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  1. New York City

    After taking a look at historic New York City - we'll take a look at this incredible city in the modern day. The Statue of Liberty is one of New York City's most iconic landmarks - originally bronze when it was completed in 1886, it turned green over the years due to oxidation and has greeted millions of immigrants coming into the United States. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the city's most famous landmarks - at the time of its opening in 1883, it was the world's longest suspension bridge and quickly became known across the globe. Lower Manhattan boasts some of the world's most incredible skyscrapers. In the early 1900s, Art Deco high rises like the incredible Woolworth Building dominated the skyline, and the entire area quickly became an important financial and business hub. Today, Lower Manhattan continues to grow upwards with buildings like the World Trade Center complex after the original twin towers fell on September 11th, 2001. Snowy days can be quite stunning in New York City - especially among the high rises of Midtown Manhattan. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of the city's most unique and beautiful buildings - designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, it's been a popular attraction since its opening in 1959. Since its opening in 1857, Central Park has been an oasis in the heart of the city and one of its most popular destinations. The United Nations Headquarters was completed in 1952 by architects Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier. The complex has served as the official world headquarters of the UN ever since. Madison Square Garden is one of New York City's most famous venues - from professional basketball, hockey, boxing, concerts, and more - there's always something going on here. The Empire State Building was opened in 1931 - standing 1,250 feet tall, it has remained an icon of the city ever since and is particularly striking at night. A mosaic of Midtown Manhattan at night - one of the world's most awe-inspiring skylines. Thanks once again to everyone for your support throughout the course of 2017! Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "Historic New York City" Thanks @SimRico, @9gruntsand1hammer, @Urban Constanta, @matias93, @art128, @RobertLM78, @Tyberius06, @simmaster07, @Odainsaker, @kingofsimcity, @nRVOUS, @gviper, @bobolee,@Probidence, @redfox85, @CorinaMarie, @JP Schriefer, @Fargo, @Silur, @tonyr, @scotttbarry, @bladeberkman, @PaulSawyer, @gigius76, @jakis, @Manuel-ito, @ESP15, @Toby Ferrian, @Handyman, @Elenphor, @mike_oxlong, @aegian, @Finnbhennach, @The British Sausage, @Akallan, @Jonas_Chaves, @RandyE, @kim026, @raynev1, @Tonraq, @Ling Ziming, & @rathefalcon for all the likes!
  2. Historic New York City

    For my last two updates of the year, we're taking a look at one of the world's greatest cities - New York City, in the past and in the present. Today, we're going back in time once again - to take a look at historic New York City, primarily in Midtown Manhattan. Pretty much all the pictures will be set in 1935 - but I went even further back with a few. We'll begin with a look at one of the city's most iconic landmarks - the Statue of Liberty. Opening in 1886, it was originally a stunning bronze color like depicted - but as oxidation set in over the years, it transformed into its trademark green by the 1920s. The Plaza Hotel is another one of New York City's most iconic structures - since its completion in 1907, its been one of the city's most opulent and extravagant hotels. Horse drawn carriages were the primary way to get around when it was first completed and they were a common sight on the streets. The Chrysler Building was opened in 1930 and is one of the city's most beautiful Art Deco skyscrapers. For a brief period of time, it was the world's tallest building - only to be surpassed by the Empire State Building a few years later. The stunning Empire State Building was world's tallest building from 1931 to 1970 - and to this day it remains one of the world's most iconic skyscrapers. It's one of the city's Art Deco masterpieces. The Sherry-Netherland is another one of New York City's Art Deco gems. Opening in 1927, it rises 560 feet over Central Park and is one of the city's most beautiful hotels. Grand Central Terminal was opened in 1871 and has been one of the city's most crowded transportation hubs ever since. Bryant Park dates back to 1847 and has been one of the city's most popular spots ever since. The surrounding New York Public Library was added in 1895 and is currently the world's fourth largest library. The buildings of the Rockefeller Center were completed in the 1930s and are another fine example of the city's Art Deco style during this period. The stunning Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was completed in 1931 and was the world's tallest hotel for over 30 years. The nearby Chanin Building was opened in 1929 and was widely known for its beautiful brick and terra-cotta facade. The Helmsley Building is another one of the city's most recognizable buildings during this period - and is known for the road running directly through it. Times Square has long been one of the city's most crowded and popular destinations - and is surrounded by beautiful buildings like the One Times Square Building. The Brooklyn Bridge is another one of the city's most recognizable landmarks - first opening back in 1883, it finally gave the people of the city a way to cross the river without using the ferry. New York City used to have one of the country's most extensive el-rail lines - throughout the early 1900s they were widely used, but soon fell into disuse and were eventually torn down. A couple of snowy and rainy days in New York City. Some more assorted views of Manhattan. A few more nighttime views from across the city. One of the many beautiful parks that dot the city - Madison Square Park. Located in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park dates back to 1857 and has been an urban oasis ever since. An overview of stunning Central Park. Finally, a few overviews of Midtown Manhattan in all its glory. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "Mosaics & Bonus Pictures" Thanks to @RobertLM78, @CorinaMarie, @Tyberius06, @Handyman, @SimRico, @Haljackey, @kingofsimcity, @RandyE, @redfox85, @tariely, @Manuel-ito, @scotttbarry, @Silur, @jakis, @Krasner, @art128, @PaulSawyer, @The British Sausage, @Dgmc2013, @Toby Ferrian, @Tonraq, @Ling Ziming, @mike_oxlong, @raynev1, @mrsmartman, @_Michael, @bobolee, @bladeberkman, @Odainsaker, @Oerk, @Simmer2, @Maloskero, @SC4L0ver, @Akallan, @9gruntsand1hammer, @Jonas_Chaves, @Don_Pato, @GoKingsGo, & @rathefalcon for all the likes!
  3. Mosaics & Bonus Pictures

    Mosaics & Bonus Pictures A collection of some of my favorite buildings and cities from across the globe that didn't make it into other updates this year - enjoy! The Grand Canal Venice, Italy Commerzbank Tower Frankfurt, Germany Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai, China Tokyo Skytree Tokyo, Japan Transamerica Pyramid San Francisco, California, USA Downtown Chicago And finally, a couple more mosaics and panoramas from Sydney. Every New Year's Eve, Sydney is home to one of the world's most amazing fireworks displays. Its truly a sight to behold. Note: As with a number of my other updates, lots of custom models had to be imported into the game from various sites like 3d warehouse. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Canada" Thanks to @redfox85, @Toby Ferrian, @matias93, @Manuel-ito, @Dgmc2013, @Fantozzi, @SC4L0ver, @bladeberkman, @art128, @PaulSawyer, @bobolee, @Tonraq, @Ducio, @scotttbarry, @CorinaMarie, @RobertLM78, @Handyman, @raynev1, @Haljackey, @mike_oxlong, @RandyE, @jakis, @Ling Ziming, @mrsmartman, @MAW, @_Michael, @kingofsimcity, @Simmer2, @Silur, @MandelSoft, @Tyberius06, @Finnbhennach, @juliok92012, @JP Schriefer, & @Oerk for all the likes!
  4. Canada

