Jun 152014

Somewhere over a year ago, I was contacted by someone making some period-accurate blueprints (I forget the exact project, though), meant to replicate the look of something from the American aerospace industry in the 1940’s-50’s. I gathered together a bunch of my scanned blueprints from the era and put together a collection of the title blocks. These are the small grids often visible in the lower righthand corner of blueprints that give all the pertinent  info about the drawing. The title blocks not only vary considerably from company to company, but from year to year, division to division, even from one drawing to the next and one draftsman to the next. Sometimes the title blocks were drawn in by the draftsman, sometimes they were printed in advance on the drafting paper, sometimes they were pre-printed “stickers.”

Because someone else might have use for ’em… here ya go, the first of the bunch. This is from a 1944 Bell Aircraft layout diagram of the Model 40 jet fighter, which became the XP-83 (the whole diagram is available as Air Drawing 59 HERE).

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 Posted by at 3:22 am
  • se jones

    Oh god, the burr under the saddle of engineers everywhere. That thing in the lower right corner for managers and government “standards officers” who don’t actually know crap about engineering, to nit-pick and agonize over – endlessly.
    And hey, if all you have is a 1940s era teletype to communicate with, by all means, USE ALL CAPS, GO AHEAD KNOCK YOURSELF OUT. Otherwise, it’s Hz not HZ.
    Finally, SolidWorks 2014 has a built-in “change case” tool so you don’t have to copy and paste through Word constantly.
    Oh and for all the electrical primadonna engineers out there…yeah don’t ever bother with those annoying little “where used” and “next level assembly” or scale or real-life tolerances, you’re above all that. Why waste of your precious time?