so, I finally finished this project - took several weeks, working on it on-and-off...
this is basically a 3D version of a flashlight I bought in an antiques store a little over a year ago. It can come apart into several different pieces, and each one in this render is modelled to match the original as close as possible. took almost [I][B]ten minutes[/B][/I] to render, and I was working with 2.5, so imagine rendering in 2.49b :p
Retro Flashlight by ~MeshWeaver on deviantART
original resolution is 1280x960, btw
also, the batteries' labels were created using my very first image texture, created entirely in GIMP, with a few scans of the actual text when I couldn't get it to work properly in GIMP. also created a Normal Map for the end cap (the thing that says Satellite) using a scan as reference.
comments would be totally welcome :D