Of course, what's a story without a little drama ;) The one snag in all of this is that it turns out I haven't actually modelled anything in over 2-3 years! Sure, there have been Grease Pencil tests/animations and an occasional quick test objects, but models meant to look like something in particular? Zilch (IIRC, the last time I did a lot of modelling was on Dad's ebook promo video, which was eons ago...) Furthermore, I've mostly focussed on organic stuff (i.e. characters), so modelling an hard-surface object was a nice little challenge.
So, naturally there was some rust to shake off. For example, things like:
* Where to start?
* Huh? Does it really look like that? (*double-checks reference snaps on phone*)
* What's the best way to start making holes and dents in the middle of a surface (Answer: a combination of knife-project and extrude?
* How much can I now get away with with NGons? (for context, the last time I did any serious modelling, NGons were still very far off in the future)
* How can I make the newfangled knife work? Why won't it cut the backside too (particularly annoying when trying to saw off the nose of a cone)?
* How much bevel do different edges need?
* Which menu was that tool located in again...
All things considered though, I think this turned out quite well overall. (It's probably best to not directly compare it against any reference though, as the proportions are most definitely out of whack)
Closeup of some of the details added to the control panel. All of this is geometry (including those grip-strips on the lid).
Cat-eyed view of the heater monster
Side-view of the fins
BTW, this isn't the first time I've tried to set up a scene featuring a heater in a darkened room ;)
One of my (old + unfinished) projects was to have been titled "Worshipping the Heater", and would've featured two darkened figures stretching out in front of a heater (one with arms raised high as if worshipping the sun-god, the other going down low like a cat stretching). That too was inspired by events in real-life, seen every morning (*cough* TG and SL *cough*). I never finished this though, as I couldn't find the right way to frame the scene to make everything read well enough (i.e. to be able to realise that the heater - a gas heater in this case - was a heater, you'd need to see the glowing panels, but if you see the glowing panels, the poses of the people don't read too well).