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Compiling a model too large for makemdl.exe

Posted by tom on Tuesday, 3 December 2002, at 10:38 a.m., in response to helpppppppp !!!, posted by Rafael on Monday, 2 December 2002, at 6:04 p.m.

> Hi, I'm almost finishing my model, but when i try to export,
> after the 90% in the bottom bar, when the makemdl is going to start
> the compiling and all that, and Application error is showed. "An
> error has occurred and the application will now close. No scene changes
> have ocurred since your last save." Han the program is closed.
> I tried to export and old model and it worked great. What can i do??..
> will i lose all my work ??

> Rafael.

Dont worry. you haven't exceeded the makemodel.exe limits, but you exceeded the x-file export plugin limits. Theres a quite simple workaround to compiling such big mdls.

First, get and install mdlcommander and middleman (at Chris File's site FFDS) so you can have ascii text x files after the compilation process.

Second: "Split" your gmax project into two files (one with fuselage and gear, the other with wings and engines for example).

Third: Compile both into separate mdls, keeping the x-files alive.

Fourth: (and now comes the "tricky" part.) Take a look into one of these x-files. Except for the header, there are three major sections:


now copy/paste the sections from x-file A into x-file B. Pay attention to paste the sections within the same main brackets. Your x-file B contains now the entire model and can be compiled into a mdl by using the original makemodel.exe.

That procedure worked fine with my new An124.

feel free to email me if you have special questions

tom (project airbus)


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