Recently we acquired a very rare WW2 vintage torpedo motor from Deeper Dorset‘s very own Grahame Knott. The motor is unusual; instead of the typical 4-cylinder radial configuration this example is an experimental 2-stroke 8-cylinder radial engine. As far as we know the engine was never put into production, but there are a few documents waiting at Kew for a deeper read into the history of this beast.
The plan is to restore this engine and to hear it run again. This is no easy task. Whilst the engine is complete the ancillary equipment appears to be missing, with possibly just one of a pair of fuel pumps remaining. But before we start pulling it apart, the first step is to create a 3D model of it:
The model will serve as a great reference for when its time for reassembly.
For a while its been possible to have more than a single orthophoto in Agisoft Photoscan Pro. Sites like the P-47-D crash site really only need a single orthophoto so using this feature was not really necessary. But the radial torpedo engine does, and this is how:
- Create the model, scale and reference as needed.
- As the model has no GIS, we use planar type of orthomosaic:
Planar types have several methods to set the view required. Having aligned the model on screen “Current View” is a quick option.
- With the first orthomosaic created, select it and then on right mouse click – Duplicate.
- This creates a second copy. It can be handy to start to give the orthomosaics relevant names.
- The copied orthomosaic becomes the Default. The next step will discard this copy, but do not panic when it disappears.
- Orientate the model to a different view and then run through the steps to create an orthomosaic.
- Repeat the copy/rename/orientate steps as required.
Instead of deleting the single and default orthomosaic Photoscan Pro will append the new examples:
Detail for Reassembly
When it comes to putting the motor back together the resulting orthophotos will be printed and hung on the garage wall. These will serve as a reminder as to where all the bits go – far better than memory alone can.
This is a great tool for not only creating a record of the motor before restoration but will act as a guide for reassembly when ready. It saves taking and cataloging images as it comes apart, or (worse still) trying to figure out where parts went.