    After taking a look at Toronto, today we'll be touring the rest of Canada, another one of the world's most beautiful countries. Our tour starts off on the Eastern shores, in the Newfoundland province. The small town of Red Island Harbour is quite picturesque - and the locals here make their living off some of the richest fishing grounds in the world, the Grand Banks. Wintertime can be quite beautiful - if you're lucky, you might get to see a unique wonder that rarely occurs across the globe: pancake ice. We travel south to Nova Scotia - where lighthouses dot the coastlines. One of the most famous ones is Peggy's Point Lighthouse - built in 1868, it's one of the areas most famous landmarks and one of Canada's most photographed lighthouses. Our next stop is Quebec City. Located on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec's capital is one of the most historic cities in all of Canada, and in fact is the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist. It's most famous landmark however is the stunning Château Frontenac - built in 1893, this grand hotel is one of Canada's most spectacular buildings. Not too far away is Montréal, the most populous city in Canada's Quebec province and the second largest city in the country. After Paris, it's the largest primarily French-speaking city in the world. Since it's founding as a small colony on Montréal Island back in 1642, it's transformed into an international metropolis ever since. Our next destination is the capital of Canada - Ottawa. The centerpiece of the city is Parliament Hill, an impressive collection of buildings which house the Parliament of Canada. Our next stop will be on Canada's southern border with the United States - where we'll get to see one of Canada's most amazing natural wonders, Horseshoe Falls. At night, these famous falls are illuminated in a rainbow of colors, turning the whole area into a spectacular light show. We travel into Manitoba where we'll take a look at it's largest city and capital - Winnipeg. Known as the "Gateway to the West", the city is a railway and transportation hub and has a vibrant downtown area. Canada's great prairies are superb for farming - and have made Saskatchewan known as the breadbasket of Canada. Small rural farms like this one can be seen virtually everywhere. We head into Alberta, stopping in the "Gateway to the North" - Edmonton. This city of nearly 1 million is home to one of North America's northernmost skylines, filled with highrises like the 441 ft tall ATB Place (formerly known as the Telus Plaza). Our next stop will be in Northern Alberta - in the city of Fort McMurray. Due to its location near valuable oil sands, massive industrial complexes have sprung up and smokestacks can be seen for miles around. We head north, venturing into the Arctic - visiting the capital of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife. Located on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake, it's the only city for hundreds of miles around - and wintertime can be especially brutal here. The YK Centre sign has been an icon in the city for decades, tracking the frigid temperatures. With temps reaching as low as -51 C - make sure you dress warmly! As we travel further north into Nunavut, the temperatures drop even further - the local Inuit hunters who live here make igloos their home, and have done so for thousands of years. They do a great job of shielding them from the elements - and from the occasional nosy polar bear, too... Iqaluit is Nunavut's capital - its a city filled with simple yet beautiful architecture. Colorful houses and unique structures like the igloo-shaped St. Jude's Cathedral make this city of 7,700 people stand out. Iqaluit's name literally means "many fishes" - and has long been a prominent fishing location, but stocks have been declining in recent years. We travel back south, and along the shores of Great Bear Lake is where we'll see one of Canada's most awe-inspiring sights - the Northern Lights. Also known as Aurora borealis, these colorful lights in the sky are the result of electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. Our last stop in the Arctic is the Mackenzie River delta - where we'll get to see one of Canada's most unique natural wonders, the Pingo. These mounds of soil are filled with a core of expanding ice and usually a small pool of water at the top - and when the ice melts, the pingo collapses. Their name originates from Inuvialuktun word for "small hill" - and can reach huge diameters, sometimes as many 2,000 feet wide. Our next stop is Calgary - the largest city in Alberta and home of the Calgary Stampede. The city's skyline has seen expansive growth in recent years - giving it one of the most impressive skylines in all of Canada. The towers of Eigth Avenue Place (completed in 2011 and 2014) rise above the city - they're some of Canada's most spectacular skyscrapers. For those wanting to get away from it all, there's no better place than the Canadian Rockies. Stunning lakes like Moraine Lake are nestled between pristine forests and towering peaks - and their turquoise color (caused by glacial flour) is truly mesmerizing. We make our way to Canada's western coast, stopping to take a look at some of the totem poles that dot the shorelines. The ones here at Stanley Park in Vancouver are one of the country's most visited tourist attractions, and are one of the most recognizable cultural symbols of Western Canada. Our last stop in Western Canada will be Vancouver's downtown - it's one of Canada's best, filled with sleek and modern buildings like the Bentall Centre. Despite a little rain, it's truly one of Canada's most beautiful cities. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "New Zealand" Thanks to @Handyman, @Dgmc2013, @PaulSawyer, @Edvarz, @redfox85, @CorinaMarie, @JP Schriefer, @_Michael, @Jonas_Chaves, @BruceTedder, @Urban Constanta, @RobertLM78, @bobolee, @bladeberkman, @Odainsaker, @art128, @The British Sausage, @scotttbarry, @RandyE, @Manuel-ito, @Toby Ferrian, @jakis, @Bastet69008, @mrsmartman, @Elenphor, @raynev1, @nRVOUS, @Ling Ziming, @Tonraq, @Finnbhennach, @Tyberius06, & @Oerk for all the likes!
  5. New Zealand

