Re: May 27th, 2009, 01:28 PM post "What software do you use?"
Overall, my question about Google's Sketchup is "How do I draw accurately sized shapes such as long tubes, make copies of them, and move them accurately to another location, such as 24 inches left? ...
I know it's been a while since you posted. I use Sketchup extensively.
If you haven't figured it out already, the secret to Sketchup is to make lots of "components" or "groups", otherwise it drags anything attached around and mangles it up.
Moving a component a precise distance is simple, just select it, drag (move) it in the direction you want and using the keyboard, type in the distance.
Also, adding some Ruby Scripts makes life a whole lot simpler. I especially use mirror and bezier spline scripts. Both were free. Another tip is to customize the "short cuts" so that common commands are simple single letter commands. It makes for efficient useage.
If you are still looking for P-51 Blueprints, there are two places I know of that you can find them. If you dont mind looking through TONS of drawings (they contain every part), they have a copy of the blueprints at the National Archives in College Park, MD. Also on E-bay there is a guy who sells a compiled set of Blueprints on CD here is the link: http://cgi.ebay.com
Tom, I have never to my knowledge knew you contacted me, it's firstname.lastname@example.org As for the stock crank it's nodular cast, as you know under tons of psi. the molecules line up and it's quite flexible, for our operation it is great. We have 550 on ours the main problems are like everyone else's time and money. The late Dr. M.C.Harrold has quite a few volumes on our drive. He is the one who reccommended we keep the stock crank. I finally found this list and registered onto it. but if you need any quick answer go to the above address we check that one daily.