Ooookay, on to step 3. Cha-cha-cha
Now we place those 3 views into Rhino
First, when you open it, it gives you a choice of measurements. I always choose small objects= inches.
Then go to View>Background Bitmap>Place
Which opens the open window. Go to the folder you saved the three views in, and select one. I always start with the top view.
Click in the viewport labelled "Top" and drag the box to an appropriate size. It doesn't matter what, we'll fix it later.
Do this for all three views, clicking on the appropriate viewport before doing so. One thing I forgot to mention in step 2, is you always want the side view to be the left side of the plane. so do an image flip if necessary. If done right, you should have this:
Now, we need to get everything lined up and scaled to the same size.
First, decide on what the common point in the model will be. In this instance, I chose the very bottom of the fuselage. On complicated aircraft, I usually use the main wheels, if shown.
Go to View>Background Bitmap>Move, and click on this point. Then drag the image up so the crosshairs rest on the red line. then do it again, but center the picture on the green Line. Or in the case of the side view, have the nose touch the green line.
And you should end up with this:
Now to get the three views to the same size.
Go back to View>Background Bitmap>Scale, and click on one of the views. I usually leave the side view as is, and scale the top view to it. In this case using the fuselage as the reference. Just click on the nose, then the tail, and drag until the crosshairs touch the tail of the side view.
Rinse and repeat for the other view, this time using the wing of the front view to resize the front view.
And you should end up with this.
At this point, you want to use a save, so you don't lose the file.
And we're done with Step 3. Step 4 deals with actual drawing. On to the fun stuff