WW2 Fighter By

NOT FOR SALE

I’m trying to model a ww2 fighter plane but stuck at the cockpit. As we know it’s made of metal bars with pieces of glass in between. Just wondering what’s the common method for such models.

Shall I model the metal bars as solid first and add glass planes or is there a way to model them as a whole and then add some sort of transparent textures to it?

Thanks in advance!