Ya, scale translation surface, ask for it by name. It’s sure to provide you with nice planar panels and lots of flexibility in form making.
I’m getting over my Autodesk University post partum depression by filling in a couple of the blanks I left in my presentations with my fabulous fabulous co-presenters William Lopez-Campo, Robert Manna, and Matt Jezyk (check here, here, and here). This installment in particular pertains to AB4700: You want to model a What?
More to come. If you are impatient for more information on this kind of geometry, check out this paper by Jim Glymph, Dennis Shelden, Cristiano Ceccato, Judith Mussel, and Hans Shober.