Giles G-200 – Wheel Pants, 3D PDF Exports

I figured I would start with something easy on the Giles surface modeling, since I haven’t done any really intensive CAD work in about a month.  The wheel pants seemed like a great place to start, since they are a stand alone surface that does not have to directly integrate with the cowling.  I started … Continue reading

The Best Safety Glasses Money Can Buy

I spend a great deal of my life with safety glasses on, and so I’ve come to be a bit of a safety glasses connoisseur.  I find that most safety glasses that cover your eyes completely are like the old “high school chemistry lab” type and seem completely awful for all day use.   The standard … Continue reading

The Four Most Important Pages in the T-Splines V3 Manual

If you’re just starting out with T-Splines, it can be a bit overwhelming to make the transition from a NURBS type modeling package to T-Splines.  I spent quite a bit of time reading the manual, and while I would encourage you to do the same, what I came to realize is that there are just … Continue reading

Capturing “Clean” Planar Sections for the FARO arm

With a mechanical FARO arm, one of the biggest challenges when scanning aircraft structures is in getting just the right data.  What you ideally want is the simplest, most orderly points which will get the job done.  On some projects, that’s a relatively easy task.   On the Giles G-200 cowling project, digitizing the back of … Continue reading

Giles G-200 Cowling – Digitization Complete

Well after about two and a half days of work, the digitization is complete on the Giles.  This has been my most extensive digitization project to date, due to the fact that it’s not just a cowl I need to make.  Since the wing root fairings and the gear leg fairings intersect the cowling, they … Continue reading

Giles G-200 Cowling – Onsite Digitization

Well the real “meat” of the Giles G-200 cowling project has begun.  I flew out to very very hot Sonora, California yesterday morning so I could scan the aircraft and engine.  It was an absolutely beautiful flight from Watsonville to Columbia – very still air, great visibility and very little traffic.  I removed the back … Continue reading

Lancair IV-P Custom Wingtips – Back From Paint

The custom set of Lancair IV-P wingtips that I talk about on this previous post just came back from the paint shop, along with the rest of the plane.  Rather than blabber on about them and recap what I’ve already written, how about some nice pictures instead?

KevCAM Part 3.5 – KevCAM Goes on Vacation

Well, I really, truly wanted to get this series wrapped up before I left for vacation, but between the L-39 wingtips and a few other projects I’ve been furiously working on before my departure I just couldn’t find the 3-4 hours it would have taken to get this series finished off.  So, I must regret … Continue reading

T-Spline Tip: Understanding Basic Topology

Recently, T-Splines asked me to help them develop some training materials for their software, which I was more than happy to help with.  The video below talks about how to better understand the concept of topology when transitioning to T-Splines.  The example is the Giles G-200 cowling which I will be working on in a … Continue reading

L-39 Wingtips

I’ve been working on these wingtips for a few months now, just delivered them today.  The customer is Minh Jet in Hollister, California.  Minh had some aero engineers come up with some custom tips for the L-39 Albatross, which is what his shop primarily services.  He found that they decreased the stick forces on the … Continue reading