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    I happened across this interesting article about rooftop watertowers in New York City. Not only does it describe the structures and their use but also the geology behind their very existence. It's the tops of the model structures that are often seen the first and the most, but sometimes the most neglected or sparsely detailed. I hope everyone finds this article, titled: "New York Up High - Longtime Emblems of City Roofs, Still Going Strong" by Jacoba Charles, as interesting as I did.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/ny...wate.html?_r=0

  • #2
    I love roof top tanks. I asked questions about them many years and recieved alotta of answers.

    Thanks for your link.

    I became interested in roof tanks when I discovered the layout of George Sellios

    http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_f...e_sellios.html
    " Stay Motivated in Life "

    http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_mario_rapinett.html

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    • #3
      Thanks for the link TC. Like Mario, I too found George's F&SM a treasure trove for these type of modeling ideas. I'm still amazed when I go to NY and still see these rooftop water tanks.


      Louis L&R Western Railroad
      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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      • #4
        Thanks, TC, for sharing such a great article. The accompanying picture is magnificent. It's funny, I bet if I put that much detail on my models many folks would say that it isn't prototypical, but now we have the visual evidence. Say Mario and Louis...wouldn't creating a small rooftop diorama be an interesting notion for a challenge someday! [:-apple] [:-apple]
        Mike Hamer

        Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

        http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca

        http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca

        http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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        • #5
          Interesting; I will take a closer look at Boston's skyline next time I pass through. I recall seeing some, but never as many as that article describes in NYC.
          James

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          • #6
            quote:


            Originally posted by Mike Hamer


            Thanks, TC, for sharing such a great article. The accompanying picture is magnificent. It's funny, I bet if I put that much detail on my models many folks would say that it isn't prototypical, but now we have the visual evidence. Say Mario and Louis...wouldn't creating a small rooftop diorama be an interesting notion for a challenge someday! [:-apple] [:-apple]


            Excellent idea Mike, "small rooftop diorama". Much like the last small diorama we did back a few Months ago. :up:

            Keep that one in mind, and kick if off.


            Louis L&R Western Railroad
            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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            • #7
              Mike. I'm a wakeup to you.

              Your trying to get some of us "lurkers" to start modeling again :crazy:

              "M"

              PS... Great band / music on the spider man 1 DVD.

              Show's roof top water tanks....

              " Stay Motivated in Life "

              http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_mario_rapinett.html

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              • #8
                Thanks for the link.

                Would be a fun challenge for sure Mike.

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                • #9
                  Roof tops offer yet more terrain for modelers to explore and detail to their hearts content. Some have added not only tanks, but roof access, figures sunbathing, hanging clothes, and even more personal activities.

                  Looking at a simple DPM structure, the roof looks to clean, sparse and lacking "life". Take that same building, add vents, weathering, trash, and other details really brings it to life.

                  Thanks for sharing, good article.

                  Cameron

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the link. I saw something like this on the show dirty jobs with Mike Rowe. It showed them rebuilding an old water tank on a roof top in New York I did not think they were still in use until i seen this show.

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                    • #11
                      I have two words to add... pigeon coops.

                      http://m.thelmagazine.com/newyork/bl...h=05&year=2011

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                      • #12
                        When I see rooftop water tanks, I immediately think of NYC, so you may not want to go too crazy with them if you are modeling some other area. Rooftops here in Dallas are typically very boring - just your usual assortment of a/c units and vent pipes. There are a few water tanks, but we have some very ornate pump houses. My favorite rooftop scene:


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                        • #13
                          quote:


                          Originally posted by Will Gibson


                          When I see rooftop water tanks, I immediately think of NYC, so you may not want to go too crazy with them if you are modeling some other area. Rooftops here in Dallas are typically very boring - just your usual assortment of a/c units and vent pipes. There are a few water tanks, but we have some very ornate pump houses. My favorite rooftop scene:




                          Yikes! That's one pool I wouldn't want to take a dip in... Is that a hotel? Or high end apartment/condo building?

                          Al Carter

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                          • #14
                            Morning All

                            Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs did a show about roof top tanks. He assisted of coarse in the construction of one. I sure do miss Dirty Jobs. It was such a great real "reality program"

                            Mike M

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