    Today we'll be taking a look at one of the world's most beautiful countries - New Zealand. With geysers, mountains, fjords, and waterfalls dotting the landscape - along with some of the of the world's most beautiful cities - any trip here is truly unforgettable. We'll start off in the countryside on the South Island - with the sheep population outnumbering people 7 to 1 - expect to see sheep and plenty of them for as far as the eye can see. You may get stuck in a traffic jam or two here as well.. New Zealand is a land of incredible natural wonders, and one of its most beautiful destinations can be found deep in Fiordland National Park. Cascading 1,904 feet from Lake Quill, there's really no other place on Earth like the incredible Sutherland Falls. Further north in Fiordland National Park is another one of New Zealand's wonders - Milford Sound. This incredibly grand fiord is a natural treasure, with towering peaks and pristine forests surrounding its shores. Not surprisingly, the fiord is a popular cruise ship destination as well. Our last stop on the South Island is none other than New Zealand's tallest point - 12,218 foot tall Mount Cook. The Maoris of the Ngai Tahu tribe who live here believe the mountain has a sacred connection as well - Aoraki (as its referred to in their language) is believed to be the most sacred of ancestors from which they descend. New Zealand is also a land of geysers - and some of the most amazing ones can be found in Rotorua. The famed Pohutu Geyser erupts up to 20 times a day - at heights up to 100 feet tall - making it one of the most popular attractions in the area. Our last stop will be in New Zealand's largest city - Auckland. Founded back in 1840, it's served as an important industrial and business center ever since, as well as being one of the chief seaports in the region. The skyline is home to a variety of stunning buildings - but they're all dwarfed by the magnificent Sky Tower. Rising 722 feet above the city, the observation deck offers some truly incredible views of the city - and if you're brave enough, bungee jumping as well. St. Patrick's Cathedral in the heart of downtown is one of the most beautiful sights in the city. The ANZ Centre is the city's third tallest skyscraper - rising 469 feet tall, it was the city's tallest building when completed in 1991. Some overviews of Auckland's stunning skyline. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Toronto" Thanks to @JP Schriefer, @Tonraq, @Haljackey, @redfox85, @Edvarz, @bobolee, @tariely, @CorinaMarie, @The British Sausage, @scotttbarry, @art128, @Toby Ferrian, @Dgmc2013, @mrsmartman, @_Michael, @Manuel-ito, @PaulSawyer, @Ling Ziming, @GenericUser, @BruceTedder, @raynev1, @mike_oxlong, @kingofsimcity, @RandyE, @bladeberkman, @jakis, @Bastet69008, @SC4L0ver, @feyss, @rathefalcon, @sucram17, @Akallan, @Elenphor, @Ducio, @Wallibuk, @Urban Constanta, @RobertLM78, & @Jonas Chaves for all the likes!
  6. Plaza Hotel New York

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    Plaza Hotel New York, by Mattb325. --------------------------------------- Like so many buildings in New York city, the Plaza Hotel can claim 'icon' status. This 20-story landmark building opened in 1907 on Central Park South and the main entrance faces the Grand Army Plaza (from which the Plaza Hotel derives its name). The building is in a French Renaissance Chateau style. It was extended in 1921 with the addition of a 300 room annexe along W58th St. This is a complex building - indeed one of the more complex buildings I have batted - with no two elevations the same. While the BAT I have made is a fairly faithful interpretation of the real Plaza hotel, in order to get this into a game constrained by 16m2 tiles, I have had to reinterpret some elements of the building. The main areas that have been deliberately altered to ensure that this is a good and useful game asset (rather than a strict recreation) are most evident along the W58th St side, which in real life is longer than the Central Park Side. To that end I have taken off approx 10m along the W58th St frontage which ensures that the building sits comfortably on 5 tiles and added a matching roof turret for symmetry. The front elevation is slightly narrower than the original to ensure that it sits within a 4 tile space. This is to ensure that other W2W buildings, which are typically 2 tiles deep can grow (or be plopped) adjacent to the building and neatly align (as per the screenshots). Lastly, the roof junk has been deliberately streamlined and simplified to avoid the very cluttered roof-top look of the original building. All that said, if you believe that a recreation must be 100% accurate, then this BAT is not for you, as I have made the changes to the building in order to ensure that it is a good and useful game asset. The building comes in a growable CS§§§ 4x5 lot, a ploppable CS§§§ 4x5 lot and a growable R§§§ 4x5 lot. It grows on the New York tileset and given that is an oversized Chateau, in my opinion would work equally well in a Euro environment. --------------------------------------- STATS CS§§§ (Growable & Ploppable): Lot size : 4x5 Growth Stage: 8 (High Density Zoning; N/A for ploppable) Bulldoze Cost: § 1,255 Capacity Satisfied: CS§ 8,999 CS§§ 2,252 CS§§§ 903 Pollution: 45 (Air)/ 30 (Water)/ 60 (Garbage ) Pollution Radius: 6/7/0 Power Consumed: 188 Mwh Water Consumed: 1,683 Gal/Month Building Style: New York (N/A for ploppable) Occupant Group: High Wealth Commercial Services Building --------------------------------------- STATS R§§§ : Lot size : 4x5 Growth Stage: 7 (High Density Zoning) Bulldoze Cost: § 1,255 Capacity Satisfied: R§ 10,143 R§§ 5,600 R§§§ 2,448 Pollution: 25 (Air)/ 8 (Water)/ 8 (Garbage ) Pollution Radius: 6/7/0 Power Consumed: 217 Mwh Water Consumed: 288 Gal/Month Building Style: New York (N/A for ploppable) Occupant Group: High Wealth Commercial Services Building --------------------------------------- NOTE ABOUT DARK NITE vs MAXIS NITE: This download contains TWO model files; one for dark nite users (and other night-time darkening mods, such as Gizmos night-mod) and one for the standard Maxis nite. You must keep only one file - depending on which version you use. If you are unsure whether you have a night-darkening mod installed, then choose the Maxis night version. Regardless of which file you choose to keep, make sure you DO NOT delete the Lot File! If you use the dark nite version, you will need a dark nite mod. (http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/23089-simfox-day-and-nite-modd/) --------------------------------------- DEPENDENCIES: * Dayopeace.dat N.B: this is for the moving flag props and is one of the Maxis files that were available on the official exchange. Most users will have this. However, if you don't, it is available here: https://screwpiledevelopments.com/screw-pile-exchange-spex/maxis-files/ Scroll until you see the 'Day of Peace' and then click on the link. You do not need a drop-box account to download the file (you can dismiss the account creation request and download this as a guest). --------------------------------------- NOTE ABOUT PARKING TEXTURES: There are none. Your driver circles the block while you and your guests dine inside at the Palm Court. If you don't understand this concept, then don't download --------------------------------------- To install, simply unzip the contents of this file into your plugins folder. Thanks.
  7. Toronto

