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And for some money there is this very nice laser-cut one:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/HANGAR-air-s ... 1e73fe2312
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Ah yes I've seen these, and printed a few. But I think we'll be requiring an almost complete custom build for all four original buildings.

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hm. That does look interesting.
I have alot on my plate already of course, but Id like to know more.

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pbhawkin wrote:And for some money there is this very nice laser-cut one:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/HANGAR-air-s ... 1e73fe2312
Look here. :roll: The price on ebay was overpriced. :mrgreen:

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Hadn't read this thread till today. Awesome job on the Bucholz Airfield dio and thanks for the postings of all the other hanger/airfield pics.....saved them all for reference.....I myself have some pics of Sebring, Fl...Hendricks Army Airfield saved and you can see them and some other pics in my albums here:
http://public.fotki.com/Falconbacker/ot ... airfields/

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Thanks! And thanks for sharing your photos, pretty neat stuff!

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That is so cool Jonathan. I'm new here, but this thread is one that really grabbed my attention. Nice work.

I remember a similar but smaller island airport just south of Kwajalein, and Tarawa below the equator called Kanton. That's where I was born to an Australian mother who was a stewardess for Quantas, and an American father who worked USAAF/ CAA/ FAA stationed there. I remember aircraft like the Connie, Skymasters, Stratocruisers etc. and other very large planes landing there.

Of course everything is big when you're little. Thanks for sharing, brings back fond memories.

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Bluefin wrote:That is so cool Jonathan. I'm new here, but this thread is one that really grabbed my attention. Nice work.

I remember a similar but smaller island airport just south of Kwajalein, and Tarawa below the equator called Kanton. That's where I was born to an Australian mother who was a stewardess for Quantas, and an American father who worked USAAF/ CAA/ FAA stationed there. I remember aircraft like the Connie, Skymasters, Stratocruisers etc. and other very large planes landing there.

Of course everything is big when you're little. Thanks for sharing, brings back fond memories.
Oh hey Bluefin, thats very interesting, Im very glad to hear from you. The Kanton island story is fascinating, fancy being born there!

As it happens, I have been working on the Kwajalein model recently, so an update to this thread it on order.
To the south of the terminal were the aircraft maintenance shops. they could rebuild engines, replace tires, repair sheet metal and so on.
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Ive started building the buildings and a couple more aircraft in progress, a Minicraft C-54 and a Welsh C-130.

attached is a fascinating period photo of the facility given to me recently by a follow Kwaj resident who was an aircraft mechanic there.
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Cool Jonathan, looks nice. Interested in your progress. Keep us updated. The Kwajalein airfield is still active today I assume?

Trying to find pics of Kanton and it's airfield. It's abandoned by the "western" powers now, and given back to the Kiribati nation, just some local Gilbertise natives living there, but apparently aviation goes back prewar to the PanAm Clipper flying boats in the lagoon, and a USAAF base during WWII, to a civilian/ military airbase post war, and Nasa tracking station into the 60's and 70's. All rusting out there now.

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yes, Star Wars missile development is ongoing. Kwajalein is still a busy US Military base, and the tower is still called Bucholz Field.

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