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Discussions on specific A/C building techniques.
tarmack grid square measurements
New Hampshire, United States
Joined: June 06, 2002
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Posted: Friday, January 06, 2012 - 04:50 PM UTC
does anyone know what the actual size of the concret squares on a tarmack is? If I can get the size then I can scale it down to the proper scale needed.
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Friday, January 06, 2012 - 09:22 PM UTC
I'm looking for the same info Jody, so if I find anything I'll be sure to post it here.

In the meantime, here is a link from my model club showing a neat way to replicate the concrete if you're interested.

Concrete Runway

Cheers, D
Queensland, Australia
Joined: July 10, 2011
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Posted: Friday, January 06, 2012 - 09:46 PM UTC
Having built a couple of airports in my time I can tell you that the size of the concrete blocks depends on the geotechnical properties of the ground upon which it is built.

Hard ground means you can have thinner broader blocks, soft ground needs deeper and smaller ones.

So I'd reckon you should try drawing a grid pattern and see what gives the best look?
Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
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Posted: Saturday, January 07, 2012 - 06:13 AM UTC
that's certainly useful information, allows for some flexibility.
Ive been researching the same question for a specific air field I want to model.
Using images and tools on Google Earth, and various photos, I've settled on 15 feet.

European Union
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Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2012 - 09:04 PM UTC
In Belgium it is 3 meter by 6 meter