    Toronto is the capital of Ontario - and with nearly 6 million people living in its metropolitan area, its the largest city in Canada as well. The city is a global center of banking, communications, and business - and its location makes it a vital transportation hub in the region. The city boats one of the best skylines in all of North America - with its downtown filled with an array of stunning buildings. Our first stop is Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Located on a small island in Lake Ontario, this waterfront airport was first opened back in 1939 as the city's first commercial airport and and has remained one of Canada's busiest airports ever since. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, the Port of Toronto has been connecting Toronto to the rest of the globe for nearly a century. Its convenient location - close by to railways, highways, and other shipping routes - has made it one of Canada's most important inland ports. The downtown is filled with towering skyscrapers - such as the 951 foot tall First Canadian Place on the left. One of the rare big snowfalls in the city. A few of the city's recently completed skyscrapers: the 715 foot tall Bay Adelaide Centre West and 688 foot tall Ritz-Carlton Toronto. Our last destination will be the city's most iconic landmark... No trip to Toronto is complete without a trip to the famed CN Tower. First opening back in 1976, this 1,815 foot tall tower was the world's tallest freestanding tower upon completion. Be sure to visit the 360 degree rotating restaurant and the viewdeck at the top - on a clear day you can barely make out the skyline of Niagara Falls some 40 miles away. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Los Angeles" Thanks to @CorinaMarie, @Toby Ferrian, @mike_oxlong, @SC4L0ver, @Dgmc2013, @redfox85, @_Michael, @Namiko, @bobolee, @Bastet69008, @tariely, @nos.17, @Silur, @BruceTedder, @MAW, @Lieux, @JP Schriefer, @MushyMushy, @Odainsaker, @nRVOUS, @scotttbarry, @The British Sausage, @Tonraq, @mrsmartman, @Ling Ziming, @raynev1, @Don_Pato, @Bluthlucidity, @PaulSawyer, @PHBSD, @Jonas_Chaves, & @matias93 for all the likes!
  8. Los Angeles

    Today we're going to be taking a look at the United States' second largest city - Los Angeles - the "City of Angels". Its a city filled with iconic skyscrapers and landmarks - such as the beautiful Bullocks Wilshire building. Completed in 1929, it's one of the city's finest examples of Art Deco style, and was one of its most prominent department stores. In 1978, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Hollywood Hills is one of LA's most beautiful areas - its winding, hilly streets are surrounded by stunning mansions, home to many of the city's wealthiest people. Running through the heart of the city, the Los Angeles River was filled with concrete in the 1930s and is one of the city's most unique sights. The LA area is home to some of the country's most beautiful beaches. Venice Beach is one of the city's most popular destinations, and can get quite crowded during the summer months. The Staples Center is one of Los Angeles' premier entertainment venues. Completed in 1999, its home to a number of professional sports franchises, such as the NBA's Lakers and Clippers, the WNBA's Sparks, and the NHL's Kings. The famous Griffith Observatory was completed in 1935 - this building offers incredible views of downtown LA and the nearby Hollywood Sign, and is also home to an wide array of science and space displays for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. The Hollywood Sign is one of the world's most famous signs, and can be seen for miles around. It's been one of LA's most iconic attractions and popular tourist destinations since its completion in 1923 (when it originally spelt out "Hollywoodland"). The Capitol Records Building was completed in 1956 and is another one of the city's most icons. Resembling a stack of records, this building has remained one of the country's most famous recording studios ever since. Our last stop is LA's Financial District - its filled with stunning skyscrapers like the U.S. Bank Tower and Gas Company Tower. From 1989 to 2017, the stunning 1,018 foot tall U.S. Bank Tower (formerly known as the Library Tower) was the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles (since surpassed by the 1,100 foot tall Wilshire Grand Center). LA at night is truly extraordinary. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Hong Kong" Thanks to @_Michael, @MushyMushy, @RandyE, @jakis, @Toby Ferrian, @SC4L0ver, @CorinaMarie, @Manuel-ito, @Dgmc2013, @redfox85, @matias93, @art128, @scotttbarry, @kingofsimcity, @bobolee, @nRVOUS, @TekindusT, @Tonraq, @Edvarz, @BruceTedder, @PaulSawyer, @raynev1, @tonyr, @mrsmartman, @mattb325, @Akallan, @Jonas_Chaves, @Bastet69008, @Marushine, @mike_oxlong, @nos.17, @MisterBlueStar4, @RobertLM78, @Elenphor, @MAW, @Lieux, & @JP Schriefer for all the likes!
  9. Hong Kong

    Today we're taking a look at Hong Kong - this global financial hub and port city boasts one of the world's most stunning and recognizable skylines. This city was originally under British rule for 99 years - but in 1997 it returned to China and now is a special administrative region (SAR). We're starting off in Kowloon - located on the mainland across Victoria Harbor, it's well known for its markets and endless apartments. The streets are constantly crowded, it's an area that's always filled with energy and activity. Hankow Road is one of Kowloon's most famous roads - with countless signs and advertisements crowding the streets, its one of the city's most distinctive sights. Tian Tan Buddha is one of Hong Kong's most famous attractions and offers incredible views of the city. Since it's opening in 1993, it has become well known in the city as a symbol of Buddhism and nature. At night, the skyline of Hong Kong is even more amazing. Here we take a look at the Bank of China Tower - one of Hong Kong's most distinctive and remarkable buildings. Standing 1,205 feet tall, it was Hong Kong and Asia's tallest building for two years after its completion in 1990. The 1,227 foot tall Central Plaza is another one of the city's most beautiful skyscrapers, it originally opened in 1992 and overtook the Bank of China Tower as the city's tallest until 2003. In 2003, Two International Finance Center was completed and overtook Central Plaza as the city's tallest at the time, standing 1,352 feet tall. Another one of Hong Kong's most famous skyscrapers can be seen close by as well - The Center was completed in 1998 and is currently the city's 5th tallest with a height of 1,135 feet tall. Hong Kong's tallest building is the International Commerce Centre - rising 1,538 feet tall, this incredible building took nearly 8 years to build and was finally completed in 2010. It's currently the world's 10th tallest building, and the views from the top are truly extraordinary. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Berlin (Pt. 2/2)" Thanks to @CorinaMarie, @Fantozzi, @RandyE, @jakis, @_Michael, @The British Sausage, @matias93, @Manuel-ito, @redfox85, @bobolee, @mike_oxlong, @Dgmc2013, @mattb325,@Jonas_Chaves, @scotttbarry, @MushyMushy, @SC4L0ver, @raynev1, @Lazarou Monkey Terror, @mrsmartman, @BruceTedder, @Elenphor, & @Finnbhennach for all the likes!
  10. • Update #8 || Hatsukaichi - The Port + Extra • ############################################################################## • Hello everyone, today I want to share with all of you the last update of Hatsukaichi. We have visited this wonderful town in the last 2 updates but I wanted to leave the port for the last update of Hatsukaichi. Why ? I have put a lot of effort into making this port and I'm really happy with the result, to me the port of Hatsukaichi means a step forward in my way to the perfect recreation of the Japanese landscape. I hope you enjoy all the pictures and the update itself • • In the past, the Hatsukaichi lighthouse was located far from the population and the buildings. This was previously a small peninsula far from the habitable zones of Hatsukaichi • • Due to the strong demand in the country and the shortage of land, the city was gradually gaining space to the sea and today the lighthouse is part of the town itself • • To understand the progress of the port first it is necessary to explain its past. The port is divided into 3 parts, in these two pictures you can see the old port; this one was the first port of Hatsukaichi. It's shape is quite simple, just a small zone created on a a shallow area, building it was simple and for the small and old boats there was no problem of depth ( In the past Hatsukaichi used its port only to supply fish for its inhabitants ) • • When the people of Hatsukaichi realized that the fishing could be a good business, they built an extension of the old port, the part two. Part two consisted in building a dock for ships a little bigger and deeper where the first fishing companies could be established. The Hatsukaichi fish market was also built • • Part two of the port was built between the lighthouse and the old port of Hatsukaichi • • In this image you can appreciate how the old port (Part 1) and the extension (part 2) are perfectly connected along the shoreline • • Currently part 2 of the Hatsukaichi port is normally used by small boats because the larger ships use the new port that we will see below. A small security post was also built to maintain maritime control of the area • • The new port of Hatsukaichi (Part 3) is bigger and more modern, its docks are more spacious and functional and it has much more space for the workers and their trucks • • The part 3, the new port of Hatsukaichi is the heart of the town, most of the inhabitants are working here, fishing is the main business for this people and Hatsukaichi has it own fame. It is located far of the city center, far from the main ports and industries of the prefecture. Its fish is fresh and it is very famous in the entire prefecture of Saitama, for that reason during the all day ships are transporting fish from here to the main port of the Prefecture, located in Tokyu, the biggest city of Saitama Prefecture • ################################################################################## • If you are one of those people who usually come to Hatsukaichi to buy fish or you are just passing by, I recommend you visit this small town located west of Hatsukaichi • • It really has nothing special but for those people who live in the big cities of the Prefecture small towns like this are pure fresh air, simply walk through its small and narrow streets while listening to the sound of the Saitama Sea • • The Saitama Prefecture It is a huge place, it is known as the port of Japan, the whole prefecture is destined to the sea and not only the big international ports are important, ports and places like these contribute to keep our Prefecture in perfect operation. I hope you enjoyd your visit and until the next time my friends • ############################################################################## Greetings / Saludos / Groeten # Jonathan.
  11. Berlin (Pt. 2/2)

