This is the second post featuring Adrian's dioramas. For the earlier part see: The BEA Herald Story
Here are Adrian's instructions for building this mini-diorama:
'On a small white Melamine-coated MDF board, I sprayed it overall in Primer Grey. Then I mixed up some Interior Filler (like plaster) and put it around two sides of the board to create 'sand'. As it dried, I then sprinked it with more interior filler powder so it had dry sand on top! The base grey hard standing (Primer grey spray paint) had dried and I marked out the apron slabs into 1cm squares with ruler and pencil. Finally, the Interior Filler powder colour is nearly white, so I sprayed it carefully with a sand colour artists aerosol spray paint that not only gave it the correct colour, but also bonded the sand together. I extended this spraying onto the apron to simulate a sand-swept airport. Finally, added a few touches of green modelling grass powder, then sprayed another board light blue for a Middle Eastern sky!'
The diorama was first used for a middle-eastern remote airfield with some of Adrian's MEA fleet:
Simply changing the background and tidying up the boundary with a more defined edge gave the diorama a more ordered look and takes us to Egypt in in the 1960s with United Arab Comet 4 and Boeing 707 plus a visiting Iraqi Trident:
Lastly the diorama doesn't have to be a desert setting. Change the background again and it's a beachside Caribbean airport. Here we have BWIA and BOAC Britannias and a later BWIA 707:
In the next part we'll go from the desert to the snow...
I'm Richard Stretton: a fan of 1/400 scale model aircraft and airports. This blog reports work on my model airport dioramas and discussion of the model manufacturers output.