Hey everyone, I was wondering what you do for drafting/designing your scratch builds? I have some ideas I would like to build, but I would like to draft them out first and not go through a hundred pieces of paper doing that.
I have Autocad and the know-how to use it. But, I don't. I prefer to eyeball my airplanes. I have no plans for any of my scratch-built planes. I like to think of them as a high-end, hand-built sports car. They look great, are capable of going really fast, and require a full time professional mechanic to keep them running.
I use pencil, paper, eraser, and a metric ruler. If you draw it, you can get a basic idea on how it looks like and erase and redraw stuff you did not like as much. I don't waste that much paper. maybe 20 or so sheets over a years worth of time.
I just downloaded Google sketch up. I like it! I just started using it, and I drew an airfoil in 5 min! I'm still working on making the fuselage out of one rectangle, but I'm sure I can figure that out in no time
Maybe you could do an article?
I've seen good stuff done with Google sketch up.
Maybe just do an article on how to make plans for a small scratch build step by step.
If you do I'll give it bunch of stars
I think for free, SketchUp is the way to go. I say this only from having used it for 3D modelling, not scratch build plans, but I would seem to think it would be perfect for this. It can be pretty wonky to learn though, and a tutorial would be awesome!