We moved into our new property, The Tree Tops, just 5 days ago and currently it is rather empty as the majority of our belongings are enroute from New Zealand via container ship. This includes the entire hangar and model collection. We have been lucky to secure a really nice house in our new county of Shropshire, but it is very different to what we had in Auckland so the collection space will have to adapt to fit.
For details of the old hangar space check out the below link. There are still a lot of fleet videos featuring the old space still to be published over at the Youtube channel in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for those:
The NZ hangar was able to use the space of a three car garage and would always be near impossible to replicate, especially in the UK. Nonetheless, I've been fortunate to move to a house with two bedrooms that I can use for the purpose of displaying the fleet and continuing the work at the site here. While the space isn't quite as big as I had previously it is all inside and out of the weather.
There is also a double garage with the house but this time, what with UK weather and all, I think I'll need to use that for parking the cars and storing other things. Then again, I may be able to poach some space for model airports as my Xin Long diorama appears to be the most likely casualty of the smaller size rooms.
Currently the two new rooms that will make up the new Yesterday's Airlines hangar (I call them Terminal 1 and 2) are largely empty but I did get down to Ikea a few days ago to acquire a Deltof and 4 Kallax cube stores.
For the time being the model fleet is reduced to just four aircraft acquired in the UK. I have planned out how the new hangar will look but it'll be interesting to see if I've got my measurements correct and whether everything looks ok in the rooms.
Below: This is the current plan for the rooms. Note that Terminal 1 comes with a rather redundant attached bathroom
The rest of the fleet probably won't be delivered until early March and then the huge unpacking and sorting job will begin. In the meantime however I will continue doing what I do on the usual channels. I hope to receive new NG mould samples and metal samples of the AV400 A380 and 787 soon so keep on checking out the site and other channels.
I'm Richard Stretton, an aviation enthusiast and major collector of 400 scale model aircraft. This blog discusses ongoing events in the world of 400 scale.
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