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IkeIbekwem 08-25-2017 06:15 PM

Evie Air Base- The Makeover
For those that may not know, Evie Air Base is a small military airfield created in 2012, that has been featured in previous threads here, usually with Evie in the title and adventurous storylines to match. The presentations are what I have come to refer to as 'Diorama Photo-stories'. This is where each photo or series of photos in the thread are a diorama scene in themselves that are then sequenced together to tell a tale. Due to the multiplicity of shots each scene may not have the same level of detail and attention you may find with a typical sole diorama scene. The style has become my own and which I like to refer to as 'Supermodelnation' - from Super Model Animation. (Gerry Anderson fans should get my drift!)

Anyway this was my pride and joy airfield as it was then (complete with my initial Maisto Tailwinds collection!!!) Insert embarrassed Emoji yourself...

It was my very first diorama which accounts for the slightly rudimentary appearance in part. The airfield has, however, seen plenty of activity since then. It has been "brought to life" through several exciting stories (even one with extra terrestrials and a UFO!) so feel free to Search for the old threads if you missed them. What is possibly missed on viewers is the time, effort and patience required to line up those bloody tiny, fiddly 1/150 figures in each shot and don't get me started on the complexity of those 1/144 aircraft mid-flight scenes! Especially those pyrotechnics shots!!! Remember, no Photoshopping, green screens or digital imagery is used for any of my work, only very basic Windows Media edits where required.

However as with all good things I decided Evie needed a facelift. So I stripped her bare and flung her in the garden and she looked like this for months

Feeling quite sorry for her, I took her back inside and following several more months of painstaking redesign Evie has been significantly improved. Mainly using Kits (or modified kits) and some scratch builds for the buildings.

The tiled cork sheet tarmac was extended.

Now in my typical Supermodelnation presentational style, I give you the new improved Evie Air Base. Keep watching as random unrelated events continuously unfold here.

Daylight finally broke on this special morning. It was the Opening Day of the refurbished Evie Air Base. All was quiet around the base.

Heavy trucks with trailer loads of goods and supplies for the new base roll past the main gates

They pull up at the Secondary gates
They are cleared through security

and then through the internal perimeter gates


They soon pull into the maintenance hangar at the far end of the airfield which was the location of the former Project-X hangar where it is rumoured that Evie housed a functioning UFO with extra terrestrials. Suggestions of the relocation of the UFO to a new underground bunker at the redesigned base are denied and information remains classified. The official position is that the Project-X Programme has since been wound down. https://cdn.websitetoolbox.com/image...ilies/wink.gif

The base remains pretty inactive with no planes, vehicles or jets on site at this time

The new Evie Air Base looks resplendent in the clear weather
The design provides much more space for the planes and provides a more spacious layout. I think it looks neater than before anyway. Not perfect...but neater.

The base features a brand new Air Traffic Control Tower and Terminal building. Flags of the three NATO permanent states- UK, USA and France can be seen flying to the left. Flags of an additional 5 main NATO states- Belgium, Canada, Germany, Australia and Italy are also flying proudly in the wind. It has a new Apron stand for up to two large military transports and beside that is a large maintenance/storage hangar. The former Service Entrance building has been relocated to the far Eastern end of the base and is back to its original use as the airport Fire station

Note Runway 35 is now renumbered Runway 28 following the UK's Civil Aviation Authority's evaluation of shifts in the Magnetic poles, which is a rare but factual occurrence!!https://cdn.websitetoolbox.com/image...es/biggrin.gif

To the West of the airfield is a new Apron stand for jets and smaller aircraft. Two Hardened Aircraft Shelters (HAS) have been built to hold the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) fighters that are on 24 hour standby for any potential "scramble" event. 2 new Communication towers and 2 helipads also now feature, together with a split level car park.http://i.imgur.com/NfkVG3A.jpg

Finally, a unique state of the art Security observation bridge has been built beside the Control Tower for round the clock security surveillance of the base

Suddenly wailing police sirens broke the mid-morning silence...

Bangkok Lady La 08-27-2017 01:13 AM

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Looks like the airbase is housing some top secret possible black ops projects. Lots of suspicious trucking activity.
Does Lockheed Martin work out of here?

I'd laugh if a Cessna 172 rolled out the hangar :)

Grecog70 08-27-2017 03:20 AM

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Great outcome sir, tks a lot 4 sharing!

