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    Converted Plastic Modeller A Retired Hangar Mechanic Gavin Miller's Avatar
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    Although Perth enjoys a warm, sunny, temperate climate it does rain here (never snows though!).

    On those occasional wet nights in the 1970s, the lack of airbridges required the use of umbrellas between the terminal and the aircraft. Such atmosphere!

    A lot of the romance of air travel has been lost with modern terminals and airbridges (IMHO anyway).

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    Getting back to the model, here is a close up of the central courtyard. I still have to build some side walls for the swan pond!!


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    An absolutely outstanding job of modeling. I was a young man in the early 60s and still like the terminals of that era over the huge structures of today.
    Planecrazy

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    Truly an excellent job! Very inspirational!

    If you don't mind me asking? What materials have you used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IKONOS
    If you don't mind me asking? What materials have you used?
    Thanks guys.

    I have used balsa wood to build the basic shape (balsa is SO easy to work with for the basic building blocks). The balsa is then completely clad with white Evergreen styrene scribed sheet (and rod) cut to shape/length as required. Styrene to balsa joins are made with Zap cyno glue. Styrene to styrene joins are made with liquid poly. Exterior then painted appropriate colour.

    Gavin

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    I can remove the "modern" extension and replace it with the original open observation deck to re-create scenes from the 1960s.

    Like this ...

    Gavin


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    This would have been a busy day at Perth in the early 1980s.

    The 1960s terminal, built with 707s in mind, struggled to cope with three, sometimes four, 747 loads of passengers at a time.


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    Can't wait to see that MAS 747 parked there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammyk
    Can't wait to see that MAS 747 parked there.
    Sammy, your MAS 747 arrived safely here this morning (thank you). Here she is shortly after "taxying in" after her long flight "down under"!

    Actually, MAS only ever operated ONE 747 flight that I know of to this terminal. A 742 replaced the regular scheduled MAS DC-10 service on 9th April 1986 (it was 9M-MHI, not MHJ, but still ... ).

    1986 is a bit late for the time frame of my diorama but I couldn't resist buying a big sister for the MAS 707 I ordered from AeroJets beginning of October (and still haven't received!!!! ).

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    Wow, when I posted that I had no idea it would show up today! Only five days it seems...takes longer to get something to Canada!

    I have to say, it seems strange to see a plane that sat on my shelf all the way on someone elses diorama. I bet with your skills you can change that J to an I!

    Glad you're enjoying it.

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    During the "transition era" from 707s to 747s Perth still had an open observation deck for a few short years before it was lost to building expansions.

    Arriving and departing passengers from just two 747s (parallel parked as they were initially, in propliner fashion) would have severely taxed the 1962 terminal's capacity.

    [But spotters like me on the observation deck were more than happy! Such simple pleasures ... he heh]

    Gavin

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    Gavin,
    I've seen many airports that are grander,
    however yours is the finest.
    Well done, it's awesome.
    Trent

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    So you decided to go with the Gemini BOAC 747 after all? Looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammyk
    So you decided to go with the Gemini BOAC 747 after all?
    Yes Sammy. Todd Johnson was selling one for $36 so I thought for that price I would take a Gemini until a BigBird comes along.

    Now I just have to put some wing antennas on it and bend the maingear so it will sit properly on its nosegear.

    Gavin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavin Miller
    Yes Sammy. Todd Johnson was selling one for $36 so I thought for that price I would take a Gemini until a BigBird comes along.

    And it looks damn good on that display!

    I love your airport, great job
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