nerdnic


Hey guys! I am creating a brand new design series as a much needed update to my previous videos
. If you follow along with me through this series you will be equipped for success as I teach you all the ins and outs of foam plane design. I will be using the powerful vector based application Adobe Illustrator. But this technique will work with the free Inkscape program or Corel Draw.

The design process I will teach you is straightforward and is a time tested, proven method to create amazing aircraft. Check out some of the planes I have created using this technique.



Please let me know if there is anything specific you'd like to see in this series!

Download Templates

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PART 1

    • Start with traditional style plane for your first design
    • Pick 3 view image that contains cross sections if possible
    • Google search “[plane name] 3 view”
    • Scale to 40" wingspan to make use of my templates
    • Set your artboard to the size of your foam



COMMANDS
A = Direct Select
Selects single line

V = Select
Selects all grouped lines

Ctrl + G
Group selected lines

Ctrl + Z
Undo

Ctrl + Shift + Z
Redo

Ctrl + -
Zoom out

Ctrl + +
Zoom in

Shift + command
Keeps proportions or snaps to 45 degree angles


GENERAL
Set units
Edit > Preferences > Units

Artboard
File > Document Setup > Edit Artboards

Fill
Inside color

Stroke
Line color

Windows needed

    • Layers
    • Stroke
    • Transparency



Line tool
Used to draw straight lines

Pen tool
Used to make curves


ACTIONS
Move entire grouped object
V

Move just 1 line
A

Group lines
Ctrl + G

Move line/group

    • Left click on mouse and drag
    • Arrow keys

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