Painting of the pier was done using xxx. I originally masked off the sides as I was thinking that I might keep them transparent, however without building a complete interior for them this looked a bit odd so I will have to create the windows differently - probably in the same way I have done previously with printed windows stuck on the body.
I also completed the gate outlining on the narrowbody gates of the West Pier plus the white hashing on the proximal end of the pier. As you can see above I plan on using Gemini jetbridges - though I'll have to modify how they connect to the pier itself. I started at least to begin to see where they might fit with the end A380 gate being a minor challenge since I want it to also be able to service at least one of the alternate 757 gates (the gate can fit 2 757s or an A380). The widebody piers will of course be double airbridges.
The narrowbody gates on the inside of the pier can fit a 737NG / A320 sized aircraft and 2 757s. FAA and ICAO gate sizes have the 737NG fitting into Size III and C gates respectively, however I have found that though the 757 fits in the same Size IV and D gate categories with the 767 it has a smaller wingspan intermediate between the two gate sizes. I have taken to creating gates that fit the 757 as the jump in size to the 767/A300/DC-10 size is quite significant and typically causes space issues on my dioramas.
The 747 and 777 fit within FAA Group V or ICAO Code E gates whilst the A380 fits within Group VI and Code F gates.
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