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  1. Grungy Industrial Area

    View Album Here is a small but busy and pretty grungy industrial corner... environmentalists have been questioning some of the practices used in this area...
  2. Version 1.0.0


    Thank you for looking at one of my low-income neighbourhood stores; something you could expect to see in the rougher ends of town. Featured here is Fabland; a take on the often-decrepit Fabricland that dots the strip malls of my home town. Aside from the anchor store, a couple of small, generic, convenience stores pay the rent for this little mall. It is a growable 5x4 CS$ lot. The building is Dark-Nite compatible. The dependencies are as follows: - Girafe's Car Pack vol 3.: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2860 - Girafe's Urban Pack: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3192 - Girafe's Berries: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2888 - Girafe's Feather Grass: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3001 - SHK Parking pack: http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/27563-shk-parking-pack/ - Mushy's Trailers: http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/30773-hd-north-american-53ft-semi-trailers-vol1/ Thanks for taking a look at my introductory strip mall - I hope you enjoy the download! Don't forget to check out my other downloads - everything from factories to family houses. See what's new by checking out my BAT thread: http://community.simtropolis.com/forums/topic/46654-bats-by-bipin/?do=getLastComment Enjoy!
  3. Grungy Road

    From the album City Showcase (S3-23-M)

    This grungy road is one of the highlights of Garforth.
  4. My SC4 CJ Scrapbook | News

    Entry 1: So I've been playing SC4 for about ten years now and most of that time was spent with the vanilla version of the game. Then a year ago I saw videos of various mods and whilst aware of their existence I was rather discouraged about using them for fear of their complexity. Well after some disasters I finally learnt the art of building up a portofolio of plugins as well as managing them correctly. Over the last three months (after I had to remove all the plugins because I did a bad job with the management) I've downloaded about 3.6 GB of plugins: thousands of buildings, thousands more of props, NAM, SAM, X-ports, slope mods, maps, tree controllers, terrains, more utilities plus civic facilities, parks and all sorts. It's almost overwhelming the choices you have and I've only explored at most a third of all the content I have downloaded. So as such I am still experimenting with my new toys and this is why this CJ is going to be more like a scrapbook. There is no coherent narrative just various pictures of my cities, furthermore there will be all kinds of quirks, oddities, blips and bloopers as I mess around with this huge palette. I had various requests from my Simcity 2013 CJ about starting a SC4 CJ so here it goes. May I introduce the city of Tamboria (in bits and pieces!). This is part of Eastern Tamboria. Here is Tamboria's primary power plant, this is also an important regional power plant as well. And of course no city can function without an oil terminal... ... or function without substations either. It took me a while but I finally found a substation prop configuration which I found aesthetically pleasing. While NAM is pretty darn cool, I think the rail catenaries are totally awesome! Tamboria's main hospital, centre right.. Of course no city is complete without its recreational facilities. Behold Eastern Tamboria's sport's arena which serves both for American football and for track athletics as well. Complimenting the mayor's generous provision of recreational areas are the mini-parks. Whilst designated green areas are yet another means for overworked Sims to stretch their feet. Last, but not least, is the downtown WTC area. Well that is it for this first entry. The next couple of entries will explore Tamboria more deeply, so stay tuned! Apologies if the interface appears in some pictures or the grid is present, this is because in my enthusiasm to take snapshots I sometimes forget to minimize the interface. Please note that I will only be posting ONE entry per week for this CJ as I have very little spare time. Special thanks to all those batters, lotters and modders who have given hardcore SC4 players a mind-blowing plethora of new features. Finally God bless grunge concrete and the grunge roads of paeng's!
  5. SABER LA River

