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Old 03-25-2012, 07:21 PM   #1
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Hello all, I'm new to both this forum and this hobby, but I've always had a love for aviation and modeling so putting them together made sense to me.

Here's my little project so far


I used the loose grass dust that you buy in shakers or bags for model railroading, I must say in the past I always used the grass roll for HO scale train layouts, and I was not pleased with the results at all, this powder works much better in my opinion, I applied three coats of spray glue with light coats of grass powder between each coat of glue.




Grass 90% finished here, the planes here aren't the correct scale, just something cheap I picked up at the hobby store to give me a sense of scale. I used 150grit sandpaper as my tarmac surface, and I really do like the texture it gives.




The taxi lines are almost complete here, a sunset photo op yields some interesting effects. My Air Traffic Control tower may not be quite on-scale, I threw it together just a few days ago and I feel it's a nice touch, at least until the "perfect" tower comes along.






Here we have my first 1:200th scale plane, a B-2 spirit. (You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to find a 1:200 scale plane in Tulsa, OK... Shame on the hobby lobby.)


...and finally, the best view of a runway should be on approach, no?


I crave any constructive criticism y'all can offer on how to proceed with or improve on my airbase, also I am open to any questions as I understand information on 1/200 airbase construction is extremely limited.
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The devil is in the detail, its looking great, but it looks really clean, and I bet no airbase is clean like that, try and add oil stains, rubber tire landing marks. Also, adding in some vehicles is a must, and airstairs really help too. Herpa have a set of 1:200 military GSEs. Also, buildings really finish a model, N scale train buildings are great for this, below is a picture of my tiny little 1:200 diorama, its just a small apron, so nowhere near as big as yours:
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The devil is in the detail, its looking great, but it looks really clean, and I bet no airbase is clean like that, try and add oil stains, rubber tire landing marks. Also, adding in some vehicles is a must, and airstairs really help too. Herpa have a set of 1:200 military GSEs. Also, buildings really finish a model, N scale train buildings are great for this, below is a picture of my tiny little 1:200 diorama, its just a small apron, so nowhere near as big as yours
Thanks for the input, any suggestions on how to add rubber skids, or oil? Seems like I read somewhere that charcoal pencils were a must dor the oil stains. Also, I love what you've done there with the f-5s(or t-6s?), and the GSE.
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Thanks, those jets on mine are a Pair of BAe Hawks (T1 and T2). Oil pencils (black ones) or charcoal would help with the skid marks and oil, don't overdo the oil, maybe even black water-colour paint, so its nice and watered down, be careful though, maybe do some tests first. Have a look at google maps of airbases for images of how they look.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:53 PM   #5
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Alright thanks again, after looking at others around here and the real thing online I've added some sawdust to give the grass more realism;



I'm now on the search for charcoal pencils... I haven't seen one of those since 6th grade art class.
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Thank you! But there is still a lot more work.
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UPDATE: my first application of charcoal for weathering of the surface. I think besides some touch up i'm content with these marks, they seem consistent with images I've seen of DFW, LAX, and TUL.

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It's looking better detail-wise. I will be adding another section of equal or greater size to this soon for hangars and terminals, I had underestimated how large the taxiways had to be.

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