y felicitaciones al creador del modelo.

    Written September 07, 2020
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