4D Maokong Gondola Revival!

I have ever created a model of a cable system called the Maokong Gondola in 2007. I not only modeled the Maokong Gondola GE File, but also created a time animation showing it in use. GEB had been reported this event.

It’s more than nine years, although the Mokong Gondola has been operating very stable, but with the evolution of Google Earth’s features, my work can not work any more. All you can see just left leaning barren, some still buried in the ground. I had thought to use the “Tour” funtion to create a new work. In previous years I have no idea, until the end of last year, I made a “Ascending Mt Xue Tour“, which is six routes while moving, the Maokong Gondola has 147 cable cars, the moving logic is the same.

It’s a big project, because all the models: stations, poles, cabins have to be created, especially difficult it is that I have to manually fine-tune the position of the cable to fit with track pillars, and it took a lot of time, when the hardware is ready, the next step is to write the program to generate “Tour” kml, to let all cabins to move along the track synchronously.

Finally, I have to plan a flight route to navigate through the cable system. This tour starts from above Taipei fly to ground, In addition, because the current Google Earth satellite imagery is photoed in 2006, at the same time the cable system were just under construction, all the material of the models I made are taken from the current imagery (2016), so it is necessary to use current imagery to let the models dissolved in background, but when you looked down at high altitude, you will see the ground covered by different periods imagery at different place, it is inappropriate, so at begining, I use the current google earth imagery, and when flying to the ground the imagery are switched to the current imagery.

At the end of the flight, I would view Taipei 101 as background, zoom in, and then moved to the position of the sunset, then it have to use the sun mode.

In addition you can watch the youtube above, you can download this KMZ file, and operate in Google Earth.

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