IkeIbekwem 08-31-2017 07:32 AM

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Thanks for the comments guys. I will try to keep the thread interesting as the updates come through.

The Cessna reference was quite an amusing thought LOL...watch this space!

HoRad 08-31-2017 01:15 PM

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Flags of the three NATO permanent states- UK, USA and France can be seen flying to the left
France actually left NATO back in 1967.

IkeIbekwem 08-31-2017 03:40 PM

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Thanks for the comment HoRAD. However, the French membership status with NATO is not as straightforward as you may be suggesting.
NATO was founded on 4<SUP>th</SUP> April 1949 with 12 original members of which France was one. But surprisingly on 11<SUP>th</SUP> March 1966 the then French President Charles de Gaulle infuriated the US and UK by suddenly pulling France out of the NATO’s military command "to preserve French independence in world affairs" and prevent France taking direction from US Generals. France withdrew forces from NATO command and the NATO headquarters moved from Paris to Brussels, but France assured NATO partners it would continue to take part in the defence of Western Europe in event of a Soviet attack. It also retained forces in the then West Germany.
However, in June 2008 a series of French national debates on a White paper on national defence outlined two main objectives – to increase French presence and influence in the Alliance and to facilitate strengthening of Europe’s defences. There were also several conditions outlined for France in relation to NATO. The government having then engaged its responsibility on a foreign policy declaration under article 49 (1) of the Constitution, the decision was subject to a vote in their National Assembly, which was then approved in March 2009. France officially announced its full participation to NATO military structures at the Strasbourg-Kehl Summit on 4<SUP>th</SUP> April 2009, Forty-three years after its departure. So it is once again a NATO member.
Hope this helps clarify why Evie Air Base proudly flies the French national flag along with the other key member states.
Don’t you just love it when reality extends, blends and complements fiction!! :D<O:p</O:p

IkeIbekwem 09-03-2017 09:48 AM

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Sirens echo around the base as the Police outriders escort appear through the chain fencing
(Finding police outriders at this scale was virtually impossible so I had to improvise and convert some civilian motorcycle figures to suit. As I didn't glue them to their bikes it was a tediously fiddly affair!!!!)

It is a Royal escort with very important dignitaries on board
The escort sped down Main Road towards Evie


The lead escort car speeds ahead
It pulls up to form a road block as the escort approaches Evie's main gate
Vehicles are halted as the escort turn in
A NATO officers' guard of honour stood in welcoming salute for the VIPs arrival
They are ushered straight through
Two of the four outriders led them to a stop beside the main terminal block

Everyone waits in anticipation...

Grecog70 09-03-2017 10:09 AM

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Great outcome, congrats!

IkeIbekwem 09-08-2017 03:23 PM

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Thanks Grecog70 appreciate your views and comment.

So the story continues...

Media camera shutters click as Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II emerges from the Royal Limo accompanied by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh amid strategically positioned Royal Security detail.

They are greeted by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.

Whilst Evie was one of the smaller NATO bases it was considered of high strategic importance due to its location within the UK and its Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) status, which is why its re-opening became a NATO top brass affair

The Chairman introduces his guests to the three NATO Strategic Commanders

Her Majesty was then ushered through to the Terminal Building and Control Tower main entrance to cut the red ribbon


After a few formal words the tape is cut to a frenzy of press photographers and cameramen who wanted to capture every possible moment



The entourage proceed into the building for the grand tour of the building and new Tower


Soon after she is driven over to the Maintenance Hangar


The Head of Technical Maintenance soon explains equipment and planned activities for this area

The group then visit the Fire station and their kit


The Queen found the view of the entire base from the observation deck "fascinating"

Finally it was over to the Officers Mess

IkeIbekwem 09-09-2017 07:11 PM

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I have shot several new scenes which I will post in quick succession whilst I currently have the time. Expect more shortly

The new base design includes two new Hardened Aircraft Shelters (HAS). These huge structures house the Quick Reaction Alert fighter jets which remain on 24-hour standby at Evie. The Royal guests could not leave without viewing the new HAS buildings

The motorcade made its way towards that end of the base.

Waiting to meet them are a group of Base Pilots, Air Crew and Ground Crew personnel

The Base Commander welcomes the Royal guests exchanging pleasantries

He then diverts their attention to the nearby shelters and what they are about to see

At that point one of his men operates one of the Shelter’s external control panels

A distinct grinding of concrete on concrete is heard as the heavy reinforced doors slide open

The guests are unaware what is about to be unveiled but they expect it to be something special...https://i.imgur.com/6ImcLki.jpg

Grecog70 09-10-2017 03:42 AM

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Well done!

