03 September 2008

3D Challenge #056 - Clock Tower

Note: 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.
Before you start modeling and posting, please read carefully the 3D Challenge participating manual and pre-made or downloaded components are not allowed.

This week's challenge:

Clock Tower

This weeks challenge is to model a Clock Tower! One of the most famous towers is Big Ben, named from the main bell that rings inside. It is located in Westminster, London and is an architectural marvel. Very detailed and intricate designs can be found throughout the tower. This is what we would like you to model. An existing or creative Clock Tower providing as much detail as you see fit.

Have fun with the challenge and enjoy your time while modeling!

3D Warehouse tag: 3d challenge 056

Due Date: Wed, September 10th (Challenge Closed)

Click here to see the currently submitted models for this challenge.

Fixed Hand Rotating Dial Clock Tower by JediCharles

2nd Place
The Downtown Lot Clock Tower by yipperoo


  1. General Notes:
    There will no obligation for a blog entry anymore. It is still allowed to post a link to your model or additional images, but it is not required anymore to submit a model to the challenges. The 3D Warehouse tag is still required though and should be added when uploading a model to the Warehouse.

    You can use the hyperlink code creator 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.

    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 may 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.

    Please refrain from using background images in your models as it is the model itself that is being judged.

    You'll notice a new link on the main page that directs you to the First Place Certificate area to which winners are able to print a certificate with a picture of their model detailing their excellence. You can access the page here or through the main page of the blog.

    Have Fun!!!!

  2. An Idea for the next challenge: war car (ferret armored vehicle, Jeep, hummer, etc.)

  3. request for next challenge, toilet on wheels, portable toilet or appliance with wheels. i think that would be a good and challenging model to make.

  4. @ashinms
    Please use another name for your model.

  5. Here is my entry this week probably one of my last entry into the challenge, but here it is

    rhododendron tower

    Im actually suprised that my suggestion for the dam is winning in the polls


  6. This message is not about the Challenge. I'm having a problem with a few people and my tags.
    I've already searched throughout this blog and the sketchup blog and theres no one to contact about it. Not ieven in forums. Where or better still who and how do I contact Google about it?
    Its serious. Please help. Thanks.
    PS: There is a Google Office right here in New York City. Should I contact them directly about this problem?

  7. @francis_nyc
    First of all this challenge is not part of the Google Inc.
    It's a free project, not related with Google.

    Then you can use the Contact page of google: Contacs

    or contact directly Google Inc.
    Google Inc.
    1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
    Mountain View, CA 94043
    Phone: +1 650-253-0000
    Fax: +1 650-253-0001

    If there's an office in NY this could be the shortest way.

    Read also the "privacy statement" and the "terms of use" pages at the bottom of main WH page. There's a lot of links about privacy and copyrights (if this is your problem)
    I hope you will fix your problems,

  8. @cosedimarco:
    Thanks for the main Google Contacts. And no it isn't a Copyright problem. Its about one word. "stadium". in a tag. I put the word "stadium" not in the tags, and its not on this one particular site but I guess there's people that just plain need someone to harras. Yep, I'm being harased. Thats exactly what I'll be telling Google today. Both the main office and the one here in NYC. Fortunately the word is in a Story line. Not even in a Tag. But they insist it is, unless someone's altering the words between this server and theirs? But the same same people leeve the same stupid, immature comments regarding this. So firstly I'm very lucky that there statements can't be erased and it'll be my proof of what's going on through the Google Sketchup program. Anyway sorry to contact this way and most importantly thanks for your help.

  9. @cosedimarco: the contacts are of no help. Its catch 22. The tape suggests the the main site again. Round and round, although yes there is an office right here in NYC and within walking distance...

    Thanks again. Onward.

  10. Suggestion: TV studio/set/stage or famous sitcom house. I think it should be a one month challenge.

    Another: A complete town. Instead of each of us doing an entire town, have a list of buildings/models needed and then have us sign up to model one of our choosing.

  11. This challenge SCREAMS back to the future to me. Unfortunatly my graphics drivers are all screwed up so I can't use sketchup, maybe someone else can take the ball on this one for me.

  12. @Dany
    I'm sorry but your model can't be accepted.
    It is a Sun dial rather than a Clock tower

  13. I think that Dany's idea is good and it should be accepted. The definition of (according to Merriam Webster) is any periodic system by which time is measured. A sundial seems to fit that description. And his sundial seems to be in tower form. Furthermore I see nothing in the challenge description that says the time keeper in the tower has to be mechanical. By definition and the set goals in the description of the challenge, it seems to me that Dany has covered the requirements with his model.

  14. From Wikipedia
    Clocktower: "A clock tower is a tower built with one or more (often four) clock faces. The clock tower is usually part of a church or municipal building such as a town hall, but many clock towers are free-standing.

    The mechanism inside the tower is known as a turret clock. It often marks the hour (and sometimes segments of an hour) by sounding large bells or chimes, sometimes playing simple musical phrases or tunes."

    Sun Dial: "A sundial is a device that measures time by the position of the Sun. In common designs such as the horizontal sundial, the sun casts a shadow from its style (a thin rod or a sharp, straight edge) onto a flat surface marked with lines indicating the hours of the day."

    It seems to me Dany' model is very, very close to the second one.
    What he calls a tower could be named rod.
    Maybe he could substitute the "Mechanical clock" with sun dials, so it could be a clocktower.

  15. Hello cosedimarco,
    I have just read your comments.
    If I understand what you say, you suggest to me to add à clock on my tower?
    I make this project because I had this idea. But I make this one in two days(two days before the end). I became the challenge so later. I knows, like said moboille, the project is not very well finished. But I haven't any more time.

  16. @ Dany
    Discussion is not about quality, but about subject.
    In my opinion you model a big sun dial instead of a clocktower.
    To avoid problem you could add sundials to the clocktower's faces.
    This is a very old way to measure time.
    I'll hope this could help.
    Reference image

  17. This is an idea for the next challenge, a gas station .

  18. Hello,all,I'm back!i've had a few problems with sketchup as it keeps saying that my filesizes are too high when i upload them to the warehouse :( and i have had more work than ever on my this month,aah too bad :(

  19. yo thanks for all the input on my model!

    I had enough and just barely enough time meet the deadline for my second entry the radial clock
    so check and tell me what you think


  20. I wanted to vote for Dany.

    I thought his was the neatest idea. I don't think it should be consider a sundial because it is in fact a tower.

  21. Important notice:
    After a check of the winners model we found that Moboille model had pre-made models, so it could't be accepted into the challenge.
    New winner is Jedi Charles