Wednesday, December 21, 2011
My Start in 3D Modeling
Ok, where to start. Well the first step is to gather information on modelling and what program to use. After reading many posts on modelling in the FlightGear forums I decided to go with the most popular and chose Blender and it's free!!!
Then I looked at some tutorials and stopped on the ones I will talk about: The first two are done by Emmanuel Baranger who is a very prolific aircraft modeller Creating An Aircraft in Blender is good but if you understand French like I do you will be better served by the French version Creating An Aircraft in Blender (French Version) as the English version was done with Google Translate.
I also found as series of videos made by Peter Haig on how to model an aircraft in 3D with Blender. I took a look at them and decided I would be using them as my starting point. I started with this Video Tutorial and it took me 4 hours to get through the first 10 minutes or so of the video to have the same results as him, Blender is very powerful and therefore has a very steep learning curve. But by replaying the video and reading the help files I managed to get this far the first day.
The next time went a lot faster, it only took me a half-hour to finish the fuselage, I have to fix the radome as it is an extension of the fuselage and should be round instead.
I did this a few weeks ago so I hope I haven't forgotten all I have learned.
I hope to have some time over the Christmas Holidays to work on the model so that I can show you some progress soon.
Bye for now...And Merry Christmas!!!