Model Airports

Written by Michael O'Brien
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The building of model airports is not a venture to be taken lightly. The first thing you need, of course, is a lot of space. If you have a basement with the room, this is the perfect area in which to build model airports. But this is only the first, most basic step. There is much more that needs to go into your miniature airport construction.

Model Airports: Where to Begin

Companies like Herpa make a full line of not only very detailed airline replicas, but model airports pieces as well. These include things like runway roads, radar towers and antennae, as well as buildings and vehicles. The next step involves adding life to your little airport.

Hobby and train shops offer accessories such as miniature trees, bushes, grass, and people. These things can be found readily at arts and crafts stores like Michael's as well. The thing you have to be careful about with most model landscapes is that unlike items like the planes and cars, trees and plants have to be permanently affixed to the landscape. This can pose problems if not done properly.

Testors makes a nice, standard model glue you can use to glue pieces to an airport model. I would not recommend using epoxy or any so called "super glues" which dry instantly and create a permanent bond. Model glue will hold things together without creating such a tight bond that something can't be removed later and re-adjusted. It is recommended, however, that you have a clear idea of the placement of an object before committing it to glue. There's nothing wrong with letting objects sit loose while you try different arrangements to see what you like best.


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