Sketch-up is a free, 3d modeling software released by Google, for those who don't know. Now that that's out of the way...
Largely inspired by (and after buying a copy of!) Steve Wesson's ride through of ATIS, I decided I wanted to make my own. The only official blueprint I had was a very low resolution floorplan, and the rest was based off of photos. I decided not to include the Atommobiles so that it would be easy to walk through without obstruction. I will soon have a link where you all can download the model and explore it for yourselves, but until then, here are some screenshots:
EDIT: To download the model: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...af3c87bf2ce6b1
Mighty Microscope and snowflake graphic:
Mighty Microscope and queue area:
First snowflake scene:
Second snowflake scene:
I would have modeled more of the hanging matter, but I made this towards the end and I didn't want it to lag due to the high face amount.
Array of water molecules:
What you see is what you get here, there really is just a bunch of those molecules one behind the other.
The larger water molecules: (the white pathway in the corner is the track)
The dashing electrons were done in an interesting way: I made two versions of the texture, each with a different pattern, and then applied both textures to the face of wall so that the two textures flashed between each other repeatedly, thus creating a dashing effect.
Dare I explore the nucleus?
No need to worry, we are back on visual!
The exit room/museum:
Unfortunately, I could not get ahold of any pictures of the particular displays, but if anybody would be willing to donate one, it would be much obliged
And here's the entire model: