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Mil Dot Inactive Member10 Jul 2009 10:48 p.m. PST

The thought is to build a oil like platform using pvc tubing, and 1/4" by 2' by 2' ply or hard board some wire and smaller tubing for some details and card stock for plating and it should create a nice looking platform. To be used in above water gaming. any other ideas

Personal logo Mardaddy Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2009 11:28 p.m. PST

Platformer sets have a really nice steel-beam structure look to them; I would not try to do a whole oil platform in them (cost of so many sets and I'd think it would be too fragile to be THE battlefield), but parts would be great for bitz here and there.

Likewise the "Chemical Plant" set… tanks, piping, valves more atmosphere!


Bypass the "Hexagon" sets, those clips they use to keep attached are an eyesore to the details of the setup. Just look out of place…

commanderroj11 Jul 2009 1:43 a.m. PST

if i were to do such a project (and it ounds a nice one), i would do two things. Firstly i would use the triangular platform layout of the semi submersible rigs i remember from the North sea exploration of my youth (in the 70's). its got a more aesthetically pleasing and sci fi feel to it.

Secondly, i wouldnt make the base board at all one level. i would make a "Y" (flat skeleton if you like)shaped frame to support it and split it into segments, so it doesnt just like a board with bits placed on it. maybe just stagger the separate sections an inch or two, with the central sexction being the highest level (but buildings on the other levels could be higher).

But there are many approaches. I'd like to see pictures when completed!

Tango India Mike Inactive Member11 Jul 2009 2:24 a.m. PST

Depth, make things very piled up as space is an issue


Most of the buildings look like portakabin or similar modular buildings….

edit – would also like to see pics of finished item =

Partizanmeister SloppyJalopy11 Jul 2009 2:54 a.m. PST

This is the one Tricks is working on at the moment – looks kinda homely don't it:

nebeltex Inactive Member11 Jul 2009 9:00 a.m. PST

as someone who has spent a lot of time on various oil rigs, i'd say it depends on the type of rig. spar, jack-up, or semi-submersible. a spar rig might be the easiest with simply using a single PVC piece on the bottom, but the upper works can be quite elaborate. i believe there is a paper model of a jack-up rig (the "ocean star") available as a free download. jack-up rigs are usually triangular with either frame or tubular jack-up legs. tubular would be far easier to model.

Mil Dot Inactive Member11 Jul 2009 9:18 a.m. PST

some rally great Ideas, just keep them coming. It's giving me even more ideas, and yes I will get pics as soon as I can.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jul 2009 10:54 a.m. PST

You might want to use the new GW landing pad as a starting point.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2009 11:55 a.m. PST

Check out Walthers, model train sellers. They make an HO scale oil refinery and accessories that would have great applications in making an oil rig.

Mike "Bunkermeister" Creek

28mmMan Inactive Member11 Jul 2009 12:04 p.m. PST

One of these link along with one of these link added to your PVC base structure, detergent tops, tooth paste caps, etc.. And you will have a great oil platform.

Personal logo Mardaddy Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2009 3:15 p.m. PST

You copying me, 28mmMan?

28mmMan Inactive Member11 Jul 2009 6:25 p.m. PST

Sorry Mardaddy I tried to get back and note your comment but got locked out by the TMP bug :(

Mardaddy said it first!


Azantihighlightning Inactive Member13 Jul 2009 7:58 a.m. PST

I like Seascape the best, from 'Atlantic Inferno' on the TV series show 'Thunderbirds'

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2009 8:56 a.m. PST

You are going to love this:


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Apache 616 Mar 2017 3:46 p.m. PST

Resurrecting an old thread rather then start a new one.

Does anyone have examples of 1/72 or HO scale oil platforms that they or someone else made for gaming?

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