IkeIbekwem 09-11-2017 05:49 PM

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Thanks for the comment Grecog70. Meanwhile...


Originally Posted by Bangkok Lady La (Post 2463250)

I'd laugh if a Cessna 172 rolled out the hangar :)

Bangkok Lady I dedicate this particular post to you. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Thanks for the comments guys! These are always truly appreciated. I hope to keep the thread interesting with new details (and twists and turns) as we watch events unfold on the base.

The doors open just enough to make out what is inside…


A Cessna???!!!

A Cessna (L-19) O-1 Bird Dog to be precise…but this one had truly seen better days

"Built in 1949, this particular O-1 was delivered to Evie in 1950 when the base was just a short grassy strip in the middle of an open, muddy field. Back then it was the very first plane to land at Evie and formed part of NATO’s first US Army air wing deployed to the UK (by then, the US Army Air Force had not yet been separated)..."

"In the early 1950s it saw battle in Korea finding the enemy and orbiting low overhead, usually taking much fire itself, as you can see, whilst directing artillery or attack aircraft fire onto the enemy via its radio..."

"In the early 60s it saw plenty of action in Vietnam as a reconnaissance and artillery spotter plane mainly performing front line utility roles". This one's bizarre yellow livery was to make it distinct for friendlies. Obviously, a very bad idea resulting in multiple enemy fire sustained

The guests listened attentively to the historical background narrative broadcast over the base loudspeakers

"There were suggestions to restore the body to its former glory days but it was decided that retaining its current bullet ridden appearance with all its battle scars was deemed a more fitting tribute to honour this old bird as the Base’s first"

Suddenly the second HAS doors slide open



"McDonnell Douglas F-15 Strike Eagle, Evie’s most advanced fighter..."

The symbolic gesture of the old giving way to the new was not missed on the onlookers

"Following its brief appearance at the 2013 Evie Air Show, the F-15 65th Aggressor was relocated from Nellis AFB to Evie to continue Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) now for NATO over the Baltics"


The F-15 fighter led the way as the Queen and others applauded the short, befitting Taxiway display

Then from behind them...a thundering roar of engines...

airlineguy 09-13-2017 01:30 PM

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Very cool!

Thanks for posting the pics.


IkeIbekwem 09-14-2017 08:43 AM

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Thanks for the comment Airlineguy. I do like to bring a bit of fun to this hobby table of ours.

The huge roar from behind them came from a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Transport thundering down the runway for the first official landing at the redesigned Evie Air Base


The Cessna and F-15 continue down the taxiway as the C-17 comes in


After a brief tour of the Shelters the Royal motorcade starts to depart but the departure route takes them down the main runway


A small crowd had gathered outside to watch. Most onlookers are unsure where the vehicles are actually heading


But it was soon became very clear…




The plane starts a full 180


Cleared for Take-off...




The official Royal re-opening of Evie Air Base had truly been a memorable and successful occasion


Within hours of the official opening and with Evie Air Base now fully operational, a call comes in for NATOs assistance with the ongoing global humanitarian relief effort

IkeIbekwem 09-16-2017 10:36 PM

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This next set of posts is my small dedication to the victims of the recent natural disasters across the Caribbean and U.S.A. May those lost rest in perfect peace. May those that survived find solace and hope in the months to come. We continue to think of you all.

With the devastating scenes of the recent Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma fast becoming yesterday’s news, the effort for recovery and rebuilding has only really just begun. The Hurricanes were recorded as the most intense in living memory.
Hurricane Harvey dumped an unprecedented 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana. Parts of Houston received almost 53 inches of rain, breaking a record for rainfall in continental United States.
In its wake, Irma left at least 23 dead in mainland United States and more than 30 dead across the Caribbean as it stretched from the small islands of Barbuda and Antigua, through Haiti, Bahamas and Cuba and on to the U.S.A's Jacksonville, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina, leaving over 1 million homes without electricity, total destruction and human loss in its wake.

