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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    At this point I don't see the need to do that. There are a lot of details that are too fine to be able to render in paper so I would have to go back through and take all of those out all over again, then those details would need to be drawn back in on the final print.
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    Thank you! This is only half the battle... now to see if it survives the 3D printing process. Then on to painting and assembly...
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    Finally finished the 3D design work. For everything except the parking garage office, that is (which is detached from the main structure). Unfortunately that was not documented well at all so I'm not really looking forward to trying to recreate that. Anyhow, I suppose a bit of celebration (and...
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    I started with a square to establish the shape. Then drew arcs from each corner to the opposite to set the height, forming a sort of X shape above the base square. Then filled in the spaces between the arcs using an extension called Curviloft. I used a lot of the Fredo6 tools on this project...
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    While working to divide the parking garage up for 3D printing, I captured this screenshot (in Sketchup) of the bus shelter canopy (in real life, this was made of vacuum formed plastic panels, transparent light blue in color, supported by a steel web truss framework), with Skybridge A and the...
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    With all that I learned during the rest of the project, I decided it was time for an almost complete do-over on the parking garage. The real one forms a 75-degree arc through 19 segments, and this new shape replicates that shape exactly. My prior effort used an arc tool to generate the curve...
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    Here is a rendering of the fully detailed, fully assembled terminal and concourses in Sketchup. All parts shown here are ready for 3D printing. All that remains from a part creation perspective is the parking garage. Then to design the decals for the details, then to finish and paint and...
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    How do they do on mixing? I'm going to need a few different shades of brick and concrete colors, and some flat white (or possibly very, very light gray), in addition to the main two-tone gray color scheme for the concourses.
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    That's actually what I want to use (they actually have an improved version called Black 3.0), but man.... that price!!!!!! But though the price might not be that bad when you consider that it's 5 ounces. I really do want to give that stuff a shot. But I'm still going to need "regular" flat black...
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    Do you have a specific product in mind? I'm going to need this same black on the facade and on the parking garage as well... and a grayish black to simulate a tar roof in a couple of spots. I really want to use Black 3.0 but at 30 bucks for 5 ounces, my wallet says no.
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    By the way... how should I handle the two structures in the lower right corner of the screen? The air conditioning chiller and the corrugated metal shed structure. In real life, both were housed within an enclosure made of corrugated metal that was open at the top (apparently to improve the...
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    Adding detail to the main terminal. Here we are looking roughly east from a vantage point above the USAir ramp toward the Administration Building. The next area to be addressed is the postal docks in the center foreground.
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    Shaping the front facade of the main terminal... increasing the depth of relief and carving out the groups of 3 T-section columns. This wouldn't have been possible to execute in paper, and all of this detail would have been drawn in.
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    It's gettin' real, folks!!! Laying out the decal sheets in Inkscape, to export to raster PNG then print at 300 dpi. This A4 sheet (slightly larger than US letter) is nearly full... and this is just the windows for concourses A and D. I had no idea they would take up this much real estate... I...
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    Have any of you guys ever worked with craft acrylics before? Delta Ceramcoat, Plaid, etc.? They do have some intriguing colors that might be good starting points for the various brick and concrete shades that I'll need, as well as the two-tone gray color scheme for the painted steel paneled...
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    Thanks for the tip, but this is 1:400 scale so all I need is some way to get some dark gray color into the joints (which will be engraved on the model as printed, so I just need to get the color on there).
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    I modeled all of the panel lines into the print. It took me over a week just to put the lines on Concourse C. And there's an adjacent portion of the main terminal that was part of the same project that is going to need the same treatment, once I get done with the decal design for the concourses.
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    Well, after receiving the advice of several other 1:400 aircraft collectors I've decided to convert my project from a paper model design to 3D printing. So my task at this point is to go back through my 3D models and add in all the detail that would have been drawn on the paper, increase the...
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    It's actually going well! I've decided to go the 3D printing route so I've been going back through my models and adding more detail (that would have been drawn in) and creating decals for doors and windows and other small details.
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    Indianapolis International Airport in 1:400

    The major 3D work is FINISHED!!! Only a few minor details to go back and add... air conditioning units and that sort of stuff. But the major design work is done and the focus will now turn towards generating the paper design templates. But I suppose that will be better served with another...
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