Hey long time no see! I'm gonna explain how to do hollow fuselages step by step, so that you guys can make your own hollow airliner cockpit sections without using scripts!
Notices before we go:
1. You gotta be pay much attention and patience while building
2. It may take a long time and things unexpected might happen
3. XML modding / laptop is NOT always required
First: get a circular fuselage block with the right dimensions. Using smaller fuselage blocks on the edge of the circle.
Next: rotate each part a certain angle and nudge it precisely so that the surface is smooth. Do the same thing one by one with patience. I would recommend rotating them by 0, 15, 30, 45 degrees. You can complete the circle by mirroring it several times.
Get the right shape with smaller "sticks". Definitely should use a blueprint to help you if you are making a replica.
Warning: this looks simple, but it is the step which directly determines how your plane looks when finished. So be very careful and take some time on this step!
Some example blueprint pictures that are helpful
And it's gonna be window panelling time!
Then add circular fuselage blocks at connecting points. This really helps you do the next step.
Now here's the most difficult and annoying step. Keep adding fuselage sections to the front, follow the frames you previously made and line up with the circules all the time.
Pretty much like the second step, make sure the surfaces stay smooth; you must adjust the run&rise dimensions of the blocks very precisely. (Sometimes even 3 decimal numbers are needed)
You will find the pattern soon. Do one side first and mirror the whole thing to finish it.
Now we're done!
Hours spent: 5 hrs
Device: just iPad
And yes my next plane is gonna be the 787-9, and I will explain some strategies making cockpit interiors as I move on building it, stay tuned.