Now that I’ve made some good progress and learned quite a bit on how to properly create objects for 3D printing in SketchUp, I’ve decided to begin working on the next style I’d like to re-create: The Italian Swept Hilt.
Using the Wikimedia page for rapiers, I found some pictures of the style.
Of course this page has the same problem as before, there are no measurements, and not a lot of pictures detailing different angles. So I performed a web search for Italian Swept Hilt replicas which brought me to this review. On there are many pictures from a variety of angles, lots of measurements, but best of all:
As you can see, it looks very similar to the one posted on Wikipedia! This makes it a great base for my SketchUp model.
Looking at this design, and as someone who wants to save time, I immediately look at some of the similarities. And there are quite a few, the cross guard is fairly similar albeit shorter, there is a guard over the hand across from the grip, and there is the round piece over the blade. I was expecting some commonalities between the blades, but it seems like between at least this design and the Spanish Cup Hilt, there seems to be a base that can be worked from.
With the new knowledge of SketchUp I’m armed with, I’m excited to get going on this new hilt.