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Dave's Random LE Works
« on: May 02, 2008, 10:51:43 PM »
Hi everyone, in this thread I'll show some lots I have created to fill in a gap or two in my MD cities.

They'll certainly be no masterpieces, but if there is enough interest I might consider for release at some time.

As always, welcome your feedback.



This is a small truck stop, for use just off a hwy. Sometimes, you just have to go. I will show it in use in my MD sometime this weekend.
Might do one with a small diner as well. Anyway, that's all for now.

Cheers

Dave

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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2008, 01:29:23 AM »
Looks great, good work on it. Maybe having one truck facing the different direction would make it a tad less repetitive (in direction). Otherwise, it looks real good.
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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2008, 01:49:32 AM »
Dave,

As is so often the case, the simple ideas are the best!

A nice simple lot that is certainly very useful.  I can see Casper's point, may not have noticed it myself, but a quick 180 degree flip for one or two would finish it off perfectly.

Catch up soon,

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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2008, 01:57:55 AM »
As has been said, either flip a truck or add some one-way arrows and this'll be one useful lot. Great use of what looks to be PEG's restroom. This lot is one of those things that you never think about and then realize just how useful it can really be (not unlike the real thing). Good work.
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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2008, 04:52:56 AM »
Thanks peeps.

And when I should have been working on more important things, well, I stuck with the truck stop.



The original lot, with a few trucks now pointing in the opposite direction. Size 6x2 and it is a park lot.



V2, a place for a snack, and a good place to test your immune system. Size 6x2, a landmark with a small number of C$ jobs



V3, a combination of both. 12x2, again a landmark with C$ jobs.

Thanks for the feedback and looking forward to your comments re these latest versions.

Cheers

Dave

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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2008, 05:05:29 AM »
Looking great in here Dave, thanks for sharing :)
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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2008, 05:50:20 AM »
These look great.  &apls I would suggest another version with a larger building for the cafe. 

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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2008, 06:00:24 AM »
Actually, I think it makes more sense the way you had it first, as there would be one on each side of any highway for semi's, or one large one in the middle. Not sure that the NAM team has gotten to divided highways just yet though...

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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2008, 06:40:36 AM »
Thanks everyone. xxdita, my original plan was to run them alongside a RHW offramp, so the oneway direction was needed, but you are right, you could place one on either side of an avenue etc.

Well once I get an idea in my head, it takes over in a big way. The truck stop seems to be growing a tad. Here is a very early shot of a version I'm working on at the moment.



The beauty of this type of lot is there are so many possible variations. I know Joan has an idea of her own in the regard. Anyway, will post some updates as I go along. And as always, give me your thoughts.

Dave

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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2008, 10:46:53 AM »
Dave looking real good here M8!!!  Here are some of my thoughts and be prepared they are going to be pretty heafty from little ole me...  OK here we go is a linkie to info in my fair state of Wisconsin and here is the complete list of all area's threw out the state... 

As Nate allready pointed out there is always East bound and West Bound rest area's, usaly they are the same on either side...  These also cater to both Semi's and vehicualer traffic as well...  Here is a linkie to Iowa's only website of a rest area and hopefully that will help you out some more....

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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2008, 04:25:45 PM »
Thank you Pat, you've provided pix of what I've been trying to explain to these NUTs. Now maybe they'll believe that many or our rest areas are like huge public parks! $%Grinno$%

Dave, your first rest stop - and the second ever more so - reminds me of a cross between what we call "weigh stations" and "truck stops" here in the states, but neither comes close to fitting the quintessential definition.

Weigh stations are owned and operated by the various State Departments of Transportation. As their names suggest, they are stop offs where trucks are weighed to make sure stated and actual weights match. They are rather bleak like this one near the Arkansas/Tennessee border:


The only thing about your layouts that made me think of a weigh station was the ground work and shapes therein, BTW.

Truck stops are overgrown filling stations, service stations, gas stations, petrol stops, or whatever. Usually there is a restaurant, and many features which cater to the bulky size of 18-wheelers.

Here's a large one in an unnamed U.S. location...


...and a smaller one in Utah:


Your creations are, indeed, more like rest stops without the amenities of a park, and I really think you're onto something useful. Anyway, if nothing else, maybe these pix will help you better understand what I'm used to seeing, and why my ideas might not fit your vision of a project.

Later...
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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2008, 04:40:28 PM »
Dave's rest stops are very much like many seen here in France with little in the way of amenities but a place to stop, grab something to eat or drink if you are lucky and park the truck for a rest. Nothing so flash as a service station though.
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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2008, 09:31:09 PM »
Sometimes I see rest stops near service stations (usually taking the block next door), which usually just has a standalone toilet block, a place for the kids to play, and of course, a place for trucks to park. :P

I like the idea. :P
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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2008, 03:55:24 AM »
Wow David - excellent truck stops, especially the 12x2 version will look cool on country roads!

I agree with Nate that most of these area's will be used on RHW with divided lanes and have traffic in one direction only. Do you still plan to make a highway version?
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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2008, 04:07:04 AM »
these are very good excellent job there &apls

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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2008, 07:59:19 AM »
I really do think you're on to something here that will add a bit of realism to the game's highway systems. And I think I may have a way to bring it to full fruition...

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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2008, 11:58:03 PM »
Thanks for all the ideas people. There will be several variations and you have given me plenty to think about. Nate, nothing like keeping me hanging lol.

So here is my last rest area with a little more work done.









It is meant to run alongside a RHW offramp. I haven't got RHW installed in my test area, but will have this fixed by
next update so you can see how I intend to use it in game.

Thanks for the feedback as always

Dave

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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2008, 05:57:58 AM »
Oh yes, very nice.  I like the layout of the lots, with loos, shop, food and petrol.  I'll be watching with interest for release.  If you need any help testing etc just say.

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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2008, 10:36:26 AM »
Very nice work, Dave. All the amenities are laid out in a logical order, but it's the three angled trucks that add icing on the cake. They give the lot a touch of variety and visual interest. The only thing I could desire is a few Sims wandering about.

Later...
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Re: Dave's Random LE Works
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2008, 11:29:29 AM »
Very sweet
Maybe you can add some big trees to cast some shadows over the parking so drivers can sleep well even on a sunny day :)
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