I was progressing just fine, but recently hit the realization that the .MS3D 3d model format does not support Normal Map textures, or any other textures besides Diffuse! What a downer! I was really liking this format. Well, it is back to the drawing board. Currently I’m testing out the Autodesk FBX SDK. It is heavier than what I was looking for, but it at least has support for modern features and every 3d package supports it.