Following the call to specific NATO bases to provide additional resources and logistical support, the newly reopened Evie Air Base swung into action with a major relief operation. The biggest Evie has seen to date. It started with the arrival of Military flatbed trucks carrying containers full of food, fuel, clean water and other essentials. These were the last set to be delivered


A large Military Tadano GR-500 crane is immediately put into action to offload the goods

The lifting is methodical and gradual under the watchful glare of the Relief Operations supervisor

Forklifts takeover as the next container is hoisted to the ground

This one is also successfully placed


After several round trips the final set of crates are brought in. These contain medical supplies and mechanical equipment for essential building repairs. As these trucks pull in Forklifts are busy on site offloading the containers

Phase 1 of this operation is going well and is on schedule

Bangkok Lady La 09-17-2017 01:09 AM

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Good to see the folks at Evie air base are charitable and helping a good cause.

Grecog70 09-17-2017 03:00 AM

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Lovely photos, tks 4 sharing!

IkeIbekwem 09-22-2017 06:28 PM

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Thanks for the positive comments guys. Always motivates and encourages me to do more. Glad this is being enjoyed.

The final consignment of steel and wooden containers of essential supplies are delivered


A crane truck is used to offload the cargo

The consignment of aid is now ready for loading and transport.

Items include sacks of grain, medicines, beverages, food, propane tanks, fuel, clothing and other essentials from various National Charities and private donations. A single transport plane is expected to land at any minute

But in the skies above the base, instead of one, it is two RAF C-17 transporters doing a low pass before making in for their Finals

The Evie Relief Operations Supervisor received a late call from the relief co-ordination centre at RAF Lakenheath to expect an additional hardware delivery to support the relief effort, which explains the second C-17 redirected to Evie
The din of the landing aircraft echoes all around

The first is already taxiing to the Relief site whilst the second touches down on the runway
With recent reports of Hurricane Maria following the same destructive path, it was clear this effort would need to be extended and multiple relief drops required
Officials at Evie were already drawing up the logistics for this

With the large transports in position the herculean task of loading is due to start

Delivery of the additional hardware is suddenly heard arriving

IkeIbekwem 09-26-2017 03:02 PM

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Over Evie a pair of Merlin helicopters slowly descend having sought ATC clearance and both with underslung cargo
The Merlins, otherwise known as AugustaWestland 101s were well suited for this sort of lift operation

With most of the Caribbean still without electricity after the hurricanes, power supply was essential for the recovery effort

The choppers bring in the first set of four 1500kw Hyundai Power Generators

These generators would help bring vital electricity to rural areas across the Virgin Islands

Areas in Puerto Rico affected by the most recent Hurricane Maria would also benefit from these generator plants

The hardware was charitably donated by Evie's main sub contractor electrical supplier SR Ltd. The Merlins' carefully approach the landing zone

The lead chopper was provided by the Italian Navy

The other in olive green livery of the Royal Air Force

On the ground troops had already started to load cargo

Cranes, Forklifts and other trailers were put to use

Even good old fashion elbow power was being used as soldiers carried some of the smaller gear on board the C-17s

It was a very busy scene of activities as the Relief Effort Supervisor coordinated events

Propane tanks and Diesel drums were loaded together with other supplies

As all of this is unfolding just then...an almighty roar...

Jan Jasinski 09-26-2017 04:02 PM

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Quite an entertaining set of photos here! Nice diorama, the kid in you has been exposed ;)

Who made the buildings and the crates/boxes?

IkeIbekwem 09-27-2017 05:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Jan Jasinski (Post 2483777)
the kid in you has been exposed ;)

If you're calling me a 'Big Kid' Jan....er...guilty as charged!! :o Sometimes our hobby gets way too serious and a bit of light hearted fun is always a good thing. Glad to bring some form of entertainment.

Some of the buildings are laser cut card kit builds some are plastic kits. I modified most buildings like the HAS hangars giving them quite a unique look. Same with the crates/containers. Some items I just built from scratch. Was fun to build and even more fun doing these creative scenes. More to follow. Thanks for commenting.

IkeIbekwem 10-01-2017 01:43 PM

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This post ends this short mini-story. Several new shorts are in the planning stages so more to follow on this thread from Evie shortly. I enjoyed doing this one especially as it related to real life events that affected so many.

