The next part of the tank we are building is the main turret. It is pretty simple but it uses tools in ways not often done. The turret is built in two pieces – an upper and a lower half.
The first step is the create a relief using the bevel tool, but we’ll do it with a twist. That is to use the limit to height tool which effectively flattens the top with a nice bevel around the edge.
The gun barrel mounts to the front of the turret and so we needed to build a box on the front. This is done as a separate relief. I made this 0.8″ tall – just like each half of the turret.
The two halves of the turret then got a round modification by using the ADD TO RELIEF command using the two circles as masks. These reliefs were created separately and then merged highest with their respective halves of the turret. The large circle is the top portion. We’ll build a hatch onto it shortly.