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I noticed that there wasn't a 3D model available for a particular location on Google Earth. I know how this building looks, so how would I contribute by making a model of it?

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Building Maker is a great tool, but only available in a limited set of areas. However, you can download Google SketchUp to make any 3D models, including buildings for Google Earth. You'll need to upload geo-located models to the 3D Warehouse for review and publishing. See the geo-modeling section of SketchUp's Help Center.

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You may want to check out:

Building Maker is a 3D modeling tool for adding buildings to Google Earth. It's fun to use, and an easy way to get on the 3D map. Here's how it works:

  • Select a city from around the world.
  • Make a building with photos we provide.
  • Save your building and it will be reviewed.
  • See your 3D building in Google Earth!
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Three basic options:

  1. Use building maker and do it yourself (learning curve, lower quality model)
  2. Use Sketchup and do it yourself (bigger learning curve, high quality model)
  3. Get a 3D buildings service to do it for you (costs money but no hassle)
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