This is one of the three structures in my Caribbean airport diorama that was covered in part in an earlier article. The hanger of course is the centerpiece of the diorama. The weathering is typical of what happens to these corrugated structures in the tropics.
The kit supplies paper thin doors that do not lend themselves to this scale, so I created framed, operating doors that run on tracks, much like the real thing, of course with no rollers. The top of the doors are retained by lengths of evergreen channel, one inside and one outside retaining two inner and two outer doors of the two four door sets.
Basswood was used to supplement and reinforce the roof’s truss structure as well as a kerb around the base for proper alignment and attachment of the walls.
The base was a project in itself requiring multiple layering and multiple coatings to achieve the desired concrete floor.
The diorama will be fully lit including the front perimeter being equipped with taxiway lights. There will be over seventy lights, all LED. The hanger has 22 lights. 11 inside and 12 outside along with a lit clock and operating wind sock. LEDs are powered by a circuit board, located on the side of the hanger, that coverts 12V AC to 3V DC. There are three of these boards. One for the hanger, one for the tower/terminal building and Quonset hut (27 lights) and one for miscellaneous lights like the street lamps and taxiway lights. The red objects above the side doors are studs to secure the lights above the doors. The threaded studs could not be trimmed or modified, so I made them into fire exit markers by putting evergreen tubing over them and painting them red.
With the structure complete, the next step is to populate it with equipment, a process already begun with various shop tools – fire extinguishers including a large, wheeled one, parts bins, work tables benches, parts washer, compressor and the crown jewel, a hydraulic engine hoist with a P&W 1340 on the chain. The roof is removable so the interior can be easily accessed.
One unusual discovery I made is that hangers are more difficult to build in this scale than full scale. We put up the real thing in less time with less hassle and never once did I have to crawl around to find missing parts.
I wish the images could be clicked on and moved so they could be placed more in keeping with the development of the description. I am simply not organized enough to compose a complete article with photos before I begin writing.
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