Issue 57, 6. September 2011
In this issue
*In the News
*Blast from the Past
*This Issue's Underrated
In the News
Welcoming the Newest Member to the Team
This issue, we have a new member on the Showroom Insider team. Evil Kid Weaselmush, a long time member of the Need for Speed Unlimited community, recently volunteered his services to the Insider. His contributions to this issue of the Insider can be seen below and have been a great help to getting out this issue of the Insider. We hope you enjoy his work!
Currently, we are making some improvements to the site, some of which you would have already noticed, such as the new Showroom News Feed. Interface, layout and more are all under the microscope (so to speak), so if you have any ideas, feedback, comments, opinions or suggestions on:
[list]=> possible new features
=> what could be improved
=> problems you are having with current site features
=> obsolete features
=> what you would like to see more of
=> or pretty much anything else that comes to mind[/list]
Please either send a Personal Message to myself (TW1ST3R), or post a comment here in our forum.
Also, this is the final issue of the Showroom Insider in the traditional Showroom Weekly format. With the revamps to the site taking place, we will soon be moving onto a new Showroom Insider system which will allow us to deliver our individual articles to you on a more regular basis. Stay tuned for more info!
Community Tuning Challenge #22
The next CTC is under construction, and we're looking for your feedback as to which game you would be using for our next Tuning Challenge.
You have a choice between Underground 2, ProStreet, World, Shift and Shift 2. Vote wisely - these results will weigh heavily on the chosen game.
Head over to the forum thread to cast your vote.
- Dr Houbenheimer
Godzilla's Mountain [Orange Lightning] by TW1ST3R (feat. kostovmilica9)
Following the success of our latest Community Tuning Challenge, fellow writer TW1ST3R teamed up with kostovmilica9 to create this draw-jobbing wallpaper, using his 'Orange Lightning' GTR. The design started by using a Hot Pursuit screenshot as the base for the background, and numerous enhancements help bring out the wonderful affects of colour radiating off the wet tarmac. This also helps contrast the bright colour scheme of the Nissan, which has been finished off with a subtle candy effect.
' ARCTICA ' by Stam
Stam has created a vibrant, busy design with this striking presentation that represents his considerable tuning and Photoshopping abilities since arriving to the site in 2010. A wide variety of brushes are used around the car, violently jumping in all directions, while a slick yellow bar floats around the rear of the Silvia. With closer inspection, we can also see that he used the original ProStreet background very lightly to add some depth to the image.
Blast from the Past
. Edge . by D-ToX
Originally created many, many years ago by our one and only D-ToX - known in the showroom"s golden days as [SR]Evil_Weasel - the Edge Civic seemingly came out of nowhere, yet quickly distinguished D-ToX as a first-rate tuner; everyone in the showroom began to take notice, and duly so. Now, this tuning demigod's legacy has become permanently cemented, thanks to innumerable classics created since; but one car, the illustrious . Edge ., still towers above all. This masterpiece has been re-uploaded with a breathtaking presentation, which includes painstakingly realistic details such as real-life tires, racing seats, and a mesh grille. The car is a dazzling array of chilly vinyl work in white and shades of blue along the car, all centred around the titular Edge vinyl; and of menacing and perfectly-fitted bodywork and rims, matched to a striking blue spoiler. To view this Honda merely as another tricked-out Civic would never suffice; what D-Tox has created with . Edge . is nothing short of pure legend.
This Issue's Underrated
Eibach Springs Gallardo by BaBe
For this issue's underrated ride, we'd like to present BaBe's Eibach Springs Gallardo from NFS: Undercover. This Lambo offers a refreshing colour combo. The big Eibach decal on the side is placed over a nice arrow pattern and some splash and drip vinyls, all thoughtfully arranged to give the car an aggressive as well as unique appearance. Other sporty vinyl details include a black stripe running along the side and thin blue stripes following the lines of the hood, all reaching towards the front bumper. The big, five-spoke rims match the body and, along with a lowered ride, help finish off the look, making for one Gallardo you certainly don't wanna miss.
With this issue we bring you an interview with showroom legend n a j i n, known formerly as seanx520. He has been with us for many years, and his style is one of the most iconic and also one of the most insane the showroom has seen.
