#2 Beginning with MetaSeQ
I know there are MetaSeQs tutorial online but not much. I found some tutorial what very helpful and explain a basic to intermediated level of MetaSeQ such as JayBets tutorial on Cardmodels.nets forum (http://www.zealot.com/forum/showthread.php?t=155969
) , HOW TO MetasequoiaLE by Nishiya (http://kimagure-hikoki.hp.infoseek.co.jp/index_e.html
). Also have some book about MetaSeQ (but in japanese) available at Japaneses Amazon shop such as Metasequoia+Max REAL MODELLING BOOK (http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4861004381/miznolab-22
). I used to write a MetaSeQs tutorial before, about How to create Northrop F-89 Scorpion from MetaSeq and post at Cardmodels.nets forum long time ago. So my current tutorial will explain like a workshop. Decide a subject¦explain step by step about how to do¦create mesh¦unfold¦assemble (if you need) and discuss about the best and fast way to create mesh.
For first workshop, I decide to do a Lufts46 aircraft, Heinkel He-1073/8 German WWII high altitude recon aircraft. Do a research by google and get some 3-views drawing from UniCrafts model (http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/he1073/he1073.htm
) like below
Model was not have detail much make it easy to model. Prepare yourself by download MetaSeQ from http://metaseq.net I use register version 2.4.8 but you can use shareware version without register too. Next is download 3 views drawing from Unicrafts website (http://www.geocities.com/unicraftmodels/germ/he1073/he1073.htm
). If someone have more reference of this aircraft, better to keep for your reference in your project. Create folder to keep all of you need in your project. Put all of you have inside (Mine is only 3 views drawing).
Everything ready? Now open your MetaSeQ. First thing you need to do is place a 3 views drawing into your work space. When you open MetaSeQ, program will show a perspective view, you can switch to another views by click at Change view button (see picture below)
Each viewport have a several buttons in topleft corner of view, Name of view (Top, Front, Left, Pers) and Option to show element in each viewport (Pt:Show Point, Ln:Show line, Fc:Show Face, Si:Show patch and Blob simply, Fr:Show only front line, Img:Show image background) You will not see something different when you click at options button to show element in each viewport because you dont have anything inside your workspace.
How to place 3 views drawing into each viewport? Very simple just right click at Img button of each viewport, There is a new windows appear. Locate a 3 views drawing file (support file are .BMP, .PPM, .TGA, .PNG, .JPG, .TFF, .TIM) by click at Load button. Press ok button when finish your job. There will be a background image show in each viewport. If you still not see anything, make sure that Img button in press.
After you locate 3 views drawing to place as background image for each viewport. You will get screen like picture below.
After this, You need to adjust your background image a little bit. You need to move background image to its place for reference of each viewport but you will do this after you have something inside workspace.