Hugh Thomson; Engineer, Artis, and Photographer. St.Andrews, Scotland
My background is in Structural/Mechanical Engineering and Design, though I have been very fortunate in my career to have also worked in the fields of Electronics, Offshore O&G, Architectural, and HVAC. I have a keen interest in historical aircraft designs, particularly the warbirds of the 2 war periods. Through the Smithsonian Institute and various other associations, I obtained copies of some of the original manufacturer’s drawings, which were quite frankly amazing in their detail and complexity.
So naturally aspiring to a challenge I decided to undertake a few projects to develop the original designs using today’s technologies to study the design concepts and mechanisms.
I was an early adopter of CAD systems; in the mid-80s, which was a progression from my experiences on the drawing board. Throughout these many years I have evolved my skills in line with the newer developments in this field, often managing projects as diverse as Pharmaceutical plants to Utility sub stations! Today the emphasis is very much on BIM (Building Information Modelling) for which I have extensive experience and something that easily adapts well to this aircraft design environment.
But my goal is the study of historical aircraft designs and to understand the vision of those that created them; which can only really be appreciated by getting down to the work of recreating the intent of the designer. I am absolutely hopeless at any manual skills like manufacturing, woodwork or the like; just doing basic DIY is a hopeless challenge for me; but I am skilled in the fields of engineering design and CAD (2D, 3D, 4D) development work.
This blog is to share my experiences on this trip; a journal of my endeavors exploring ideas and concepts, the application of 3d cad in this environment and to increase awareness. Hopefully also to inspire others to study the remarkable work of the designers from this era.
Please feel free to comment or drop me a line.