The First Step: Measuring and Recording (May/23/2002)

Displayed T-6G Texan Tail View of T-6G SideView (Starboard)


The painted number, 52-0083 (S/N) and 083 (radio call number) are the originals. NNCT, newly painted on the top of right wing, is the abbreviation for Nara National College of Technology (our college).
Unfortunately, all of its control surfaces, e.g. aileron, are not functioning due to broken wires.
The rear view shows the dihedral angle (It is said that is 5˚41´) and slightly tilted (1˚45´) vertical stabilizer.

Right-Rear (Starboard) View

This view may be helpful for tracing the profile of fuselage and blending the surface between the fuselage and the wing (fairing).
Portside View of T-6

Portside View with Cowling, Fuselage, and Canopy

Students were measuring propeller's profiles for 3D modeling.
"No step" area on the wing is indicated by red lines.

Propeller Hub (Hamilton Standard)

The spinner have had been lost, however, it was a good opportunity to observe the hub of the variable-pitch propeller system. (This explanation is probably incorrect. It is said that the spinner was not installed on the hub at JASDF.)
Radial nine cylinders engine is Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1.
Hamilton Standard (Side) Hamilton Standard (Front) and P & W R-1340-AN-1

Some Bulges

There are some featured bulges for accurate modeling, near the landing gear bay at the base of wing and the controlling rod at the base of horizontal stabilizer. Note that there are two steps for boarding on the portside.

Texan in The Snow

on Jan/29/2003
T-6G in the Snow


Texan was inspected again in order to model in details on Jul/20/2002.

Radial Engine

One of the students found a cut model of P & W R1340 radial engine at Kakamigahara Aerospace Museum at Gifu.
Pratt and Whitney R1340 (cut model)

Other Texan in Japan

Colleague gave me the photograph of Texan (S/N 72-0142) at Kiryu, Gunma (Nov/01/2006).

The Second Step: Modeling (Jun/05/2002-)


One of the students modeled propeller with Rhinoceros based on the real one. The left image is made from his model and ray-traced with POV-Ray by the author.

Full-Model(???) by Students

The first full-modeling based on our real Texan by four students was tried on Jul/04/2002. It seems that the propeller and power unit are nicely modeled. However, wings and fuselage have some cleases and wings has no dihedral angle, so that these are not the same as the real thing. I (author) think that more efforts are required for them to refine this model.
T-6Gs by POV-Ray

Painted Model by Author

The author modeled T-6G, by referring to the 1:48 scaled plastic model by Ocidental rather than the real Texan.
The image on the upper left was created with standard rendering engine on Rhinoceros. The propeller unit modeled by a student was used on this rendered image.
The middle image was created by ray-tracing with POV-Ray using the polygon-meshes exported from Rhinoceros. Texan in this side was painted with our color scheme (see the top of this page) and behind one was painted with typical trainer color.
The bottom image was rasterized drawing, that was exported as .dwg (AutoCAD format) file with Make2D_drawing command on Rhino and was imported to Adobe Illustrator. Some rivets and panel lines were added on Illustrator (not in the 3D-model).

Current Status (Mar/2004)

T-6G of JASDF by Rhino and Flamingo T-6 of USAF

Ray-Traced by Flamingo

The constructed 3D-model on Rhino is now ray-traced by Flamingo plug-in rather than POV-Ray.
The left images were built with panel lines by bump decals and with marking by decals.
The aircraft applied the second scheme (of the All-Weather Flying Center) is not really a T-6G, but an AT-6D.
Harvard of RAF by Rhino/Flamingo/Photoshop

Post-Processed Image

The left and below images were ray-traced with Flamingo plug-in and filtered with Photoshop. This color scheme was based on RAF, post-war style (SE means 'single engine'). Reused 3D-model of T-6G is slightly differed from the real Harvard Mark II A.

(avi, 3.49MB)

Movie with 3ds MAX 8

The left movie (avi, 3.49MB) was with 3ds Studio MAX 8.