343. Digitised

I’m a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in the USA, and I’ve discovered that they are offering a year’s licence for a student version of Solidworks, the industry standard 3D CAD program.

I’ve always been fascinated by 3D CAD, and so for the past couple of months I’ve been starting to rebuild the Scout digitally, using our original drawings.

It’s a long – indeed a very long – learning process, but I’m slowly getting there and I thought you might be interested to see some of the results.

Here’s the tailplane and elevator, for example, with every part individually modelled.XD775Test2.jpg

And an example of the sort of drawings I’ll have at the end.

XD753-050 - Sheet1.jpg

It’s very, very time consuming, but I do find it rewarding, and I’m aiming to reproduce the entire aircraft. Eventually!



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  1. As I’m disabled from having a sore upper left leg after hernia surgery in the mid-1980s, I was glad to be able to learn AutoCAD in the 1990-91 timeframe. However, with so many American job descriptions following the “Great Recession” through to today, and with me still unemployed since 2008 from that despised recession forcing me out of work, mentioning the need to know SolidWorks, in 2011 someone at the RCGroups aeromodeling forum shared a copy of SolidWorks 2000 with me, which I was able to start getting used to using for RC model transmitter control hardware items through into 2014 on my home PC…

    …until Windows XP HAD to be replaced by Windows 7 at the time, which can’t install OR run SolidWorks 2000 properly.

    Also, after caretaking for my housebound octogenarian mom from 2015 onwards to the present, I found I no longer had the time to learn newer versions of SolidWorks from a “hybrid”-style college classroom-based course. So, starting sometime this coming Spring season, I may try asking my U.S. State’s education department to see if they know of any way of acquiring…at minimum cost (if any!)…a “recent but RETIRED” copy of SolidWorks through them, say, SW-2013, but no newer than that, from any community college they are responsible for operating “in-state”, so I can learn it at home, just as I’d been doing with SolidWorks 2000.

    And this COULD be a do-able way of getting my hands on such a “recent but retired” copy of it, as I live in Massachusetts, where Dassault Systemes SolidWorks also has its American headquarters! There’s also the “SolidProfessor” set of online courses to learn SolidWorks with, at https://www.solidprofessor.com/ , which COULD be a very decent path towards learning SolidWorks (as I’ll HAVE to do!) for yourself, so you’d never have to take any sort of college/university classes of any kind to learn the basics of SolidWorks for your own needs.

    Hope I’ve given you a very decent idea or two about learning such an important 3D solid modeler software title for documenting the Scout C your grandpa flew in The Great War…

    Yours Sincerely,
    Dave from New England

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