Aeroclassics GSE sets are typically rather rare and expensive but living in Australasia they are probably slightly less sought after, though no doubt even rarer than in the USA. Recently I had the good luck to come across someone selling some GSE on a facebook sales sites from Australia and the opportunity to add a United Airlines GSE set was too good to pass up. It also gave me the chance to try it out on my Wright field diorama.
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.
Until recently lighting has been quite an issue when taking photos of my airport dioramas. I have however recently purchased a lamp with a movable armature, which can sit quite nicely on a stool or be held high. This provides back up to the roof strip light. Along with this I have been using some of Picasa's lighting effects to give select shots a bit more atmosphere.
When looking in old books at historic photos pre-1970 you get so used to seeing things in black and white that you almost forget that it was really colour back then too! Today I've been having a bit of a play with Picasa and its really easy to switch colour photos into black and white. I actually think the b&w versions of photos have an authenticity to them that the colour ones struggle to achieve. here are a few of the better ones...
It's been about 9 months since my Wright Field diorama was finished and I recently dusted it off with the thought of giving it a refresh so I could undertake some new photo sessions using it. There were a couple of aspects I have never been totally happy with so I thought whilst I was at it I could update those too.