Spotted in the MAKE Flickr pool:

Flickr member davesbit built a globe by making a mold from a beach ball, and designed a map for it using The Generic Mapping Tools.

The globe is about 20inches in diameter, made from fiberglass and filled with foam. The map parts are built with the Generic Mapping Tools and glued on…

Making-of photos on the Flickr photo page.

  • Apis

    It looks very nice. I don’t know why, but I’ve always liked earth globes. I would like to have a “star globe” and a moon globe as well, but they are so expensive. This seems like a great way make one instead. Maybe you could add an arduino and motor to have it spin or light up certain parts from the inside etc. :)

    • Roach

      It would be really neat to have a lamp inside that slowly rotates, representing the portion of the Earth in sunlight. The tricky part would be adjusting the angle to account for seasons.