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From DREAM ... to DRAWING ... to REALITY!

Bring Your Model Design Ideas to Life

Being able to sketch out ideas is crucial in the overall process of turning your dream into a finished project. Plans or "working drawings" provide the vital construction information you need in order to get the job done. For this reason, having a good set of blueprints can be critical to the success of your project.

Written specifically for modelers, craftsmen, and other hobbyists, this book was created to present the model design and blueprinting process in a format that is both easy to understand and to apply. With this volume as your guide, you’ll learn powerful techniques and concepts that can help you with just about any project.

You’ll quickly get up to speed on the basics, including how to read and interpret blueprints and lay out plan views. Then, you'll delve into more advanced topics such as making construction patterns and templates for your projects. Before long, you’ll be ready to create drawings and patterns for building your own models completely from scratch.

In fact, the information contained in this book lays the foundation for a whole new world of modeling opportunities. Once you know how to make accurate plans and construction patterns for your projects, new levels of capability and productivity are just around the corner – thanks to new and exciting technologies.

"Do you build physical models you can hold in your hand or 3D models that exist only inside the computer? Perhaps you are interested in both kinds of modeling. No matter what type or genre of modeling you prefer, this book was written for you."

With an easy-to-follow format and numerous, detailed illustrations, the MODEL DESIGN & BLUEPRINTING HANDBOOK, Volume 1, takes you through the entire design and blueprinting process step by step.

Traditional modelers may find the discussion about "unfolding" objects to create flat patterns particularly interesting. These patterns (called "developments") can be used to make construction templates for many different objects out of sheet stock. Plus, this process is also the basis of paper modeling.

In addition, this book provides an important foundation for those who want to make patterns for milling their own parts by machine. This includes CNC-cutting and laser-cutting as well as creating artwork for chemical milling (i.e. photo-etching). You can also use many of the techniques demonstrated to create your own custom decals and other markings.

It all starts with the 2D design basics presented here in this book. By the time you've read through this volume, you will know exactly how to turn your reference material into workable plans to build your next project!

Author Charles Adams (founder of the popular StarshipBuilder.com site and also AirshipModeler.com is an artist, designer, and writer with 23 years' experience in both drafting and technical illustration. Charles is currently working as a professional model designer. He has created conceptual designs and has built special effects miniatures for both film and television productions.

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