This Gunship was modeled in Blender a while back. I managed to get the new Cycles render engine working today.. so pulled out this model and started testing it with this realtime unbiased renderer.
For more about Cycles go to the original announcement here
these the awesome looking renders i got in a few minutes
Heres a video that shows the realtime speed of the render engine
QUICK HOW TO:
To get started with using Cycles(without any knowledge of how to compile your own build) heres what you need to do:
go to Graphical and download the zip file for your os
(linux, osx and windows builds available)
change the lower viewport shading mode from wireframe to "rendered"
you should see the monkeys start rendering.. if not
update your graphics drivers. refer to the forums for problems. basically if you see a black screen in the render viewport.. then its a problem with your drivers. i had this issue on one of my machines, but once i updated the drivers, it worked fine.
when you load your own models.. nothing will render with Cycles until you set all the materials and lights to use "nodes"(see screenshots below)
for materials check in the materials properties tab
and for lights check in the respective properties tab