If you can't get to an actual beach this summer, here's the next best thing! Use SketchUp to prepare a scene you can dive right into, starting with a picture you can use as the background image. The other objects in your model can be downloaded from the 3D Warehouse, or modeled by you if you're so inclined.
You can blame my kids for this one. When I told them I wanted to show how to put someone's face in famous painting, my 12 year old wanted the Mona Lisa, and my 9 year old insisted on Justin Bieber's face on her. The results: disturbing!
People have been complaining that SketchUp has lacked the ability to easily insert standard objects like function curves, 3D solids, even objects such as beams, flanges, channels, lumber pieces, etc. There's a plugin called Engineering Toolbox that lets you do just this, for free.
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