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Old 05-26-2012, 11:07 AM
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1:1 Pioneer 4 with instrumentation

Well, I'm back with the whole 1:1 shtick that I'd left for a bit. I was kinda disappointed with the lack of detail my Vanguard satellite had, so I thought I'd make it up with this model.

Coincidentally, this is also my final project for my technical drawing class. As part of the assignment, we're supposed to draw and isometric and orthographic for our subjects, so here you go:



And, I have about three pages of parts done so far:

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Old 05-26-2012, 11:48 AM
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Nice to see someone else is working on a model of Pioneer 4, too. I made one, about ten years ago, I think.
All I could find were a few fuzzy pictures and drawings made by other people, so all I had was a minute amount
of VERY sketchy information. I hoped that ten years later I could find more and better info. A few color
pictures, but that's all. I was surprised to see that the real flight article had an aluminum and brass
color, not white with black stripes, as is often depicted. Only one part keeps deluding me: the underside with
the instruments. No idea
what that part really looks like.
If anyone would like to share good info about Pioneer 3 or 4, please let me know.

I recently installed Inkscape. I still have to learn how to work with it, get to know all of its functions. A ruler seems
to be missing, so measuring the length of the parts is something I have to figure out. Until then, I'll stick to my
bitmap drawings....
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:50 AM
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Nice to see someone else is working on a model of Pioneer 4, too. I made one, about ten years ago, I think.
All I could find were a few fuzzy pictures and drawings made by other people, so all I had was a minute amount
of VERY sketchy information. I hoped that ten years later I could find more and better info. A few color
pictures, but that's all. I was surprised to see that the real flight article had an aluminum and brass
color, not white with black stripes, as is often depicted. Only one part keeps deluding me: the underside with
the instruments. No idea
what that part really looks like.
If anyone would like to share good info about Pioneer 3 or 4, please let me know.

I recently installed Inkscape. I still have to learn how to work with it, get to know all of its functions. A ruler seems
to be missing, so measuring the length of the parts is something I have to figure out. Until then, I'll stick to my
bitmap drawings....
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Erik
Yeah, the underside's a tricky bit; I'm currently just adding the docking ring as a stopgap - might change it in the future, though.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:12 PM
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rocketmantan, that's a nice project! I'll be watching closely!

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I recently installed Inkscape. I still have to learn how to work with it, get to know all of its functions. A ruler seems
to be missing, so measuring the length of the parts is something I have to figure out. Until then, I'll stick to my
bitmap drawings....
_________
Erik
I don't know how rocketmantan is able to do so nice technical drawings with this program. To be honest, I never learned to work with inkscape other than changing colors or file formats. rocketmantan, if you have the time and motivation, I'm sure a lot of people would appreciate some basic explanations!

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Old 05-26-2012, 09:29 PM
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rocketmantan, that's a nice project! I'll be watching closely!



I don't know how rocketmantan is able to do so nice technical drawings with this program. To be honest, I never learned to work with inkscape other than changing colors or file formats. rocketmantan, if you have the time and motivation, I'm sure a lot of people would appreciate some basic explanations!

Best regards,
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*blushes*

Heh, well, it's not a big deal, really. I think the mistake most people make when first switching to something like Inkscape is thinking that it's like a CAD program. Inkscape is meant for digital art, paper model design being but one application. Technical drawings done in this program are, well, drawings; there aren't any fancy doohickeys like end ents or x-form.
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:45 AM
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*blushes*

Heh, well, it's not a big deal, really. I think the mistake most people make when first switching to something like Inkscape is thinking that it's like a CAD program. Inkscape is meant for digital art, paper model design being but one application. Technical drawings done in this program are, well, drawings; there aren't any fancy doohickeys like end ents or x-form.
Yes, I thought so. But the results you show, like the isometric view above, LOOKS like it was drawn in some sort of CAD, so you seem to have found a way to do it... and I don't even know how to draw a perpendicular line to another in this program...

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Old 05-27-2012, 11:20 AM
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Finally managed to get all the parts drawn up! Only gotta do the table of contents, instructions, and some paperwork for my Drafting class before getting started on the testbuild.



and, it's a whopping 19 pages of parts!
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How big is this thing when built?
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:58 PM
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How big is this thing when built?
Should be 51cm by 23cm

Also, instructions are done!


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Old 05-27-2012, 08:57 PM
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instrumentation assembly's done:

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