Simple idea: allow a feature in kinetic wind generators to lock the current turbine, preventing electrical production and stopping wear on the turbine as long as the generator remains locked. As a bonus, allow the lock to activate on receiving a redstone signal, basically allowing attached energy storage to shut down the nearby turbines when filled.
Sadly, Minecraft doesn't support translucency in the armor textures, it was the first thing I tried. If you try to use a translucent piece, it simply becomes entirely transparent. Here's a semi-translucent faceplate...
May as well upload the mechanical part, while I'm here.
Kentngton, I assume you didn't get my private message, so I'll share the general contents here.
I also took your advice and touched up the space suit.
1. Centered the air tank, extended the "pipe" into the helmet. I'm debating with myself whether I should move the tank down one pixel or keep it there.
2. Added knee pads.
3. Filled in a missing band near the hands.
4. Textured the front a touch, removed reddish tint, only white-black shading, experimented with decals, but couldn't think of anything nice.
5. Textured the top of the legs/bottom of the torso dark.
I also whipped up this mechanical part in about 10 minutes, quite untextured. Let me know what you think of the shape. I am assuming the mechanical piece is going to be made of gold and redstone, but if I am incorrect, I can change the colors to accommodate. Because there is a limit to five uploads in any new message, you can find the mechanical part in your private messages.
I also made sprites for the four parts of the space suit, as seen below. Hope you enjoy em.
For what it's worth, I think you should go with Engineer's drill, it looks better than anything I came up with.
It's going to be rough getting several small gears to work in a 16*16 area, but I'll see what I can do. Should I include some loose wires in there?
Could I ask for more information about what the functional difference between this drill and the IC2 drill will be? I want to know what I am texturing for before I try for that one. If you don't want to spoil details, you can message me.
I.... may have gotten a bit carried away with the space helmet. I went ahead and made an entire space suit. To try it out, replace the iron_1 in any texture pack or in the Minecraft jar. I'll edit this response with item sprites a bit later.
I would also volunteer for some sprite work. I did some computers for Computercraft a wile bock, and would enjoy a goal to work for.
For your knowledge, this mod doesn't work with Buildcraft 3.1.5. Back to 2.2.14 with me...
at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)
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The rubber tree textures in IC2 always bugged me, mostly the area with the resin, so I took the liberty of re-brushing them. Attached, I have uploaded my modification of your 64X and 128X textures.
Because of file size limitations, the 128X retexture is a mediafire link. The 64X is provided below: http://www.mediafire.com/?v8u7049h3dyc315
If you want to, I fully release my modification of your work to you to use in whatever form you want to.