Boeing 787-8 "Dreamliner" Flight Control Surfaces:
Here's the model as it stands now. With the landing gear detailing nearly complete, I think it's time to move on to both the control surfaces, and some interior detailing.
The floor is installed. Pretty empty right now, but that will change, once I finish the control surfaces.
Control surfaces cutters for the wings...
The wing geometry is frozen, and I've arranged all the boolean cutters for the ailerons, flaps, slats, and spoilers.
The initial wing cuts are done, and now I'll be shaping all those individual parts.
Flight Controls Shaped:
Flaps, ailerons, and spolers in position. Here, you can see that I've rebuilt the leading edges of the flaps.
Slats in position.
Rudder shaped and in position.
Elevator shaped and in position.
The whole model, as it stands today.
Miscellaneous external details:
I'm adding a few more external details, before moving to the interior. Here, I've added some of the external antennas, a static probe, the crew escape hatches, and some more detail around the engines.
I created a separate file for this section, to keep things speedy, with only the front of the fuselage, and the cockpit parts. Here's my start on the details...
Starting on the (center) glare shield and the side consoles.
The cockpit plan:
Here's the cockpit as it stands today. You can see that all the detail is actual geometry, not texture maps. As of today, all the surfaces simply have textures, as in the second image. When all the geometry is in place, then I'll add some image maps for the various labels.
This cockpit file is about 6 MB right now, and the separate aircraft file is about 25 MB. At this time, that total of about 30 MB is the largest my system can handle with any speed. So, I'm going to continue to work on the cockpit separately, assuming that my next computer will be able to handle the combined files.
MODO's replicators…Gotta love 'em!
More coming soon...