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      Post #73047, posted on 08-05-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,
      I am new to airline modelling and would like to make a small airport diorama.

      This would be Greater Southwest International (Ft Worth-Dallas) from the early 1950s. I flew out of it a a kid and remember it well.
      I have a few DC-6s and DC-4s in 1/144 to get started.

      Any advice is appreciated!

      Andy

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      Post #73049, posted on 08-05-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      This will be amazing! Looking forward to seeing it when you're done. I suppose you would already have a vision as to what you want to include, and to what degree of detail you want to go. Would you study railroad layout storefront models to get ideas as to how to do a terminal building? How will you construct the buildings? Support equipment? Will you go all out and include people too? Runways/Taxiways? This could be as large or small a project as you desire! Sounds great! Go for it!

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      Post #73055, posted on 08-05-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      Hey Challenger--
      Thanks for the encouragement about the project! I plan to keep this diorama small and not too deep as it will need to sit on a shelf.

      I hope to use model railroad type store front techniqes for the terminal and will only have room for the airport apron. I plan to showcase the early airliners as I can see DC-3s, DC-4s and 6s and Convair Liners in photos. Passengers and air crew would be nice also. I wonder if anyone makes these?

      I will try to send pictures as I work.

      Andy

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      Post #73057, posted on 08-06-2019 GMT-5 hours    
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      Passengers and air crew would be nice also. I wonder if anyone makes these?


      Andy, look for a brand called Preiser. They make figures (in several scales) for railway dioramas.

      N scale (1/150-1/160) would best suit your needs.

      Scott Garard
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      Post #73058, posted on 08-06-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      Preiser makes 1/144 passenger/crew figures, as does North Star Models.

      -Dana

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      Post #73059, posted on 08-06-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      BraZ has a new line of model terminals and support gear that might be useful.

      http://www.brazmodels.com/ok-jet.html

      Given the latest push by model companies to provide airliners from the 50's & 60's, he might even entertain doing a terminal front based on old photo's if you have some.

      Looking forward to seeing your progress.

      Good luck!

      Mark

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      Post #73079, posted on 08-09-2019 GMT-5 hours    
      Researching Amon Carter Airport (Ft Worth) has been an enjoyable activity!
      I've found photos of their opening day (1953), found that it originally had American, Braniff, Trans Texas, Central and Delta as the original carriers. Not sure when Continental arrived on the scene. Also I will use a B-36 model as it was there on opening day and served as a gate guard for years after the airport was abandoned. The B-36 now is restored and resides in Tuscon--one of the very few left.
      Postcards show a lot of detail of the terminal and ramps. I plan to have this model as a large shadow box 5' long and 18" wide with a backdrop painting, maybe of a Texas thunderstorm in the distance. Foreground in 1/144 and background in 1/160 (N scale). Terminal painted on flat card stock, perspective eye view at about 15 ft above the ground.

      Thanks all for the info on the figures and ground equipment!

      Andy