It's been 10 months now since groundbreaking began on Terminal 2 of Xin Long International Airport and construction is drawing to a close. Actually construction has been near complete now since May but I haven't found the time to update the blog with new entries. Sorry 'bout that. Last time I finished the major detailing on the terminal piers and in this part we finish off the gate detailing, taxiway markings and add airbridges.
Along with the UK and Japan, Germany has probably the biggest tradition of plane spotting, which has also been complemented by a masterful tradition of toy and model making. Most German airports have for decades had excellent viewing terraces and a spotter friendly atmosphere, so it is only fitting that German enthusiasts should model these wonderful airfields. In this post we take a look at Martin Reiffer's exceptional little diorama of Düsseldorf Airport which once again proves that you don't need a lot of space to make an exceptional diorama. Over to Martin...
It has been a while since I did much with my Wright Field diorama but I did recently tidy it up and make sure it's all looking ok. The arrival of May's Aeroclassics included a pair of DC-8s complete with 15 piece GSE sets and it gave me an opportunity to disguise Wright Field, which usually represents a US airport, as Maple Field - somewhere in Canada on the West Coast in the early-mid 60s.
The completion date at Xin Long's terminal 2 rapidly approaches and it is time to add some realism to the barebones. I have to admit that I am not much of a model designer, but what I have found is that just playing about with the materials you have at hand can sometimes create surprising results, especially when there is a problem to get around. In this case an attempt to hide some unseemly joins has allowed me to add to one of the piers a bit of an architectural flair, that I originally never intended to create.
It's been so busy here at Yesterday's Airlines that I've been remiss in providing updates about ongoing construction of Xin Long's terminal 2. There has been plenty of work going on and in this post we take a look at adding windows and beginning the details of the apron markings. One thing to be really careful of when producing a model airport is that all the gates are arranged sensibly so that the airbridges can reach the aircraft and always do so using the port side of the plane. This can sometimes be tougher than it sounds!
Realistic looking backgrounds have always been an issue for my airport models. The terminal area is now 8ft wide, which means I can't pilfer backgrounds from elsewhere easily, plus they have to fit into a depth of field that matches the terminal. Once you have a background then it gets really tricky as you have to print it. After many years of thinking about this I have however finally solved the problem. Here's how...
For many Heathrow has been a nightmare of old cramped terminals, long immigration lines, traffic jams and delays. I expect people think that with the new terminals it's much better. I disagree, nowadays its a shopping mall and the diversity of airlines has shrunk compared to AMS and FRA. Anyway back when I was a kid it was a place of wonder and I'm tempted to recreate a part of that. For that I'll need a fleet though, so what's available?
One of the great things about Adrian Balch's environment dioramas is that they can be used across continents and decades because of their largely natural look and feel. In this part his fabulous winter wonderland diorama takes the part of Finland, Switzerland and Austria. Get your ear muffs out and dive in to see operations in the snow!
Not content with his desert backdrop Adrian Balch took on an even more difficult subject in a model diorama - snow! The result is a great display space for airliners from a range of frosty locations like Austria, Canada, Finland, Siberia and South Korea. Time to break out the de-icing equipment as we head into Adrian's winter wonderland.
My friend Adrian Balch has been working on a Heathrow diorama for many years but back in 2008 he also took on the job of making up several small quick dioramas made over just a couple of days. The first one we'll look at is his sandy desert diorama, which goes to show that not only is it easy to make a diorama but you can make it a lot more interesting than just a standard ramp scene.
Another month has passed since my last update on progress constructing terminal 2 for my modern Chinese 1/400 scale airport model - Xin Long. In the last update the apron painting was completed and the main terminal updated. In this part the gate layout is confirmed and work begins on the connectors between the piers and main terminal.
Since my last update, a month ago, there has been loads of progress on the new terminal, far more than can be covered in one entry in fact. So for now we'll take a look at painting progress and I promise to do more frequent updates to keep pace with construction. In this part we get stuck into the painting and spruce up the terminal.
Expansion and growth are the bywords for Chinese civil aviation and so it is only fitting that my Xin Long diorama has reached capacity and needs a new terminal! This post is the start of a series following planning and construction of Terminal 2, which will more than double capacity at my airport.
Considering that, to my knowledge, Aeroclassics has barely released any GSE sets as stand alone items it is perhaps surprising to find that they have actually made the most GSE items of any 1:400 scale manufacturer! In fact Aeroclassics have produced at least 17 different GSE items, in the liveries of multiple airlines, and they are all of high quality and lovely detailing. If only they weren't so rare and hard to find. I think Aeroclassics could make a nice sideline in releasing more of these great sets.
With the runway and taxiways painted the obvious next step is to mark them up with the correct linework. I have found that paint pens are absolutely marvelous for this. You can use a ruler with them, they produce lovely thin lines, are quick drying and there's no clean up. Of course if you're doing linework it helps do to some homework too and there are several resources available online to help you get the right look and feel.