- Preparations of the reference materials (preparing the reference drawings, collecting and organizing the photo archives): from May 2015 to August 2015;
- Modeling (forming the basic shape of the airplane);
- Applying materials and textures (“painting” of the computer model: mapping the texture coordinates, preparing the texture images, setting up the scene lighting etc.);
- Detailing: creating and “painting” all of the remaining details [this is the the current stage]. I already recreated the landing gear, and the R-1820 engine. This spring I will recreate all the external details, then I will dig into the cockpit interior;
I am going to create a precise model, thus the whole process takes me more months than I expected. One of the reasons is that I am simultaneously recreating all Dauntless versions. What’s more, I have to suspend this work for every winter, because of my daily business projects. At the end of 2018 I completed p. 3. However, in May 2019 a friend helped me to find at NASM a microfilm set that contains the original Douglas blueprints of the SBD/A-24. At the beginning of June I ordered copies of these microfilms. I received them in November, ordered their scans, which I ultimately received in January 2020. In February 2020 I started organizing these SBD blueprints for my purposes. Now I am going to review the geometry of my 3D model, applying the data I will find in the original Douglas drawings. (In this way I will also discover the true error range in the measurements that I made using less direct methods, like the photo matching). I will keep posting in this blog on the progress of this work.
Second model: While waiting for the SBD original blueprints, I did a little research on the eraly (“long nose”) Curtiss P-40s, which model I built in the previous decade :
In this case I also used the original blueprints. Fortunately, today you can get scans of original P-40s microfilms from some Internet portals. (These blueprints were not available in the time when I built this model). I wrote a few posts on this subject between August and December 2019.