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CYC
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:43 am    Post subject: International airfield Reply with quote

Hi all,
As I have been instructed to post WIP pictures of my current project, this thread has come to life. Now that I have completed painting my japanese army it's time to turn to more scenery.
One project I had in mind was a pacific airfield. Talking to Piers he suggested I make it so that it can suit european as well as asian battlefields. A good idea.

So my plan is to build the airfield with no vegetation on it. Trees can be added to the edges as needed by the scenarios. Anyway you will see as I build it.

First I made the bunkers with DAS clay:



The board has the layout drawn on it but I don't think you'll see well on this picture!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A real challenge! A runway for the smallest of STOL aircraft needs a 10ft/3mtr runway in 1/72 scale... I bet you´ll make it in a more schematical way, don´t you? The DAS nests look good. Are they bending when burnt or do they keep their shapes in the oven? Or is this stuff hardening without burning?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. I've been slowly working on the parts for my African airfield for some time no, a few wrecks based, the old Airfx control tower till I find a better one but I cosistently keep getting outbid on the Plasticville Hangars I can find on Ebay.

Though I don't need such an amount of runway as you do, mine would be on the end of the table with a few buildings, wrecks, maybe a static aircraft or 2. (airfield on one side, city in the middle, etc)

I never really gave an airfield as a focal point much thought just due to the amount of runway that would be needed, so I'm quite interested how you will handle it and how the looks will be Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I was building a board that needed an airfield, I think I would just hint at it - i.e. put the end of the runway, and some taxiways, on the board, with the runway running off the board - that way I wouldn't instantly be ruining the 'suspension of disbelief' with a 3' long runway...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gunbird wrote:
I cosistently keep getting outbid on the Plasticville Hangars I can find on Ebay.


You can scratchbuild hangars quite easily by cutting a cylindric can or a washing powder drum in halves (depends on the size you want). For those I used cappucino cans:


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know, but those are soo not the kind of hangars I want....I want the 1920's to 40's type, not those inflated corrugated Nissen huts, and for that, the Plasticville hangar works great.

But thx Michi Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I am afraid I will disappoint a lot of you as of course I will not build a landing strip to scale. I guess we'll have to see if it looks crap altogether but I think the effect should be good.

Michi, the clay air dries and it dried straight if left on a non porous surface. I did the mistake of leaving the bigger one on a piece of cardboard and it bowed so that's why it's cut in half.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cyril what else are you putting on the airfield you can still get the revell hardened aircraft shelter and am sure some of the HO/OO railway people make hangars too ..

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprised Very Happy Shocked Fantastic idea, love to see the finished piece!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay here is an update which should give you more of an idea of what it will look like.



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looking good cyril ..

could i suggest the frontline fuel drum wall to help bunker the aircraft -

20V6 OILDRUM AND SANDBAG WALL 7.5cm LONG


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will take too long to come but you did give me a good suggestion. I'll put a line or 2 of sang bags, it should looks good then. I'll just have to get more DAS.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i can have a look in my spares box for any fuel drums if you want mate ..


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow...can't wait to see this project finished up. The bunkers and aircraft stands look great. Are you going to put up some type of camo netting above the aircraft? Just a thought. Really looks great. Are you working towards a particular battle?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The net is an excellent idea, thanks. I might just do that.

As the title says, this is to suit pacific as well as european battlefields, so I am trying to use something as standard as possible.
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