Well as you know at Video Copilot we are fascinated with Airplane Emergencies… so after seeing so many movies with cool plane destruction I decided to try and make something similar. Not quite a tutorial but here is what I did!
I used an Airplane model from the elusive and upcoming Aircraft Model pack, (Coming this Summer!) then I created the destruction inside 3Ds max with Rayfire, Vray and Particle Flow, much like the process in the Explosive Training tutorials. The one thing that is important for shooting airplanes is to back the camera up and zoom in so it looks large and powerful! I added some Action Essentials 2 and used a Z-depth pass to composite the fire behind the wing. Here are a few screenshots of the money shot!