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    Hi
    I've bee using AutoCad for a while now and while I'm no expert I can do most of what I want, but I'm just about to embark on a new project which I'm not quite sure on scale.
    The aircraft I intended to model has a length of 137ft and wingspan of 140ft. Now I can't build it that big but it will probably be around 5-6ft in length once I settled on the scale I'm going to use. My question is do I draw at its original dimension and scale it in paper space or should I draw it in the size its going to be.

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    You draw it at FULL size in model space. Do not scale it.

    When it comes time to print it create a layout in paper space add your viewport and assign the final scale to the viewport.
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    If your going to build the model with a 5ft wingspan then you should model it as that. Drawing the full size aircraft and trying to scale it later will get you in trouble...

    Draw the model 1:1 not the full size aircraft...

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    hmmm... differing opinions it seems. If you have paper blueprints with full size dimensions, how long will it take you to convert all those dimensions to the scaled version? Me say long time. If it's just out of your head, then do either way.
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    The approach I would take is if you have the dimensional information of the full scale actual aircraft model (or draw) it at full scale. Why make it difficult on yourself to convert the dimensions to your scale.

    When you are done create a second drawing of the original named "Scaledxxx" and apply your scale factor to the objects/geometry.
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    5/140 = .037142857 You really want want to multiple all the dimensions you take by that scale factor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReMark View Post
    5/140 = .037142857 You really want want to multiple all the dimensions you take by that scale factor?
    Who me? Perhaps I misspoke. What I meant to say was to scale the drawing (with the SCALE command).
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    I think it was directed at kencaz's comment
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReMark View Post
    5/140 = .037142857 You really want want to multiple all the dimensions you take by that scale factor?
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    <rereading thread> Ah, yup you are most likely correct, however my clarification stands.
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