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    Really appreciate the great feedback! I'm...

    Really appreciate the great feedback! I'm watching the videos and taking some practice runs - will post some pictures of my project once I have something decent to show.

    Thanks very much! --Rob
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    Creating a Photo-realistic Panel Help!

    My goal is to model all of the avionics and instruments and build up a lifelike representation of my instrument panel. To achieve this I would like to grab images of the instrument faces and apply...
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    Thank you Cory. I found the add-in that you...

    Thank you Cory. I found the add-in that you mentioned and learning how to use it. I am also trying out the BobCAD-CAM 3-axis Solidworks add-in. Very powerful tools - I hope that the partnership...
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    Compatible CAM Extensions for Solidworks

    Now that I have some experience with SW, I need to create toolpaths for CNC machining (milling). Are there any CAM modules that integration with SW and allow for an easy learning curve? All...
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    I'm excited to have access to Solidworks...

    I'm excited to have access to Solidworks Electrical, but I am starting from the beginning - my experience is with SW 3D mechanical modeling. The learning curve seems pretty steep. I too would like...
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    Plywood for Mounting Plate

    I am planning to build a plywood mounting plate to install an ADF antenna and strobe on the belly of my tube and fabric aircraft. Fabric will cover the plywood. My question is: what kind of plywood...
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    Makes perfect sense... a step drill is on my...

    Makes perfect sense... a step drill is on my shopping list. Thanks for the quick and helpful feedback! --Rob
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    Cutting a Clean Hole in Thin Aluminum

    Looking for the tool and the right advice on cutting a nice clean small diameter round hole in a thin aluminum panel that is already mounted in place. I need to cut a 1/2" and 3/4" hole and I don't...
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    The detail is really appreciated - thanks!

    The detail is really appreciated - thanks!
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    Your two questions echo my concerns about the use...

    Your two questions echo my concerns about the use of a stripper... I was hoping to learn from the experience of others. Maybe like a lot of questions there is no definitive answer, but it never...
  11. Thread: Fabric Patch

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    Thanks for the feedback - very helpful! I have...

    Thanks for the feedback - very helpful! I have been hesitant to sand the paint down to the fabric mainly for fear that it would be easy to start abrading the fabric threads. It just seemed to me...
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    Fabric Patch

    No doubt there are many posts on all aspects of fabric work, however I am trying to understand the best process for my repair scenario... I need to cut a small hole (1" dia) in my ailerons to access...
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    Jeffrey, your advice is golden and the...

    Jeffrey, your advice is golden and the instructions are very clear. As with most things, practice is the key. I will be putting your instructions to good use and will keep you posted on my outcome....
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    Jeffrey, this is absolutely great help... thank...

    Jeffrey, this is absolutely great help... thank you! A follow-on question if you have time: referring to your images above, it looks like there are several intermediate "sketch stations" (for lack...
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    Modeling a Nose Gear Fork

    Looking for some help to model the abstract form of the legs on a cast fork which supports the nose gear wheel assembly (see picture). The legs curve and twist in different directions. I am not...
  16. While we are on the subject of CAD models, does...

    While we are on the subject of CAD models, does anybody have or know of a model for the Continental O-470 and IO-470?
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    That is very helpful, and actually makes good...

    That is very helpful, and actually makes good sense in my situation too. There is a tube which receives the horiz stabilizer spars that makes a perfectly logical reference feature through which the...
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    lathropdad, your point is well-taken. Although I...

    lathropdad, your point is well-taken. Although I am not building a fuselage (I am reverse engineering a certificated aircraft) I can understand your point: think ahead to consider what the model will...
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    I'm learning a lot more than I asked for in this...

    I'm learning a lot more than I asked for in this thread and really pleased to read some techniques about tube bending! Back to my project for a moment... would you have a suggestion on how to orient...
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    Bill & Jeffrey... thank you for the ongoing...

    Bill & Jeffrey... thank you for the ongoing dialogue - all very helpful! Just to give you the "rest of the story"... I have two working Bellanca Cruisemasters plus I also bought a fuselage from a...
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    Yes, I do understand the engineering logic behind...

    Yes, I do understand the engineering logic behind a truss structure, however the longerons on my Bellanca Cruisemaster are definitely curved tubing members (Guiseppe Bellanca did a lot of things his...
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    Thanks to your help here I have built some...

    Thanks to your help here I have built some practices models using the weldments feature - pretty easy! In my aircraft the four outer longerons are slightly curved. So in SW sketch I created a...
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    This is great feedback - just exactly what I was...

    This is great feedback - just exactly what I was hoping for: a starting point with some examples and helpful tips. I'm going to practice and get started. Quite sure I will have more questions -...
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    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I...

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I have never used this feature so I will need to take some time to become familiar with this. I am aware that Solidworks has a module they refer to as...
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    Modeling Tubular Frame

    I'm wanting to build an accurate model of the tubular frame structure of my plane - essentially reverse engineer what already exists. The Solidworks version that is available for EAA members does...
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