    Version 1.0.0


    This is SABER's famous graffiti piece on the Los Angeles River. While it existed, it was the biggest in the world. For more background: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saber_(artist) The prop has been scaled to the same size as the original work. The lot is an eye candy landmark, modded to have neutral stats. Use the 12m hole digger or raiser to create the bank of the river, then plop the lot. The footprint is 1x5, and like all LAR lots its props overhang to 2 tiles depth, for 2x5 final size. Credits: @RebaLynnTS for LA River Project, SABER for the art Dependencies: LA River Project 1.1 http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/19370-la-river-project/ @smoncrie's Hole Digging Lots http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/3599-hole-digging-lots/ Version history: 10/14/2016 -- initial 1.0 release
  6. This entry will cover the east end of the refinery district but before I get to that I'm trying to finalize the texture selection for the hydro pylons I recently created and I would welcome your input. Imo this mod would best be used in either and industrial or suburban settings. It might be interesting to use in areas of higher densities too, but it would be largely be hidden amongst taller buildings so I think its more important to decide on how well it contrasts with development in areas of lower density buildings. Additionally you don't really need a space saving hydro pylon that goes over roads and railways outside of the city in open landscapes so getting the contrast right with natural scenery is less important as well. Imo, the lightest texture works best because it stands out more against the grayish textures used on most industrial lots, but if I'm wrong about that just let me know! Vote on the poll for which option you think works better. Options are number from 1 to 3 from left to right, plus a 4th alternative option. Onto today's entry. End of the Hydro Corridor Here we see once again see the Eastlea hydro corridor running down Petrol drive. The piplines next to the roadway lead to Tank farm A with some diverging to one of the refineries flare stacks. A pedestrian ramp-bridge runs above the rail line to the main parking lot for the refinery which is located on vacant land squeezed in between between the rail line and highway 705. You can see the transition BAT I've created to start/end the hydro line. 2. 3. Some renders of the end piece in 3ds Incinerator & Tank Farm A At the end of Petrol Dr. is a small incinerator owned by the 'Squeaky Cleaning Company'. Kudos to you if you know where that comes from. Organic waste is stored in stainless steel drums outside the plant to mitigate odor pollution. Sometimes soiled recyclables are dropped off in piles outside the building. The facility is largely automated using robots to transport the drums minimizing manpower requirements and the sites overall foot print. The incinerator has a maximum capacity of 75 tons/hr 1800 tons/day through which it produces a small amount of power the maximum capacity of which is 88MW. Tank farm A is located behind the incinerator and has 7 large & 8 small storage tanks. The coal wharf for the power plant is in this vicinity as well. 9. 10. This one of my favorite parts of the city, the transition from industry to nature. 12. 13. 14. There will be a future entry that showcases more of my mmp work in this city. Eastlea Power Plant Turning back along the shoreline we encounter the Eastlea coal power plant. This small coal power plant was built by the Avalon Corporation in 1976 to provide power to their Apotex refinery and other facilities in Industrial Sector C. Excess power is sold to the PRPA (Pretoria Regional Power Authority) and routed to the Cental distribution grid via the Eastlea Hydro Corridor. The plant has only one unit with a nameplate capacity of 475MW. In comparison the massive Dresden GS across the Bay is nearly 5 times it's size at 2,240MW. Coal is delivered by only by ship to the port of Baycole using " handymax" bulk carriers with a capacity of about 50,000 DWT. The boiler is marred to a single-flue 400ft/122m tall smokestack. In contrast to most of the images so far this plant and the surrounding infrastructure is probably best view from a higher zoom. 16. 17. 18. 19. Port Facilities Further west along the shore are the piers used to off-load crude oil. 21. 22. The central section of the refinery will be covered in a future update as well. Night Shots I hadn't shown any night shots in a while, so here's a couple for the road. 24. 25. 26. Edit* Just remembered I promised to post a picture of the the 'train'. To get it all in one image with a decent level of resolution here's a odd little mosaic, bit of a mind bender actually The end. Told ya it was a long train! There is still more of the refinery to show but to cover it all it would double the length of this entry and after a while I think looking industrial lots might get a little repetitive to so. And so I'll take a break for the current topic and the next entry will instead be a special feature, the next in my series of overly informative Encyclopedic Entries. Except this time the information will be conveyed in a very unique way, stay tuned.
  7. Portrait of a Chemical Plant

    From the album Photoshop Challenge (S3-05-E)

    An aerial view of one of the largest(and most detested) industrial facilities in the region of Pretoria, the Apotex petrochemical refinery. The idea behind the image was to 'uglify' the plant as much as possible while still making it look cool/interesting. The first step was to stitch together 6 individual images of the facility at zoom level 4. After completing the mosaic, some minor photoshopping of vehicles and shadows was done. Next the image was modified with a rather peculiar filter and then it was mirrored. Following that I adjusted the hue, saturation, contrast and brightness levels. Lastly the image format & resolution were reduced to fit within the 2mb limit while maintaining as much detail as possible.
  8. 1.8 Swimming Upstream

    From the album Southside

    Cops or not, the lack of bike paths is a real killer - and I say that in a regrettably literal sense. At least things don't look too busy today...

