The main terminal now has a modern look with huge amounts of glass windows at the front and a large boxy shape with sloping roof. The structure however still needed some extra touches and here they are.
I had been planning on using a piece of packaging (in this case from a pack of rice crackers) to be the base for the main terminal building, however when it came around to it that plan has been modified. Instead I have fallen back on a method I used in my large-scale 1:600 airport, Imogenia, which is to use cardboard construction.
Wellington is hardly renowned for its international operations, however at the time it did have some interesting visitors including scheduled widebodies, flights to the Pacific islands and out to the isolated Chathams. Here we look at the jets and one interesting prop heavyweight. Jet traffic back then was dominated by the 737 whereas nowadays its the A320 but even though both types are hardly unusual the liveries they wore were sometimes different (at least if you're a European).
Before I moved over to New Zealand permanently my girlfriend and I backpacked around NZ for a couple of months. Come the end of March 2002 and we found ourselves in Wellington for Easter. After 5 days in the big smoke we were scheduled to catch the interislander over to Picton on April 1st but stormy seas interrupted our plans. What's an Englishman to do? Go spotting of course!
With the terminal to pier connector completed for the Western side of the field it's time to move onto the Eastern side connector. Because of the slightly asymmetric layout of the piers and the positioning of the widebody gates this connector can't be a carbon copy of the Western connector, however the tried and trusted method of building it remains the same.
Balsa can be an easy product to use, however it can also be frustrating as it is hard to get solid straight lines and cuts due to the softness of the wood itself. Still decent results can be achieved and once you've got a basic construction painting and adding windows is relatively easy.