I'm making a mini cooper at the moment, and the modeling goes pretty ok. I model the mini cooper by using front, back, side and over view and match the mesh to these images and make elements of the car individually. But realistically these elements (door, hood, fender, bumpers, side panel) are aerodynamic and align each other. So how can I make the elements smooth (without modifying the general shape) and align them to make it look realistic, since right after modeling these elements and the transitions of the elements are not very smooth.

What I try to do after the modeling: Join adjacent elements, set 3d cursor in the gap between the elements, select vertices that are next to each other with respect to the gap (so transition of the elements), and scale to 0 on the axis that is normal to the gap. But I think there is a more efficient method. So how can I make the elements smooth (without modifying the general shape) and align them to make it look realistic, since right after modeling these elements and the transitions of the elements are not very smooth. :)

Without material cannot be seen directly: enter image description here

But with Glossy shader it can be seen the fender and door are not aligned nicely: enter image description here

And the side panel at back is not smooth: enter image description here

The images with Glossy shader can be reproduced with this blend file (by using the camera's in the scene) http://www.pasteall.org/blend/37591

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    $\begingroup$ The answer will depend in part upon exactly what vehicle you are trying to model, and to give concrete advice you will probably need to provide screen shots of the model, and perhaps a link to a blend file, uploaded to GiantCowFilm's Blend-exchange. $\endgroup$
    – brasshat
    Aug 15, 2015 at 16:36
  • $\begingroup$ @brasshat The vehicle is a mini cooper :) $\endgroup$ Aug 15, 2015 at 18:09
  • $\begingroup$ if I may, the vehicle is not a Cooper Mini, it is your Cooper Mini. And to give concrete advice, I still need to see screenshots (with descriptions as to why you are dissatisfied), and a ~.blend file. $\endgroup$
    – brasshat
    Aug 16, 2015 at 2:55
  • $\begingroup$ @brasshat I have added images and a blend file :) $\endgroup$ Aug 17, 2015 at 5:26
  • $\begingroup$ It is very helpful to have the ~.blend file and screenshots; I know exactly what the problem is. But for the benefit of others, later, there is a major disadvantage to placing the ~.blend file on pasteall.org, in that it will be deleted in several months, while the question will persist for several years. It would be better if you move the ~.blend file to the Blend-exchange site I referred to in the first comment, or a to a site like dropbox <www.dropbox.org> where you have more control how long the ~.blend file persists. $\endgroup$
    – brasshat
    Aug 17, 2015 at 5:56

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I examined the screen shots, and then examined the blend file, and found immediately what the problem is. The geometry does not match across the joints in the body. I opened your blend file, combined the front fender, door, and rear fender into the same object using CTRL - J, and with the side view selected, switched into edit mode. Here is a screen shot:

enter image description here

Note that in the front fender, you have five segments, and in the rear fender you have seven, but in the door you only have four. To have the meshes line up on either side of the joints, you need to have exactly the same geometry on either side of the joint, so you'll need to add two more segments on the front fender, and three more on the door, and the x and z values of each pair of vertices on either side of a joint along the front and rear door edges will have to be identical, with the only difference being a small variance in the x value of the vertices in each pair. The same will be true of the joints between the fenders and the hood, and between the rear fenders and the rear door.

If I were doing this model, I'd likely make the door, and two side fenders a single object, and when I had the whole side to my liking, go back, and add a couple of loop cuts to define the front and rear edges of the door.

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    $\begingroup$ I looked at the file too, and my take is that it does need more geometry to describe such complex curves (specially around the area of the gas tank and rear lights). The edge flow, as @brasshat rightly pointed out, needs to be consistent across the board. Also to have the edges of your pieces align better you need support loops to prevent deformation by the subsurf modifier. $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Aug 17, 2015 at 6:06
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks :) So in case of this model, after making the vertices match at the joints, I could select a pair of vertices, merge them to the center and do this for every vertex, and after merging I could select the faces that form the fender and seperate by selection? $\endgroup$ Aug 17, 2015 at 16:26

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