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Cathay Pacific in the Mid-Atlantic Group of Island Colonies (Cathay Atlantic??)


Cathay Pacific does not regularly serve Dromedarious, or the other MAGIC destinations. However, over the years the islands have received flights operated by the prestigious Hong Kong-based carrier. So, today’s mini-anthology will cover this subject with pictures and a narrative.


To begin, the COVID-19 situation has generated some unusual cargo traffic around the world, delivering medical supplies and other goods in what has become a fairly displaced air travel scenario. The MAGIC islands have not been spared this phenomenon; in this first view, a Cathay Pacific 777-300 arrives on Dromedarious’ runway 27, operating as a pure cargo flight:




Another perspective of the Cathay cargo flight—the pilots seem completely at home with the Kai Tak-like curved approach to DRX runway 27!




The plane departs Dromedarious several hours later. It is seen flying quite low over the buildings of West Bay, as the jet is heavily laden with a cargo of fresh seafood and live lobsters bound for the markets of Asia:




Cathay Pacific was one of the eight airlines that contributed to the Boeing 777 design process, known within Boeing as the "Working Together" group. Here is a CX 777-200—one of the fruits of this collaboration-- backing out from DRX’ gate E-10:




Cathay operated this special 747-400 flight to Dromedarious back in late September, 2016, to transport the Hong Kong travel delegation to and from the annual Dromedarious Travel Fair. The charter flight is seen just as it lifts off from runway 09, heading back to Hong Kong:




Several years earlier, the travel delegation came to Dromedarious aboard a 747-400 painted in the ‘Same Team, Same Dream’ colors. It is seen just prior to departure on its return voyage to Hong Kong:






The Dromedarious repair facility offers many outstanding adjunctive services to the airlines, and has been a Rolls Royce jet engine specialist for years. Here is a CX L-1011 in the old "Lettuce Leaf Sandwich" colors arriving at the DRX hangar for some maintenance back in the 1980’s:






Hope everyone enjoyed today’s Cathay Pacific installment. Next up: terminal building updates.
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Great fleet of gorgeous Cathay Pacific models Pete!
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Great fleet of gorgeous Cathay Pacific models Pete!

Thank-you for the compliment! It took a bit of creativity in terms of story line to justify the presence of these birds so far from their usual migrations, but I love them and had to somehow get them displayed!
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The L-1011 Tristar is beautiful and Cathay Pacific has always been one of my favourite airlines (even for inflight service, having flown many times with them).
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The L-1011 Tristar is beautiful and Cathay Pacific has always been one of my favourite airlines (even for inflight service, having flown many times with them).

I agree 100%! One of the best airlines is Cathay Pacific, really great and attentive service, definitely one of the world's long-distance specialists. If traveling through Hong Kong, a visit to their Pier lounge is a special treat. As far as the livery goes, the only thing I would change would be to make the titles in a darker/bolder font to increase visibility, but their brush stroke design has become a classic emblem.



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I agree 100%! One of the best airlines is Cathay Pacific, really great and attentive service, definitely one of the world's long-distance specialists. If traveling through Hong Kong, a visit to their Pier lounge is a special treat. As far as the livery goes, the only thing I would change would be to make the titles in a darker/bolder font to increase visibility, but their brush stroke design has become a classic emblem.



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Not only CX even Dragonair was a great airline with a great inflight service (i flew Dragonair many times, both narrowbodies and widebodies).
Beautiful to see some CX models using your beautiful airports.
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Not only CX even Dragonair was a great airline with a great inflight service (i flew Dragonair many times, both narrowbodies and widebodies).
Beautiful to see some CX models using your beautiful airports.

I never had the chance to fly on Dragonair--I wish I did because it sounds like it would have been wonderful! So many things are changing now, at least we will have our memories--and our hobby--to help keep the good old days alive and preserve this slice of history!
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Hello followers,

I’ve been dedicating the last couple of days to building the main terminal for my airport at Dromedarious; while the West Concourse (containing the “D Gates” and monorail stops #1, 2, and 3 has been largely finished for several months, much work remained to be done on the East Concourse/”E-Gates,” monorail stops #4 and 5, and the airport main terminal. This week’s installment will focus on the latest construction updates—for me, the mental exercise and planning PROCESS is as enjoyable as the PRODUCT, so I would like to take you all on a brief journey that will eventually lead to the finished terminal.
First of all, finalizing the spacing for the E-Gate aircraft parking positions was necessary. The vision here is to support what I foresee as the predominant airplane types moving forward, as the airline industry evolves, namely ultra-large wingspan wide-body planes including the 787 and A350, as well as modified (for the long-haul) narrow-body types like the A321 and 737 MAX. This photo shows the design process towards establishing esthetically-pleasing and harmonious building masses, heights, and their connectivity to the airplanes themselves:



Space is tight at DRX, as I want to maximize display opportunities for my big fleet of 1:500 scale airplane models. This photo shows the use of the ‘templating’ procedure, whereby paper outlines transfer the size and shape of individual building components to corresponding Plastruct acrylic sheets, which will be cut out to the exact dimensions needed for the project:



Here is shown the end result of the sidewalk template that was being generated in the previous picture:


An overview showing parking positions D-3 through D-5, and E-6 through E-10. “Flexi-Gates” (accommodating ether two narrow-body or one wide-body airplane) are being created at D-2B/D-3 and E-8/E-9.



