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Old 06-09-2015, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A few weeks ago, I was at Nexus, a gaming/hobby/comic shop in Kingston, ON. As I was mulling through the place, I noted the really pristine gaming mats of dungeons, beaches, space and just about any location you care to think of. Then the light bulb appeared over my head. This idea is not so much for gaming, but for diorama display purposes. As a collector of die cast aircraft replicas, specifically in 1:72nd scale, I'm often dismayed at the lack of large scale display bases. There are a few small examples of airfield tarmac usually available at approx 8" x 11" in the commercial market to display singular aircraft, in this scale, but nothing substantial for large scale ready made, tabletop mat displays for numerous aircraft. So, I took it upon myself to try and come up with a solution to this gap in the collectors' consumer market. The other night I was scouring over Google Earth, looking at various airfields across Canada, the US, UK, Germany and Norway and began thinking rather than making just a generic ramp/tarmac, why not have genuine real world locations. So, then I took the time to sort out a reasonable size table mat and calculated the size of tarmac in 1:1 scale. I came to the conclusion that an area of 288ft by 216ft scaled down to 48 x 36" is exactly 1:72nd scale of said area. Feel free to correct me, if I'm wrong. I then used the measure tool in Google Earth and began picking out 288'x216' sections in various locations. I saved some examples, and attached are some ideas what I came up with. The next step is to find an artist and printing facility to replicate the images in the desired size. I could present the idea to a professional game mat maker... but, I'd like to actually try and make a few bucks at it.

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Old 06-10-2015, 07:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks interesting but my main problem is that i store most of mine on shelves where there would most likely not be enough space for these dioramas, and I don't have those glass closing ones most do. I am 100% up for the idea, in fact in concept I am "foaming at the mouth and throwing my wallet at the screen". But then I think would I have the space. Me personally no, but I do like the idea. maybe also look at Carriers as a base/mat/diorama.
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Great idea!
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That's a nice idea but yeah, most collectors have their models on bookshelves and display cabinets.

I have one idea, a section of the Diego Garcia runway to display a MAS 777 (too soon?)
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