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Dave Winfield

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Learning Sketchup for Model design
« on: December 09, 2013, 12:16:49 PM »
Do we have any Sketchup 'xperts watching?

I am currently attempting to learn Sketchup.
I have a model I want to design...got plans, drawings, and reference photos all ready to go.
And I thought maybe I could learn sketchup and design the basic template from scratch myself
rather than pay someone else to do it, or use an existing design, or just repaint an existing model.

Anyway, I have started at the Sketchup site, following along with their Video Tutorials.
Basic stuff went fine...I was felling pretty good.

But when I moved out of the basic level stuff, and into more advanced tutorials I became
very quickly frustrated with two things. Not being able to follow some of the instruction
and not relating to the architectural design which seems to be the primary focus.

This is obviously the point at which some hands on, classroom type instruction would be better.
But that option is not available to me.
So, I thought I might start a thread and see who else was interested in learning or who else
already knows what they're doing and is willing to share.

Right now, I am off to find an explanation of how to import a 2D drawing as a background for
creating shapes. I figured out how to import a photobackground, but it is flat placement to which
I have to adjust my perspective references.
I want to place a drawing on the side wall or bottom of my 3D view.
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Re: Learning Sketchup for Model design
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2013, 03:24:48 PM »
I'd love to make my own designs but have no knowledge how to do it. I've made some tries with Sketchup and failed miserably. A thread where we could all learn this tool would be a fine thing. I'm on.

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Re: Learning Sketchup for Model design
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2013, 05:44:51 PM »
I think Dragos uses Sketch-up, but I'm not sure
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Re: Learning Sketchup for Model design
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2013, 12:52:29 PM »
Well, I also have that book by Roman V. (from ecardmodels), so I might give Rhino a try too.
See if its any easier to figure out.
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Re: Learning Sketchup for Model design
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2014, 10:08:48 AM »
Have you thought of posting this topic at PM?  I keep seeing Sketchup references there
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Re: Learning Sketchup for Model design
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2014, 03:45:06 PM »
yeah, plenty of discussions already over there regarding programs like Sketchup
...nothing definitive (for me) though.
Thats partly why I posted the topic here.
I also wanted to help create discussion over here.

To be honest, I was doing okay for a while (with Sketchup) and then I reached another hurdle.
I am trying to figure out the process of importing a background image and creating a model on
top of that. I have an aircraft I would like to experiment with.
But I am stumped.
I would love to sit down with someone who can show me the basics...trying to find the right
tutorials is very frustrating. Obviously Sketchup wasn't intended as a "paper model" design tool,
so related tutorials are few.
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