Well, here goes. In this thread, I will be presenting images of the Alamo and the town of San Antonio de Bexar from the 3D virtual interactive map that I have researched and created over the past few years. As I explained in another thread, it is a three mile square flat ground plane upon which I have meticulously laid out the streets, roads, acequias, creek and river of San Antonio de Bexar as it was during the Texian War for Independence of 1835-1836.
These features are not arbitrarily placed, but carefully drawn over a checkerboard tapestry of hundreds of high resolution satellite images of modern San Antonio stretching north to south from San Pedro Springs to half way between the town and Mission Concepcion and west to east from the Upper Presidio Road west of the Campo Santo to the Powder House and Watch Tower. For historians, this provides a uniquely navigable map. Do you wish to know how long and wide Plaza de Valero was? You can measure it down to the foot on this map. We are pretty sure exactly where the Powder House was, but some descriptions still place it a mile from the Alamo while others call it 1,000 yards. It was in fact 2,130 yards.
In addition to this highly useful 2-dimensional map, it is also a 3-dimensional model. Within the limits of my 2006 computer, I have built an accurate interactive model of Bexar and the Alamo. Unfortunately, until I can get a higher-powered computer, these are in two separate SketchUp files. As of this writing, the Bexar model is 128 MB and the Alamo is 132 MB. If I were to combine them (which I plan to do), my poor virtual memory would make navigation impossible and crash the program ever time I'd try to perform some action. Even now, it can't walk and chew gum at the same time.
That said, I have been able to create perhaps 60 percent of Bexar and a fair La Villita. More structures need to be added north of town along Soledad, Acequia and Flores Streets as well as in the Potrero (the area within the river horseshoe bend) and Laredito (the area across San Pedro Creek behind the Governors' Palace along the south-running Laredo Road. Pueblo del Alamo structures are on the Alamo model. Since the 3-D model is navigable, anybody owning a copy (when that is possible) will be able to take their own infinite number of photographs from any angle high or low. Artists can have a true template to use as a springboard for their work. When standing in San Fernando's bell tower, the Powder House will be in its correct position on the horizon in relation to the Alamo.
Tonight I am sending Marty Brazil a bunch of photos from the Alamo model to get this started. He has kindly offered to help and, when he is able to post them all (poor fellow), I'll add general comments at the end. Hopefully, I will master the photo program and be able to post them myself shortly and have them capable of being carried forward for comments.
[Note: These Alamo model photos are on the "Dioramas and Models" thread.]
If nothing else, it's great eye candy for Alamo buffs. Have fun.