- 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. 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 expect them in August. Then they will go to the local service provider who will scan these microfilm rolls. When I get these scans, I will be finally able to review and organize these drawings. Thus, this SBD project is suspended for more than year, until I prepare a more detailed reference set based on the original blueprints.
Second model: July 2019. While waiting for the improved SBD references, I will update my Curtiss P-40B model:
In this case I am also going to use the original blueprints. Fortunately, today you can simply purchase a set of the scanned P-40 microfilms from some Internet portals. I will write a post about it in August. (These blueprints were not available in the time when I built the current version of this model).