Hey everyone, Kim here,
I've been getting several questions from folks regarding how the CAD model is proceeding. I love the interest, but I find myself repeating myself a lot to different people privately, so I'm going to post here and make the answers available to everyone.
As most of you know, I have the base work done on the saucer. There are no A-G decks done for a rather simple and practical 2-part reason:
1. The computer can't handle it anymore. In fact, I pulled up the model last night because I wanted to try to crank out some high resolution renders, which I accomplished, but just opening up the model nearly brought my computer to the point of crashing. That's right, this little computer of mine is not up to the task anymore of keeping up with the model. I'm working on ways around that so that I can get more work done on the actual model before the fundraiser launches, but for the moment, the simple answer is that my computer cannot handle it anymore.
However! I have not stopped in my research and fine tuning, and I have tons of sketches and marked up photos that are covered in measurements and notes on adjustments for camera angles and the like that are allowing me to have things ready when the CAD work can begin again.
2. I don't have access to the fast machine that my engineer friend was letting me use anymore. Having access to that machine greatly sped up the work I was doing on the saucer, and if I'd had access to it still, I likely would have all 6 of the subassemblies for the saucer completed by now.
So what can I do? I can continue to refine the current design. I can (barely) pull out some renders here and there to show off as eye candy. Most importantly, I can (and have been!) work on other sections, mapping things out and compensating for camera angles and the like, making measurements and notes, and laying them out in 2D so that the 3D model will go that much more smoothly when I'm able to put more work into it.
I can say this much, though: If I didn't have a photography background, working on these photos would be a nightmare. I could still do it, but I'd be making far far far greater adjustments to the model than I need to now.
I have to compliment Gary Kerr on the work he has done over the last 20 years, working only from photos as well. And I have to bow to him again for all the advice and help he's offered, as well as to the folks at Timeslip Creations. In addition, Lee Stringer, Paul Olsen, Jim Dow, Richard Taylor, Simon Mercs, Steve Neill, Richard Cleveland, Jack Holczer, and a wide plethora of others have been indispensable in helping me get going on this. In addition, Jay Barron has been a great sounding board for some of the more practical aspects of this model, and I'm grateful for everyone's help!
This project is not for the faint of heart! However, it is for those who have a huge heart for this ship, and I thank my lucky stars every day for everyone who has lent their moral and emotional support, including all of you who have helped us keep this page going!
As I was able to pull a few renders before nearly crashing the machine, I will post those in the Renders album a little later. :) For now, have a great weekend!