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Modeling buildings from Google Maps and other online sources

Forum member aksingha asks: I am trying to model a station, but I don't have any map or blueprint. Is there a way to model it using Google Earth / Google Maps?

Forum member CARex, an experienced modeler, answers (edited from forum post):

My routine for almost everything...

1) Google Earth the site, take pic of subject, measure the structure and apply data to pic.
Dimensions are for scaling your model to correct size.

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2) Use Bing Maps, Google Street View, or other sources to obtain decent views of subject, to help you in modeling in 3D.

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3) Gather decent images for photo-shopping into textures that you can apply to your 3D model.

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4) Model the building and apply your textures.

 

 

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