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Driveable UFO - Sims 2 Conversion

by Esmeralda Posted 2nd Jul 2010 at 6:46 PM - Updated 23rd Aug 2013 at 3:43 PM by Esmeralda : Headlights issue fixed
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
UPDATE 23 AUGUST 2013 - One of EA's patches since I made this item did something to change the position of the headlight glow, and this vehicle started displaying two 'ghost' car headlights out in front of it which it didn't have before. Please redownload this item if you are patched up to date and having the headlights issue. Just let it overwrite your old version. Be sure the version you're using is dated 8-23-2013. Thanks to coolspear1 for letting me know about this issue!

UPDATE 19th OCTOBER 2011: Updated with new file fixed to work with patch 1.26/Pets, thanks to Grant Hess's RigFix. The new file is on the Download page, with a filename beginning with PETS. The new file is NOT backwards-compatible, so if you don't have Pets or are not going to update with the 1.26 patch, please use the old version. New file contains both the non-recolourable and recolourable versions of the UFO.

Some mysterious person (must have been an Inventor type) decided to reassemble the crashed UFO in Strangetown the best he/she could. It looks a bit funky and scruffy, assembled from various different broken parts and is a bit rusty in places, but surprisingly, it's in working order. Unfortunately it can no longer fly high and be used for interplanetary travel, it can now only float along a few inches from the ground, but it works great as a reliable daily driver for your more, er, eccentric sims.
Looks really cute cruising around town:

At night, the tail lights and the dashboard on the upper deck light up. No headlights on this baby, making it ideal for stealth missions, but just make sure you know where you're going at night.

The UFO is offered in two versions: In its original colours in a non-recolourable version, and in a recolourable version, which somewhat loses the nuances of the original colours and shadings on the main bodywork due to being converted to greyscale, but looks great when CaST'ed with a pattern, such as those shown below. If you want the UFO to look as it does in the above pics, use the file CarOriginalUFO. For the recolourable version, use the file CarRecolourableUFO. You can have both packages in your game, so you can have it both ways.

The recolourable version has two colour channels: the main bodywork, and the larger circle that encloses the smaller yellow circles.

It is found in the Buy Mode catalogue under Vehicles/Cars, and costs 4500 simoleons. It will need a car parking space. It was made from a base game car, so you don't need any expansion packs.

It's a conversion and modification of the UFO from The Sims 2 used for the alien abduction scenes. Giving it the flashing and spinning light effects it had in TS2 is not possible in TS3, so please don't request it!

People will 'teleport' in and out of it exactly as they do with cars - it uses the regular car animations.

Because it is a bit oversized compared to the regular cars, some clipping will occur through other items when in very close proximity.

Thanks for looking, hope you'll find this fun for your more 'unusual' sims.


INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS:

Unzip the .zip file and copy the .package file to your Mods\Packages folder. If you don't have a Mods\Packages folder and/or don't know how to install .package files, please see full instructions here: http://www.modthesims.info/wiki.php...g_Package_Files




Polygon Counts:
3276

Additional Credits:
A HUGE thank-you to HugeLunatic for kind and invaluable help with some of the technical details!

Made with s3oc, S3PE and Sims 3 Object Tool.

Tested with Delphy's Sims 3 Dashboard for 'Blue Lot Syndrome' and came up clean.
Tags: #UFO, #car, #vehicle

Car Type: Special
Car Era: 2000s

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
EsmeraldaF_PETSOriginal+RecolourableUFO.zip | New fixed version for Pets/patch 1.26 upwards. Contains both Original and Recolourable UFO. NOT backwards compatible.

Size: 1.25 MB · Downloads: 6,279 · 19th Oct 2011
1.25 MB 6,279 19th Oct 2011
EsmeraldaF_CarRecolourableUFO.zip | Old version - only use if you HAVEN'T upgraded to Pets or patch 1.26

Size: 631.5 KB · Downloads: 12,452 · 2nd Jul 2010
631.5 KB 12,452 2nd Jul 2010
EsmeraldaF_CarUFO.zip | Old version - only use if you HAVEN'T upgraded to Pets or patch 1.26

Size: 622.0 KB · Downloads: 10,582 · 2nd Jul 2010
622.0 KB 10,582 2nd Jul 2010
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


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Scholar
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#2 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 7:00 PM
Great! Very funny version of vechile! But you didn`t added the animation to people came into. They go through the mesh, isn`t it?
Top Secret Researcher
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#3 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 7:05 PM
I am very tempted to put this in the basement of my military base..and if some sim autonomously finds a way to drive it around town, the residents will be told...Its only a military experiment, go on with whatever you were doing.

Very cool!!!
Inventor
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#4 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 7:12 PM
Too funny! This could really be cute in the right story
Mad Poster
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#5 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 7:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Victor_tor
Great! Very funny version of vechile! But you didn`t added the animation to people came into. They go through the mesh, isn`t it?


People will 'teleport' in and out of it exactly as they do with cars - it uses the regular car animations. I've now added that to the Overview in case anyone else wonders the same thing!
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#6 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 7:29 PM
i love you so much :*** this is more then awesome! many thanx and you adding fun in ts3 for sure and reason to play them more
Field Researcher
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#7 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 7:54 PM
This looks so amazing - it will be great to play with. Thank you so much.
Field Researcher
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#8 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 8:01 PM
I love you! That is all. =)
Field Researcher
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#9 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 8:03 PM
My simbot thanks you.
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#10 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 8:36 PM
Wow! This totally makes my day. Thanks for doing this!
Alchemist
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#11 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 8:46 PM
Nahhh this is too much! I love love love it .... and this evening I can't play ... my sci-fi heart thanks you forever.
Field Researcher
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#12 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 9:30 PM
this is so funny and great - thank you!
Field Researcher
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#13 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 9:31 PM
Best vehicle yet!
Lab Assistant
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#14 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 10:01 PM
I praise you EsmeraldaF
Field Researcher
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#15 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 10:23 PM
great idea this will be perfect for my half elf and alien sim
Test Subject
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#16 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 10:31 PM
Thank you!
(:
Scholar
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#17 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 11:04 PM
Stroke of genius!
Test Subject
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#18 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 11:33 PM
I don't leave comments often usually just click the thank button but just had to say it. This is **** awesome! Did a good job too considering the constraints you have because of the game itself.
Top Secret Researcher
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#19 Old 3rd Jul 2010 at 1:13 AM
OH MY GOSH!! THIS IS EPICLY AWESOME!!
You did an amazing job on this, well done! :D
Test Subject
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#20 Old 3rd Jul 2010 at 2:30 AM
This is too cool. This will help to make The Sims 3 feel more like home. You rule....Thank you.
Test Subject
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#21 Old 3rd Jul 2010 at 2:37 AM
That's so cool! It always amazes me what people do its brilliant.
Lab Assistant
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#22 Old 3rd Jul 2010 at 9:22 AM
OMG, last detail for my alium simmie. <3
Mad Poster
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#23 Old 3rd Jul 2010 at 10:46 AM
Thank you, everyone, for your lovely comments - hope you'll have fun with this item!
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#24 Old 3rd Jul 2010 at 5:02 PM
This is an awesome looking ride, gives me some ideas for future lots (both future as in ones I'm going to make and future as in futuristic style lots heh). Great work EsmeraldaF
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#25 Old 3rd Jul 2010 at 8:09 PM
This is insane! This is awesome!
Thnx!
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