This mod is not known to work with the latest version of Kerbal Space Program. Proceed with caution.
A plugin for Kerbal Space Program that adds a visual grid tool to hangars
Have you ever been annoyed by ending up with misaligned engines or clubfooted landing gear after spending half-an-hour trying just to guess where to rotate to get them right? This mod adds a grid to SPH and VAB and "laser" guides for an active part to let you clearly see where the things are wrong and quickly align them manually or with hotkeys.
Extract contents of the released archive into your KSP/GameData folder.
While in SPH or VAB press the button to enable the grid. Once there's a root part you'll see the grid with origin bound to the part. If you try to add or edit another one you'll see the red "laser" guides representing all the three axes for it and all of its symmetry counterparts. Now you have all the planes and axes visualized and it's the matter of several clicks to align the things.
Here's a video on why do you need it and how to use it
The guides have distinct colors for each direction. You can easily remember them in the following way:
Once you have rotated a part to approximately face the desired side, use the following hotkeys for autoalign the desired part's axis to be parallel to the closest grid line (regardless of direction):
There are also individual alignment keys for each guide inherited from older versions and thus not as convenient:
When using these keys for alignment (J, N, M), if you are in the part's editing mode (rotation or offset) it is sufficient to just press a key. Otherwise you'll need to move the mouse pointer over the desired part and then press.
You can change the keys by editing HangarGrid.cfg in the mod's folder. Valid values are listed in the file.
Autoalignment of a part desynchronizes it's rotation and position to the current rotation gizmo. So if you press an alignment key while in rotation mode, it is recommended to re-enable the mode by pressing "1" - "3", for example. Otherwise once you touch the gizmo again the part jumps to the gizmo's present position and rotation.
Released on 2019-11-18
Recompiled for KSP 1.8.1
Released on 2016-10-12
KSP 1.2 compatible
Released on 2016-04-20
Released on 2016-03-06
Released on 2016-03-01
Optional update: Added configuration of hotkeys via configuration file
Released on 2016-02-28
Autoalignment of a part desynchronizes it's rotation and position to the current rotation gizmo. So if you press an alignment key while in rotation mode, it is recommended to re-enable the mode by pressing "1" - "3", for example. Otherwise once you touch the gizmo again the part jumps to the gizmo's present position and rotation. Couldn't figure out how to programmatically do that yet.
Released on 2016-02-25
Nothing special changed, just added distinct colors for direction guides
So if you don't need them you may stay with previous version 0.1.2
Released on 2016-02-23
Fixed a bug when multiple Application Launcher buttons appeared
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