A Cold Storage Distribution Centre

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  1. GS4

    GS4 World's Greatest Hobby

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    Hi there fellow modellers,
    I guess it's time that I show some of my modelling efforts. So I decideed to start with my Cold Storage Distribution Centre. It could also be used as an ordinary warehouse, just change the sign.
    A front view
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    A few close up shots
    The lefthand end of the building - don't think these two old geezers know that the boss is at the other end of the building
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    One of the freight doors
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    Cleaning up the property
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    The righthand end of tthe building - that's the boss talking to the foreman
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    A look along the tracks
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    and a view frm the opposite end
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    A Cryogenic reefer full of frozen produce, is being spotted at the number 2 freight door
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    That's it for now, will post construction photos later

    Cheers, Simon :thumb:
  2. Nomad

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    Really nice. I like all the little details you added. Thanks for sharing.

    Loren
  3. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Looks great! I like all of the details too!
    Ralph
  4. MCL_RDG

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    Ya know...

    ...I think I drive by this place every few days.

    Nice work- I feel as I've been there.

    Mark
  5. GS4

    GS4 World's Greatest Hobby

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    Thanks for the comments guys, they are much appreciated

    Cheers, Simon
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    Simon, you did a very nice job. Especially all the little details and scenes around your cold storage make it come alive. Show us more of your modeling :thumb:.
  7. MilesWestern

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    Very nice indeed, but RUST UP THOSE RAILS!
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    That looks really nice! That freight dock was well done and I like the brick foundation.
  9. Russ Bellinis

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    Very nice scene. The only question I have concerns the choice of building for cold storage. Out here metal buildings are used for relatively small industries like heavy equipment dealers, and such. A lot of the older wholesale produce warehouses are metal and will have walk in boxes back inside the dock for produce which needs to be kept under refrigeration. All of the cold storage warehouses that I've seen around So Cal are concrete tilt up construction. Are they different in your part of the country?
  10. GS4

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    Thanks for the comments guys!!

    Russ, I've no first hand knowledge of what tye of construction is used in the various parts of the USA, for the building of cold storage facilities, as I live in the City of Cape Town in South Africa.
    The story behind my choosing to use a metal structure for the construction of a cold storage facility is as follows:-
    W. Vester was looking for a place to build a cold storage facility in the City of Bolder Creek, in Oregon. Now like most investors, he was a frugal man, who checked both sides of a coin before spending it. He came across an unused warehouse, the building in question, and upon closer inspection, decided that it would be financially beneficial to convert the existing building, rather than to build from new. So the interior of the warehouse was rebuilt with with cold rooms made from the latest materials, with the refrigeration plants installed outside under cover for ease of maintenance or replacement. Which also explains why there are ventilators on the roof. They are left over from the original use of the warehouse and as mentioned before, W. Venter, being the frugal man that he is, did not see the sense in spending money to have them removed, so there they'll stay until who knows when.

    Cheers, Simon
  11. Russ Bellinis

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    Good one, Simon. I suspect a small cold storage plant would not be concrete tilt up since as far as I know that is an expensive method of construction. I see so many cold storage plants, dairies, and ice cream plants out here that are concrete tilt up that I sometimes forget that a small company might use a different form of construction. The concrete is preferred because it is a better insulator than metal, but I've worked at produce wholesalers who used a metal building with refrigerated spaces inside as well.
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    Simon,
    Absolutely amazing detail!! Great work! I'm inspired!
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    Simon,
    I really like what you have done here. I would like to know more about how you created the brick foundation of the building. Did you make it or use some styrene sheet?
    Dave
  14. GS4

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    Hey there fellow modellers!!

    Thank you all for the compliments, they are much appreciated.

    Dave, the foundation brickwork is made from "Faller" 'N' scale printed card.

    What follows is a photographic presentation of the project. Basically the structure consists of a balsawod core with Plastruc corrigated styrene sheeting glued onto the balsawood. The white edgings are Evergreen styrene angle strips. I almost forgot, the model is built in HO scale (3.5mm/ft --- 1/87th scale)
    The raw materials
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    Attaching the one end wall
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    The other end wall
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    The front wall
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    Both doorways are cut out
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    What a difference a coat of paint makes
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    The next step is the making of the cargo doorways
    The materials required
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    Door assembly
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    The completed doorway
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    Some of the accessories
    A refrigeration unit ( a Walthers roof top A/C)
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    The security fence (from a Kibri fence kit)
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    and finally the sign
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    Now for some more progress shots
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    With the backdrop in place
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    Preparing the base for scenicing
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    The finished project
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    Cheers, Simon :wave: