In fact in my humble opinion working with printed foils is a pain in the bottom. Not only do you have to get the sizing correct for the printing and match up all the edges of separate paper sheets but the printed outcomes often look too shiny and clean. It is certainly hard to create the sort of dynamic layouts that are best for model airports plus it is a bugger to weather paper aprons too.
One of the design limitations I had with this layout is that I had to match up to the existing board. This included the aircraft taxiways as well as the roading network. Below you can see progress on the main taxiways and roads plus masking being applied for the runway and taxiway edging. The colours used matched those from before with Humbrol no32 for the main taxiway and Tamiya XF053 for the edging:
Lastly grass was added using the green colour from a child's watercolour paint set. The finished painted main surfaces were now ready for detailing and markings but all in all this painting took less than a couple of hours. It's so easy I don't see why anyone can't do it and it's a lot more realistic and less effort than creating foils on the PC. Here's how it looked at the end:
In part 3 we'll look at the taxiway and runway markings and discuss what they ought to look like.
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.