SOLIDWORKS Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis Tutorial – Part 2

On May 20th and 21st, 1927 Charles Lindbergh, aka “Lucky Lindy”, made history by completing the first solo, nonstop, transatlantic flight; piloting his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, from Long Island, New York to Paris, France. To celebrate the anniversary of Lindy’s achievement we’re showing SOLIDWORKS users how to model a 30” wingspan version of his iconic aircraft. Throughout this series, we’ll fly through lessons on how to work off imported images, and we’ll use a series of extrusions, lofts, and sweeps to model the Spirit of St. Louis.

Welcome to part 2 of our series where we are modeling Lucky Lindy’s Spirit of St. Louis monoplane using a series of imported images to model around.  We left off in part 1 of the series with all our reference images imported including 3 main views and a few of the bulkhead shapes.  We also have our main side view outline sketched.  In part 2 of the series we will sketch in our various bulkhead profile shapes and guide curves to build the fuselage using a series of Lofts.

Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast or are just looking for a new SOLIDWORKS challenge, the Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis tutorial series is for you!

Can’t wait to watch the next video? View all of the tutorials on the playlist here.

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