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Picked upload! Mini Cooper S

by leefish Posted 13th Mar 2010 at 5:51 PM - Updated 26th Jun 2013 at 3:12 AM by leefish : remove from personal picks
111 Comments / replies (Who?) - 1 Feedback Posts, 11 Thanks Posts
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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
When I am not playing with my sim or creating for the sims games, I love to drive my car. I wanted my sim to be able to drive the same type of car as I do - but nobody had made it. So I made it myself, the car that create a style was made for - the BMW Mini Cooper.

This car has been tested in a Base game patched to 1.26.89 and works with no NEW issues.

When you buy a Mini Cooper in RL you can customise the bodywork quite a bit - different coloured roof, wing mirror and bodywork. You can also add stripes to the bonnet (hood for you Americans out there).

I worked hard on optimising its create a styleness - so I have made 6 presets using the masks and the stencils.
All car presets have the three basic recolourable channels - ROOF, WINGMIRROR, BODYWORK.
  • Preset 1 = the stripes on the bonnet are the same channel as the wingmirrors - so you can have stripes to match the wing mirrors.
  • Preset 2 = the white stripes on the bonnet are hardcoded - you can't change the colour of the stripes - see presets 5 and 1 for other colour options for the stripes
  • Preset 3 = no stripes, minimal chrome on the front grille
  • Preset 4 = for all you Anglophiles - the colour paint job that I always wanted but never dared to get - the Union Jack Roof and white stripes on the bonnet . NOTE: You can change the colour of the roof but there is no point as the Flag covers it. The white stripes are no longer hard coded - they are based on the roof colour set - see change log for detail.
  • Preset 5 = the black stripes on the bonnet are hardcoded - you can't change the colour of the stripes - see presets 1 and 2 for other colour options for the stripes
  • Preset 6 = lots of chrome, no stripes.

The easy way to remember which is which is that all the presets with stripes are with a fancy roof, the non striped have a plain roof.

Its my first car and the most complicated object for TS3 that I have made so far, and so, its not perfect......

Known Issues
  • The body was very well mapped by the original creator, and I did not mess with that. It looks good patterned, but the patterns do not line up EXACTLY. You can see the join between the wing and the sidepanels, but I think its ok - damned close.
  • The door is not animated (no TS3 car doors are)
  • The mini is cloned from the sportscar (so that the wheels would match up) and as a result the sim sits too low in the car and the driving anims are off. You can see it in the night time shot.
  • The wheels do not turn - I asked around the modders community and this is a known issue with custom cars
  • Sometimes, when turning a corner, the lights sort of disengage from the body - and then catch up again. I do not know why this is so, again, its part of finding out how objects work.
  • There is no mirror glass in the wing mirrors - again, this is true of all custom cars. I did update the file with a lighter grey texture, so if you downloaded BEFORE 02:00 on 14-03-2010 and this bothers you, please redownload.

Change Log
14 March 02:20
  • Updated the overlay to show "mirror glass"
  • Realised there was no need to hardcode the white stripes on the flag version - assigned the stripes to the roof colour set as the flag is obscuring that channel

Prices and Catalogue Location

In the vehicles category at a very reasonable 35000 simoleons.

Game Compatibility:

I had this tested in WA and HELS - it worked fine in both and in my base game. It aso works in Ambitions - thanks Dal

If you would like this item as a sims3pack, I have made it available on my own site, Leefish. Click Here for link

Polygon Counts:
A rather staggering 10870 polys. This is the same for ALL LODs. I have a rubbish PC and its fine in game.

Additional Credits:
I did not make or texture this mesh myself - all credit for that is due to the original makers, my thanks to Jonathan for permission to use this mesh.

Mesh Creators
Jonathan Mace ([email protected]) and Stecki ([email protected]), purchased by Jonathan from and given to me to share as a sims3 car.... In other words, I did not pay anyone for this mesh

Yet More Credits
TSR workshop - presets are fun to do!
FreshPrince for being supportive and helping me along
My testers, Davey and Dal.
Delphy for the sims3pack -> package extractor
Tags: #mini, #mini cooper, #leefish

Car Type: Sports Car Compact
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
Mini Cooper S by Leefish.rar

Size: 1.18 MB · Downloads: 114,430 · 13th Mar 2010
1.18 MB 114,430 13th Mar 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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Test Subject
#101 Old 4th Nov 2012 at 7:57 PM
Thank! Lee!
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#102 Old 20th Nov 2012 at 4:22 PM
Dear leesester

I was wondering if you allow me to put of your items on my site(free)with the pictures and the link to this site

Dawn Bradley
Sesquipedalian Pisciform
retired moderator THANKS POST
Original Poster
#103 Old 27th Nov 2012 at 1:40 PM
Hi Dawn, I would rather you did not have the individual files available for download though you can of course include them in your lot uploads.
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#104 Old 24th Aug 2013 at 2:48 AM
awesome :D
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#105 Old 12th Feb 2014 at 9:36 PM
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#106 Old 3rd May 2014 at 12:03 PM
#107 Old 11th May 2014 at 4:38 PM
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#108 Old 27th Dec 2014 at 5:51 PM
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#109 Old 29th Dec 2014 at 8:11 PM
Gracias por su aporte, agradecido... Dios le colme de salud...
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#110 Old 31st Dec 2014 at 6:22 AM
Thank you for my fave car!
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#111 Old 21st Jul 2015 at 12:28 AM
Lab Assistant
#112 Old 30th Sep 2018 at 3:38 AM
It looks stunning, thank you!
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