Firstly I want to thank Eddie Yu. As I mentioned in the branding post I don't speak mandarin so I had hoped that I had found the correct chinese characters for 'New Dragon' for the airport logo. Turns out I hadn't, but Eddie was on hand to steer me in the correct direction. So I have redone the logo and the titles on the model and hopefully it is now correct. It was apparently the first character I had got wrong. Here's the new look on-site:
Secondly I wanted to thank Michael Sellinger who pointed out something I really should have noticed - which is that the gate markings showing the aircraft types are not for the pilots but for the gate marshallers manoeuvring the aircraft into position and therefore face in the opposite direction to the way I had them. D'oh! That took a while to fix but it is done and they now correctly face towards the piers:
Unfortunately opening of Xin Long has been delayed by a lack of widebody airbridges. I ordered some from Ezytoys in early December but the package has disappeared and I am now doubtful it will ever appear. That leaves me short several airbridges on the East pier and I'm not sure what to do about replacing them yet. I was also hoping to acquire some Herpa 1/500 scale lighting pylons but haven't been able to source any of those either. Hopefully these delays won't turn Xin Long into a Berlin international!!
In the meantime I've been playing about taking a few shots with GSE and aircraft present. I need to work on the lighting of the shots as I don't have access to much in the way of daylight. Hopefully with practice my photos will improve. I also need to find a way to more easily fit the backdrops to the model. The backdrop is the same one I got made for my Dowse National diorama and it fits well except that its very hard to get it to stay upright. I'll have to work on that and also may have to start sticking down some of the buildings which move far too easily. Here are some of the test shots I've taken so far:
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.