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One of the greatest benefits of having a 3D modeler like SketchUp is that creating and sharing explorable representations of real-world objects is extremely easy. It was therefore just a matter of time before Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad appeared on Google Earth. So before the real building gets taken down, and for the architecturally-curious, here are a few relevant links:
- Abbottabad Mansion – The SketchUp model that made it into Google Earth
- Osama Bin Laden’s hideout compound – Another model that includes trees and shows the context
- The plans of Bin Laden’s compound – Somehow the BBC found these original plans for the house. They even include foundation details but exclude the later added second floor.
- Location in Google Maps
(via SuperModelers discussions)