Greasetattoo wrote:Did you make the model in Aspire too?
Edit: I noticed this was about the Harley Eagle project. Below I wrote about the process for the R2KBA project. The process is the same, just different pieces. Sorry about that!
No - Yes.
I purchased the model some time ago. It was not bad as it arrived. Just not to my liking.
One of the things that I do NOT like about purchased models like that is they are just one big honking stl file. So that makes it virtually impossible to adjust things like height or move elements around.
Here is what I did:
Loaded the stl file into Aspire.
Saved a bitmap (windows bitmap).
Loaded the bitmap file into Corel X7. I am big Corel user because I use the drawing tools a lot for other things. I also like the ability to do dimensioning.
In Corel I traced the outline of the eagle, banner and pistols.
Also created new vectors for the lettering.
Also created a rectangle around the entire bitmap. (that is so it is easier to place the eagle/banner vectors later in Aspire)
Loaded the vectors from Corel into Aspire and made sure everything lined up properly.
Separated the original model into three parts.
I deleted the entire sign base (I did not like the narrow raised edge on the outside).
Recreated the base to my liking doing standard Aspire modeling.
Created all the lettering using Aspire modeling.
Now it gets a bit complicated.
The eagle, banner and pistols had really, REALLY thick bases. So I exported them out to STL files.
Then I imported those STL files and adjusted the bottom plane to eliminate all that height.
From there it was just a matter of adjusting all the heights to my liking.
Each individual component had an 8 degree taper added because I was using a tapered ball nose with a 5.6 degree taper.
Then I added just a touch of overall smoothing to each component.
I do things this way because then I can adjust each component. If the parts are baked together then drafted and smoothed as a group there is no adjusting individual pieces.
BTW, nice to see you back on the forum again. Been a while.