    Our trip to Berlin resumes with a visit to another one of its oldest and most famous landmarks - Brandenburg Gate. Opened in 1791, it was built on orders by Prussian king Frederick William II to commemorate the restoration of the country after the early Batavian Revolution. It's amazed locals and tourists alike ever since. The Gendarmenmarkt is one of the city's most famous squares, constantly filled with action. With its historic twin cathedrals on both sides, Französischer Dom and Deutscher Dom, its a sight you won't want to miss. Deutscher Dom at night. A view of the streets of Berlin - with one of its most famous avenues, the Unter Den Linden cutting across towards the top. Staatsbibliothek is a prominent universal library constructed in 1903, located on the famous Unter Den Linden. At night time, it's truly spectacular. Unter Den Linden from above. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Berlin (Pt. 1/2)" Thanks to @MushyMushy, @jakis, @RandyE, @matias93, @CorinaMarie, @Zerx, @SC4L0ver, @Manuel-ito, @redfox85, @_Michael, @mrsmartman, @TekindusT, @Toby Ferrian, @kingofsimcity, @bobolee, @feyss, @mike_oxlong, @Odainsaker, @The British Sausage, @nos.17, @raynev1, @Elenphor, @mattb325, & @Akallan for all the likes!
  12. Berlin (Pt. 1/2)

    After taking a look at Rome in the last couple of updates, we're now taking a look at another one of Europe's great cities - the capital of Germany, Berlin. The city is filled with famous monuments - and the first couple that we'll visit are located on the banks of the Spree River. The Alte Nationalgalerie (the long museum at the top of the picture) was opened in 1876 and houses an impressive collection of artwork and is one of the city's most popular attractions. The Berliner Dom towards the bottom part of the mosaic was opened in 1905 and is one of Europe's most impressive cathedrals. Berliner Dom at night. The Victory Column (Siegessaule) and its roundabout can be found in the Tiergarten - opened in 1873, it was built to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War. The Reichstag was originally opened in 1894 to house the German Empire's Imperial Diet. A massive fire in the 1930s along with damage from World War II led to the structure falling into disuse as the parliament used other buildings in the city. Eventually, it was partially refurbished in the 1960s and had an entire renovation in the 1990s, giving it a unique, modern look. The building once again is home to the German parliament. Rotes Rathaus (Red Town Hall) is another one of the city's most famous landmarks - opened in 1869, it serves as the home of the mayor and the government of the Federal state of Berlin. The Fernsehturm TV Tower is Berlin's most prominent landmark - rising 1,198 feet tall, its the tallest building in Germany. The views from the top are truly extraordinary. Fernsehturm is located close to Alexanderplatz - one of the city's most famous squares and one of its most vital transport hubs for over 100 years. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Rome (Pt. 2/2)" Thanks to @scotttbarry, @Akallan, @Tonraq, @Mr Saturn64, @Jonas_Chaves, @bobolee, @raynev1, @Simmer2, @matias93, @mike_oxlong, @kingofsimcity, @_Michael, @Toby Ferrian, @tariely, @redfox85, @CorinaMarie, @mrsmartman, @SC4L0ver, @Odainsaker, @Manuel-ito, & @jakis for all the likes!
  13. Rome (Pt. 2/2)

    Our tour of Rome continues on with one of the world's most famous buildings - the Colosseum. Opened in A.D. 80 and seating more than 50,000 spectators, this impressive arena was home to countless gladiator fights for more than 400 years. While a good portion of the structure has been lost throughout the centuries, there's still plenty left to explore - making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Once the heart and marketplace of the city, today the Roman Forum lies in a sprawling heap of ruins. With likes of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony once walking across these grounds - there's history everywhere you go. The entire complex was abandoned shortly after the fall of the Roman Empire and quickly fell into a state of disrepair - much of the stone here was used by the locals, leaving many of the legendary temples incomplete. Finally, near the end of the 18th century, large scale excavations started to take place, preserving this legendary landmark. The entire complex remains sunken under the street level - the result of countless excavations over the years. One of the most beautiful and romantic spots in all of Rome is the heart-shaped Villa Borghese park, located in the center of the city. The Giardino del Lago (Lake Garden) is a popular destination - there's no better way to spend a day than renting a boat and rowing across these peaceful waters. With cherry trees dotting much of the park - spring is a truly magical time of year here. The next stop is the Verano Cemetery - a spot with plenty of history as many famous people have been buried here over the centuries. Since it's founding in the early 19th century, its been one of the cities most important cemeteries ever since. Just behind St. Peter's Square in The Vatican lies the stunning dome of St. Peter's Basilica - standing 448 feet tall, it's by far the tallest historic building in the area. Regarded by many as being one of the holiest Catholic shrines on the face of the planet - it's been the traditional burial site for popes and other important religious figures since the 10th century. To this day, the structure remains a place of pilgrimage - with the pope making common appearances for liturgies. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver Note: Just for clarification - the roads in these Rome updates are made up of either MMPs, Lot Editor textures (like around St. Peter's Basilica), or just a massive texture on a prop (like the Colosseum). They were not "photoshopped in" - and neither were the buildings (most were existing BATs on the STEX/LEX, and a few were custom BATs that I got from 3d warehouse, exported them, and used in the game). --- Previous Update: "Rome (Pt. 1/2)" Thanks to @Tyberius06, @Fantozzi, @RandyE, @scotttbarry, @gigius76, @Silur, @Manuel-ito, @huzman, @jakis, @CorinaMarie, @mike_oxlong, @Toby Ferrian, @mrsmartman, @tariely, @_Michael, @bobolee, @matias93, @raynev1, @Jonas_Chaves, @MushyMushy, @The British Sausage, @redfox85, @Mr Saturn64, @SC4L0ver, & @Krasner for all the likes and reactions
  14. Rome (Pt. 1/2)