Question 1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Sean Tyrell, I am 18 and live in the U.S., and I love cars.
Q 2. How is it that you've become a fan of the NFS franchise?
I became a fan when Porsche Unleashed debuted in 2000, since then I have been hooked to the series.
Q 3. When and why did you join NFSUnlimited.net?
I have known this site since 2005, I believe when Most Wanted came out. Back then, tuners like amda1 and many others roamed the site with their awesome rides. It really inspired me to start creating my own masterpieces.
Q 4. What do you think about the current situation in the Showroom?
So far we need more tuners presenting their rides. The showroom was very active from '05-08 especially, and I hope the site can relive its glory days.
Q 5. If you could improve something about the Showroom, what would that be?
I like the old showroom to be honest. When we had rates from 1-10, it was better in my opinion.
Q 6. What motivates you to make cars, what's your inspiration?
Cars, music, and art, especially abstract art, its interesting lol.
Q 7. Which car, from the ones you've made, do you like the most? What about the ones in the Showroom?
It's hard to pick, but I'll say my Sickness 350Z. That 350Z showcased my true tuning style, and now I want to drive it again on ProStreet haha. Also, Moe-Z-'s . OcuLuS . is a great concept, and kostovmilica9's In.Tech.Ra. is great style. Those two rides show a lot of character, and they define style. :)
Q 8. If there's a person on the site you'd like to thank, who would that be and why?
It would be D-ToX. He was a great tuner, he taught me a lot in the aspects of tuning, so kudos to him.
Q 9. What is your opinion about the newest NFS games?
The newest games are good, but honestly I miss the old underground scene. That's what the people want, and EA should deliver another Underground in the Need for Speed series.
Q 10. What would you advise the future users of this community?
Just be yourself and create your own masterpiece, you will do great here. :)
Q 11. Alright, so you're an old-timer around here; any specific favourite memories from the old days? Any favourite rides from back then?
There's a lot, I suppose those car duels from NFS Carbon back in '06. RAYADO was the king of duels. My favourite cars were my old friend Evolve's Evo X '08. That ride was wonderfully designed, and I wish someone would recreate that in real life. There was also ErikS883's masterpiece, The Flying Dutchman; and finally, D-ToX's collaboration with TS-X, . Surfs Up .. I absolutely loved that car to bits.
Q 12. Your style is very unique and instantly recognizable. Can you tell us any more about it, maybe what you think makes it so special?
My work was based on abstract works from graphic artists, they used odd things and created something from nothing, into a piece that is quite special. So I used that concept and it served me well during the years. :)
Q 13. So what would you drive if you could have any car in the world? And what would you do to it?
It would be a 2011 Porsche 918. I would drive that car as fast as I could and get the ladies when I'm not in the racing mood.
Q 14. What do you drive now?
(laughs) My bicycle, hopefully by the end of the year I will get a car.
Q 15. And just for fun, if you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Well, the ability to fly like Superman so I can get away from traffic at times lol.
Ultra Base Paint
In this issue, I'll take you through how to make amazing base paints in ProStreet. The process isn't overly difficult, but the result can look absolutely stunning compared to an ordinary base paint.
1) Apply the basic colour as your car's base paint. (For the purposes of this tutorial, I'm using a chrome finish)
2) Select Shape 23 and choose the colour you want your ride to be when finished.
3) Manipulate the shape's size and position until it covers the entire car.
Additionally, you can create other effects using this process.
For example, change the base paint's finish will change the overall look of the car:
Similarly, you can create other Pearlescent effects by changing the colour of your base paint.
You have practically an unlimited amount of options to create your base paint, so take these tips, mix them up and create something amazing.
You can even use it in other games (to varying levels of success) such as SHIFT
Hope you enjoy!
News - TW1ST3R, Dr Houbenheimer
Wallpaper Art - Dr Houbenheimer
Blast from the Past - Evil Kid Weaselmush
This Issue's Underrated - Evil Kid Weaselmush
Interview - Evil Kid Weaselmush
Tuner Tips - TW1ST3R
Editors - TW1ST3R
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