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Posted by rickp | Feb 02, 2015 @ 07:49 PM | 20,813 Views
First blog and first build log.
If this goes well I'll end up with an F7F model for the Phoenix Simulator.

First step was going through the excellent PhoenixBuilder tutorial at

Phoenix Builder - Basic airplane tutorial (26 min 9 sec)

Well worth watching if you're interested in that sort of thing.

Second step was choosing and learning to use a 3D modeling tool to develop something to import into PhoenixBuilder.
Decided to use Blender as I saw it mentioned somewhere and one of my sons is looking at it as well.

Blender tutorials are very detail as there's a LOT to learn. http://cgcookie.com/blender/cgc-cour...for-beginners/

Still working through those, but encountered a potentially show-stopping issue when I tried to import any Blender .obj file into PhoenixBuilder.
Luckily, fazerpileit over in the RCUniverse.com forums had discovered the secret - you need to check the "write Normals" box in in the obj export options.

From this point, my basic approach will be to build a relative simple profile version of the F7F in Blender and get it to work in PhoenixBuilder.
Presuming that gets done, I'll then attempt to build a complete 3D model in Phoenix (or find an existing one if I'm lucky).
Then I'll import that into PhoenixBuilder and turn it into a flying model.
Thinking that this will keep me busy for a while.

That's all for now. rick p