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  1. Alan, have tried McMaster-carr https://www.mcmaster.com/helicoil-inserts I ordered from them many times when i was working.
  2. Onshape limits you to 10 private files. If you make your files public you have 5 gb of storage. I like your launch Wayne, I think Fusion 360 has better rendering than the Turbo cad. I also think you have a good definition of whole molding that is very few Bezier curves.
  3. I can tell you that Draftsight is a lot like Autocad. I think the makers of Solidworks took an old Autocad program and updated it. I suggest you check out Onshape.
  4. I use Onshape exclusively for my ship design and woodshop projects. There are tons of tutorials to get you started. If you are already familiar with 3D modeling you'll pick up on things pretty quickly if not the tutorials are very good. There is no software to download. You can signup for a free account or paid subscription. I've inserts a few screen shots. Hope this helps.
  5. You might also take a look at Onshape. It's cloud based, with a free and paid subscription. Created by the original Solidworks developers.
  6. I came across this article on the HMS Implacable a 74 gun ship. I follow WoodenBoat on FB and this is how i came to know about it, thought I would share. There are several you tube videos you can watch if you search. https://www.greenwich.co.uk/blogs/
  7. Nice renders. The hand over hand for pulling rope doesn't seem quite right.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Nice detail Denis. I like the first group of photos with the natural wood look but the sun light looks awesome too.
  12. I'm not sure Mark. The book I mentioned covers construction in good detail.
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