Esthwaite Water and Coniston Water

The flight begins at the southern end of Lake #Windermere with the panorama of the central Cumbrian fells laid out ahead. Veering to port, the planes pass over Esthwaite Water and, at its head, the village of Hawkshead. Then they skim over Black Fell and turn towards Wetherlam and the Old Man of Coniston. Tarn Hows and Coniston Water swing into view. As they climb the Old Man, Levers Water and Low Water – glacial corries – appear and there’s a glimpse of Seathwaite Water between  Grey Friar and Dow Crag. The planes turn sharply south-east and descend past the old copper mines to fly out over Coniston Water. John Ruskin’s home, Brantwood, is on the eastern shore and, towards the south end of the lake Peel Island appears, much loved by readers of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons.

You can play this animation in Google Earth directly (recommended) by downloading the KMZ file on the Downloads page.

The western lakes and fells of Cumbria

This tour visits the lakes and fells of western Cumbria. The flight starts at Wast Water with Great Gable at its head. We take a glimpse into Mosedale and then climb over Styhead Pass, passing StyHead Tarn, then down into Borrowdale. Derwent Water is ahead with the Skiddaw and Blencathra massif beyond. The River Derwent continues into Bassenthwaite Lake where we turn west and then south into Lorton Vale. Passing over Crummock Water and Buttermere, the tour climbs steeply and turns sharply into Ennerdale by Haystacks and Pillar. We finish the flight by skimming over Ennerdale Water.

You can play this animation in Google Earth directly by downloading the KMZ file on the Downloads page.

Low flying in the English Lake District

This animation follows a low-flying aeroplane as it tours the English Lake District. As always, it’s best viewed at 1080p HD on your largest screen using your fastest internet connection.

You can play this animation in Google Earth directly by downloading the KMZ file on the Downloads page.

Flight to Fujisan (Mount Fuji)

Continuing the theme of moving multiple models simultaneously, this animation flies a model of The Spirit of St. Louis from the city of Fuji in Japan to the summit of Mount Fuji, also known as Fujisan or Fujiyama. At the summit, two other planes are already circulating.

You can play this animation in Google Earth directly by downloading the KMZ file on the Downloads page.

In Paris with two models

I’ve re-engineered TourMaker to use the SharpKml C# library, which is much better than my half-baked implementation of the KML Object Model. This video shows the results of the first project using the new version; it animates two models simultaneously, each one flying along its own path which is defined by a spline curve.

You can play this in Google Earth directly by downloading the KMZ file on the Downloads page. Hint: to see the Eiffel Tower you need to have the ‘3D Buildings’ layer of Google Earth turned on.