14 November 2007

3D Challenge #015 - Lighthouse

Note: Please read the guidelines for participating in the challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to have fun and bring SketchUp users together and help each other learn and get better at using our favorite 3d modeling program. We will remove comments that are objectionable or offensive.

This week's challenge:


When man started to explore the seas, they where confronted with a few problems. During nighttime it was almost impossible to find the way back to land. When they did find land, there was no warning for dangerous areas in the sea. From that time they started to make fires on the coasts during the night. These fires made it possible to navigate home or warned for possible danger. During the centuries, these fires where replaced by alternative lightsources to the present day electrical lighthouses. This week, a lighthouse will be the 3D challenge. On this website you can download a pdf file with more information about the shapes, color patterns and lights from lighthouses.

Good luck ALL!

3d Warehouse tag: 3d challenge 015

Due Date: Wed, Nov 21 (Challenge closed)

Click here to see the submitted models for this challenge.

Island Lighthouse by Tom (Cartogragher_Tom)

2 nd Place
Tin Toy Lighthouse - Don East

3 rd Place
Lady Isle Lighthouse by COSEDIMARCO

Congrats to ALL !!!!


  1. General notes:

    Remember to post a link to your model in the 3D Warehouse on the blog, so everybody knows you submitted it. You can use the hyperlink code creater on the frontpage of the blog to create the code for a hyperlink in your message. Copy this code and paste it in the comment box on the place where your want the hyperlink to be. More information about participating with the challenges and uploading models to the Warehouse can be found in the "3D Challenge participation manual" in the useful links section on the frontpage of the blog.

    Challenge suggestions are welcome to be placed on the blog. Items will be noted and compiled on the moderator’s list. At that point, the initial comment for the suggestion might be deleted so as to maintain a streamline challenge thread for use of posting entries for the challenge and comments to models. Challenge suggestions have always been welcomed and taken under consideration.

    Good luck with the challenge...

  2. I've got 2 lighthouses and more to come. This is the link to view these: http://groups.google.com/group/philosophys-of-modern-architecture/files

  3. I have been swamped at work and it's been ages since I don't sketch anything worth a second look. It's a good thing my fellow mods have been doing such good work.
    Anyway, here's a little something I managed to put together for this Challenge (Note: Not an official submission):

    Oz Point Lighthouse

    And, some pics here:

    The Picasa Album

    Great work y'all. Makes me happy to see the community grow and flourish at such a steady pace.

  4. A lighthouse at Kálfshamarsvík in northern Iceland about 15 min drive from the town of Skagaströnd.
    - Year:1940 (station established 1913).
    - Status: Active;
    - focal plane 23 m (75 ft); two long flashes every 20 s, white, red or green depending on direction.
    16 m (52 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery.
    Lighthouse painted white, lantern red. This lighthouse marks the eastern entrance to the broad bay called the Húnaflói. Located about 25 km (15 mi) north of Skagaströnd. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed.
    Plese NOTE that I've never saw this lighthouse. Ouside was taken from a photo at Flicker, inside and roof top arrangement is all my own ideas.

    Kálfshamarsvík Lighthouse

    Lighthouse album

    You could find model inside Google Earth too.

  5. I was planning to use the tube along path plugin for my light house but I havnt used plugins before and I can't find a plugin folder(Im in windows operating system)I tried reinstalling sketchup but it still doesnt have a plugin folder. does anybody know how i could put it in?

  6. Anonymouse here is a link:

    Ruby library depot

    Hope it works.

  7. I'm working to a second model for the challenge at the moment. Here're some images of the work in progress.
    Lady Isle lighthouse

    @ Anonymous
    You could use "Follow me" tool instead of an external plugin

  8. the only problem with using the follow me is that you cant edit the width. like you can create a tube and a cone but you cant make it go from small width to big width and back. like you couldnt make this w/ follow me: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=1d62808b0f5b7899f192eee3a6774f87&prevstart=0

    jeff: i couldnt open your link

    thanks for trying to help

  9. did you copy the link and paste the link on the url?

