I'll offer a bit* of Solid time as well. All we need are some good photos with a tape measure on the X and Y axis and some key dimensions actually measured. I've already got a fair collection of photos gathered from the internet so I'm pretty well acquainted with the overall construction. Just need some measurements and gauges of the various bits.Dig out your tape measure and calipers, I've got SolidWorks fired up!
He shouldn't have to measure too much. For things like the gussets all we need is the thickness and a picture of it on a sheet of grid paper, or with another reference. The rest we can fill in as the model of the basic structure is built. The primary structural number measurements needed can also be reduced significantly if we agree in the beginning on some key dimensions of sub structures. Then the connecting structures can be developed in CAD to fit both the original design and our copy. This way our drawings can be used to build new, or restore an original using interchangeable, but maybe slightly different sub-assemblies.Maybe we can keep the CAD work in an album on the HBA or on Dropbox etc. (a poor mans version of the SW Vault). Then whoever has some free time can work on them.
I think the real time consuming part is going to be taking the measurements. I don't see any parts that look tedious to draw (complex organic shapes etc.) ...2 hours of Percy's hard work with a tape measure, camera and note pad will take 5 minutes of mouse clicking to model :gig:
I'm planning on joining EAA just to get the free SW. so I can view some of the things on GrabCad that I can't with my old version. Also it looks like if you get SP5 updates SW is again forward compatible with the new version. If they hadn't dropped the ball* with 2015 we might have had a way to back date new SW files to the new - if in a series of steps?I think your right about using the EAA/Student version for the final model.
You have to boil them a LONG time before the oily taste goes away. Maybe the farm raised versions will be a little more palatable?Le hunters.