A long term project to develop a scale model of the Baltimore Washington International Marshal Thurgood Airport. Initially to be displayed at the Charm City LUG display at the 2017 Virginia Brickfair. Part of a City-Airport Theme to support the display of Lego Aircraft like the JetLiner series.
The main photo is a work in progress (WIP) model of the BWI Airport Air Traffic Control Tower (ATC). My ATC design is based on google satellite images and two following photographs.
The top part of the ATC tower has antenna and the radar dome which has red navigational lights at night. The top glass control section of the ATC tower handles landings and take-offs. The lower glass control section of the ATC tower handles regional flight paths. Not all the windows for the ATC section have been installed - The details will get better as I find better photos of the airport.
On the runway side, the ATC sits above and behind the Concourse Gate as seen here.
The ATC sits over the concourse-gate-flight bridge runway area and is taller than the light rail- commuter departure-arrival area on the other side. The ATC color choice of black is by default - not sure of the colors.
Below is my Lego version of BWI Runway 10-28. BWI Runway 10-28 which would be 150 inches long and 15 inches wide.
BWI Runway 10-28 is actually two separate runways: Runways 10 and Runway 28. Both runways have been scaled down to about 1/5 of the size they should be if they were built at a mini figure scale to keep the cost down and to make the pattern more visible from 6 feet away . Both runways are 75 inches long by 15 inches wide ( five 48x48 stud base plates). Each runway uses a remote controlled white micro dot LED string for night time landings. The LEDs have several pre programmed sequences, all on, and all off modes. To synchronize the runway lights both controller battery boxes need to be next to each other and taking commands from the same remote controller.
The runway 28 markings are based on the following google satellite photo.
Where runway 28 ends it meets up with runway 10 which has the opposite heading - Runway 10 marking look similar.
Quoting Jeremy McCreary
Nice tower design, Walter! Guessing that the CIA runs black ops out of this airport.
Jeremy, The BWI Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower TC color might be dark grey (not black) - my source photos have adequate ATC shape-form information but the ATC colors do not show up well for one reason or another. I may end up changing the color in the next version.
From people I have talke to...The top of part of the BWI ATC tower where the white radar dome sits over is to direct takeoff and landing. The lower part of the BWI ATC with the window bridge section is for assigning regional flight paths some distance away.
When I get a chance I will upload some photos of the actual ATC and runway so you can see how close my replica gets.