    After taking a look at Ancient Rome - we'll now take a look at this incredible city in the modern day. Our trip to Rome begins with a trip to one of Rome's most famous squares - the stunning Piazza Navona. This square dates back from the 1st century CE, and was originally the site of many great athletic games over the years. Today, it serves as the perfect gathering place for locals and tourists alike. Rome has nearly 2,000 fountains - but perhaps the most impressive of them all is the incredible Trevi Fountain. This baroque masterpiece was completed in 1762 and has been one of the most popular destinations in the city ever since. It's been said that if you throw a coin into the pool with your right hand over your left shoulder - you'll ensure a trip back to Rome in the future. Perhaps the most well preserved building of Ancient Rome, the Pantheon remains to this day as a temple to the Roman Gods. The circular oculus at the top allows light to enter, as well as the rain and any other natural elements. While there's numerous ways to get to the Pantheon, you can't go wrong with the time-tested solution: a horse drawn carriage through the streets of Rome. Located entirely inside of Rome, The Vatican might be the world's smallest country, but it holds many treasured landmarks. St. Peter's Square is one of the world's most famous squares - it's 283 columns, standing 55 feet tall each are truly unmistakable. Papal audiences are held here regularly, drawing big crowds - but its Easter and Christmas Masses are by far the largest, drawing tourists from the world over. On a steep hillside in the heart of Ancient Rome is where you'll find one of the world's most famous staircases - the Spanish Steps. These 135 steps connect the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square) at the bottom to the Trinità dei Monti church at the top - and making the climb is something that you won't want to miss. The millions of tourists over the years making the climb hasn't come without a price, however. With the staircase falling into a state of disrepair, with weeds and cracks taking over - a multi-million dollar restoration was called for and recently completed. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Roman Empire (Pt. 3/3)" Thanks to @MushyMushy, @CorinaMarie, @RandyE, @_Michael, @scotttbarry, @kingofsimcity, @Toby Ferrian, @Fantozzi, @Chief ZDN, @jakis, @TekindusT, @mrsmartman, @huzman, @The British Sausage, @Marushine, @bobolee, @Maloskero, @Elenphor, @Odainsaker, @tonyr, @mattb325, @Finnbhennach, & @Manuel-ito for all the likes!
  15. London - Landmarks

    For the final chapter of London, we're taking a look at some more of the city's most iconic landmarks. We begin with a look back in time to the 1200s - to the Old London Bridge. Constructed in 1209 - this bridge stood for over 600 years as the main route across the River Thames. While long gone, various drawings from the era depict a bustling bridge surrounded by medieval houses on both sides. Unfortunately, the design of the bridge led to its ultimate demise, as it impeded river traffic - and was eventually demolished in the 1800s to make way for a more modern bridge. The next stop is one of London's most awe-inspiring buildings - St. Paul's Cathedral. Designed by famed architect Christopher Wren and opened in 1708, it was part of a major rebuilding program after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The cathedral serves as the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London - and is one of the city's most popular attractions as well. The London Eye is one of the city's most popular attractions - located on the banks of the River Thames, it was the world's largest Ferris wheel when completed in 2000. If you can get past the long lines, the views of the city's South Bank from the top are incredible. We continue on with a trip to one of London's most famous bridges - Tower Bridge. Not to be confused with the original London Bridge (as seen in the first picture, since replaced with more modern versions) - this Victorian Gothic landmark has been one of the city's most distinctive sights since its completion in 1894. Close by Tower Bridge is another one of the city's famous landmarks - the Tower of London. This historic structure was built back in the 1190s and has served as a fortress, palace, and prison. Our next stop is one of the city's most famous squares - Trafalgar Square. Its named after the famed Battle of Trafalgar - a key British naval victory in 1805 - and it's been a popular gathering place for people (and pigeons) since 1840. The iconic Nelson's Column in the middle of the square is one of the city's most famous monuments. Our last stop is one of the world's most iconic buildings - Big Ben. This famous clock tower is located on the north end of the Palace of Westminster and has chimed since 1859. Recent maintenance repairs though means you'll have to wait until 2021 to hear it regularly again. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "London - The City & The Shard" Big thanks to @matias93, @RobertLM78, @The British Sausage, @Angry Mozart, @RandyE, @scotttbarry, @Odainsaker, @CorinaMarie, @tariely, @bobolee, @nos.17, @mrsmartman, @_Michael, @APSMS, @mike_oxlong, @mattb325, @SC4L0ver, @Mr Saturn64, @Dreadnought, @tonyr, @jakis, @Neto Dari, @gigius76, @raynev1, @Toby Ferrian, @Fantozzi, @Tonraq, @Elenphor, & @Pluispixel for all the likes!
  16. Hatsukaichi - Closer View

    • Update #7 || Hatsukaichi - Closer View • ############################################################################## • Hello everyone, in the last update we've seen Hatsukaichi from the heights, now is time to get closer and see all the details that this village can offer to us. This update has a great amount of pictures and all of them are focused in the village of Hatsukaichi and non in its port. We will visit the port in the next update. • • This is Japan and that means that you can reach all places easily. You can reach Hatsukaichi by car; using the Highway, national road or just driving across the roads of the prefecture. By train and also by ferry. in this picture you can see the Highway that cross Saitama from south to north and also the Shinkansen line, it has not station in Hatsukaichi. • • Trains are everywhere, even if only one rail line cross the village there are trains passing through Hatsukaichi all the time • • Here is where the national road is connected with Hatsukaichi, it is one of the entries of the village • • Hatsukaichi during normal days • • The first school in Hatsukaichi, still in function • • There are not too many flats in this village, most of the areas are covered by old low houses • • Some trains parked right in front of the Hatsukaichi station • • The sea has always been good friend in Japan, anyway it is better to keep distances • • The city hall and the Hatsukaichi temple • ( More info later) • Hatsukaichi at night (Very nice and quiet place to live) • ############################################################################## Greetings / Saludos / Groeten # Jonathan.
  17. Paris (Pt. 3/3)

