I used NURMS Smoothing for the example render images. Polys after smoothing (3 Iterations) is and a high resolution map (included) of the Earth (3812 x 2428). This image can be easily swapped out for your image of choice.
The stand and the globe will initially be grouped when the object is loaded, for your convenience. The globe and the stand have been seperated onto individual layers for easy customization.
Kayframes for the rotation of the globe have already been setup within the model by default.
Object modelled to the real world sizes of 2 feet radius and 4 Feet high.