The CAD class recorded here was held in January & February 2009. This is a class on how to design a scale model airplane in CAD, using 3-view drawings as a starting point. The concepts covered are applicable to designing any model airplane. The course consists of approximately 10 hours of instruction.


The class is based on TurboCAD Designer 15 . This is an inexpensive CAD program which has all the features needed for basic model airplane design. Earlier versions of TurboCAD are usable, though the features and interfaces may be slightly different from what you see in the class. Later versions may have additional features not seen in version 15.


The first part of the class (CAD 101) was held in two sections. This was done because there were too many people for a good interactive session. We ended up with about 5-6 people per section. CAD 102 was the follow-on class. We had only one section of that because not everyone from CAD 101 went on to take CAD 102.

The main difference between Section 1 and Section 2 was the subject chosen. Since we had two groups, each was allowed to choose a subject aircraft. Section 1 chose the Klemm 35, section 2 chose the Aichi D4Y "Judy". The content of the two sections was more or less the same. The presentation was a bit smoother at times in section 2, since I learned a few lessons in Section 1 that were applied in section 2.

WebEx Recording Players

The class was held and recorded using WebEx, the excellent web based meeting tool by Cisco Systems. You should check the WebEx website for the latest info, but this link works as of February 2019. The files are in ARF format. The player allows you to pause and skip any time you like.

If the link above doesn't work, try Googling: "webex arf player" and that should get you to the right place.

Further Info

There is a Google Group for exchanging information among class members. The original "live" participants are still on this group and many would be interested to hear from others who are learning CAD model airplane design.