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EGNT Newcastle Airport Main Terminal Pier 1/144


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This is brilliant. Spent hours waiting around for the Eastern S2000 and the short lived LCY flight from NCL when I was backwards and forwards to London. I decided the train is much easier! Great project

 

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The part I have been dreading.....the windows. As mentioned before the easiest thing would have been to have real windows and build inside the pier itself the gate waiting rooms but this would involve more work and make applying the outer cladding a very intricate and painstaking process,  So in I decided to take on another very intricate and painstaking process and build the window frames and there's plenty of them to make!

 

 

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eventually I'll fill each gap with a square of mirrored paper. I actually bought some dark reflective paper and some gunmetal but this seems to work the best. 

 

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I've just gently tacked these on temporarily just to see what they'll look like so forgive me if they look a bit askew. 

 

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I'm actually quite pleased with the mirror effect and looks better than I thought it would. If I can get some good reflections of the aircraft it may take the attention away from what's behind the window itself. 

 

The red circle shows an alternative I'm thinking of using than the current columns that fit over the bare wire. The current columns look a bit too thick, unfortunately these new slender columns only cover the wire on one side so I need to make a decision on that.

 

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As I ran out of materials to do more windows I decided to crack on with an important feature that is not present on my model. About halfway along there is a small tower on the main roof. Newcastle has the Emirates tower which is nearer the main taxiway off airport and it still has the old tower which has been abandoned since, therefore I'm not sure what this is used for whether it's purely observatory or security I really don't know but it has a birds eye view of everything happening around the pier, 

 

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As with the height of the pier I also have had to guess the height of the tower. Again I will be using the magic window effect

 

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I've spent this afternoon throwing this together, it's not a 3-D print but pretty much feels and looks like one with the amount of plastic I've used. 

 

If you remember from earlier in my thread that I said that I'd divided the whole structure into squares of 4.3 by 4.3cm, again the base here is 4.3 x 4.3cm but straying from the commonality of the rest of the structure, the roof actually extends out to a slightly larger size. 

 

A tidy up of the edges tomorrow and I'll see if it's acceptable, I'll also need some window frames to give it some detail. 

 

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What ever windows you end up with ... Hope you won't see me struggling with the Coiled snake of a Cumberland Sausage gig they served me in 1993 . 

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  • 2 weeks later...

50 shades of Gray....paint

 

With several coats of Tamiya Insignia White (a match in my opinion for airbus gray) it was time to start colouring the different building sections on the roof. I was looking for a very subtle difference from the Insignia White and after plenty of research I found the best spray can is probably Tamiya AS16 Light Grey (USAF). 

Like most tamiya sprays It came out darker than expected. 

Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a spray somewhere in between these 2 lighter shades.  I was hoping to use Revell 371 spray paint but it's identical to Tamiya Insignia White and everything else is just too dark a shade. 

 

 

 

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The second building with the vertically striped roof also needs painting the same shade to the one on the far right (I painted one just to test the colour) This is Tamiya TS-81 Royal Light Gray which I originally painted the whole thing as the primary colour. Again it was way to dark but I found it more suitable for this area. 

 

The area where the observation tower is going to be is darker asphalt looking in appearance and for this I have Tamiya AS-2 Light Grey (IJN) which is a little darker than TS-81. Your probably wondering why I am not using an airbrush however this thing is more than a metre wide so spray paint is a must

 

 

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For reference 

 

Revell 371

Humbrol 196

Tamiya Insignia White AS-20 

 

are all the same colour. All are what you'd call Airbus wing gray. Boeing gray is a tad darker I believe but the only match for that seem to be by Xtracolor in a tin.  I did read that Tamiya surface Primer Light Gray is a match for boeing gray but the store didn't have any and so I went with the AS-16 (USAF) Light Grey instead. 

 

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Looks very good , Must be quite rigid if you can carry it around .

 

Careful you don't rip the columns off getting it caught in that  Australian rolling weed . Well done 

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  • 3 weeks later...

Finally managed to give the board a full coverage of halfords primer. I'll need something a bit darker for the asphalt and then get a bit creative for the reinforced ramp areas. Once I've done that I'm going to coat the whole thing in matt laquer.

 

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All aircraft have been given a coat of primer. The light gray aircraft are already have their wings painted Tamiya Insignia white and the dreamliner is the only aircraft with pure white wings so I used that as it's base colour

 

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a new addition closest the shot is a KLM 737-900 (conversion) replacing my air france babybus a318 conversion. This stand historically alternates between KLM and air france. I'm considering ordering the Zvezda 757 kit to replace my Braz minicraft conversion, I've done a decent job but the zvezda kit will be far more detailed and the Jet2 757 I'm doing is all metallic and will look better with detail in the fuselage. I may convert this to a United 757 which featured on the short lived new york route.

 

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The little tower is just a prop at the moment as I'm not overly happy with it, I need some better tools for a start

 

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I've swapped the 737-900 and the 757-300 here for my a318 conversion (pic isn't the best sorry) and a 767-300 which probably belongs in a pre dreamliner era when there was First choice rather than Thomson 

 

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For my back to the 80s theme I've been working on a 747-100 for Wardair Canada and a DC8 transamerica. The airport peer is too modern for this era but what the hell. 

 

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The next task will be to mark out where each stand is located, I'll do this by using the pier as point of reference. Each distance is taken from google maps and is divided by 144 to find it's precise location on my board. I've started with making a basic shape of the reinforced areas of each stand (the lighter area)

 

 

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now I can start forming the area around each stand making space for access roads. I'm lucky as the width of the masking tape (5cm) is nearly exactly the width between each stand in 144 scale. The darker paved areas have had some sanding treatment to make them look a bit more realistic.  This is the reverse side of the board 

 

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The only slight problem is that although the base was sanded and primed, the wood effect is showing through some areas of the lightest grey, I think a lot more paint will have to go down to hide this. 

 

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this is the progress so far. Once I'm happy with it the whole base is going to get a few layers of matt laquer to protect it. There is an incredible amount of detail to actually go into this, including 

 

taxi markings in yellow

white border lines separating each stand

red hatched areas of danger

 

I'll either have to airbrush these in or find some decals of some sort

 

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