dc-10 levo
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Building A Model Airport

Sun Feb 23, 2003 7:34 am

 Smile Hi everyone!  Smile

I've come up with another great idea, I want to build my own airport. I've had this idea for a couple of months now, I priced it all up (terminal buildings, tower, ramps, aircraft etc) all made by Herpa and it came to £297 ($380!)  Wow!.

Now that is way too much to spend on an airport. I then thought about building my own. Yeah I know it won't look as good as the ones made by Herpa, but I might have a go. Anyone done this before? What kind of materials should I use? It's going to take a long time, but I'd love to do it.

Thanks for any tips/help!

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RE: Building A Model Airport

Sun Feb 23, 2003 1:53 pm

They've got a forum about building your own airport as well as a how-to reference section in another part of their website which give you suppliers, design references.

http://www.wings900.com/vb/


Another place

http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com
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RE: Building A Model Airport

Sun Feb 23, 2003 7:46 pm

I'm not building a massive airport, it's going to be pretty small, nothing like these:

http://www.wings900.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=293&papass=&sort=1&thecat=505

http://www.wings900.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=149&papass=&sort=1&thecat=505

I haven't got the room for those, but I think I could make something that would look good but at the same time, would be smaller than those.

Thanks for the links guys!

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RE: Building A Model Airport

Mon Feb 24, 2003 5:20 am

Well, I'm going to use balsa wood and plastic and even a bit of cardboard. What could I use to make the ground. I know herpa sell these "foils" can I use anything to make it?

Thanks for your replies.

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RE: Building A Model Airport

Mon Feb 24, 2003 5:28 am

http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~dmeyer/737bmatop.jpg

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dc-10 levo
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RE: Building A Model Airport

Tue Feb 25, 2003 5:27 am

I'm stuck and thought you could give me some more advice. For the tower I have a pole, but what could I use on top for the tower itself? I need something roundy ovaly shaped Big grin.

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RE: Building A Model Airport

Thu Feb 27, 2003 10:55 am

Some of those sites above show top of tower using drinking cups ie. Dixie cup, or anything similar
 
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RE: Building A Model Airport

Thu Feb 27, 2003 11:45 am

Well thanx for the idea, I mi9ght try this aswell, as ussuall as cheeply as possible...I got a shelf of small aircraft I can use, for the runways and taxiways im gunna use some posterboard and markers or paint. For the terminal and tower and hangars i might use some paper cups, cardboard, duct tape of course, toothpicks maybe, hey Ill use whatever the hell I can find!

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dc-10 levo
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RE: Building A Model Airport

Fri Feb 28, 2003 1:36 am

That is exactly what I'm doing CanadianNorth! I got some old cardboard boxes for my terminals and a paper cup for my tower (on top of a cardboard roll.) I can't wait to start putting it all together!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Building A Model Airport

Sat Mar 01, 2003 10:57 am

DC-10- I made a Schabak airport after Christmas 2000.

I used the boxes from my 150+ Schabak models (not glued down) for the terminals, stacked a few for the tower (which the main part of the tower is made of two stacked NW drink cups), and used a large piece of plywood for the runways/taxiways, etc. My jetways? I used flexible straws with pins stuck through them. The jetway level can go up/down according to what's parked where & when. I then drew lines on the plywood for runway lines, which turned out pretty well. It may not be much, but it suits me well (and beats my old airport- my bedroom floor!)

To show how little of a life I have (lol), I actually made taxiway & terminal diagrams using a program I have on my computer, along with flight schedules for domestic and international flights, and a schedule for my "airline" on Microsoft Works.

Good luck with yours!
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RE: Building A Model Airport

Sat Mar 01, 2003 7:45 pm

Thanks for the idea on Jetways, that sounds pretty good - I didn't have a clue what to use to build them.

Thanks for your help! I'll post some pictures when I've started piecing it all together.

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RE: Building A Model Airport

Mon Mar 03, 2003 10:44 am

I'm beginning a collection of Gemini Jets (two Southwest 737-700, new colors and "Nevada One"). To do my "home airport", Albany International and its 7200 ft runway, I would need to construct an 18 ft by 4.5 inch runway (7200/400 = 18, 150/400 = .345 ft =4.5 inches). Well, time to clear out the basement.

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