The roar came from a group of incoming General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcons

These were Evie’s primary respondents recommencing their QRA operations

They touched down amidst the ongoing relief operation activities

Meanwhile at the relief site, Forklifts tackle the larger cargo crates

The Merlins make a return drop of the remaining two Power generators before finally taking off again

Forklifts on the ground waste no time loading the four power generators onto trailers

Ground vehicles manoeuvre these heavy machines with great care onto the second C-17

These are the last of the main loading activities. The site is almost cleared

Once completed, the vehicles are parked and the huge transports push back

The relief effort crew watch on with a sense of pride and achievement

They are cleared for take off

The two C-17s are very shortly over the Atlantic heading south to the Hurricane ravagged Caribbean islands and southern U.S.A with relief cargo that would make a major difference to people’s lives

This post ends this mini story but I hope it helped maintain our focus and thoughts on the plight of many that suffered and are still suffering today and possibly for weeks, months and years to come.
They remain in our thoughts and we wish them all the very best.

Over the following weeks, a growing concern for NATO was Russia. A call came through to Evie Air Base to step up all relevant counter-measures...

Grecog70 10-01-2017 04:10 PM

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Simply amazing!

IkeIbekwem 10-15-2017 04:39 AM

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Thanks Grecog70 and to all that have provided some great comments. I too am enjoying this creation very much. You may notice a slow down in posts a little though as I have recently started a new job which is consuming most of my down time. Whenever I can grab some spare time I will continue here.

Following the initial notification calls, a formalised communication memo was sent through to Evie Air Base. Evie Commanders opened up the document to view its contents:


HoRad 10-15-2017 11:33 AM

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Ain't it going a little bit too far into poltics?

Moreover, there are no "Russian Air Forces". Nobody in NATO would use this form, by all means. They will probably speak of the Air Force of the Russian Federation. And there also is no "NATO Allied airspace". They may speak at one moment of the airspace of one or another country which is a member of the alliance.

The "whole, free and at peace" stuff is a really good joke.

If you want to play it like this, than make it look real. Or try to copy a real document. :)

IkeIbekwem 10-16-2017 05:01 PM

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Thanks HoRad, I giggled to myself when I read your post. But not in a rude way. When I create these scenes sometimes I wonder if anyone is even paying attention, so good to get responses that provoke thought and generate further discussion.

As for the memo it is in fact extracts taken from a "real document". Of course, I did edit some details and incorporate some artistic licence. But the content originates from the NATO Warsaw Summit Communique issued by Heads of State and Government in the North Atlantic Council, July 2016. The document was very comprehensive so my extracts were just a few snippets rearranged into my fictional memo. But the "whole, free and at peace" line is actually in that NATO document!! And yes, I too laughed!

In reality the document I created is a precursor, tee-up for the next few episodes where I will feature Russian aircraft (for the first time in any Evie production) so please keep watching. Note, mine was not a reference to the "Russian Air Force" but as stated, to their 'Air forces' which do exist, but thanks for the fact check anyway.

If this was a movie I'd have shoved in disclaimers all over the credits. But honestly, I'm having way too much fun creating these scenes to even care about perceived political motivation. Admittedly, by its nature, it may reflect a degree of political persuasion. But wholly unintended ;).

This thread does not claim to be "real" but does insist on being entertaining. To put things in context, In a former Evie adventure (not posted on this forum and with the old site design) those 1.5cm figures built and launched full sized Thunderbirds 1 and 2 aircraft AND a Star Wars X-Wing fighter from the Evie Air base runway!! So that's how "realistic", my runaway imagination gets sometimes, so please just roll with it or you'll miss all the fun.:rolleyes:

Here's the proof! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMczltklW44

IkeIbekwem 10-28-2017 10:31 AM

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Apologies, I did say I would hit delays hence the long silence...Well on with the story

At Evie a small specialised crew of technicians and pilots emerge from the Officers quarters


They head towards the Western Stand

At the stand a Boeing E-3 Sentry -Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) also referred to in the UK as Airborne Early Warning (AEW) awaits them

This crew of specisalists, skilled in radar and tracking detection, airborne surveillance and communications board the plane.


A Tow is brought in and push back is commenced


Evie were wasting no time following the latest NATO memo for increased aerial capabilities to counter recent Russian hostile operations


The E-3 Sentry, when at altitude, has a top down 360 degree view of the horizon to provide a detect, identify, track and intercept of air and sea targets simultaneously if required

The large primary radar is housed in a huge 30 feet (9.1 metre) in diameter rotodome mounted above the aircraft which scans at 6 revolutions per minute, using powerful interleaving algorithms, with a detection range of more than 320km

AWACS radar system improvements means upgraded capability to identify and track land, sea and air target threats with even smaller radar cross sections such as small jets and missiles including stealthy targets

The E-3 plays a major role in NATO enforcement of air space control, no-fly zones and command and control capability. This one was the first deployment from Evie and is cleared for take off

The Sentry was recently deployed to Evie to bolster the existing E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning already operating out of the base

This E-2C provided by Ejército del Aire- the Spainish Air Force is a very recent addition to their service.

