[Help] Loaded model placed very far away

Hi guys, I’ve got a question about scaling model after it was added into the scene.

In my scene the model is so far as you can see in the picture below:

Instead if I add it in something like GLTFViewer it is placed correctly:

My question is how to place the model with the correct scale into my stage.

Below how I init the camera and the render:

initCamera() {
    const aspect = this.canvas.offsetWidth / this.canvas.offsetHeight

    this.camera = new THREE.PerspectiveCamera(45, aspect, 1, 1000)
    this.camera.position.z = 15
    this.camera.aspect = aspect

render() {
    this.renderRequested = false
    if (resizeRenderer(this.renderer, this.parent)) {
      const canvas = this.renderer.domElement
      this.camera.aspect = canvas.clientWidth / canvas.clientHeight
    this.renderer.render(this.scene, this.camera)

Any techniques or advice are welcome,

thanks in advance and kind regards,


You can use scale and z position of the camara like this:

this.camera.position.z = 15


theModel.scale.set(20, 20, 20);

Try to change and play with position.z and scale.set to find a perfect fit.

Before randomly scaling a model, I would like to know what’s going on.

If your model is displayed as “tiny”, then there are several possibilities:

  • maybe it is tiny. ==> check its dimensions. Maybe on export a different than expected unit of measurement was applied.
  • check the model’s position/translation with respect to the camera’s position. ==> maybe the camera is too far away in relation to size and position of the model.
  • you could also apply a telelense effect by playing with the fov-parameter of THREE.PerspectiveCamera().
  • Ultimately, you can of course scale your model.

Hi! Thanks!
Working with dimensions and position is the approach I have chosen.
Basically I set up the position and the camera in base to the model sizes in this way:

    const box = new THREE.Box3().setFromObject(model);
    const size = box.getSize(new THREE.Vector3()).length();
    const center = box.getCenter(new THREE.Vector3());


    model.position.x += (model.position.x - center.x);
    model.position.y += (model.position.y - center.y);
    model.position.z += (model.position.z - center.z);

    this.controls.maxDistance = size * 10;
    this.controls.minDistance = size;

    this.camera.near = size / 100;
    this.camera.far = size * 100;

I found this solution here:

@ExoGeN and @vielzutun.ch thanks for your advices and for the fast replies, much appreciated.

Regards, Davide