Staring at the illuminated aircraft diorama is a pleasant, mesmerizing experience—like looking at a beautiful Christmas tree! The particular panel being worked on here already had 120 lights, but there was a need for 30 more! A Christmas light set with this exact light count was obtained, and the panel was retro-fitted to hold the additional lighting:



Work on the airport is progressing! Stay tuned, loyal followers, for more construction updates and of course, the final project. Meanwhile, take care and keep enjoying our hobby!
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Big improvements and developments at your airport Pete, it's good to see things progressing! Your skills and craftmanship are most impressive, job well done!
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Big improvements and developments at your airport Pete, it's good to see things progressing! Your skills and craftmanship are most impressive, job well done!

Thank-you for the kind and encouraging words! I'm looking ahead to the next few weeks to finalize this section of Dromedarious International Airport--stay tuned!
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I can't wait to see the finished product, amazing you are continuing to work on your airports.
Me too will restart to resurface some layouts like VIE, BKK, SFO, etc.
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I can't wait to see the finished product, amazing you are continuing to work on your airports.
Me too will restart to resurface some layouts like VIE, BKK, SFO, etc.

Thank-you for these words of appreciation--they inspire and encourage me to keep sharing updates on the progress of this project! You and I have had a similar year, as it has not been a safe situation for us being primary care-givers in hospitals during the pandemic. We carry on because people truly need our help and we love taking care of our patients! I look forward to seeing the resurfacing of your layouts, always amazing and great that you are generous in putting your work out there for us to enjoy. Stay safe and keep on with our wonderful hobby.
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Which manufacturer supplies the best 1:500 scale jetways?

Hello fellow Airport Modelmakers! This installment addresses that age-old question, namely, which company gives us the best jetways to work with in the 1:500 scale, and what results can we expect in their actual day-to-day applications? My verdict may come as surprise to some of you, so come along on today’s journey, the road to constructing 1:500 narrow-body gates at Dromedarious International Airport:
Firstly, in my stockpile of GSE and airport building materials, when it comes to jetways I have essentially four airport passenger bridge types to work with. Shown below, from top to bottom the choices are:

Manufacturer
Scale
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JC Wings
1:400
Telescoping, swiveling, green tinted windows
Newspeed
1:400
Telescoping, swiveling, transparent/non-tinted windows
Herpa
1:500
Swiveling, opaque grey construction with grey translucent gate connector
Herpa
1:500
Swiveling, opaque grey



Upon playing with the JC Wings and Newspeed 1:400 jetways, I found that the telescoping element was actually the perfect size for use in 1:500 applications! The telescopic arms are really almost too small for 1:400 airport dioramas. So, the unexpected result is that the two 1:400 jetway types (JC and Newspeed) in my armamentarium will be my go-to jetways, albeit with major modifications to fit the necessary scale reduction. Shown below are the deconstructed segments of a green-tinted JC Wings 1:400 jetway, to be used in my 1:500 Dromedarious Airport project. The clear Newspeed jetways will find their home in the upcoming SFX ‘St.Francis’ airport installments, the third airport in the MAGIC trilogy. For the sake of variety, traditional grey/opaque Herpa jetways will remain in use at San Ysidro.
(Alert: the cutting and shaping exercises required in making jetway modifications SHOULD NOT be attempted by inexperienced hobbyists. Seek the assistance of an experienced modelmaker, and do so under adult supervision. The pieces are small, the cutting tools are sharp—serious injury could result. Also, use PPE including safety glasses and ventilator masks at all times!)






This is a straight-on view of DRX gates D-4 and D-5: the telescoping jetway arms allow these gates to be used by little commuter jets as well as mainline narrowbody types, such as the A321 airplanes parked here. The lovely green window tint of these jetways makes me happy and gives an extra touch of detail to the airport:






Angled perspective, Dromedarious’ D-4 and D-5:






The green glass of the JC jetways takes on an attractive glow as night falls, and the airport building lights up for late p.m. operations:






The landside view of gates D-3 through D-5, as taken from a Drone. The upper structure sitting atop the passenger waiting area will be stop #3 of the airport monorail system:






Gate D-4 with a flight ready to depart for Charlotte!






Not really the chaos that it looks like, this parting shot shows the upcoming work required to complete Dromedaiuous Airport’s “Flexi-Gates” E-7 through E-10; they are being configured to allow for use by either multiple narrow-bodied airplanes, or large-wingspan widebodies. As such, I have assembled representative aircraft from my American Airlines fleet to work out the exact gate dimensions and jetway positions. Stay tuned!




Thanks to all for following along--have a great week and don’t forget to make time for our fun hobby, as well as your friends and loved ones!
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That's a pretty cool use of the JC Wings Airbridges. I am planning to use these for my next project, but leaving them as they are lol.
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That's a pretty cool use of the JC Wings Airbridges. I am planning to use these for my next project, but leaving them as they are lol.

Thanks for the compliment! I definitely agree with you that it is best to leave things as they come where possible, especially the beautiful JC Wings airbridges. Indeed, that is why I even put the precaution/safety advisory in my thread with regards to members cutting and grinding on such tiny objects, which requires skill and precision. Furthermore, for those who don't have extra jetbridges to spare, yet another reminder is that modifications don't always go as planned, and some parts are destroyed in the process. All of this is to say. if my project wasn't so space-compromised, I wouldn't have pushed the jetway modifications as much as I did! I look forward to seeing your next project--your work is always outstanding!
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