    © Bipin

  9. 2.3 Disparity

    From the album Southside

    There's a difference between more respectable and most respectable neighbourhood. All the more reason to hasten our way through traffic. Let's take a quick left up here...

    © Bipin

  10. 1.6 Down the Lane

    From the album Southside

    We've made our way to the end of the paved street. I hate having to cycle on gravel, but that's all the city budget allows for.

    © Bipin

  11. 1.5 Mystery Figure

    From the album Southside

    Strange figure indeed... But I've seen worse.

    © Bipin

  12. 1.3 To The Left...

    From the album Southside

    Now admittedly, the neighborhood isn't so nice. I suppose there's some redeeming quality to this decrepit infrastructure; some character, if you could call it that. There seems to be a new pothole every day - pockmarking the pavement like an adolescent's pimpled face. In any case, it's ample reason to look twice before crossing the road. You never know what you'll come across over here.

    © Bipin

  13. 1.1 The Factory

    From the album Southside

    Factory work is grueling work. Fortunately for us, the shift is over and the sun is out.

    © Bipin

  14. In The City - The V Line

    REPLIES: @ Bipin : Cheers! To hear that from you is like getting a wink from a rockstar or the bouquet at a wedding! @ SimRico : Look on here! I've started one little thing and another is in the pipeline. Thanks for the imput too! @ Mulefisk : Yeah last time I was in Melbourne I rode around on the trams a bit but Melboune's grid is really only the city and St. Kilda Road and a few other main roads (?) because once you ride out a bit it kinda goes windy. Anyway yes I have looked into it and done some experimenting and rezoning. @ MatTSW : Cheers! Yeah it started as like a little halt and then just grew from the church, water tower and station to be a nice leafy suburb. @ Huston : Thankyou Good to see you still give a look in despite my somewhat erratic posting @ Schriefer : Thankyou! I plan to, the only time I have left the house this week is to buy toilet paper... Because we ran out. *** IN THE CITY - A TRIP DOWN THE V LINE Welcome back to Liverpool friend! Today I'm gonna show you the new 'old' V line, named so after the physical arrangement of the system in the city. The V line used to be 2 rural lines converging just south of downtown but through the late 1800's and early 1900's as the city grew the lines were raised or sunken. Today we're gonna take a look at the elevated section which has one Terminus in Downtown and the other in the commuter town of Kravinsk, a part of the city with a high Russian/eastern european background. And above, moving out of the gritty downtown and into the suburbs we can see October Bridge by Odd, one of my all time favourites. Along with his rail through building from the first photo. Pulling into Kravinsk. The town has the tallest building outside of the city downtown, a nice funky res tower. We can also see the Kravinsk ground rail. Its this terminus that makes the bottom point of the V. Anyhow I never said it was a big city! heres a larger overview of Southlands, It's sort of the Braddon, Toorak, Northsbridge or Newtown of liverpool (Throwing in some nice Australian references. I'll give you a star for naming the cities those suburbs belong to!). Southern elevation of Southlands, peeking through Downtown. Anyway here is the waterfront, as promised last update. It was constructed in 1893 as a man made harbour. Liverpool is about 10km from the coastline and it was the largest engineering feat in the country at the time to carve out and pathe a suitable cargo canal to the city. Nowadays the dock has been scaled back to be just an extra form of public transport and intracity delivery mechanism. The city's most prestigious suburbs are between the canal and rail line, as they feature stunning gardens, historic official buildings and long tree lined boulevards. Again Some of the last remaining Metro industry resides at the convergence of city and suburb. And to end the update, a country scene. Thanks for viewing and don't forget to leave your opinion!

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