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Mar 11 2012

New 3D Model for Google Earth: Binny’s Beverage Depot in Champaign

The latest 3D digital model that I created has gone live in Google Earth (and in their 3D map view, available with the Google Earth plugin for Mac & Windows users). Here’s a screenshot of the model from Google Earth:

Google Earth screen capture of Binny's Beverage Depot in Champaign

This model represents Binny’s Beverage Depot‘s newest location, in Champaign, Illinois. I still haven’t been inside to shop yet, but I did manage to snap a series of photographs to help me model their building.

The location was formerly the home of Border’s book store, and with their departure, Binny’s found a very nice building and location to expand their service areas. I wish them good fortune while doing business here in Chambana.

The model itself was not as complicated as I first thought it might be. Details like the ceiling of the front portico are included, but not readily visible unless you choose to look very closely. Not all of the storefront’s windows are exactly as depicted: I cloned one of them for a few spots that weren’t normally seen together.

Now I’ll move on to one of the other models that I still have unfinished on my hard drive. Next up might by the City Building in Champaign. I’ve got most of the structure completed, but the images that I’m using for texturing the surfaces need more work.

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