Only took a couple of years (due to other hobby interests: Trains, RC planes & Cars), but I finally got around to putting a commitment to building my airport, Stanstill Intercontinental Airport, this summer.
Stanstill is located on a fictional US territory in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean so that it can be easily accessed from Europe or North America, especially by the airplanes with the technological limitations of the 1970ís.
Aim of my airport is to have airplanes and airlines of the past operating at the same time as todays current offerings, as in time stands still (aka Stanstill). As my user name suggests, and as Iíve mentioned before on this forum, Iím a fan of long ago jets and in general anything with 3-4 engines.
At Stanstill, one will see current newer airlines like JetBlue or Emirates for example, will fly with liveries as we know them. Airlines with a long history, such as United or Japan Air Lines, will have planes and liveries from the past, etc.
Airport was built on a 36x80 hollow core door with the Gemini Jets Airport Terminal and part of the Gemini Jets ground foil and runway. The other ground foil I purchased on eBay from bmediauk so sells very good ground foils. As I have other hobbies, I didn't want the airport overwhelming the area, but I didn't want it too small either. I felt that the HCD was a perfect fit, not to mention light in weight.
I have the airport oriented in the manner that you see in the photographs as Iíve always wanted to have the Terminal facing the end as the grand entrance to the visitors to my layout. I like terminal activity (taxis, cars, buses) as part of the airport experience as much as I like activity on the tarmac, so this was important to me.
Airport has opened for activity although it still under construction. The octagonal International Terminal and a Control Tower (both purchased from Airport Designs, a Wings900 Silver Medal winner) will be completed soon along with a cargo facility in the foreground (source TBD).
The Herpa Hangar in the background conveniently has an Aeroflot TU-154 in it to have its horizontal stabilizer repaired (yes, the same horizontal stabilizer that I asked about in April here http://www.wings900.com/vb/1-400-sca...tailplane.html
but havenít got around to fixing it yet)
Airport is being built SLOWLY (emphasis on slowly) and adding aircraft, GSE, civilian vehicles, etc. as I go on. I will provide updates as things progress.
BTW, yes, thatís a 1:500 scale Alitalia 767 at the airport. Itís my last 1:500 craft in stock that Iíve never been able to sell, so I just gave up. But right now, Iím using it as filler to make the airport look a bit more lively. Plus, non-aviation visitors to the house so far canít tell the difference.
I've attached a few photos of the airport to start with.