I was contracted by the model company Eduard to create some box illustrations for their 1/48 scale Fokker DVII model.
This is a particularly attractive arrangement for me becuase they have already created a 3D model of the aircraft.
So, my primary task is to re-work the model so that it will provide me what i need for the purposes of Illustration.
This 3D model was generated by a team of designers at Eduard using Unigrafics CAD software.
They saved the model in IGES format and mailed it to me on CD.
and much to my surprise - it imported almost perfectly!
There are some surfaces missing and some small corruptions - but I’d say this is the cleanest transfer from one application to another I’ve ever seen.
As you can see this is a 3D model of a 1.48th scale model kit.
and Eduard will use this model to generate the tooling for the kit
I now want to use this model as a basis to generate my own 3D model similiar to the others I have done.
This will entail deleting all of the kit specific geometry which will decrease the file size tremendously becuase they have modeled the inside and outside of every plastic part.
They have also modeled all the surface detail, this was obviously neccessary for the purpose of creating tooling, but it is not optimal for making illustrations.
This means I will have to remodel most of the major external surfaces so that the small surface detail is handled by a bump map - and most impotantly so that I can apply a map to the entire surface.
But, this should be a relatively easy task considering they have already figured out where everything goes.
The fact that i’m using an engineering tool FINALY pays off
Should be fun