ClassicCars Journal: FIVA launches online source for parts for vintage vehicles. “According to the…website, it lists more than 6 million parts for more than 17,000 historic vehicles with information and prices for original equipment and aftermarket parts and qualified experts. The website offers free access through January 31, 2020 if you visit a special… website.”
CNRS: A Digital Twin for Notre-Dame. “Creating a Google Earth of sorts for the cathedral of Paris, that is the ambitious project of a team of researchers. Their objective is clear: to gather all past and future knowledge about the structure within a collaborative platform.”
Xinhuanet: China to restore murals of largest Taoist temple . “The restoration of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) murals in Yongle Palace, the largest Taoist temple in China, will be launched in 2020, local authorities said Saturday.”
BBC: Google lets destroyed Lion of Mosul roar again. “Google has recreated an ancient statue destroyed by the Islamic State group in 2015, using crowd-sourced pictures and 3D printing. The Lion of Mosul was a colossal Assyrian guardian lion which stood at the entrance of the Temple of Ishtar in Nimrud, Iraq.”
Mashable: Restoration YouTube will bring you deep into an internet rabbit hole. “The restoration community is a corner of YouTube boasting thousands of subscribers and millions of views. For the most part, it breaks down into four major subdivisions: shoes, swords and knives, small machinery, and toy restoration. Surprisingly, though, while all of these items are different, most of the content creators all had similar things to say.” The art restoration is pretty terrific too. Check out Baumgartner Restoration’s YouTube channel.
SF Examiner: When rebuilding SF’s 100-year-old cable cars, carpenters turn to new digital photo archive to nail the details. “The subtle sloping arch of its windows. The layered wooden brow extending from its roof. The swelling outward curve of its back panel, where a conductor may stand on any given day. These are just some of the countless little details Muni’s cable car carpenters obsess over to achieve millimeter-perfect historical accuracy. They only have one chance to get it right. Barring major collisions, Muni reconstructs each cable car just once every 50 years. Now these wood-working artisans have been armed with a new tool to ensure every screw, and every nail, is placed more accurately than ever before: Photos.”
Scientific American: Geologists Measure Bullet Damage to Ancient Middle Eastern Settlements. “[Lisa] Mol, who specializes in rock art and rock deterioration, is now spearheading an initiative—the first of its kind—to quantify and catalogue the impacts of bullets in rock at a heritage site in the Middle East. The eventual goal is to inform efforts to conserve or repair such sites.”