by Uwe Damaschek, Berlin
English supported by Andy White, Bristol and Berlin
A lot of questions about my little Airport Diorama have been asked. I?ll
try to answer them as much as possible.
The scale is 1/144. The ground is 2.00 meters by 2.25 meters,
approximately 288 to 324 meters, in reality not so big, right ? It is made in
sections, each has a width of 0.50 meters, so it can be stored on shelves. It
takes 15 minutes to put it together, and about an hour to glue everything that
was broken during the set up.
buildings are all fantasy, they doesn?t exist in reality. I tried to find
a middle ground between a realistic look and the miniaturised models. To give
everything real measurements would have meant it growing too big.
You can find the correct dimensions in a book called ?Planning Modern
Airports? for the basic informations, available in architectural book
buildings are scratch built from different materials, such as wood, cardboard
or plastics. The basic structures are made out of wood, the fronts are made
mostly from cardboard with different surfaces textures.
Some buildings are basically buildings used from model railway
suppliers. The station kits are perfect to build into the Airport, as Airport
related buildings. I found a lot of modern station kits from the 70?s
at flea markets or second hand toy shops. Examples of brand names are ?Kibri?
and ?Faller?. Now a days it is not so easy to find modern styled
building kits in the shops, because most of the German model railway lovers
are more interested in a romantic look, a station building from 1900 looks a
little strange in front of an A320, doesn?t it ?
I tried hard to find the airbridge models from ATP-Airliners
America, twhich were once produced, but I couln?t find any. So I had to
find another way to build them out of special cardboard and some other household
materials, such as cotton reels and film canisters.
Printed logos and details where found in the internet, scaled
down and printed with my ink-printer. This gave the Airport a lot of intereting
and amusing details.
most of them came from model railway suppliers. Here in Germany we have Brand
names like ?Wiking? and ?Bush? and some more which do
really nice vehicle models from all periods. The scale is N Gauge, 1/160 although
a little too small, it works ? I think.
Additionally there are some companies which make people also in that scale such
as ?Noch? and ?Preiser?.It is interesting that ?Preiser?
is now doing Maintenance and ground personel (military) and airliner personel
such as pilots and flight attendants in 1/144, which are avialable in Germany.
They are made from white plastic, so you can give them any look you like. And
for the 1930?s period, there is also figures available in 1/72.
The Airstairs were all included in Airliner models, for example: The Monogram
Lockheed Constellation has Airstairs (two stewardesses, oh sorry ? flight
attendants and a tractor), as well as the Airfix kits of the Vanguard, VC-10
(Airliner Kit), Trident and of course the DC-8 kits made by Revell.
Same tractors came with the old Revell Airbus A320 kit, which can be modified
cargo containers are my own invention. I designed a model out of card using
a graphic program. I print the containers as often as I want on a special silver
tinted paper and then glue them together. Really easy. I designed six different
containers, like LD3 or LD9, all based on original scaled measurements.
My future plan is to design a fire-brigade vehicle as a paper model. That should
Hopefully we will see some original airport equipment from
any plastic model producer soon. It seems to be that a lot of modelers would
like to have them !
was lot of trial and error during the construction period and of course I gained
a lot of experience. The configuration of the buildings changed several times,
I always tried to find good perspectives in order to make photos later on.
I am still not pleased with everything ? but I was really surprised when
I saw the first photos. I think the last three years have been worth it.
Now that I know how it all works out and I will start to build
the real thing soon ! ?