The initial construction is of a simple balsa wood box made up of multiple sections cut roughly to fit and braced internally:
You can see that this rather crude shape fits only roughly into the space for it:
The outside of the connector provides the attachment point for the first gate's double airbridges. I'm using standard Gemini airbridges, which I'll probably try and spice up a bit later on. The airbridge walkway fits into the balsa at the base of the pier:
You can also see in the above and below shots that extra pieces of balsa added to the connector cover the worst joints, allow a better mating to the main terminal and add some architectural style features:
The next step is painting her up. You can see at this time I also began painting the main terminal - leaving clear spaces for what may become large terminal windows:
The addition of windows and voila - the connector is finished for now. Unfortunately painting of the main terminal didn't go as smoothly - but that's a story for next time.
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