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Old 07-29-2020, 05:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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About a decade ago when the new GeminiJets jet bridges came out, I realized that the bridges were the same height as two LEGO bricks stacked on top of each other, and the jet bridges could connect to the Technic pieces with the slots in them.


I didn't do anything with that knowledge until a few months ago when I started designing some airport terminal models out of LEGO bricks. So far I've built a few simple models, some based on terminals at my local airport. I think they came out pretty well considering the limitations of the medium.


We'll start with this small model of gates D33 and D34 at Miami International Airport. This section of the terminal was originally built around 1987 and these gates were originally numbered D8 and D10 (later D6 and D8) until the mid-2000s when the first phase of the new North Terminal opened and they gained their current designations. Both gates can accommodate aircraft up to a Boeing 757 in size.


This section of the terminal still looks the same as it did 30 years ago, so it can easily display a Continental MD-80 in the red meatball livery, an AA 727-200, or a modern-day AA Airbus A319.
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Old 07-29-2020, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Last for now is this completely fictional 6-gate regional airport.


For this one I used blue transparent bricks for the windows. This was inspired by the blueish tint on the window panes at the new Concourse A at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.


The main terminal building is the 3-story center portion with purple trim. The two "wings" jutting out of each side are meant to represent extensions built later. The right side extension where the two widebodies are parked in the last photos is meant to hold a small FIS, scaled to be roughly the same size as the old Terminal 4 FIS at FLL. In real life it's unlikely that an airport of this size would ever see a LATAM 777, but Eastern's 767s do pop up everywhere on charters.


This terminal can accommodate 6 narrowbodies or 4 widebodies at once. The 2 outer gates where airplanes park at an angle can accommodate widebodies up to a 777, and the 4 center gates can accommodate narrowbodies up to an A321 or 737-900. By parking widebodies at an angle on the center gates, 2 narrowbody gates can be used as 1 widebody gate.
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Old 07-30-2020, 11:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Very cool! I see N702FR "Courtney the Cougar. In house, a group of us call it "Steve French"
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Nice Work ! I like them.

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Very cool! I see N702FR "Courtney the Cougar. In house, a group of us call it "Steve French"
Haha, what's the backstory on that? Pre-pandemic I called concourse G the morning zoo because of all the Frontier animal tails lined up ready to go.

My current project is Miami International Airport Concourse A Phase II, which first opened in 1999 and originally contained 10 gates numbered A17-A26. These gates could accommodate 10 narrowbody aircraft or 7 widebody aircraft. Airlines that used these gates included British Airways, LAN Chile, Swissair (later succeeded by Swiss), TACA, TAM, and Turkish Airlines. In 2007, Concourse A closed to expedite construction on the North Terminal project and reopened in 2010, with the gates renumbered as part of Concourse D. Thus these gates are now D1-D9 & D11.



I chose this part of the terminal because I've flown from this here since childhood and I work outside it on a regular basis now. The design is fairly simple which makes it easier to reproduce with LEGO, and most importantly it can handle a wide variety of aircraft.


As an example, there was one morning a few months ago when I noticed that AA had every aircraft type they flew to MIA parked next to each other on these gates. There was a 737 on D7, a 757 on D5, an A319 on D3, an A321 on D1, a 767 on D2, and a 777 on D4. A perfect real life diorama!


I haven't taken many pictures because it's still a work in progress, but it's mostly complete and I quickly staged a simple scene that depicts the terminal this past Monday at around 2 PM as a summer thunderstorm rolled through.


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On gate D1, a 737 awaits its next flight later that afternoon. On gate D2, AA 505 to Mexico City is an hour and a half late due to crew. The rampers have finished loading the airplane and are waiting under the building for the storm to pass, but the crew chief isn't bothered by the rain and is waiting next to the belt loader. I'm fueling the airplane and enjoying the shelter provided by the wing of the A319.

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Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any 1:400 scale hydrant trucks so this flatbed is playing the role for now. I'm kind of disappointed that GSE sets see fit to include several types of buses for example, but they all universally include the same tanker truck when most major airports (at least in the United States) use hydrant fueling systems. I suppose the generator cart included in the Gemini set can double as a hydrant cart in a pinch.

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Haha, what's the backstory on that? Pre-pandemic I called concourse G the morning zoo because of all the Frontier animal tails lined up ready to go.
Steve French is the name Bubbles gave his pet cougar in Trailer Park Boys. A bunch of my classmates and I used to hang out at my crash pad in Denver when we were still brand new and on reserve. Watched a lot of TPB. Anytime one of us fly it, we group text "Steve French". Really dumb but but funny memory of such a great time in our lives.

As a fellow airport builder myself, can't wait to see your future projects!

I love flying out of MIA. Concourse G is the last original concourse at MIA. It's a dump, but thats what makes it so cool; the old opening windows that are now sealed shut, the low ceilings, and every time I'm sitting at G10 or G12, you can see the white paint flaking away and revealing the original Aqua/seafoam green exterior.
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Beautiful terminals, here’s my semi-realistic Albuquerque terminal with a lot of traffic
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That's a damn fine ABQ if you ask me...
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Steve French is the name Bubbles gave his pet cougar in Trailer Park Boys. A bunch of my classmates and I used to hang out at my crash pad in Denver when we were still brand new and on reserve. Watched a lot of TPB. Anytime one of us fly it, we group text "Steve French". Really dumb but but funny memory of such a great time in our lives.

As a fellow airport builder myself, can't wait to see your future projects!

I love flying out of MIA. Concourse G is the last original concourse at MIA. It's a dump, but thats what makes it so cool; the old opening windows that are now sealed shut, the low ceilings, and every time I'm sitting at G10 or G12, you can see the white paint flaking away and revealing the original Aqua/seafoam green exterior.

Another series for me to catch up on!


My next project is actually the Concourse G extension from gates G8 on up. I spent a lot of time around there as a supervisor directing tanker trucks.



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That looks spectacular! I really like the color of the jet bridges. How did you make them?
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Some more photos of the MIA low D gates as they looked at 7 PM tonight:

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On D3, I'm fueling a 737 for flight 2109 to Raleigh/Durham. There's still 50 minutes to departure so the ramp crew hasn't shown up yet. That's just as well for me since I like to get in and do my thing before everyone else arrives.

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D1 is unoccupied. On D2, one of my coworkers is fueling an A319 for flight 2833 to Nashville.

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On D4, we have a 737 for flight 2333 to Philadelphia. D6 is unoccupied at the moment, but I'll be there half an hour later when the inbound 737 for flight 2793 to Denver arrives.

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On D8, passengers aboard flight 1511 to Santo Domingo are being treated to a ride on the AirCal heritage jet.

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Sidebar: The AirCal heritage jet is a new addition to my collection and this was my first time taking it out of the box. I was disappointed to find that the gray is too light.


All of the heritage jets use the same gray base color as the aircraft in the standard livery. I know that what the shade of gray looks like varies based on lighting conditions, but two models by the same manufacturer shouldn't be noticeably different shades of gray:


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Here is the real aircraft 3KC in partly cloudy skies:


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And in bright sunlight, which is closest to what the model depicts:


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Then again, Florida weather changes so often that maybe it's sunny at D8 and cloudy at D4.
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That looks spectacular! I really like the color of the jet bridges. How did you make them?
Just spray paint, I can’t remember the exact color tho
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