Scale Modelworld 2014 Prelude – Visiting Duxford
The first day of our Scale Modelworld trip comes to an end, and an eventful day it was. It all started rather unexpectedly this morning when the first November snowfall proved troublesome enough for the airport to close down just as our plane was about to taxi out on the runway. Eventually it took full 3 hours for the weather to clear enough so that we could be brought successfully to London Stansted. In contrats to the morning’s experience, England welcomed us with clear if chilly Autum weather which seemed like a most refreshing change!
Arriving at Stansted, the choice of a route for a car-bound aviation enthusiast is rather simple: Duxford is only a few minutes’ drive away and going there puts you in the right direction without all the hassle of getting yourself through London. In other words, it is an obvious first stop on our journey.
To me, Duxford is a familiar sight. Even if November isn’t perhaps the best time of the year to visit, this huge museum and restoration centre still offers much more to a visitor than can reasonably be covered during a day.
I remember well my first visits to the museum, the awe of experiencing its huge expanse (of an actual major World War II airbase) and the desperate stress of trying to cover every hanger and stop by every historic aircraft on display. You could literally feel the hours fly away and the battery in my camera drain out, not to mention one’s aching legs!
Today is my 6th time on site, and I’m allowing this to be more leisurely experience without any given “musts”. We focus on covering the entirely new Land Warfare building in the far end of the arifield, which turns out to be well worth visiting and a good competition to all the aircraft displays.
As the museum is closing, we’re facing a two-hour drive in North-Westerly direction towards Shropshire, Telford and the picture-perfect town of Bridgnorth on Severn where we will be setting our base for the weekend.
Stay tuned for more posts from Telford during the weekend!
Concorde – after sixty years it’s still magical
Schoolchildren and the Lancaster
Getting up close with the Lanc
Fighter Collection. All airworthy aircraft.
This Firefly will fly again!
There’s always some flying going on at Duxford
The new Land Warfare Hall
That’s some real Zimmerit there!
12 additional images. Click to enlarge.