Working with a 3D model is akin to working with clay or another sculpting material. I constantly add material and take away material to form the shapes I need when creating a model. I have been working more with the dashboard model and it continues to improve. My ambitions grow as the model progresses.
I am working to add the radio controls, environmental controls, the lighter knob, headlight knob, 3D vents, a glove box with a knob, a steering column with levers and a steering wheel.
You may notice two different colors on the model pictures. I learned that, with the default settings, in Sketchup there are front faces and rear faces of the planes. The lighter, or white, faces are the front facing planes and the darker, or bluish, colors are the reverse side of the plane. This is important because a printing program can become confused when you have “flipped” triangles in your model and lead to your model being rejected. You can, of course, choose your own color combinations but it is important to know which is the front and rear facing color for your selections.
You can see that I have formed most of the controls on the face of the dashboard along with building the steering column. I decided to add as much detail to the steering wheel as I can. The Toyota symbol and the horn buttons should add a little more realism to the printed model when it is completed.