The E-2C provides similar activities to the Sentry but can also be carrier launched with its smaller 24 foot rotating radome

Both aircraft were soon above providing the valuable 'Eyes in the skies' capability...Evie was watching...

Bangkok Lady La 11-06-2017 11:09 PM

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You know the more you look at these pics you have to be astounded about the amount of detail and effort has gone into each scene!
I mean those supplies being loaded on the aircraft surely would all have to be put in place by tweezers?
Excellent pics....and so very entertaining.
Thanks for posting the story.

IkeIbekwem 11-19-2017 03:51 PM

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Appreciate the comment Bangkok Lady La, and yes each picture scene truly is a painstaking labour of love. Tweezers and sometimes needles are used for positioning. But it is a real joy to create. Thanks anyway.

Been absent for a bit and expect to be for a while but managed to pull together this brief "end of season episode". Looks like there will be a bit of a break but promise more excitement from Evie for certain.

With early airborne warning systems monitoring the skies the base prepped its existing assets as more were expected and already on their way to bolster Evie's defences.

Ground crews worked hard to ready the Fighting Falcons on the apron. At this point further commentary hardly seems necessary as the actions convey the seriousness of their preparations

(cue the action music in your heads...https://cdn.websitetoolbox.com/image...es/biggrin.gif)



















To be continued...

IkeIbekwem 04-13-2018 09:06 AM

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Yes it has been a while...Apologies. But it's started getting warmer now and with some downtime at work, it means I can sneak in a quick episode...or two.
As always I love to crossover my posts with real-life world events, so what can be bigger than the precarious situation currently being faced in Syria. We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to the innocents, most especially the children, that have paid a heavy price and still continue in their suffering today.

As the world holds its breath in anticipation of the unfolding events in Syria and the impending danger of a Western response and a potential Russian counter to what is already a volotile and complex arena, activities at Evie Air Base are stepped up.

NATO assets are being prepared as part of a concerted joint military effort. At present, plans are 'need to know' but assets are made ready.

French Carrier based Rafale jets arrived at Evie overnight as ground and air crew prepare them for possible forthcoming action

The Dassault Rafale M, a formidible multi-role fighter is the French Navy's primary air asset

Military vehicles conduct round trips to Evie's weapons stores to pick up aircraft ordinances

Armoured trucks bring in other suppliers

Airmen check and prepare their fighters

Out on the taxiway two Swedish Saab JAS39's Gripen jets have just touched down at Evie and are also here to be prepared for possible combat eventualities

The Swedish Air Force's contribution was limited but the Gripen's fighter, attack reconnaissance capability made it an effective one

At the other end of the base, US F/A-18 and F-16 assets are already armed and combat ready

Heavy machinery and other NATO assets are also in transit. The base was very much in an active state.

Sophisticated ground to air radar is spotted being brought onto the base

It is unclear exactly what is to follow next but NATO forces are ensuring they are prepared for any political decisions to follow.

Meanwhile the world cautiously waits...and watches...

airlineguy 04-13-2018 07:02 PM

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Great base & pics.


IkeIbekwem 04-16-2018 02:33 PM

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Thanks for all the comment Airlineguy. Greatly appreciated!

Following the weekend's co-ordinated military strike on Syria, Western governments grapple with all the political fallout and the huge media storm in their various countries. The 'whys and wherefores' of military action are being debated with strong arguments on both sides. As this all plays out, the silent Monday evening skies above Evie are broken with the deafening sound of returning fighters from their Middle Eastern forward posts.

The French Rafale fighters buzz the base in single file formation. Their silhouettes distinct against the darkening evening skies

They make a wide arc of the base before descending on final approach, touching down with a formation landing

The mission was a success with over 100 missiles launched from both sea and and air against Syria's chemical weapon making facilities, sending a resounding message to the Assad Regime

Many questioned the legitimacy of the strike but these pilots know not to consider the political justifications, but to simply get the job done

They taxi to the stand as the next wave of fighters touch down

Led by a single F/A-18, the US detachment of F-16s also touch down safely, having played a prominent mission role

As the US Jets taxied in, a sole F-15 was close behind touching down after them

An hour later, the Saab JAS39s completed their returns and headed for the HAS structures

The base instructions were for all fighters to be re-armed, refueled and made ready for any next sortie. It was unclear if and when a subsequent mission would be required, but Evie was ensuring she was ready and capable to respond if and when asked

Grecog70 04-16-2018 03:16 PM

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Simpli splendid, tks 4 sharing the updates!

