3D Model Roundup for Google Earth

Here’s a collection of some of the best 3D Models posted at the GEC – Google Earth Community during the last week or so:

  • Atomium – This is a model of an actual building built for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair which is a ‘unit cell’ of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. You can clearly see the building in the satellite photo in GE, although it looks weird projected flat on the surface. Posted by ‘Gerardo64’ at the GEC.
  • Solar Sail – This model is of a real space ship designed to fly on the Solar Wind (gases in space escaping from the sun). You can read more about it here. The model created by ‘Gerardo64’ at the GEC, read his post for more details.
  • Space Station – This model posted by ‘hwtnv’ at the GEC is the space station from “2001: A Space Odyssey”. He converted it from a 3D model archive located here.
  • International Space Station – This model was posted by ‘jpwade’ at the GEC. It is not accurate to true colors of the station, but I like the idea of making space more colorful.

On a related note, ‘Gerardo64’ posted a nice little tutorial on how to create curved surfaces with Google SketchUp (his example is the bow of a boat). If you want to make your own 3D models, check out the new free Google SketchUp. Also, don’t forget to check out Google’s new 3D Warehouse network link.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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