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.
Bearing in mind that these photos are never going to win any awards I hope this and future entries provide an interesting example of how traffic and the Auckland Airport itself has changed since I've been living in NZ. I start with a variety of shots from 2005. Back then the airport had two viewing areas - one in each terminal and what now seems like old fashioned visitors like 747s!
Hopefully this will be the first in a series of photo essays showing how traffic has changed at AKL.
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.
With the rough design of the new taxiway and runway sections marked out it was now time to get down to the painting. For those who've followed Xin Long's progress you'll already be familiar with the simple methodology here, with which I hope to show that anyone can make excellent layouts without needing to go near a computer.
Up until now Panda models have been happy releasing just Chinese airliners with a rare Asian or Japanese addition. However this could be the moment they start to become mainstream. Whatever you can say about them their models are excellent and the printing fantastic. Now they've scooped all the other manufacturers with the first A320NEO in 1/400.