So here is my topic on my current work, LAX TBIT. I basically copy what I write/pictures I show on Wings900, so sorry if you read things double.
I chose LAX' new Tom Bradley Int'l Terminal for the following reasons:
- Architecture: obvious reason, it's utterly beautiful and I love the challenge after half a year of straight and simple 1980's design (T4)
- Traffic: Again obvious, there is no terminal in the world with such an epic mix of Asian and European heavies, colourful (Fiji, Asiana, MAS, Korean, Thai), many A380s (AF, BA, KE, EK, China Southern, SQ etc.), and cool planes such as the LH 748 and the Japanese 77Ws. I have a lot of those models and love to buy nice new models for this project
- Photos: what I HATED about my LHR T4 of 1999 was that I could not find ANY pictures of it in 1999 or 2000. If you rebuild a real airport, there is nothing better than having a lot of overview pictures one can remodel incl. traffic and GSE. What better airport to build then than LAX with all its heli-spotting.
- Current airport: I love the fact that for this airport model I will be able to show existing aircraft and even the ones to come in the future. While I loved LHR T4 for its Concordes and the BA world tails, I was quite limited in the range of models I could show, obviously. So if new 787s, 380s, or what have you come into the market, I will most likely be able to buy them from Herpa and present them in my LAX model.
The whole thing can be built in 40x150cm, so flat-friendly as compared to my parents' house where LHR T4 rests now.
I will of course build the whole thing in the same manner I always have (high German quality
) but I will not build the land-side of the terminal for space and time reasons. So it will be a bit more abstract than T4 was.
I have in the last days built a first prototype to see whether I am actually able to do the curved roofs etc. I found it to be challenging, for example I need to glue the terminal to the ground because otherwise the cardboard bends too much. But I think all in all the prototype is promising.