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.
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!!
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. The HAS structures are made of internal steel mesh frames with thick external reinforced concrete shells to withstand any possible air ordinance attacks. Two new communication towers with multiple frequency satellite dishes stand tall over the base. There are now two purpose built helipads. The base also has a new dual entry/exit split-level car park and a new state of the art Radar station. look carefully and you can still see the old Administrative block which has also been relocated. A new officer's Mess has been built beside the radar station. A Military Police unit has now been assigned to Evie and their post has been built beside the main entrance. The old telephone box has been retained, pretty much in its original position!
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...