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About Don9of11

  • Birthday 09/27/1958

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    Akron, Ohio
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    Model Ships, Music, Genealogy, History, Astronomy, Gardening

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  1. Nice renders. The hand over hand for pulling rope doesn't seem quite right.
  2. I would recommend Onshape it's free or you can pay either way the full use of the software is at your disposal. It's also cloud based which means a group collaboration is possible. Its a lot like SW but different to. There is no software to down load and it runs on pc, Mac, and various mobile devices. I'm using it now to design a 74 gun ship based mostly on Steel's work but other resources as well. Designing a ship of this complexity from scratch has been a challenge but also rewarding. I work on it during evenings, weekends and when the spirit moves me, not necessarily in that order. That being said, it's been a couple years in the making and I'm not done. A couple screen shots is below.. I have post on the forum called "scantling questions" which documents my progress.
  3. Sea Watch Books

    I recently went to visit seawatchbooks.com and got a alert that the website might not be secure. Has there been a problem with the website or is it just at my end? Got the same thing using IE.
  4. I also tried Sketchup for drawing ship plans but found it lacking in many areas as was mentioned lack of splines and problems with circles, bevels and few other things. I have a post with my efforts somewhere on forum; at first it seems easy, feasible and I progressed up to a certain point and began to encounter difficulty do to a lack of tools. Im not new to 3D as I've been a Solidworks user for a long time. I agree with Alex, I don't think Sketchup is well suited for drawing up plans. I've been recommending Onshape which is free for 3D modeling. It's a lot like SW so the learning curve was small. Search for a post called scantling questions.
  5. Check your local high school or middle school and see if they have any vocational classes in drafting or machine shop. The likely will have some old books, better yet check your local library. Depending on your software there are probably oodles of YouTube videos to help you get started. You have a lofty goal and drawing plans from scratch isn't for the faint of heart. Tracing over an existing set of plans might be better as you'll have something to work from and learn a long way what will be expected of you when drawing from scratch.
  6. DSC03698

    Beautiful looking model. The sail looks perfect.
  7. HMS Bounty Launch

    Completed photos of the HMS Bounty launch by MS.
  8. USS Zellars DD-777

    Completed photos of the USS Zellars DD-777 -circa 1960 FRAM II. I made this model for my brother who served on board during the Cuban crisis. It is scratch built and based on plans of the USS Laffey DD-724 and personal photos that my brother took during his time on board. This is my first attempt at building from scratch. The model is 1/16 scale and measures 24" long and is made from bass wood.
  9. aft view

    Excellent work! Where did you find plans for this type of boat?
  10. Case

    My Constructo kit did not include good directions and so I had to learn a lot from other resources. I would investigate the kit you're thinking of getting and make sure it has good documentation.
  11. Phantom

    Completed photos of the Phantom
  12. 01 (40).JPG

    She's a real beauty. Nice job!
  13. Enterprise

    Finished photos of my Enterprise. This is a kit by Constructo with a few modifications.