Blog Update and Members Section

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Blog Update Plus

If any who regularly view this Blog may have noticed a change, not a major change in look nor content (or lack thereof), but I have been very busy but not exactly with the results I was hoping.

First for viewers to the blog you will have seen or I hope  “No Ads”, yeah. I am sprang for a (com) in this case https://gmd3ddesigns.com/  I needed more space and in the future more again.

So regarding a Members Section, this is for those who may also be Lightwave modellers or artist, I cannot see this been of any use to anyone else as all the art I produce I share here freely and with luck enjoyed or appreciated by you.

The Members Section is an area where I hope to fund this blog to gain more hosting space, but for an automated members I need to upgrade to the Business Plan to be able to use the necessary widget/plug-in.
So how do / can I do it, and would there be an interest in supporting the blog / me in this endeavour, and what can I offer in response, the only thing I can, the models, my meshes I have built over the years and continue to work on and in prove though minus in most cases Textures.

So without a clearway to arrange a member subscription (yearly) I will have to do it manually.

So essentially I am looking for Patrons. I am also looking at Patreon as a possibility, But I hesitate as I have another project where such as Patreon will be of better use so I have created a poll and making easy with a yes – no – maybe.

But please also comment, ask questions or make suggestions, but to answer one possible question: What models/Meshes?  Answer All of them save the royalty free models I have on Gumroad..

Perhaps taking on commissions is also an option worthy of consideration, I have done one or two request in the past but for one reason or another I had no time.

Star Trek Orbital (Dry) Dock

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I have not been idle, I have over the last week being designing a TOS orbital dry-dock, it has the look of Star Trek The Motion Picture in that its a frame, and I have a shuttle docks in the upper central unit, and Solar panels, normally around a planet / Star-base but it also has fusion reactors and other star trek tech you care to add, it has the same diameter as the Star-base inner working I made a few months ago.


Starfield by dadrian

gmd3d designs

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Welcome to my small corner of the web


Hello and welcome, my name is Gerard Duffy and around the web I go by the user-name of gmd3d a mix of my name and interest, not very inventive, but easy to remember. In the past I went by the user-name of Taranis on modelling and fan forums alike. but over time I grew tired of the name.

Feel free to look around and check out the number of designs I have worked on over the years and you can find my first and only tutorial of how to build the USS Enterprise from Star Trek The Original Series 1966-69 in Lightwave3d by Newtek it’s a tutorial aimed for beginners, check under Lightwave Tutorial in the menu above, its is downloadable in PDF format and is free, the blog features a mixed bag of designs and interests,

I am also adding a subscribed members section for a yearly fee giving members access to many of the designs I have worked on over the years. you can navigate to the designs via the Categories on the right side of your screen.

I have made some very good friends over the years through forums, listed below, its a sad to see that over the last few years that many of these forums have closed, with those closers (due in part to Facebook and other social media sites) most of my models went with them, never to be seen again.


Foundation3d
Foundation3d, I have been a member since 2007

3dscifi
A very nice forum with a mix of programs in use


My CGI program of choice as mentioned above is Lightwave3D by Newtek, which is an excellent 3D modelling and rendering program and I’ve used it since 2006, Lightwave3d was first seen used very effectively in Babylon 5 (1994) where the producers took a bold step with this new CGI visual effect approach and has since went on to make a name for itself in the entertainment industry, going from strength to strength and has featured in other franchise like Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, James Bond, Spider-Man, Stargate, Firefly and many more besides, there are too many to name here, while people do complain about the over use of CGI in film, and for good cause I think, its not the tools, its the use and over use.

I have always been a science fiction/fantasy fan, from as far back as I can remember, I mainly enjoy Science fiction for its ability to shows us possible futures where humanity has grown up and explores not only the universe we live in but also humanity as a whole, with a little action thrown in for good measure, for me that’s best kind of science fiction.

The original Star Trek series (1960s) fulfilled that very well showing us a possible and a very positive future for humanity in general where we reached a kind of maturity that we surly need.

I also enjoy the original Battlestar Galactica (1970s), & original Star Wars (1970s) the latter shows and films are more far forgettable for me sad to say, long on awesome VFX but short on story and character development, I really think films now are more forgettable after the first viewings once you get past the visuals, I am also big fan of the early Science-Fiction films from the 1950’s and on into the 1980’s and perhaps 1990’s.

Best Gerard Duffy


Legal Disclaimer
© Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and other trademarks are held by their relevant copyright holders.
“no infringement is intended”

I hold the copyright for my design work in progress artwork, art and tutorials

Please do not use my artwork, images, tutorial for any commercial attempt without first contacting me

I am always happy to see comments or suggestions
on any of the artwork or designs.

Star Trek: Space Void

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Void in Space

Crown Nebula is by Casperium

A space anomaly appears in a sector close to Starbase18, The USS Enterprise is assigned to investigate, I remember one of James Blish novels,, Spock Must Die! where there is a barrier around Organia, while I was never really satisfied with the device, what if this is something like another version of the Doomsday Machine , the Enterprise is able to enter it finding the source.. not much but there it is.

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Members Section

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Members Section


I am currently looking at a new section, a  members section or a premier section, I am looking at ways to generate some income from the blog and invest in it moving from the free option (current) to something with more tools and space for images and videos.

A yearly subscription perhaps?

What will subscribers/members get out of it, well after some thought and careful consideration, many of my older models for a start some have been reworked and improved on, also many of my newer Lightwave models, that I have never shared before, except those designs like the Halcyon or the Nautilus etc, those are for sale and royalty-free hosted on Gumroad, check them out.

Regarding credits, I do want credits for my models on images and animations, this is a reason I no longer host my models on forums or other file sharing sites. Some people just cannot seem to give credit, hosting my models here will allow me more control over my design work, and people who don’t play according to the simple requirement of added credits are removed from the membership list.

The added benefit is that many times I go back and improve on models, people who have been very helpful finding errors that creep into each model have let me know, so I as time allows fix them.

With the loss of so many other forums and file sharing sites like 3d Gladiators I have lost some of my own work and as I worked on so many, I forgotten what they are! shock horror, this is true.

I have yet to workout all the details with the hows, but the subscription will be paid via PayPal,
I have never counted my designs/models, some are still in WIP status and will be finished, for example designs for the film projects I was working on, they will either be for Gumroad or the Members here, once they are my design they can be used for artwork that can be sold for profit.

The models will be mostly Lightwave, but some will be in OBJ format and even MAX converted by others.

You will see the Blog change over the next few days while I am working on settings, if you have suggestions comment here and I will see if I can apply them.

I am also thinking of taking on commission work, spaceship and the like, contact me via Private Message on my Facebook page.