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    Default Looking for some educated size guesstimates

    I always get this stuff wrong, so I thought I'd solicit some opinions before I got started. If you were building this facility, how big (LxWxH) would you make the main concrete tower? I have plenty of room available, so I should be able to build it close to scale.








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    My eyeball estimate of the white block, based on the size of the doors and stairs, is roughly 45' wide, 20" to 24' deep, and 55' to 60' tall. The door at the top of the stair goes into a box that is 16' x 16', perhaps 12' tall. As an architectural designer I do this kind of visual field measuring all the time, for building elements that I cannot directly access. If I need to know dimensions with greater precision, I will print out photos and then draw lines over them to "construct" something measurable, such as projecting an edge to where it intersects something that is easier for me to measure. Like, "this dormer's peak lands about a third of the way down from this other door head... I know the door head will be at 7'-0" above the floor line, so..." I haven't done that in this case, just looking at your photos.

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    Is this still standing? G-Maps has a distance function. Right click on one corner, select the next corner. I use this all the time. It may not be exact, but it's close enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim R View Post
    Is this still standing? G-Maps has a distance function. Right click on one corner, select the next corner. I use this all the time. It may not be exact, but it's close enough.
    Yep, still standing - https://www.google.com/maps/@43.8664.../data=!3m1!1e3

    I didn't know about that distance function - thanks for the tip! Says it's 75' x 38'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Says it's 75' x 38'?
    It could be bigger, like that - the proportions are similar to what I typed. That would make the height roughly 90' or more. This is how selective compression can work - you could choose to build it to smaller dimensions as long as you keep the same overall proportions.

    EDIT: I still look at those stairs, though, and figure each run is 12' vertical. This is going by the door height on the wall, it appears to be about 24' between the two door landings. Using this figure, the tower should be about 70' (hard to figure the height of the bottom stair flight), and that is only a bit larger than my initial guess.
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    My guess was 80 - 90'. The tank upfront looks to be about 30' tall and building appears to be about 2 1/2 tanks.

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    I was going to suggest to use the man doors as a gauge . They should be either 81" tall or 80" if newer .

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    There are apps for estimating dimensions from photos:
    estimating dimensions from photo
    See: for example
    https://www.blocklayer.com/scale-fixereng.aspx

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    Feel free to use any and all methods. I'm not looking for a "how to", I'm looking for guesses - and y'all have all the same visual info that I do

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    I was playing around with scissors and paper (I'm at work, lol) and made some walls that are 5.6" x 2.9" (75' x 38', more or less). For the height, I went with 5.25" (70') and it seems a little squat. Think it could it be closer to 90 ft?

    BTW, when talking about height I'm talking all the way to the ground (even though the base isn't really visible anyplace).

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    Sorry if this is not helpful , but the walthers ADM kit has a main building at 119' scale feet (9 inches) and the silos are 85' scale feet (6.375 inches)
    Just thought i would see if this helps

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    It would be very helpful if the prototype for the Walthers ADM kit sat right next to this Cargill facility

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    Jeez, this is annoying. I'm trying to be as precise as possible putting down the scribe lines for my wall cuts and I noticed that the Evergreen sheet styrene I'm using is just a bit crooked (6" wide on one end and 6 1/16" wide on the other). Like I don't have enough problems getting this stuff to fit together correctly!

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    This is where you use your wife's Fiskars cutter. Square and straight without fail. https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-Porta.../dp/B000NUX180

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    When I scratch built my grain elevator, I ran into the same problems that the evergreen sheets weren't square. As a matter of practice I chose one edge as true and trimmed about 1/8" off of the other sides so I knew I was dealing with something that was square. Quite a bit of a pain in the arse, but it was worth it in the long run. Stuff actually fit.

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    Any guesses on the color? At first I was thinking it was sort of a creamy tan, but now that I look at it a little more closely I'm thinking it's more like a dirty white.

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    I just recently spent a bunch of time researching Cargill . Their complex color of choice is white , it would stand to reason this is no different .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Jeez, this is annoying. I'm trying to be as precise as possible putting down the scribe lines for my wall cuts and I noticed that the Evergreen sheet styrene I'm using is just a bit crooked (6" wide on one end and 6 1/16" wide on the other). Like I don't have enough problems getting this stuff to fit together correctly!

    -Mark
    When I was doing plastic fabrication for a living, we never assumed that plastic sheet (in this case 50"x100", mostly acrylic) was square. Our procedure (on a computer controlled panel saw) was to make a trim cut on one long edge. Put that edge against the front fence, which we knew was square (because we regularly checked and adjusted it), and make trim cut along the end. Now that there was a square corner, put it into the saw and start cutting parts.
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    Tough to tell on the pic due to a cloudy day other than the sat view. But looks white to me as well. Maybe white with a couple drops of light gray to knock it down a notch.

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    White it shall be, thanks!

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