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Model Airport

Tue Mar 28, 2000 1:09 pm

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.

RE: Model Airport

Wed Mar 29, 2000 9:41 pm

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
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I Have An Airport.

Fri Mar 31, 2000 10:47 am

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  

RE: I Have An Airport.

Sun Apr 02, 2000 1:53 pm

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
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RE: Model Airport

Thu Apr 06, 2000 7:58 am

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.
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Herpa Terminal Buildings

Fri Apr 07, 2000 3:10 pm

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

RE: Model Airport

Sat Apr 08, 2000 11:15 pm

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.

RE: Dragon Wings

Wed Apr 12, 2000 2:29 am

hi im looking for a virgin atlantic A340 in dragon wings, anyone kow where i can get one?
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Wed Apr 12, 2000 7:48 am

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.

RE: Model Airport

Wed Apr 12, 2000 9:37 am

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

RE: Model Airport

Wed Apr 12, 2000 9:40 am

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.

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RE: Model Airport

Wed Apr 12, 2000 8:57 pm

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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RE: Model Airport

Sun Apr 16, 2000 11:26 am

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..

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RE: Model Airport

Thu Apr 27, 2000 9:03 am

is it IAD? i'd love to see a model of Dulles
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How Can You Build These...

Thu May 11, 2000 3:24 am

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

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