Airport Diorama – Progress report
Once upon a time, in an age before cell phones, there existed a certain kind of airport with certain kinds of airplanes . . .
The Stinson and Beech Staggerwing are courtesy of Mr. Terrence Davis.
I had these kits in my build-project store, but when I saw Terry’s meticulous work, I knew these were the aircraft for the diorama, as I could never better these precisely detailed models.
I gave Terry the kits from my stores as replacements. He will undoubtedly do them far better justice than I might have ever hoped for. Note the springs on the Staggerwing’s landing gear
and the beautifully detailed interiors.
This is one of those “Gee, wish I could do that” moments.
The C-47 project is under way. I did not like the aluminum finish, so I scrunged the model and am going to attempt a repaint.
The LaSalle hearse and coffins come from my story Islands in Between where I had a body on board during a flight.
The fact is we normally shipped bodies in cardboard boxes, but in this scale, that representation would not tell the viewer much. “Human Remains” were not uncommon cargo. The LaSalle hearse is a 1/48/O scale, metal replica of the one used in the Bond movie Dr. No set in the Bahamas. When I saw it I knew it would set my own stage perfectly with its tropical scene.
During the photo shoot, one of the mechanics drank a bottle of Tenax 2024T malt liquor and fell over dead drunk.
Note the guys at the plans table discussing modifications to the Beech 18
The Ruger crane was a kit in itself.
Note the guy in the truck craning his neck to watch the loading alignment.
The fence was a project that I might do a piece on separately.
The Beech Staggerwing is a stunning piece of work, winning a “Best Red Airplane” award at a show.
Terry’s Stinson Reliant, is another masterpiece of workmanship.
I estimate about 50% completion of the Airport Diorama project. Here are more photos of present results.
25 additional images. Click to enlarge.