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I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:52 am

"As real as it gets": Google Earth, I love you! Just an experiment, but it shows you what can be done! I just zoomed into Brussels Airport, selected a portion of the runway, saved the image to my hard drive and printed it on good photo-quality paper. Must say I am quite pleased with the results. Smile







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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:16 am

WOW! That is excellant. The lighting is fantastic. Great thinking!
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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Sun Sep 16, 2007 2:59 am

What scale is that? I would love to do that for my airport. Could you help me figure out how to do it?

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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Sun Sep 16, 2007 3:53 am

Quoting AA388 (Reply 2):
What scale is that? I would love to do that for my airport. Could you help me figure out how to do it?

Thanks for asking! The aircraft models in the pics are in the 1:1000 scale, so they are fairly small (and therefore the airport mat as well). I think it will work best using small models. (Maybe also scale 1:500? But I haven't tried this scale yet). Basically just select an airport of your liking in Google Earth, zoom in as close as possible to the section of the airport you want to copy, and save it to your hard drive (using the Prt Scrn button; copy, paste).

Important: In Google Earth, make sure that your Terrain Quality is set to the highest quality: In Google Earth, click Tools > Options > 3D View to change the quality settings.

You will need to crop your saved picture afterwards using your photo-editing software. Also make sure your printer is set to print photo-quality prints. And only use photo-quality paper for best results (very important!) I have only tried this once, but I think it is best just to play around until you get it right! Just keep on experimenting. As I did! Smile
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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Sun Sep 16, 2007 4:54 am

Do you think I could make part of an airport scale 1:400?

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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Sun Sep 16, 2007 5:48 am

Quoting AA388 (Reply 4):
Do you think I could make part of an airport scale 1:400?

I'm sure you could. I have done something for you here. Click on the image below, it is a portion of the airport in the 1:400 scale. A larger image will open in another window. Now click on the larger image again and again untill the full scale image displays (1024 x 682). Right-click on the final image and save it to your hard drive. Now you can print it, please try it and let me know!



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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:12 am

Google Earth 3D settings: Also ensure that in Overview Map, map size is set to Large, and Zoom Relation to 1:infinity.

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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:26 am

It didnt go up to the resolution you said it would and it came out looking very small.

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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:38 pm

Quoting AA388 (Reply 7):
it came out looking very small

Your printer settings (page layout) must be set to poster printing (4 pages). My apologies! blush 

I have actually printed the airport mat in the 1:400 scale this morning and it does not look too bad. The resolution not quite 100% but maybe a little photoshopping might help, sharpening etc. I just cut off the edges and pasted the 4 pages together. I also have a few 1:400 planes which I've used in the following pics. I have even used my 1:200 scale models (last two pics right at the bottom).













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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:52 pm

Ok I did it and it doesnt look to bad. Is there any way I can get you to find a large part of an airport for me? I would need it to fit on my table which isnt huge. I might have to do the mat in 1:450.

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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:56 am

Quoting AA388 (Reply 9):
Is there any way I can get you to find a large part of an airport for me? I would need it to fit on my table which isnt huge.

Sure, no problem! Just give me a day or two. How big is your table (length, width?).
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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:07 am

Do you want it in inches?

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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:47 am

Quoting AA388 (Reply 11):
Do you want it in inches?

Inches is fine.
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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Tue Sep 18, 2007 2:05 pm

If anyone wants a large airport with high resolution, TPA would be a good choice. It just got new imagery with very high resolution:


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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:28 pm

36 inch wide and 83.5 long.

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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:27 am

Quoting Jogales (Reply 13):
If anyone wants a large airport with high resolution, TPA would be a good choice.

And TPA it is! The airport has an excellent resolution. (Thanks Jogales!) AA388, your airport is now ready for download. I hope you like it, I really tried my best.

This is what your display mat will look like:



There are 24 mats in total, all numbered in sequence. Arrange them in the order as shown here. Do not set your printer to "poster printing", as mentioned in one of my earlier posts. The mat will then print way too large, more like scale 1:200. Keep it one mat per page, but try to set your printer to print using the maximum printable area per sheet (minimizing margins). I have printed one sheet as a test, and it really looks good. It was quite difficult to get the scale right and I would say that this mat is more suitable for 1:500 scale models, but I've tried it with some my 1:400 models and it still looks OK.



And here are the mats to download:

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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:27 am

Thank you. I will post pics after i get a chance to set it up. Now i need to find where to park my 777-300ER 777-200ER and A340-600.


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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:50 am

I have added additional mats for you to park your planes. Use the same sequence as mentioned above. This will form the 5th row.



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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:09 am

Umfolozi,

I predict you will be one of the most popular A.net members in 3....2....1....

Very cool and nicely done!
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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:15 am

Will it still fit on my table? I hope to try this out this weekend.

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RE: I Printed My Own Super-Realistic Airport Mat (pix)

Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:57 am

I'd love to do one of PIT. We have a huge airfield though. Would take an entire room to do 1:400 scale.
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