IkeIbekwem 04-27-2018 08:08 PM

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Thank you very much Grecog70

IkeIbekwem 04-27-2018 08:09 PM

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Following their involvement in the successful air raids in response to Syria's chemical weapons attack, personnel at Evie Air Base were back to business as usual activities. The next few, short posts will provide you an insight to what these base activities look like
As nobody knew if or when the next orders could arrive a major operation to keep the base operationally prepared was underway. The airport road is cordoned off for safety and security reasons

French ground crew load fresh ordinance on their planes.

Teams carefully mount air to air weapons into place whilst ground vehicles are used for the heavy movements

Special aerial munitions lift vehicles are brought in to assist with the activity.

Racks of standard air to surface Anti-Radiation Missiles were offloaded

Evie had two of these mechanical loaders each capable of carrying an arrary of loads including bombs, missiles, fuel tanks, pylons, special weapons weighing up to 10,000lbs at the same time on dual crane lift arms

As this was ongoing, a pair of F/A 18s prepare to fly Combat Air Patrol (CAP) missions over coastal regions


These CAP missions are necessary to deter the recent increase in Russian air incursions into European airspace following the joint air strikes

Grecog70 04-28-2018 06:45 AM

Re: Evie Air Base- The Makeover
You're a genius...

IkeIbekwem 02-08-2019 06:21 AM

Re: Evie Air Base- The Makeover
Sorry guys it has been, what seems like forever since my last update. Work and other life stuff is making it impossible at the moment and this will be a short one. However, you know how I love to cross-over real world events with this thread so I just could not resist the recent events of this week....

Breaking News of the RAF Tornados final return flight to the UK after 40 years of service in missions over Bosnia, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Libya, Syria to mention just a few. The aircraft saw quite a lot of action and this week, what was reported as the final return flight from RAF Akotiri in Cyprus into RAF Marham in Norfolk, UK was all over the news and this was an opportunity I didn't want to miss.


However, what you did not know was a small contingent of Tornado jets had just concluded what was, a final secret mission (Operation Overlord) over Northern Syria. So what you see today is the true final RAF Tornado return flight.https://cdn.websitetoolbox.com/image...es/biggrin.gif

The group of three jets was now on its final leg back to the UK as they raced backed over the English Channel.

They were soon over countryside hills
They lower their landing gear whilst maintaining a tight formation
With their base in sight they line themselves up
All touching down in quick succession
And then the slow taxi back to their final stand
Ground crews were on hand to welcome them home
This truly was a momentous occasion as these formidable craft powered down from their very final sortie run
The pilots were glad to be part of this historic moment knowing they had served their country with dignity, honour and pride flying a formidable aircraft and a true workhorse of the UK air campaign.

Evie says: Farewell RAF Tornado!!!

An end of an era.

...Meanwhile, those Russians were still up to all sorts of mischief in and around the skies above NATO airspace...clearly things were soon to come to a head....

DC-10_Tony 02-08-2019 11:58 AM

Are you the one who made that awesome diorama with the UFO in the hangar? I loved that scene! &#x1f602;&#x1f44c;

Grecog70 02-08-2019 12:46 PM

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You left me speechless again!

Tks 4 sharing...

IkeIbekwem 02-09-2019 11:21 AM

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Originally Posted by DC-10_Tony (Post 2673528)
Are you the one who made that awesome diorama with the UFO in the hangar? I loved that scene! &#x1f602;&#x1f44c;

Hehehe :o Guilty as charged DC-10 Tony! That was Evie 1.0 and as rudimentary as that design version was, I really loved some of the adventurous storylines that came out of it. This upgrade is hopefully a bit more mature but still trying not to take itself too seriously. This hobby is supposed to be fun too right? Sometimes its not just about how realistic your layouts are but rather how creative you can be with it. But definitely no UFOs this time round LOL
Glad you're enjoying it. Thanks for commenting

IkeIbekwem 02-09-2019 11:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Grecog70 (Post 2673562)
You left me speechless again!

Tks 4 sharing...