    Our trip to Paris continues with a trip to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica (Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris) - one of Paris' most beautiful churches, often drawing comparisons to the Taj Mahal. Located on top of a small hill in the heart of the city, the church is visible for miles around. The next stop is Place de la Concorde - Paris' most famous square. Originally designed in 1755, this square is unlike anything else in the city - complete with a massive authentic Egyptian obelisk in the middle. The Panthéon, located in Paris' Latin Quarter, is another one of the cities most famed landmarks. Originally modeled after Rome's Pantheon and built as a church - it now functions as a mausoleum for many of France's most famous citizens. The Bourse de commerce is one of the city's most unique buildings, both in shape and function. It was originally used as a place to trade grain upon completion in 1763, then as a stock exchange, and more recently, plans are underway to transform it into a major art museum. The 689 foot tall Tour Montparnasse is the tallest skyscraper in Paris - and is hard to miss. Upon completion in 1973, the building was heavily criticized for its style and for being out of place - and as a result, buildings over 7 stories tall were banned from the city center. A massive renovation is slated to begin in 2019. Our tour of Paris ends with one of the city's most famous landmarks - the Arc de Triomphe. Built between 1803 and 1836, this iconic monument serves as a tribute to French soldiers lost in wars and has important military leaders engraved on its walls. For those wishing to get up close - make sure you use the underground tunnels instead of dodging the traffic.. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Paris (Pt. 2/3)" Big thanks to @CorinaMarie, @Odainsaker, @MushyMushy, @matias93, @Angry Mozart, @RobertLM78, @Silur, @_Michael, @The British Sausage, @RandyE, @Toby Ferrian, @feyss, @Manuel-ito, @redfox85, @Fantozzi, @mike_oxlong, @Mr Saturn64, @bobolee, @raynev1, @APSMS, @SC4L0ver, @gigius76, @bladeberkman, @kingofsimcity, @Haljackey, @scotttbarry, @mrsmartman, @jakis, @Talla 2XLC, & @Jonas_Chaves for all the likes!
  18. Prague

    Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most picturesque cities in all of Europe. It's a city steeped in history - once the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia, its been a cultural, political, and economic center for centuries. The first stop in our tour is the Petrín Lookout Tower - located at the top of a small hill, this 62m tall Eiffel Tower lookalike offers stunning views of the city. Not too far away is another one of Prague's famous landmarks - St. Vitus Cathedral. Construction took nearly 600 years, finally completing in 1929 - but this magnificent Gothic cathedral was well worth the wait. Countless religious and coronation ceremonies have been held here - making it one of the most important landmarks in the city. To make it into the old town, you'll have to cross the Charles Bridge, spanning the Vlatva River. Completed in 1402, this stunning Gothic styled bridge is one of Prague's most famous landmarks and one of the world's most famous bridges. We've made it into the famed old town. With the incredible Týn Church and Astronomical Clock close by, this stunning town square is steeped in history. The aforementioned Týn Church (fully known as the Church of Our Lady before Týn) is one of the world's most beautiful Gothic churches - built back in the mid 1400s and completed by the mid 1600s, it towers some 260 feet above the surrounding rooftops of Prague. The cathedral also serves as a gallery of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque works - its a historic site in Prague that anyone visiting here should be sure to visit. Like many other similar cities and towns across Bohemia and Central Europe, Prague enjoys a rich tradition of Christmas markets. Starting in early December and ending by early January, the stalls here have an unbelievable amount of goods on sale - from treats, decorations, handmade goods and more. For those braving the elements - the selection is second to none and its a trip you won't soon forget. No Christmas market is complete though of course without an enormous Christmas tree - and the ones here can get as high as 100 feet tall, making it truly a sight to behold. Once nightfall hits and the snow begins to clear - you can get a clear view of the twinkling lights and all the magic this place has to offer. Another one of Prague's famed traditions is the legendary fireworks display that takes place on New Year's Eve - the entire town gathers in the square and surrounding streets to take in the breathtaking views. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Cephalonia (Countryside & Overviews)" Big thanks to @RobertLM78, @_Michael, @RandyE, @Toby Ferrian, @Talla 2XLC, @CorinaMarie, @Manuel-ito, @matias93, @bladeberkman, @bobolee, @Fantozzi, @Elenphor, @The British Sausage, @Oerk, @gigius76, @raynev1, @Neto Dari, @TekindusT, & @mrsmartman for all the likes!
  19. Version 1.0.0

    367 Downloads

    Nos. 31-33 Madison Avenue - Two townhouses in Italianate style that stood on Madison Avenue between 25th and 26th street till 1954 when they were demolished to make way for Appellate Courthouse annex. This BAT is a recreation of the condition from around 1912 when No.31 was modernized and converted for commercial use. This BAT has a special version for winter, it will appear when game date will reach 15th of Dec. Lot size: 1x2 Versions: 1 - Landmark Dependencies: SimFox Day n Nite Modd (For DarkNite Version only) NYBT Essentials Thanks to all people who helped with this BAT. Enjoy!
  20. Český Krumlov

    Today we take a tour through one of Europe's most charming cities - Český Krumlov, located in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. We begin in Svornosti Square - the town square located in the heart of the city. Its been here since medieval times - and today its lined by a number of old shops and antique stores. The Český Krumlov State Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Built on top of a steep cliff on the banks of the Vlatva River, the views from here are great - especially during sunsets. Its one of the most marvelous sights in the entire region - built back in the 13th century, today it houses a museum with exhibitions running frequently. Nighttime is often quiet here - making it a good time to get away from the crowds. The Virgin Mary statue located in the middle of the old square is one of the best sights at night - its hard to miss. Christmas markets are a time tested tradition in central European towns and cities - and the one hosted yearly in the town square is quite the popular attraction. With its towering Christmas tree, countless stalls, and falling snow - it truly makes for a magical atmosphere. The Vlatva River snakes and loops around the city, adding to the charm of the old town. Restaurants and shops are located along its banks, making for a picturesque experience - especially during the colors of fall. One of the most amazing times to visit Český Krumlov is during autumn - the fall foliage, crisp weather, and smaller crowds all make it a perfect time to visit the city. The atmosphere coupled with the historic buildings of the old town makes it a fairytale experience! Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Replies for "Patagonia"
  21. Moscow City at Night

    From the album City Showcase (S3-23-M)

