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Tutorial: making hollow airliner fuselages and cockpit section

304k realSavageMan  3.3 years ago

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.

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    THANKS FOR YOUR TUTORIAL!!!!!!

    2 days ago
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    15.1k PlaneFlightX

    New and improved guide:
    1. Spend 10 minutes enjoying how easy the new update makes building cockpits.
    2. Install some of the new gauges, levers, buttons, and dials, slap on a 10 part custom throttle (Airliners)
    3. Enjohttps://www.simpleplanes.com/Post/SubmitComment/804797y your low-part count and detailed aircraft.

    +1 23 days ago
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    @realSavageMan to what?

    one month ago
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    Adjust fuselage dimensions.
    @monke123456765456765

    one month ago
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    where to get sticks??

    one month ago
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    p a i n

    +3 2 months ago
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    Don’t worry, just gotta practice more. My first paneling attempt wasn’t pretty either. @t0mato72

    5 months ago
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    2,798 Superstink

    just make it a hole, might not be realistic but still works @pingxiangsmzy

    6 months ago
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    但是,最大的问题之一是,我不会造窗户
    But,the huge problem is : I don't know how to build Windows......

    +2 7 months ago
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    0 GMen

    Thanks bro

    9 months ago
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    2,016 Skyhawkarmy

    You have helped me thank you and I shall not disappoint you @SavageMan

    +1 10 months ago
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    If you could also build the same thing but this time make it something you would download and not a tutorial

    +1 10 months ago
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    3,474 RPC3503

    @SavageMan I was talking about this, then he place the pilot on his finished product, and you sir, Helped a ton of SP users

    +1 10 months ago
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    Okay y’all move discussion somewhere else, please. @Stevengaming @Planecrafter1622

    +1 10 months ago
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    3,474 RPC3503

    @Stevengaming Then place the pilot on the plen

    10 months ago
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    3,474 RPC3503

    @Stevengaming Making the pilots/Passengers: Go to your "Mods" Then Activate XML Mod, Then go to your Designer and , Take anything from Structural. Then, Click XML Mod (It'll look like a plane with a "</>" on top) Then, In the XML, The partType section, Edit "Fuselage-Body-1" To "Passenger-1". XML Mod Also Known as overload Mod. If you don't have it yo can, get them from This website.

    10 months ago
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    Remove all circles after you’re done with the whole thing, then add interiors. @Planecrafter1622 @Stevengaming

    10 months ago
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    3,474 RPC3503

    @Stevengaming Sometimes you might just need to remove connections of the circle thing, but reconnect them(Not the circle)., long story and hard as well

    10 months ago
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    3,474 RPC3503

    @Stevengaming Zoom inside and remove the circle thing if you want to be really spaceful.. The circle thing is kinda a support.

    10 months ago
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    3,474 RPC3503

    @Stevengaming Yes, Probably because of the space...Maybe kinda just remove the shaping circle thing..

    10 months ago
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    3,474 RPC3503

    I did my Beluga with the first step, the other ones... ehh..

    10 months ago
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    2,044 BadmanSalam

    That’s great, Thankyou for sharing

    10 months ago
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    Yeah, It’s Very Useful... But The Cockpits Are Impossible To Me... When My Civillian Airliner Challenge Was Open I Tried To Make Hollow Cockpit... It Worked, But Now I Forgot How To Do Them... You Can Do Another Cockpit Panneling tutorial For My Boeing 737-800 (American Airlines)? @SavageMan
    +4 11 months ago
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    4,513 FireFast212

    @SavageMan >:(

    one year ago
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    @FireFast212 anyone should be able to figure that out

    one year ago
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