Land Rover Defender Dashboard part 5

I wanted to start on the right side of the dashboard because it didn’t have the dash gauges and steering setup.  I figured that it would be easier to create as there are less overall curves and just basic shaping to worry about.  The first thing I did was draw an outline on the outer side of the right dashboard section.  The next thing was to fill the entire model so we are starting with a solid shape, along with cleaning up the ugly bits.  After doing this we use the push/pull tool to take the shape straight across to the center portion.  When we carry the front face all the way across we will end up with an open side due to the other lines that existed from before.  We close that up and carry on.  This is a quick way for us to create a basic shape to work with.

We have the front part with the shape we want.  We need to carry the rear portion across to make sure we only have the 1.2mm thickness we want.

The middle section is a large handle for the passenger.  This part has diverging angles at different heights.  The lower section has a tray with a middle that is recessed in the middle.  This recess goes up into the handle.  The handle angles downward on the front portion towards the lower tray.  The front of the handle comes out to almost the frontal area of the center dash.  The handle has two large screws to mount it to the dashboard.  For this model the client didn’t want to have those shown.  When we use the push/pull tool on the front and push the specific areas into the back we will be pushing through the existing rear.  We add more lines to clean that up and create a solid object again.

With this outer shape completed we can then begin to work on the various parts of this side.  The Top portion of this side goes in and had two angled supports towards the outer edges.  Let’s add those in.

Let’s put this together with the center section and see where everything fits so far.

We can see that we will be adding more lower pieces to the center section so that it will match the lower part of the right side.  We can also assume that this will be the same on the left side.  When we complete this side we will be duplicating it on the left side as a starting piece as we will have already done a lot of the shaping work.  As I look at the right side of the model it appears that it is too wide or not right in dimension.  On closer inspection I realized that we are missing an outer section which, one could call an end-cap.  We will be adding these end pieces to both sides in the next installement.

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Christopher lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden where he enjoys his passion for radio controlled vehicles. He spends his spare time working on various projects involving scale RC trucks and 3D modeling.

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