Two vintage aircraft cockpits

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Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:53 pm

For the Military Aviation Museum Tangmere I did two interactive panoramas of classic English Electric aircraft:

* The Canberra B.2 is a "walk-through" from the bomb aimer position via the cockpit to the navigator (sorry, I had a typo in the URL!), and
* The Lightning F.53 has a "day view" and a "night view", with the instrument lights switched on.

Descriptions of all the dials and switches (that will pop up when hovering with the mouse) will follow, for the Canberra, they are "work in progress" by former Canberra pilots.

Both examples are commercial work, using focus stacking and HDR to deal with the confined space and difficult lighting conditions in a hangar.
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Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:35 am

For the English Electric Lightning cockpit panorama I have added 150 descriptions for all the instruments, dials, and switches.

They are all polygon hotspots. I had hoped they would work on touchscreen devices if I set the hotspots to "always visible", but that doesn't seem to be the case. I have set the alpha of the hotspot background and border to 5%, hoping this way the hotspots would react to touch events, but they don't (not at 100% either).

Am I missing a trick to get polygon hotspots to work on a touchscreen device?

Thanks!

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Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:10 pm

For the Lightning cockpit panorama I have added point hotspots on top of the polygon hotspot areas. It's not perfect, but now all the labels for cockpit instruments, dials, and switches show up on any touch device as well. I've set the alpha for the point hotspots to 0.005 to have them dimmed.

Is there a known way to disable the point hotspots on a non-touch device?
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:05 pm

That's a BIG WOW !

I did not see the point hotspots. I just moused over device, knob, dial and a very easy to read description appeared.

LOTS OF WORK that panorama. Great Job !!!
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Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:00 pm

Thanks Dave!

The big amount of work happened outside Pano2VR - the photography took a long time, using focus stacking and exposure bracketing, which also meant a lot of processing - HDR and focus stacking.

All seemed well, with point hotspots on top of polygon hotspots, to make the labels readable on touch devices as well. Today I hear (and can reproduce the problem) that G**gle Chrome shows two hotspot labels slightly offset to each other, one for the point- and one for the polygon hotspot, a behaviour I haven't seen in any other browser:

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Not sure how to deal with that problem!
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Fri May 30, 2014 12:05 am

Very nicely done, how was it done? or is that a trade secret?! i'm mainly asking about a tripod in a confined space, nadir etc.
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Fri May 30, 2014 5:18 pm

The panoramas were created with a Canon 5D Mk II and a Canon 8-15mm fish eye lens. The camera was tethered to a notebook to automate exposure bracketing and focus stacking.

The panoramic head assembly used is made by Really Right Stuff, the tripod used for the Canberra is a Manfrotto carbon fibre.
For the Lightning, with a really confined space, I have used a Manfrotto 529B Hi-Hat, a very small and solid "mini-tripod".

The confined space was certainly a factor, and without focus stacking it wouldn't have been possible.
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Fri May 30, 2014 7:37 pm

Interesting! I still can't figure out how you got the nadir in the cockpit.
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Fri May 30, 2014 8:15 pm

I took a photo without the tripod from approximately the same position, looking downwards, edited the tripod out, and replaced it, after a bit of "free transform" in Photoshop, with the same area of the photo taken without the tripod.
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Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:43 am

I see, thanks for sharing! I did the same for a car, thats why I was asking as it was not ideal handheld, iso had to go way up. I thought you may have had a contraption that helped with that.
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Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:49 pm

Cool stuff!!

I did a cockpit from of Pilatus P2 quite a while ago: http://www.oliver-wendel.de/pano/flash/ ... p2_out.swf.

The guy on the back seat is the owner.

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Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:50 pm

Nice, thats to all. 8)
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Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:01 am

Love that Lightning Harald! A nightmare of work, I know how it feels to sit with a shed load of post processing work too.

On the subject of aircraft, one from my collection. The Lavatory was a nightmare. polished surfaces everywhere.
http://www.stillmation.com/L500_chinese/
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