Learn to use TurboCAD | $16.95 Video Training

TurboCAD training CDs

TurboCAD training formerly provided via CDs, now sent via e-mail

TurboCAD is a powerful and easy to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software program that is ideally suited for drawing model airplane plans. You can learn to use TurboCAD. This is a fully achievable objective. Note that I use TurboCAD to draw all of the model airplane plans discussed on this site.

Yard Ace electric powered RC model airplane on a fly by

Yard Ace plans were prepared in TurboCAD

From humble beginnings in the mid-1980s, TurboCAD drafting software has rapidly grown to become one of the most popular and easy to use CAD programs available anywhere.

CAD software is frequently misunderstood. The average computer user has word processing and spreadsheet software but usually shies away from the perceived complexity of drafting programs. The question in front of a CAD program is always “How can I best learn how to make these types of drawing programs work?”

I have used an assortment of CAD programs since 1998, to include ModelCAD, AutoCAD LT, QuickCAD and Drawing Board. In my experience TurboCAD drafting software is by far the easiest and most capable consumer CAD program available to learn and gain proficient with.

Detail of Electro Aviator nose section drawn with TurboCAD

Detail of Electro Aviator nose section drawn with TurboCAD

TurboCAD is optimized for the home user, yet incorporates powerful features for the most sophisticated design and drawing projects. Best of all, TurboCAD is priced right for anyone’s budget.

Perhaps the most attractive feature of TurboCAD remains its ease of use. The TurboCAD computer screen displays an intuitive user interface with the display of shortcut buttons combined with normal pull down menus. A unique “Inspector Bar” provides convenient prompts for the next drawing action required.

There are two key items that should be kept in mind as you learn to use TurboCAD. The first is to focus solely on the 2D (two dimension) drawing features of the program. All paper model plans are printed out in a 2D format. In other words do not worry about learning the challenging 3D drawing procedures at this time.



The second item is that you only need to know and be able to use about 20% of TurboCAD’s drawing tools to complete a set of model aircraft plans. Many of the more advanced 2D drawing tools and concepts are simply not needed for drawing a standard plan.

There are some key insights that will greatly shorten your learning time for mastering TurboCAD. Once you see these challenges explained and demonstrated, the path to becoming comfortable and proficient with TurboCAD falls quickly into place.

To meet this training goal, I created 12 video lessons on TurboCAD training that are available for $16.95 plus shipping and handling. These lessons contain over 2 hours and 50 minutes of narrated video tutorials that will take you step-by-step through a complete design and drawing of a model airplane plan using TurboCAD. PayPal information below:

TurboCAD Video Training CDs

I demonstrate all of the drawing actions needed to go from a clean sheet of paper to a finished model airplane design. I call this new plane the “Snapper.” The training is tailored to those aspects of TurboCAD needed to draw a model airplane plan.

Note that you DO NOT need the TurboCAD drafting program on your computer to view these video tutorials. The video lessons are viewed with the free Windows Media Player program.

I cover the basic layout of the TurboCAD user interface, the convenience of floating toolbars and how to use the line, curve and circle tools. I demonstrate employment of grid, snaps and trim for drawing precision, and show the powerful features of the mirror command.

Fokker Spin CAD plans

Spin CAD plans

The Mirror Command is a great example of the tremendous power and time savings that come with using a CAD program. With the mirror tool, you draw one half of a wing, fuselage or tail, and quickly make a “mirror copy” for the second half.

Thus for drawing anything symmetrical, such as the wing, you need to draw just one wing. The Mirror Command instantly prepares an exact duplicate, but in a “mirror” or reverse image copy for the right wing.

The lesson on the Mirror Command is helpful as it is not intuitive to use the Snap command on a dummy rotation line to correctly employ the precision of the mirror function.


The TurboCAD video training lessons include:

Lesson 1 – Introduction to TurboCAD

Lesson 2 – Using the TurboCAD tools

Lesson 3 – Prepare the Snapper frame

Lesson 4 – Draw the Snapper wing

Lesson 5 – Draw the Snapper wing ribs

Lesson 6 – Complete the Snapper wing

Lesson 7 – Draw the Snapper fuselage

Lesson 8 – Finish the Snapper fuselage

Lesson 9 – Draw the Snapper tail surfaces

Lesson 10 – Draw the Snapper landing gear

Lesson 11 – Add leaders and text to the Snapper plan

Lesson 12 – Bonus materials on using TurboCAD for RC plane plans

The Snapper plan is included on the CD in three formats: TCW (TurboCAD), DWG (AutoCAD native format) and PDF. Feel free to print out the Snapper plan make a version of this three channel sport flyer for yourself. Or, with the skills learned on using TurboCAD, made a modification to your version of the Snapper!  You can see another example of a TurboCAD plan with the Yard Ace here.

Following are some notes sent to me from satisfied users of my TurboCAD training CDs. Best of luck as you learn to use TurboCAD to draw plans for your own model aircraft designs!


Tx for the fast shipment. Your CDs are great and save lots of time learning TurboCAD. I also own AutoCAD-14 with all the extensions, but I use it so infrequently that I have to ‘retrain’ myself every time I open it.

Thanks again – you have a great product (and price).

Craig K.



I received your CD’s in just 3 days. I have made it through lesson 4 and have already learned more than anything else I have read. Most instruction I have seen or read only tells what the tool does, not “how to actually apply it”.

Mike D.


Thanks Gordon,

I got the file down loaded to my hard drive and watched some of disc one – fantastic!

Again, Thanks

John P.


Thanks Gordon,

I’ve always wanted to build something from scratch, but I am not an engineer and have zero CAD experience. From the YouTube videos, these CD’s are just what I need to get started. I look forward to learning from them.

All the best,

Jeff S., Ph.D.



I really appreciate your support and quick response. I find your tutorials very helpful and they are giving me a tremendous boost in knowledge of CAD.



Hi Gordon,

I have to say I am really surprised at how great your training CD’s are, excellent job with explaining how Turbocad works and going though each step. Really drives home how to use it. This is the best money I’ve spent on a product in a long time. Great job.

Peter H.



Received the discs and previewed several lessons. Very cool.

Learned quite a bit already.


Brian R.



I received the TurboCad disks yesterday and they do not disappoint. I was able to unzip them without a problem and can watch them on my PC.

Jim N.


Gordon; just a note to let you know the CDs arrived OK -this is really some fun stuff!!– thanks — Frank


Hey Gordon,

I received the disc’s yesterday and started to use them today. Gee, you need to get a job with the manufacturers of TurboCad. So far you are making it too easy.


Jon H.


Author:  Gordon McKay