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This model is going to be bilaterally symmetrical, meaning that it's left and right sides will be mirror images of one another. Because of that fact, I will save a lot of time if I just model one-half of the model, and then just mirror the other side. So the way to achieve this is to use a symmetry modifier, and it works best if you just delete half of the model and then apply the symmetry. So that's what I will do now. I will go into my Polygon Sub- object mode and from the front view, I am going to delete the left side polygons, just drag a box to select all of those.
I will orbit around the perspective and make sure that I have selected what I want to select and then just press the Delete key on the keyboard, and I have deleted half the model, very good. Then I will exit out of Sub-object mode and apply the symmetry modifier, scrolling down, looking for symmetry. There we go. Now, if I deleted the other side, I might need to use this Flip option. Just be aware that 3ds Max anticipates that you are going to delete the side of the model which is in the negative X direction, and if I deleted the other side, I might have to use this Flip option.
So if I deleted the other side, this is what I would see, and I would need to play around with this Flip switch. Okay, now I have got the symmetry applied, I just want to illustrate to you that although this just looks as it was before as a box, there is more going on here. If I go into my Editable Poly and turn on Show End Result and select a Sub-object like a Point here, if I move that around, you will see the other side is updating automatically, very cool. So I have got my symmetry working, and I am going to exit out of Sub-object mode, and the next thing I am going to do is I am going to actually use TurboSmooth.
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