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User currently offlineTurboprop From Canada, joined May 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6176 times:

I have started to collect Dragon Wing models last year. I think their detail is pretty good. Although sometimes I wonder if I should go Herpa or someone else. My long term goals is to have a complete airport to scale. One runway , one terminal etc. What are your suggestions. thanks in advanced.

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User currently offlineBraniff42 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5783 times:

Personally, I enjoy the 1:500 scale of Herpa's and I have plans for the diorama airport very similar to your idea..though a runway is probably not in the picture, "no room at the inn" thing, I will do terminals and ramps w/taxiways in an "L" shape in the garage.

I have 50+ planes w/some accessories.

Herpa seems to come out with a variety of items that is a reason I have stuck with them.

Hope all goes well with your plans...good luck


User currently offlineWinAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5898 times:

I built several model airports for my schabak 1:600 scale planes. I have about 75 planes to go wit hthe airport! I use old clear cassett tape holders as the terminals and work off of those. Duct Tape is used for some of the taxiways.
It is not really "model" considering that It is made with duct tape   It is a lot of fun to "play" with though  
I re-built the airport every so often and am going to start a new one today. My current design has two runways and about 6 terminals including one for the cargo planes.
Love it! Takes up the whole game room though  


User currently offlineAirliners rule From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5746 times:

I would do that but I collect revell airliners mostly because they are the most common models in canada or atleast where I am and they are way too big for a model airport my airliners are 1:144 scale my 2 747-400s are like a foot and a half long

User currently offlineCXA330-342 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5731 times:

If you do not have enough time to make your own airport, A-1 custom airport models can build buildings and duplicate your favorite airports.

User currently offlineMacair SAAB From Australia, joined May 1999, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5754 times:

I highly recommend the buildings produced by Herpa. Although they are expensive, they look really good. I recently purchased the boxed terminal set and it looks great. It took me about 6 hrs to assemble all the layers for each building. Now I just have to find a weekend and more money to create the actual airport.

- Macair SAAB


User currently offlineBuddster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5721 times:

Turboprop:
This sounds like a really cool project! It would be impressive if you had the appropriate lighting as well. LEDs would probably be good here, although I'm not sure if you can get blue ones for the taxiways. Do you plan to build a particular airport or imaginary one? If you are building a particular one, I'm sure others here would help with photos and such for you to refer to if you need them.
Doug


User currently offlineRingo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5696 times:

hi im looking for a virgin atlantic A340 in dragon wings, anyone kow where i can get one?

User currently offlineTurboprop From Canada, joined May 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5683 times:

I thought of Gatwick as a possible airport. I've got to do more research.
Best scale , best materials etc. Might as well do it right. Lighting sounds really cool. That be big time impressive and as well $$$$ I would think.


User currently offlineBuddster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5697 times:

Turboprop:
Gatwick Airport sounds great! It is a relatively narrow airport for a large one, which may be a big space advantage. If you shop around, LEDs can be bought in quantity quite inexpensively. You may also talk to anyone you may know who is into model railroading. These modelers often have very interesting ideas when it comes to lighting and wiring. I saw a model railroad layout years ago that had a small airport. While the emphasis was on the train related items, the airport had a rotating beacon! Good luck! Doug


User currently offlineTexairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5718 times:

Does anyone know any websites that cater to model airports? I know that www.airportmodels.com and www.aerodisplays.com does, but are there any others?

I don't have the time or the patience to make one myself (although I wish I did). Your replies will be appreciated.

David


User currently offlinePilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1384 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5706 times:

While I'd love to go about building my own airport for my 1/144 scale models, time and space at the moment prevent me from doing so, still I can dream.
As for the runway lights, while I can't be sure what scale your talking about, an idea I had for a 1/144 scale airport would be to drill holes on the modelling board your using on both sides of the runway/taxi ways. Then string christmas tree lights under the board with just the top bit sticking through. Painting the tips in blue, or inserting blue lights gives you taxi way lights, and white bulbs can be used for the runway lights.
It's just an idea, but one I'd love to try out some day



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User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1754 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5702 times:

i am currently in the process of planning a model airport, complete with terminals, control tower, lighted runway(s) and taxiways, and approach lights. for the lights LEDs and maybe some fiber optic set-ups (if i can get it to work)....also, grain-of-wheat bulbs work well, but painting them different colors does not always work.

my airport will be on a scale of 1:500, with 4 terminal buildings, 2 of which will be satellites of the massive United Airlines terminal i am buildling.

i currently have over 70 herpa models, and i am very pleased with the wide variety of the models, and it grows continuously, with new models coming out bi-monthly. my airport will have 2 16-18 foot parallel runways, equal in scale to 8000' and 9000', respectively. this airport is a fantasy airport, and it will be a "tri-hub". i have numerous models of United, American, and Delta aircraft, which will be the three major airlines at my airport.

anyways, i have heard that THIS year herpa plans to announce a lighting system for airport dioramas. this will be announced at the nuremburg toy fair, (whenever that is). in any case, good luck with all of your airports, and i'll keep you posted about the progress i make with my airport..

jonathan



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User currently offlineUal757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 806 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5667 times:

is it IAD? i'd love to see a model of Dulles

User currently offline787 From Italy, joined Jan 2000, 292 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (14 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5632 times:

How can you build these model airports. I would love to know. Thank you.

787



787 Italia - Io, il comandante dell'aria
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