Fun with EXAscan: Porsche 962 Model Scan

Lately, for no particular reason, I’ve been really digging the Porsche 956/962 Le Mans racers of the 80’s and 90’s.  Fancy that.  Me.  Into cars.  Who knew?  So, I got a Tamiya kit of the 1990 Repsol Brun 962C.  Instead of building the plastic model, I thought it would be way more fun to build … Continue reading

Giles G-200 – Gear Leg Fairing Tooling Design

Making the overall shape for the gear leg fairings, as I described here, is really about 1/3 of the way to making the molds.  Granted, from my perspective, it’s the most fun part of the design process, but there is a lot of work that goes into taking that macro shape and turning it into … Continue reading

Finally, some Giles G-200 progress. Finite Trailing Edge Thickness Airfoils in Rhino3D

Now that we’ve got some projects cleared off, I’ve finally had time to return back to the Giles G-200.   It’s amazing to me how when you come back to a project after working on some truly difficult stuff, suddenly the things that were so hard on that earlier project are now much easier.  Such … Continue reading

Carbon Fiber Cup Holders – Painted and Delivered

The cup holders came back from Santa Cruz Auto Body, and I must say they look fantastic.  They did an excellent job clear coating them – we were pretty ecstatic to see how well they came out.  They’ve gone off to the upholstery shop to be installed, not sure if we’ll get any pics back … Continue reading

VariEze N388DT – Start of Engine Mods

It’s been a crazy few weeks of some really cool projects, much to the detriment of this blog.  Some of these will be sharable here in the future, but for now, they are under wraps.  However, at the end of this week, James had some time to start modding the VairEze O-200 a bit.  There … Continue reading

Convair 240 – T-Splines Nose/Cockpit Modeling

One of the hardest parts of modeling an old airliner like this is the front – there’s a lot going on surface wise.  Furthermore, when making a surface like this with traditional NURBS modeling packages, there’s a lot of small transitional surfaces to make it all work and flow nicely, which means that it’s difficult … Continue reading

48″ Convair 240 for Electric RC

My whole love affair with CAD/CAM got started about somewhere around 2004 when I decided to start building balsa model airplanes again.  I was very involved as a kid in building and flying radio control aircraft – mostly Antiques/Old Timers, which are pre WWII designs.  But, with college and work and such, there was a … Continue reading

Giles G-200: Cowling Design Progress

Well, I suppose this post is going to wrap things up for the year.  I’ve spent some time this week working on various projects, and also upgrading our office space (more on that in a week or so), but it feels good to be finishing out the last work day of the year making some … Continue reading

Giles G-200 – Laser Scanning

I returned to Sonora last week to re-scan the Giles G-200, this time with the Creaform EXAscan laser scanner.  I had previously digitized much of the Giles with the FARO arm, but once we decided to also do the plenums, I realized that a laser scanned model of the engine would be very helpful.  It … Continue reading

Giles 200: Titan IO-375 Engine Scanning – Part 2

I’m still working at making a nice engine model of the IO-375 for the Giles 200 project, and so I went down to the airport this morning to continue scanning.  I decided to take Jarrod’s advice from the comments on my first post, and break the scanning into two parts – a lower res scan … Continue reading