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I'm sure this has been asked before, but I can't find much help using Google. I found some old threads on the Foundation 3D forums, but nothing overly helpful. As some people know, I'm new to Lightwave but not new to 3D. So, I started a project yesterday and I'm wondering: what's the best way to cut grid lines into a hull? IE: hull plate separation lines, deflector shield grid lines, whatever you want to call them.
In my former program, (TrueSpace) I had a fairly simple way of laying out cubes and modifying them to fit my needs and then cutting them into the hull. I could certainly do the same here, but I'm thinking there may be a better way to do things. For one thing, Lightwave has better edge tools than TrueSpace does.
So, I know we have some Lightwave users here, how do you guys do it? Or are there any tutorials out there for doing this? Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated, but please Lightwave users only. I don't need "This is how I do it in Program X, you may be able to do the same." I'm new to this software, so I don't know what a number of the tools do, so I don't know if I can adapt something from another program.
Information that may be helpful: I have Lightwave 10.1 and 09.6.1. I'm using 10.1 to build this model though, layout and tool wise, I've not noticed a huge difference between 9.X and 10.X, so I can likely use a 9.X method in 10.1.