  10. I've always wanted to live in a lighthouse. but I think most in the U.S. are now run by a computer. Only occasionly visited by maintanence crews and tourists.

    well this is my first real attempt playing in the sandbox. hard to get a good rocky shape.

    island lighthouse

  11. Hello All

    So far the titles of 4 of the models are "Lighthouse". Having the same name just adds confusion to the voting poll and also there is the chance your vote will go to the wrong model. I have mentioned this several times, but usually end up with many models named the same.

    You can change the title of your model via the edit function in the warehouse if you like to make yours more distinctive.


  12. St. Simon's Lighthouse

    Located on St. Simon's Island off the coast of Georgia, this lighthouse was built in 1872 by Charles Cluskey. It was constructed to replace the previous one (built by James Gould), which was destroyed during the Civil War.

    Another great challenge!

  13. Most excellent work as usual, cosedimarco- that spiral staircase is really impressive.

  14. I tried to just "update" my lighthouse, but it wouldn't upload to the same place. Sometimes when I want 2 models uploaded, that are created from the same file, it won't let me upload a "new" model, it just overwrites the previous one. Now, when I want it to do that, it won't. LOL ARRGGG

    but anyways, the previous one had black fog, and blue "ground" but it didn't show the "ground" only the fog so it looked weird.

  15. Hello Tom,

    The problem you have with replacing a model is caused by a missing model identification number (mid number) in your model file. This is often caused by not saving the model after uploading a model to the warehouse. In the 4th chapter of the 3d challenge participation manual we explained the solution for this problem. We choose not to explain how to remove this mid number from a model, but if you still want to do it here's the trick. Use the given code form the manual but replace the mid number you normally would use form the warehouse with the following word: nil
    This should do the trick.

    Good luck,


  16. Maybe it's not exactly a lighthouse but it has: light, water and great details :-)

    Lighted buoy

    Image Album

  17. Thanks J-m@n, I usually do save after uploading, even though I don't change anything, it gives the prompt to "save changes?" but I was in a hurry and I said no to that one. but now I know why.

  18. Wow! Great challenge this time. This is my 4th (and last one for this one) model.

    Lonesome lighthouse

    Lonesome Lighthouse album

    I take a look at your 3d Image gallery and saw my S.I.D. Thank for render it and good job.

  19. Howdy All, I made a small model this time. I'm into some other big projects right now. There are some really great models this time.
    Tin Toy Light House " Batteries Not Included"

  20. Wind Powered Light House.
    http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=3ccd8e6a29a270bacca277dcc2bd3e15,Bill Breen

  21. Lady Isle Lighthouse model has finished and image album updated.

    Lady Isle Lighthouse
    Image Album

  22. Hello All

    Sometimes I just don't understand the challenge. I hope I got it right this time.



  23. Bob, my man, you got it wrong! Again! Lol! I drew a house that weighed no more than 2 or 3 grams. Now THAT was a light house!

  24. The following models were found in the warehouse tagged correctly and within the challenge dates. There are no postings on the blog and will be added now.

    In order of date via warehouse:

    The triangle Lighthouse by Jeff Myers

    Traditional Lighthouse by Jeff Myers

    Contemporary Lighthouse by Jeff Myers

    Ultimate lighthouse by Jeff Myers

    Lighthouse by wash

    Stucco Lighthouse by rvhard

    Cape Lookout Nort carolina by FlagFreak

    A Note to All:

    PLEASE post a link on the blog as required by the challenge rules. At some point in time, If no posting on the blog - No entry in the voting. This work is done FREE by the moderators and becomes time consuming finding the models and matching it with the correct names.

    Also, this challenge is to create better modelers and better use of the software. The community part of the challenge is as important as the models. Here is where we exchange ideas and concepts on how to accomplish the same tasks in various ways.


  25. The following model was found in the warehouse tagged correctly and within the challenge dates. There are no postings on the blog and will be added now.

    South Coast MOD defense Sys by sir LOZ