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Truck Loading Bay Diorama WIP - Calling it done

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Truck Loading Bay Diorama WIP - Calling it done
Posted by Tiking on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 1:08 PM

Well fellow modeling friends; it has certainly been a while since I posted my last truck build, especially longer if we mention a 1/24 scale diorama for that matter. Here is where I am with my latest project, representing a Truck 'on/off' loading bay. Now, let me apologies for not posting pics from the very beginning stages of this build. Unfortunately I lost pics from that time period. I was doing a transfer from my phone to the computer and erasing the originals at the same time. So, these are the ones that I have available for you all to see. But, I still have a bit to go before this is finish. So hopefully, I will be able to take some photos of the process from here on out. Hope you enjoy the photos. I wanted something different to work on and I thought this theme would provide some interest. It will incorporate a trailer, docked, and an open cargo bay next to the one you see in the diorama already. I will also add a forklift and some workers inside one of the bays. I am, trying to keep things simple, yet interesting for the eye to gaze upon. so we will see, if I can achieve the look I am going for. As always, things might change along the way or not, but regardless of how it turns out, I will try and make it an interesting diorama.The base for the diorama is made out of foam board or poster board and placed on a picture frame.

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You can see what I used as the facade and pic frame for the base as well as how I intended to lay it all out:

 

 

 

 

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The forklift is a plastic toy model I bought at a local super market. I was lucky, because the scale was 1/24. So I already started to take it apart and removing the internal mechanism to do some minor detailing and a repaint:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bay parts were made scratch built from plastic styrene and rubber materials, cut to fit. The signs were made from photos of the real thing scale down in Photoshop.The big opening which is painted a dark brown will remain as is. I decided it will not be seen, so there would be no point in detailing something that on one will see. As the reefer trailer is going to be docked right up to it, it will block out whatever view there is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I added parallel guides for the truck on both sides of the bay door. They are made from thick and harden electrical wiring material. I picked this out of a container 

which had been discarded. I thought, it would come in handy one day.

 

 

 

 

 

This pic shows the almost finished facade of the adjacent building. that will be place on the long side of the diorama.

 

 

Ok. Until the next update fellows. Hopefully everything will go as planned.

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 2:24 PM

Hello!

Another beauty being built! That gate is already a sight to see, and I'm sure the fork lift will also look very good when done. Good luck with your build and thanks for sharing, have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 9:07 PM

Yeah wow, I'd swear the loading dock was the real thing if you used a close up photo where I couldn't see your bench!

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the forklift. I noticed the other week on the HLJ website that Fujimi and Aoshima now make 1/32nd forklift models.

 http://hlj.com/product/FUJ01168

http://hlj.com/product/AOS04928

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Posted by Tiking on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 2:05 AM

Gamera

Yeah wow, I'd swear the loading dock was the real thing if you used a close up photo where I couldn't see your bench!

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the forklift. I noticed the other week on the HLJ website that Fujimi and Aoshima now make 1/32nd forklift models.

 http://hlj.com/product/FUJ01168

http://hlj.com/product/AOS04928

 

 

That's great. But this is 1/24, unfortunately.

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 7:13 PM

Ah yes you did say it was 1/24th, my mistake. Embarrassed

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, November 24, 2016 8:11 AM
No worries.
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Posted by Tiking on Saturday, November 26, 2016 4:36 PM
Posting where I left off. I finally got the components together that will give me a reasonable spotlight design. I was planning of purchasing but decided that I could not wait and went ahead and scratch built my own. I think they will look 'ok', when painted.      ------------------------------ I decided to scratch built my own security camera. Here are the parts and what I used to put my own together:    The components all laid out- I made the glass out of plastic. I had to mount the see-through plastic piece separately. Then cut a second piece to provide a protective cover for the lens. Then a third inner body piece as the internal housing:  The components mounted together: I think the effort was worth it:  ----------------------------------------- I used resin nuts and bolts. Glad I had bought many of these sometime ago. I knew they would have come in handy:  I made a drainage in the ground in front of the second docking platform:     I built the U-beam from an old piece of plastic I found. I painted it blue and added a piece of poster-board painted a concrete color.      This is what I used to paint the building. It was custom mixed by my local paint store. It is a concrete color.  The dock platform:
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Posted by Pawel on Saturday, November 26, 2016 5:44 PM

Hello Charles!

Sure is interesting to see it in progress! Good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by Tiking on Saturday, November 26, 2016 6:10 PM

Thank you.

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Posted by Wilbur Wright on Saturday, November 26, 2016 10:36 PM

Really exceptional realism there. Great work.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, November 27, 2016 12:34 AM

I love it.

As someone whoe has designed one too many loading docks and warehouses, I hve a tiny quibble; the paving joints ought to parallel/perpendicular the building, as the paving joints get laid out in reference to the building's foundation walls  Even when the parking areas are placed first (as is sometimes down with tilt-up construction), that paving winds up in some alignment to the building.

Other than that minor issue, this is so tight to prototype, it's scary. 

