There is nowhere to run...nowhere to hide! The tanks and armored vehicles of the Blackhorse Regiment will find and destroy you! It is too late to fight. Beware Viet Cong we are everywhere! Tally now under the Chieu Hoi Program; it is your only hope to live!
In this video, I demonstrate one method of making a Soviet Skillet - you know, one of those frying pan turrets that were extraordinarily popular on Soviet tanks, and I chose the very first example of such: the IS-3! This particular method is a but tricky, and depending on the geometry of whatever shape you're trying to create, this may not give you the results you want. The IS-3 has deceptively complicated geometry on its turret, and for this very reason, I have another method to show you for creating this exact same shape in a later video. For those of you who would like to create your own strange tanks with frying pan turrets, but don't want to settle for a simple dome, I hope you find this A.R.T. (advanced rendering technique) helpful.
In this video, I use the example of one of my fictional tanks to provide a short lesson on how to give yourself the option of multiple possible configurations on any given component. I would like to emphasise that you need not limit yourself to two options for this sort of thing: if you have enough room in your sketch, then you can give yourself three or more options.
Kaja finally finishes the SU-100Y! Well, almost. There are still adjustments to be made, and the mechanism may need to be tested before the model can finally be offered for sale. Nevertheless, the frustrating journey is over, and Kaja celebrates the only way he knows how: by being silly! Be warned, this is by far the LOUDEST video in the lesson, between that "pop" sound effect in Autodesk Inventor and Kaja SINGING.
All right, I'm going to take my own advice here and stop with the bloody third-person descriptions. I added up the amount of time it took to make this thing, between the length of the videos and the music that I played while working on stuff that I didn't bother to record. It took a grand total of 4.5 hours to make this model, and one hour can be attributed to both the tracks and bolt heads EACH. Besides, there was that mouse thing. All in all, this is less than one day's work.
Kaja has completely lost patience with his mouse... almost. He hasn't yet started swearing in Russian, lucky for us. Still, the frustration is enough to make his brain skip an entire decimal point when trying to explain what he's doing. Don't worry, he'll eventually figure out how to use the editing portion of his screen recording software, and spare us all from any and all future cringe he may generate - probably around the same time that he figures out speaking (typing?) in the third person is a bad idea in these video descriptions. After all, he IS self-taught with all this software.
Kaja returns to give a short (but not very helpful) explanation of what went wrong halfway through the last video. He then proceeds to bog himself down in the process of adding all those tiny details that make a model tank so much nicer. On the bright side, the SU-152 makes a brief appearance!
9:10 - I said "Z-axis," because the Z-axis is normally vertical. However, for some reason, it is the Y-axis that is vertical in Autodesk Inventor, while the Z-axis is front-to-back. Clearly, whoever came up with this coordinate system was fixated on lathe work. For those of you who have worked with CNC lathes, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
After the lengthy process of making the running gear in part 1, Kaja is back to correct his earlier mistakes and continue on! Unfortunately, crazy Russian boy is a bit more scatterbrained than usual, and probably gives more examples of what NOT to do in this part. At least it isn't nearly as LONG as the first one.
14:34 - the reason that this doesn't work is simply because I had forgotten that the two sketches have to line up perfectly, which they don't in this case because the edges are not parallel, and 1.43 on one face does not translate to 1.43 on the other face. I will explain how to make this type of feature in another video.
In this video, Kaja introduces himself and his work, then dives right into rendering the Soviet self-propelled artillery gun SU-100Y, which one of his customers had requested. He also discusses the vehicle's history a little bit, but if you want a real history lesson, check out the links below. Now, there is a lot going on here, and errors are made, but give the crazy Russian boy a break - he's new to making videos; besides, his last mouse is dying, and it's not the batteries this time. This is an unfortunate problem throughout this entire lesson, and as you will notice, poor Kaja gets tongue-tied when he gets frustrated.
11:04 - I meant to say "front idler"
25:43 - it was too muffled to discern, but I said "which is the same as the T-10," in reference to the width of the tracks
35:32 - I meant to say "both of these TANKS"
44:37 - I said a number of incorrect things right here, but I correct them almost immediately afterward. Please do not bring this up.
46:45 - I didn't read the article beforehand, I merely skimmed it. After going through it, the T-100Z is clearly stated to be armed with a 152,4mm M-10 howitzer, the same main weapon as the KV-2.
58:05 - I'm not going to ARRAY this part. It's already been extruded.
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