Now then, you've completed the introduction! Let's begin using Phun. Our first goal will be to make a block tower.
Let's start by first adding a floor for the tower to stand on. click on the plane tool to select it.
At the bottom of the screen, click and hold the mouse button. Drag it upwards, and try to make a floor. You will see it's hard to get it straight. So to make it perfectly straight, press the shift button while making the plane. This will limit rotation to 15 degree intervals.
The colour of the floor is random, but we can change that later.
To make the building blocks, we use the box tool. So select the box tool, and draw a nice brick-shaped rectangle.
Now stop the simulation, as we will now get to duplicate the brick (we need more bricks!).
To duplicate, hold down the control button (commonly called 'ctrl' on a keyboard), and drag the block with your left mouse button.
Align it right next to the other block. Let's choose to make a row of 4 bricks.
Copy three bricks, and put it on top of the first row:
We should fill up those gaps at the side with a half-sized brick. So copy a brick, put it in position, and select the scale tool. Now click on the brick, and you'll see little handles appearing on the brick. Drag those handles to scale the brick down to fit the gap. Holding down ctrl while doing this helps you making the box exactly half the size.
Select the box tool again, and copy the half-sized brick to fill the other gap.
Lets make a tower now. Select all bricks by using the box tool, and drawing a box around the two rows.
And copy them, put them on top, select them all again, and copy them again! Do that until you reach the height of about 20 bricks.
Now the tower is done, lets start the simulation again! Don't be scared if it wobbles a bit, that happens because the bricks probably weren't aligned 100% correct. It should settle in fairly quickly.
Last modified February 27, 2009 6:42 am