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Inexperienced Modelers Need Not Read
on 9 November 1998
If you are not an experienced 3D modeler-STAY AWAY! This book (I'm only on chapter 3) is riddled with errors, as you see from the other reviews. Filenames, missing images, gaps in the tutorial steps, not enough visual references, etc.
Most of these "problems" can be overcome, but all are downright frustrating, considering the good money you have to spend for it.
I don't blame the authors, they seem to know the topic well, but the editors really need to be lashed with a rubber hose.
There is an onslaught of tough-to-master techniques from page 1 on, which is both good and bad. If you are looking for some cool, time-saving techniques that show you HOW - this IS the place (I love all the hotkey tips!), but it is at the expense of losing the WHY you are doing things. Also, too many tutorials start with a .max file loaded off CD with no background as to how to create the starting point. If you don't understand lofting very well...you will learn very little from this book, except how to follow incomplete and confusing directions.
The other books in the series are great...but this one needs to stay on the shelf at the store if you are a beginner.