For a full history of the design of my Xin Long airport diorama see the following category in this blog: Xīn Lóng International
This short pier serves two main purposes in the diorama. Firstly by running alongside the rear margin it solves the problem of what to do to merge the rear boundary line into the background and secondly it fills an area of apron real estate in a workable way usefully.
As you can see it only has enough room for 3 gates - two that fit a 737-800 or A321 and one capable of fitting a 'small' widebody like an A330-300. Construction and detailing follows the same format as the rest of the terminal. Since the primary background was created using an offcut piece of wood I picked up free it wasn't quite the correct size to fit all the way along the rear, so I have also created a second smaller background to fit the empty space along the whole of pier I.
This new background area (again built using the same methods as the main background) has allowed me to continue along the near distance imagery of the rest of the background, incorporating some office buildings and a tank farm also. Although there is a join line it is simple to remove it digitally in photos of this part of the airfield as you can see below:
Hopefully you agree that the additional background element adds a substantial degree of realism to the airport and allows better photography of distant gates which previously would not have had a background.
This brings to an end the construction of the terminal building and aprons themselves, however as you no doubt notice there is still the sides of the field that need backgrounds added.
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