    Recreation of the Moscow International Business Center (aka Moscow City) at night. Despite still being in construction, it's still one of the most impressive skylines in Europe (and in the world) with a one of a kind collection of skyscrapers on the banks of the Moskva River. This picture required intensive custom content creation. A massive texture set was created for this scene, by far the largest one that I have created thus far, taking nearly a week of texture work. As the textures for this recreation couldn't possibly fit into the LODs of a single render, I had to divide it up into 8 different sections. This combined with other various buildings, boats, river walls, highway pieces, and other miscellaneous pieces were rendered over the course of a few days. Additionally, since there were many pieces that I could not find anywhere, I tried my hand at BAT as well, creating the highway from scratch as well as the famous Moscow river walls. While there may be some cosmetic touch ups such as some enhanced/added night lights, added ripples, etc in the final image, all the models you see here are in fact in the game. As always, virtually every building and prop in this picture mirrors the real life version as well - countless pictures were analyzed to ensure the highest level of realism possible in SC4. Download links for some of the more prominent buildings in this picture: (basic 3dsmax and gmax knowledge will be needed to import into the game) City of Capitals Federation Tower (in construction) Naberezhnaya Block 1 and Naberezhnaya Block 2 Moscow river boats (The black one was simply a copy of the white one in 3dsmax with a black texture applied) Highway + Moscow walls: As mentioned, custom BAT made by me specifically for this picture. Smaller objects such as the train/helicopter were imported in as well (don't know the link, sorry, but they were heavily modified anyways in 3dsmax before rendering), and the rest can pretty much be found on the STEX or various prop packs. Full-size resolution version is posted in the comments below.
  22. Sydney Panorama

    From the album City Showcase (S3-23-M)

    Please view the full size resolution link here before casting your vote! The gallery doesn't tend to do mosaics/panoramas a lot of justice. The harbour city in all its glory. You may have seen my Sydney recreation before in my CJ True Earth here, but you've never seen it before like this. I felt like a panorama was the best way to truly capture this amazing city for this final challenge. This panorama showcases the entire center of the city from Hyde Park on the far left to North Sydney on the right, just past the iconic Harbour Bridge. To top things off, I decided to showcase the city in a sunset setting - while Sydney is amazing at all times of the day, I felt like there was just something truly magical about seeing Sydney in the sunset. Additional notes: This scene features countless buildings imported into the game - real, ingame assets, just like any other BAT you would download and use in the game yourself. The bridge and highway system can are completely modular, a picture illustrating this can be seen here. This scene as a whole also required extensive custom content creation. A majority of the buildings had to be custom lotted in addition to making 40-50 custom made Sydney road textures, complete with authentic bus and bike lanes.
  23. The Four Seasons of Meteora

    From the album Animation Challenge (S3-25-E)

    Full size version (~4MB) of the GIF on the first comment. Please keep in mind that a time lapse animation was one of the official suggested ideas for this challenge on the forum thread. An animated GIF displaying my recreation of the Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas in Meteora, Greece along with some of the surrounding scenery. Wanting to feel closer to heaven, the locals would build their monasteries high in the sky, perched precariously on the edge of sheer granite rock cliffs - truly an amazing sight to behold. One of the frames in this picture (fall) was originally featured in my "Greece - Part II" update in my CJ, True Earth, so for this GIF I decided to showcase Meteora in its entirety with Spring, Summer, and Winter frames as well. Each frame showcases extensive custom lotting, intricate MMPing, and custom content creation (various terrain mods created for this picture + a number of new MMPs made/modded heavily) - The first frame starts off with summer in Meteora. Predictably, this time is the most popular season for tourists to come visit Meteora. The harvest season that begins in late summer is a big attraction as well for tourists. The second frame displays some of Meteora's famous fall foliage. Oaks and maples among others will come alive, displaying various shades of red, orange, and yellow. This coupled with the much more comfortable temperatures makes it a great time to come visit. The third frame shows off Meteora blanketed under a layer of snow in the midst of a snowfall. Despite Meteora's relatively close proximity to the Ioanian and Aegean Seas, it's just high enough in the mountains (1,000-2,000 feet above sea level) to receive regular snow in the winter. Additionally, the mountains will essentially "block out" gusts from the sea, allowing for temperatures to vary wildly. For those wanting to visit Meteora in the wintertime, be prepared for frigid temperatures and constant frost. Before looping, the fourth and final frame shows Meteora in the spring. The cold winters often delay Springtime for a bit, but when it comes it can truly be quite beautiful. Be prepared for fog/rain showers however, a common site during this time of the year.
  24. Sydney

    Our trip to Sydney begins with one of the world's most recognizable buildings - the Sydney Opera House. Built in 1973 - its unique white seashell shape truly sets this skyline apart from the rest. Sitting just behind it is the Royal Botanic Gardens - opened in 1816, there's no better place to take a stroll on a sunny day. Just as recognizable is the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge - built in 1932, it's one of the best ways to cross the harbour. At night, its distinctive lights dominate the surrounding waters. Water taxis are a great way to get around the harbour, and the Circular Quay (whose name contradicts its squarish shape) near the CBD is one of the most popular destinations in the entire city. Sydney is a city known for it's suburbs. In fact, it's got 555 of them - but few are as beautiful as Lavender Bay. It's easily reached by water taxi, has great views of the Harbour Bridge and the skyline in the distance - not to mention being ranked consistently as one of Sydney's most livable suburbs. It's a great place to call home. A rainy day in the CBD. Some of Sydney's most recognizable buildings can be found near Hyde Park - such as the MLC Centre, which held the title as the city's tallest building for 15 years. Nearby is the Sydney Tower - completed in 1981, you can enjoy some exotic cuisine 360 degree rotating restaurant. Another scene from the CBD - some of Sydney's tallest buildings - Deutsche Bank Place, Chifley Tower, Aurora Place, and Governor Philip Tower tower over the Royal Botanic Gardens. However, it's at night that these buildings truly come to life. And finally, some overviews of the city. Special thanks goes out to all the various creators at 3D Warehouse, as many buildings here were imported from there (too many to list). If you're interested, just search "Sydney" there and you'll find many of the same models I used - you'll need to have basic gmax/3dsmax knowledge to get the model into the game however, but it isn't very difficult. The highway system is modular, for an insight of how I created it and the process behind it, please take a look at the comments section of my "City Overview" and "Night Scenes" ST challenge entries. A pic illustrating how I set it up and some of the pieces in game can be seen here. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver
  25. Piazza dei Miracoli - Pisa, Italy

    From the album Realistic Recreation (S3-08-M)

    Please view it in full resolution to see all the fine detail before you cast your vote! Realistic recreation of Pisa's Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) - home of the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Additional notes: Every last building and object was carefully analyzed to find the most suitable SC4 replacement. All of the textures were created from scratch to match those of the actual plaza itself. Pics for comparison: 1,2,3,4,5
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