To be honest everything looks a bit wonky to me at the moment as I've been burning the midnight oil all week/weekend
Really I'd be the last to criticise Mr yoshikawa's work, it was just a couple of things that looked a bit off - the Rad cap and oil filler, along with the springs Tony mentioned. Maybe this is a result of multiple copy generations or perhaps it's just because I know Elans that it stood out to me - there's always an 'expert' to be picky about anything!
I've only done one cutaway, which was from photographs but I know what you mean about distortion and true ellipses. I recently read an article on Kevin Hulsey's site about correcting ellipses after drawing with a guide, I'd never known or realised that what you get with a guide is technically 'incorrect'. Another instance of 'you never stop learning', which seems to happening a lot with me lately. Mostly as a result of finding this forum. 'Tis a great place indeed.
P.S. I tried my first construction using the sphere technique for finding ellipse angles - worked like a charm! Also used the dividing box method for foreshortening which was almost as successful, I just need to figure out how to transpose it into the vertical plane as my first attempts looked a bit off so I had to revert to my usual method of eyeballing it as the deadline is looming. Which reminds me - need to get on with it!
Sounds pretty understandable. I think that anyone who is really an expert at a particular car will find something amiss, especially in a road car. Most of these covers would have been done with the completed road car, and I can't imagine a lot of panels being removed to assure that all the underpinnings were done accurately. A photo set, as I try to work, makes that much better, I assure you. I would rather have to create 20% that might be hidden rather than try to build 90% of the car as would have been done in the case of that Yoshikawa Elan. I have found myself mismatching springs on a drawing and just not being able to make it look right.
Part of the reason that I like the hot rods is that I can pretty much access everything most of the time. My goal is always to have the guys on a racing team, or the builder of the car come back and say that he can't believe that I even got "that" (whatever that might have been) correct. When I can have those guys doing that, I feel like most folks will be fairly satisfied.
All of this stuff about constructing ellipses seems way overblown to me. The guides, at 5° increments, are pretty close. A little massaging with moving them a bit is enough to make this stuff work unless one really wants to be overly anal about this stuff. Considering that one pretty much has to have Anal as their middle name (just occurred to me that Alan is about as close as one gets ... foreshadowing there???), I think we all want close, but don't make work for yourself.
Use the guides and go down the road. You guys are starting to tire me with this ellipse construction stuff. Besides, what happens when you have a tire and you have to do a series of concentric ellipses? That is really going to be a project.
Stop ... I am getting a headache ...