Well, I’ve learned a ton about Google SketchUp since starting on this project. Today’s lesson was about groups. Now in every other drawing program I’ve ever used, groups were of little actual utility because in order to edit the elements of the group, you had to break the group and recombine the elements. In SketchUp, on the other hand, you can edit the group in place, which is a huge boon when you’re dealing with groups of thousands of elements. For much of the past couple of weeks as I’ve been modeling, I’ve been struggling with SketchUp choosing the wrong element when I’m trying to pick things: it often wants to choose an element behind the one I’m interested in. I can now see that combining elements into groups and editing the group is the way to defeat this annoyance. The more I use it, the more I like this tool.
Anyway, as you can see, I’ve not modeled the ends yet, and there are a many details to go, but the car is starting to take shape.