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Old October 1 2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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New Model of 1701

Hey All,

I started teaching myself SolidWorks this year & back in the Spring I posted renders of the Galileo I built. More recently, I started building a model of the original E & I thought I'd share my progress.

The model is built from a combination of Casimiro's plans & pictures culled from the interwebs. I have a ways to go (and a few corrections I need to make), but here she is:







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Old October 1 2012, 09:32 PM   #2
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That's awesome! I've been using solidworks and it's not the nicest thing to use. Even getting curved surfaces seems to have eluded me.

Great work!
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Old October 2 2012, 02:15 PM   #3
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Thanks! You're right: SolidWorks is a constant struggle for us. Unfortunately, it's what our industry calls for right now. I much prefer surface modeling in Alias. However, SolidWorks is parametric, so the models we make are much more robust. And, if you're patient (or stubborn) you can get SolidWorks to do what you need.

I should also mention the renderings were done in Keyshot. Not too pretty, yet -- but when I'm far enough along to add textures she should really start to come together.
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Old October 2 2012, 10:06 PM   #4
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Re: New Model of 1701

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Thanks! You're right: SolidWorks is a constant struggle for us. Unfortunately, it's what our industry calls for right now. I much prefer surface modeling in Alias. However, SolidWorks is parametric, so the models we make are much more robust. And, if you're patient (or stubborn) you can get SolidWorks to do what you need.

I should also mention the renderings were done in Keyshot. Not too pretty, yet -- but when I'm far enough along to add textures she should really start to come together.
You ever use Rhino3D? I love it. Solidworks is a PITA, despite being parametric.
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Old October 2 2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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Nice work there
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Old October 4 2012, 02:57 PM   #6
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Unfortunately, we can't use Rhino for work. Our clients usually require Pre/E or SolidWorks. The few Rhino files we're received over the years have been pretty poor quality -- usually to the point of having to be rebuilt.
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Old October 4 2012, 08:17 PM   #7
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Unfortunately, we can't use Rhino for work. Our clients usually require Pre/E or SolidWorks. The few Rhino files we're received over the years have been pretty poor quality -- usually to the point of having to be rebuilt.
That's really odd. Rhino is a great program: it's similar to AutoCAD (except more coherent) and it's surface and NURBS tools are incredible and fast.
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Old October 5 2012, 06:05 PM   #8
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Update! Got the struts in, plus started adding all the windows. BTW, all comments, questions & nitpicks are welcome.








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Old October 10 2012, 10:00 PM   #9
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Update time! I believe I have all the geometry done & I'm starting to break out the different shaders. None of the colors are final at this point, but this is sort of the way the work flow between SolidWorks & Keyshot works.

BTW, I don't have any texture maps at this point (bump or displacement). The fluting at the rear of the nacelles is modeled & patterned geometry.

Any & all comments, nitpicks, etc. are welcome!







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Old October 11 2012, 03:02 AM   #10
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Looking good!
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Old October 11 2012, 05:10 AM   #11
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Hot stuff! Nice to see excellent work from a fellow SW user!
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Old October 11 2012, 05:47 AM   #12
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Looking really good!
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Old October 11 2012, 02:58 PM   #13
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That's gorgeous! I want that top image to have all of it's markings in place and be the wallpaper for my computer!

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Old October 11 2012, 08:29 PM   #14
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Thanks for the feedback, everyone. No updates today, but I corrected a few things that were bugging me (mostly window sizes & location on the saucer).

I thought I would mention, though, what I'm aiming for from an 'accuracy' standpoint. My target is the production version of the 11-footer with the following notes:

The nacelles, neck and secondary hull on my model are symmetrical. I believe this was the design intention. I chose to make all the windows symmetrical, as well.

The saucer is not symmetrical -- at least the windows aren't. The 11-footer shows different window patterns on the port side & that's what I chose to follow.

As I mentioned above, I'm using the Casimiro plans as my main guide. But, I have found a few little things in those drawings that needed correcting. I'm also using all the photographic references I can find including screen caps & Smithsonian pictures.

The tricky thing with the Smithsonian pics, is reconciling all the changes that were made to the model which weren't present during the series' production.

Back to work...
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Old October 12 2012, 03:09 AM   #15
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I highly recommend this catalog made by Tallguy: http://www.trekplace.com/tosfxcatalog.html for screen caps. You are right that the Smithsonian model some liberties were taken with the details. Keep it up!
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