Thanks Grecog70. I really struggle with time to do these. The scenes are at usually fiddly and challenging to set up. Comments like yours however provide the motivation to keep going. I hope you find your voice back soon enough :envy:

Grecog70 02-09-2019 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by IkeIbekwem (Post 2673840)
Thanks Grecog70. I really struggle with time to do these. The scenes are at usually fiddly and challenging to set up. Comments like yours however provide the motivation to keep going. I hope you find your voice back soon enough :envy:

You can be sure of that maestro! ;)

My fav "subjects" are the "bandits/aggressors" so I do love the photos of that superb F15 Eagle.

What to say about your latest photos of the Tornados?
And what about those lights on?
Well you can notice I got no words... :D

P.S. Use more "bandits/aggressors" models!!!

Light Fire Team 03-03-2019 03:35 AM

Re: Evie Air Base- The Makeover
What a fabulous and entertaining thread. Great work Ike,....that was a heap of fun to go through.

dylan 03-15-2019 10:42 PM

Re: Evie Air Base- The Makeover
At first, I thought this was a bit of a strange/silly thread, but, as it's been added to over the months, I'm finding myself really digging what this cat is doing. Entertaining. Great job Ike!

IkeIbekwem 03-21-2019 04:18 AM

Re: Evie Air Base- The Makeover
Thanks Light Fire Team for the comment. Yes we all need a bit of fun. Glad you're enjoying the thread. More to follow...when I get the time to!

...nice profile name btw :)

IkeIbekwem 03-21-2019 04:32 AM

Re: Evie Air Base- The Makeover

Originally Posted by dylan (Post 2682128)
At first, I thought this was a bit of a strange/silly thread, but, as it's been added to over the months, I'm finding myself really digging what this cat is doing. Entertaining. Great job Ike!

Well it kinda started as a ''strange/silly' thread but has sort of evolved into its own over time. Its slightly niche but i think its becoming well recieved. I do enjoy creating the scenes. Thanks for your motivation and expect to find more silliness to come! Hehe.

IkeIbekwem 04-07-2019 09:03 PM

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This last week was indeed a special moment in history. On Thursday 4th April, NATO Foreign Ministers met in Washington D.C. to mark the Alliance's seventieth anniversary. It was truly a special occasion and right across the globe several NATO events were held to commemorate this historic milestone. At NATO HQ the Allies walked together...


At Evie Air Base, during the week, a number of meetings, speeches and ceremonies were held by top military officials to mark the event. This led up to a special weekend finale providing airmen, ground crew their family and friends a chance to unwind and enjoy themselves.

Days before, heavy machinery had been brought in and construction staff worked round the clock on the base to make it a reality.

https://i.imgur.com/m0176o4.jpg https://i.imgur.com/FugCj4H.jpg
The weekend event was ready in a few days. The Base Commander opened the event with a short speech. Local press captured the event and the rapturous crowd cheered in celebration

The turnout was huge!
The crowd went wild as the first act was introduced and rock music echoed from mighty speakers around the Base
Various bands took to the stage performing hit after hit
As evening fell the crowd sang along to memorable ballads performed by famous artists
As the artists performance drew to a close, suddenly the loud speakers were drowned out by an even louder almighty roar...
Twin engines of the Lancer B-1 Bomber flanked by a pair of F-18 Hornet jets made a very low pass over the crowd
The jets screamed across the base climbed and turned
As soon as they had arrived they were gone. A fitting tribute to end a perfect evening
The Base Commander took to the stage to provide his closing remarks as the crowd cheered ecstatically having been thoroughly entertained on this remarkable occasion at the Base

We too join the millions worldwide to wish the Alliance a very happy 70th Birthday and many more to come as peace and security is ensured by its presence across the world.

HoRad 04-07-2019 09:05 PM

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We too join the millions worldwide to wish the Alliance a very happy 70th Birthday

I really doubt there were millons. Rather a couple of hundreds.

IkeIbekwem 04-07-2019 09:57 PM

Re: Evie Air Base- The Makeover

Originally Posted by HoRad (Post 2687602)
I really doubt there were millons. Rather a couple of hundreds.

I think you meant to say 'a couple of hundred' as hundreds is a noun so you cannot say 'a couple' or ' a few hundreds' in the same way you cannot say 'two hundreds', or it is part of a determinative phrase.

But hey...hundred...hundreds...millions...billions... who's really counting?!


HoRad 04-07-2019 09:58 PM

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Thanks, i've learned English on TV so I'm not really a reference on grammar. :)

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