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    Relief Pilot Supreme Hangar Mechanic wildcatfootball's Avatar
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    Every time I look at this airport, I want it... AWESOME work Gavin, its beautiful!!!
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    Gav,
    Any photos of the 1:200 airport?
    Where is that today?
    Trent

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    Quote Originally Posted by TK-421
    Gav,
    Any photos of the 1:200 airport?
    Where is that today?
    Trent
    Trent,

    Check out his website

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiball
    Trent, Check out his website
    Oh, that's a good idea.
    Thanks Dave.
    Trent

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    Converted Plastic Modeller A Retired Hangar Mechanic Gavin Miller's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by TK-421
    Gav,
    Any photos of the 1:200 airport?
    Where is that today?
    Trent
    It's in pieces now! The departure lounges are now all inhabited by spiders!

    Photos on my website here:-
    http://users.bigpond.net.au/miller_s...vin_index.html [EDIT: Website no longer in existence]

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    Amazing Diorama. This is one of the best I have seen yet.
    1985 was a good year for aviation.

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    For a brief period in 1979/80 Singapore Airlines operated DC-10-30s on their Perth services (between the end of 707 services and the beginning of 747 operations).

    As this falls within the time frame of my model I have been chasing a DW SIA DC-10-30 for some time without success. I just got lucky and finally won one on eBay.

    She just "landed" and taxied in this morning.

    Gavin


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    Now I am just waiting for my AeroClassics SIA B707 to arrive (to represent the earlier years).

    Gavin


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    Converted Plastic Modeller A Retired Hangar Mechanic Gavin Miller's Avatar
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    I haven't done much with my model airport diorama for a few months as my business has been keeping me very busy and away from my hobby.

    I decided to take a couple more photos while admiring my latest addition.

    In this scene, military and commercial freight is unloaded on the northern apron as an Ansett 727-200 is replenished for a return flight to the east coast.

    Gavin


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    This photo of the real apron taken in February 1969 shows how passengers used to wander across the pavement.

    The photo was obviously taken from the corner of the main observation deck (which was still open in those days). The leaves in the photo mean I have "planted" the big courtyard tree at the right spot on my model!

    (I don't know why the news crew were there that day)

    I would love an Ansett-ANA 727-100 in these colours.

    Also some 1/400 baggage trolleys!

    Gavin


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    congrats on your work
    in my line of work i've seen several reduced scale buildings and architectural spaces, and your "diorama " shows a great attention to detail end very good craftmanship

    it would look even nicer if you could give those concrete slabs the uneven finish that we see on the pic 8)

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    Hi Gavin,
    I just started looking at this airport forum.
    Superb diorama!
    It is amazing how nice it makes the models look. And I have learned a lot about the Perth Airport too. I see one of my all time favorite photos and plane (Ansett-ANA 727-100). Now I know where it was taken!
    Sign me up for one of those 727s and thanks for the inspiration to build my own airport.
    Your restraint is also an inspiration. It is surely better to make a superb smaller scene WITHOUT every plane you own jammed into the picture than to make a giant generic airport as I sometimes plan.
    Thanks !
    Peter Cruttenden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeve Aleut Peter C.
    Your restraint is also an inspiration. It is surely better to make a superb smaller scene WITHOUT every plane you own jammed into the picture than to make a giant generic airport as I sometimes plan.
    Thanks !
    Thanks for your kind remarks Peter. I haven't started the "weathering" process yet. Lots of wear and tear to be added to the apron areas.

    Yes, I find a small airport focuses more attention on the one or two planes present. I "rotate" my models off the shelf and onto the diorama to capture different days/years that I recall fondly.

    Gavin

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    Converted Plastic Modeller A Retired Hangar Mechanic Gavin Miller's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeve Aleut Peter C.
    ... And I have learned a lot about the Perth Airport too.
    Peter, this is what became of Perth Airport. A new international terminal was built on the opposite side of the field in the mid-80s and the two major domestics (Qantas and Ansett at the time) built dedicated single-user terminals where the old terminal once stood.

    In this photo (taken in the 1990s) you can see the new Qantas terminal to the right and the new Ansett terminal to the left.

    The only remaining part of my much-loved 1962 terminal is the dark grey roofed portion.

    Gone are the courtyard lawns and swans gliding on their ornamental lake. The old courtyard area has since been paved over and is now used for parking airport GSE.

    There are now no open-air viewing decks and the double-glazing in the Ansett (now Virgin) terminal makes photography difficult.

    Such is progress! <Sigh>


    Gavin


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