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Spitfire Mark IX Cockpit Interactive Panorama

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Finished an interactive panorama for a client, Aero Legends, based at the WWII airfield Lashenden/Headcorn in Kent;

This Spitfire, TD314, built 1944 at Castle Bromwich, has been recently restored to the highest standard, the only not authentic part in the cockpit is the radio, and that's discreetly placed in the original map box.

The panorama is best viewed on a device with a mouse cursor - if you hover the cursor over an item of interest, a description and, for items out of view, a still photo will pop up.

You can fire up the Merlin engine - just press the Engine Start button!


Link for non-touch devices
Link for touch devices

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Love it . . was a bit of a surprise [even though I knew it would happen in advance] when I hit the starter and the engine spluttered to life, though I was disappointed when I immediately jerked the view up only to find the prop still stationary.

Still enjoyed it immensely though!

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FoxMalcolm, thanks! I agree that a rotating prop would have been very nice indeed. The problem is that such a panorama isn't a video, it's internally using a large number of still photos for each zoom level.

It's possible, with quite a bit of editing, to create a realistic, blurred view of what a rotating prop would look like, but that would have meant creating a second panorama, and switching between the two. I've done a similar thing with the Lightning cockpit, where you can "switch daylight on and off", but "just" for the prop to rotate, the amount of work (and the extra number of files on the server) seemed a bit out of proportion.

A solution might involve quite a bit of Javascript programming, that's an option I'm considering for the future!

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