Waiting to see if you sneal a wallpack light in (might not, those are on 30' centers, typically)

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Posted by Tiking on Sunday, November 27, 2016 2:17 AM

CapnMac82

I love it.

As someone whoe has designed one too many loading docks and warehouses, I hve a tiny quibble; the paving joints ought to parallel/perpendicular the building, as the paving joints get laid out in reference to the building's foundation walls  Even when the parking areas are placed first (as is sometimes down with tilt-up construction), that paving winds up in some alignment to the building....

 

Thank you for that. About the road pavement points I can only presume were mistakes. I thought about that after I made the incisions. Oh well. I had already glued down tbe base and wasn't about to rip it up again.

As for the down and tilt-up construction, not all are done like that. I have seen many variations that do not have the down and tilt-up construction. I guess it depends where you are. Regardless, I appreciate the constructive criticism.

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Posted by Tiking on Monday, November 28, 2016 10:06 AM
More progress of the second truck docking bay.Added a black wash over the entire concrete platform. Then added a second brown wash accentiante the concrete. The results looked pretty good to me. Then I added the details to the bay itself:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 



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Posted by Tiking on Monday, November 28, 2016 10:06 AM

Details added:

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Posted by Tiking on Monday, November 28, 2016 10:07 AM

Thanks

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Posted by Tiking on Monday, November 28, 2016 10:12 AM

The lights painted and mounted together with the camera. I am pretty please how they both turned out:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 28, 2016 11:25 AM

She's coming along great! Yes

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Posted by Tiking on Monday, November 28, 2016 3:44 PM

Thank you.

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Posted by Tiking on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 1:58 AM

Added some interior greebies inside the second docks. 

 



 

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Painted a yellow guide line in front of the second dock:

 




 

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Added the Caution pillar:

 



 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:47 AM

Love the greebies and the back-up pillar is weathered perfectly.

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Posted by Tiking on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:54 PM

Thank you kindly. Back-up pillar. That was the word I was looking for. 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 1:03 PM

Lol, I have no idea what the correct term for the post is, caution pillar might be right. 

I've refered to the ones here at work as the 'oh Censored pole...... Wink

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Posted by Tiking on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 2:39 PM
Hahaha! That seems to work as well. :)
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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, December 01, 2016 11:49 AM

More details added. Will be adding a bay gate( not sure what they are called) and some minor other details. I also took some outside photos to see how it looked in real light.

 

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Posted by Tiking on Saturday, December 03, 2016 1:07 AM
I Made the docking bay door out some pieces of styrene.   The final bay door in place:  I then painted some thin white styrene stripes blue, for the trimming at the top edge of the building.   The bay door 'open & close' mechanism. I used a small piece I found in my 'box of tricks' and sliced up thin round styrene rod for the buttons.  The finished mechanism.
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Posted by Tiking on Saturday, December 03, 2016 1:55 PM
I apologies for the bad pics. But when the diorama is completed, I will take better ones. These are just WIP as you can see: The bay door 'open & close' mechanism painted and ready to mount on the inside wall:  I scratch built a drainage pipe that will be mount between both, the brick and concrete bay walls:   I have added side roof strips to all sides of the front facing building and painted them blue:  I scratch built a canopy for the second docking bay. I thought it was necessary and adds interest to the rest of the scene.    I used cardboard corrugated roofing which made the job easy and simple. This was later glued onto the styrene piece that was the canopy.   I used my trusty nuts and bolts for the areas that were going to be mounted to the wall. As you can also see, I made some bracing as well.:      The canopy mounted in place. I think it looks ok.   I decided to redo the concrete tarmac. I knew the ground did not look right, and this I was told should be perpendicular to the building and not at an angle as it is now. So I am trying to see if I can rectify my mistake by hiding those grooves. We'll see if it works.
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Posted by e.o.d. guy on Saturday, December 03, 2016 7:57 PM
Outstanding! I spent ten minn. Just looking at the work you did on the dock door alone. I am in awe of how relistic it is . And in my opinion modeling perfection is to make something that is almost , or identical to the real thing. I showed the pic ( eleventh one down) to members of my household and everyone was amazed that it was a model and not the real mc coy. Thank you for sharing your work
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Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, December 03, 2016 11:00 PM

Looks better and better.

The back-up pillar is also known as a "bollard."  The latest versions have a bright yellow PVC cover whcih silps over the concrete-filled steel pipe.  Older versions are concrete with and without sleeves.  Yours is entirely prototypical, and excellent in appearance.

may call them greeblies, but, looks prototypical to me.  Excellent work.

Ps., in my previous comments "down" should read "done."  With concrete tlit-up, the walls are concrete panels either 7.5' or 9.5" thick.  So, they need a stout crane to erect them.  Which can necessitate pouring the parking & driving areas first, to leave the floor area clear to lay yhe panels out upon (and also to spot the interior structure fro the roof).

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Posted by Tiking on Sunday, December 04, 2016 4:17 AM
My regards to your family. Thank you for the great support. I do appreciate it.
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Posted by Tiking on Sunday, December 04, 2016 4:19 AM

The Bay door mechanism device is now mounted.

 

 

 

 

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