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Old May 12 2009, 01:21 AM   #11
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Re: Enterprise-D 1:1 Scale model, with decks, in Sketchup

Welll, when you start detailing those decks and the poly count starts to climb is when you will have problems. Just flat decks have relatively few separate surfaces. A good example is every time you add a sphere. It may look like it is perfectly round to you, but Sketchup actually draws it geodesically with triangles. Curved surfaces in Sketchup (and most 3d programs) increase model size greatly.

Another thing I have learned using sketchup is to save often to different file names at different stages. This will let you go back to previous saves should you find your self at a dead end and having to "back up" to a certain step or area in the drawing process.
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