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Hi guys, Its been over 3 years since I've been here. Apologies for that. For those that have been around long enough to recall, I'm the dude that created the first ever full length diorama air show in 1/144 scale called Evie Air Show. The first of its kind ever done anywhere. I challenge any contest to that claim :taunt:

 

The base was built 5 years ago in mid 2012 and has seen many filming adventures along the way, but an upgrade has been long overdue and so here goes.

 

Two of the first pics of the base following its creation was back in 2012:

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But enough was enough and so I just recently tore up the runway

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...and stripped the base bare

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Standby for the rebuild project which is now to follow.

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Work on this progresses in earnest. At one point it just looked a bit of a mess

 

Card kits all over the place

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Tiled materials for the tarmac

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Control Tower observation balcony

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Much progress has been made since these pics. Hope to share more soon

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For those that may not know, Evie Air Base is a small military airfield that has been featured in previous threads here. 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!)

 

When originally created this was my very first diorama which accounts for the slightly rudimentary appearance of the original design. 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!  Remember, no Photoshopping, green screens or digital imagery is used for any of my work, only very basic Windows Media edits where required.

 

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.

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Heavy trucks with trailer loads of goods and supplies for the new base roll past the main gates

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They pull up at the Secondary gates

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They are cleared through security

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and then through the internal perimeter gates

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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. wink.gif

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The base remains pretty inactive with no planes, vehicles or jets on site at this time

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The new Evie Air Base looks resplendent in the clear weather

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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

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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!!biggrin.gif

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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!NfkVG3A.jpg

 

 

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

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Suddenly wailing police sirens broke the mid-morning silence...

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 I will try to keep this thread interesting for those happy to view a taste of something different!

 

 

So we continue...the sirens echo around the base as the Police outriders escort appear through the chain fencing

(Finding police outriders at this scale was virtually impossible so I had to improvise and convert some civilian motorcycle figures to suit. As I didn't glue them to their bikes it was a tediously fiddly affair!!!!)

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It is a Royal escort with very important dignitaries on board

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The escort sped down Main Road towards Evie

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The lead escort car speeds ahead

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It pulls up to form a road block as the escort approaches Evie's main gate

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Vehicles are halted as the escort turn in

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A NATO officers' guard of honour stood in welcoming salute for the VIPs arrival

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They are ushered straight through

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Two of the four outriders led them to a stop beside the main terminal block

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Everyone waits in anticipation...

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Media camera shutters click as Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II emerges from the Royal Limo accompanied by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh amid strategically positioned Royal Security detail.

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They are greeted by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.

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Whilst Evie was one of the smaller NATO bases it was considered of high strategic importance due to its location within the UK and its Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) status which is why its re-opening became a NATO top brass affair

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The Chairman introduces his guests to the three NATO Strategic Commanders

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Her Majesty was then ushered through to the Terminal Building and Control Tower main entrance to cut the red ribbon

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After a few formal words the tape is cut to a frenzy of press photographers and cameramen who wanted to capture every possible moment

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The entourage proceed into the building for the grand tour of the building and new Tower

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Soon after she is driven over to the Maintenance Hangar

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The Head of Technical Maintenance soon explains equipment and planned activities for this area

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The group then visit the Fire station and their kit

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The Queen found the view of the entire base from the observation deck "fascinating"

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Finally it was over to the Officers Mess

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I have shot several new scenes which I will post in quick succession whilst I currently have the time. Expect more shortly

 

The new base design includes two new Hardened Aircraft Shelters (HAS). These huge structures house the Quick Reaction Alert fighter jets which remain on 24-hour standby at Evie. The Royal guests could not leave without viewing the new HAS buildings

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The motorcade made its way towards that end of the base.

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Waiting to meet them are a group of Base Pilots, Air Crew and Ground Crew personnel

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The Base Commander welcomes the Royal guests exchanging pleasantries

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He then diverts their attention to the nearby shelters and what they are about to see

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At that point one of his men operates one of the Shelter’s external control panels

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A distinct grinding of concrete on concrete is heard as the heavy reinforced doors slide open

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The guests are unaware what is about to be unveiled but they expect it to be something special...

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The doors open just enough to make out what is inside…

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A Cessna???!!!

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A Cessna (L-19) O-1 Bird Dog to be precise…but this one had truly seen better days

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"Built in 1949, this particular O-1 was delivered to Evie in 1950 when the base was just a short grassy strip in the middle of an open, muddy field. Back then it was the very first plane to land at Evie and formed part of NATO’s first US Army air wing deployed to the UK (by then, the US Army Air Force had not yet been separated)..."

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"In the early 1950s it saw battle in Korea finding the enemy and orbiting low overhead, usually taking much fire itself, as you can see, whilst directing artillery or attack aircraft fire onto the enemy via its radio..."

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"In the early 60s it saw plenty of action in Vietnam as a reconnaissance and artillery spotter plane mainly performing front line utility roles". This one's bizarre yellow livery was to make it distinct for friendlies. Obviously, a very bad idea resulting in multiple enemy fire sustained

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The guests listened attentively to the historical background narrative broadcast over the base loudspeakers

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"There were suggestions to restore the body to its former glory days but it was decided that retaining its current bullet ridden appearance with all its battle scars was deemed a more fitting tribute to honour this old bird as the Base’s first"

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Suddenly the second HAS doors slide open

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"McDonnell Douglas F-15 Strike Eagle, Evie’s most advanced fighter..."

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The symbolic gesture of the old giving way to the new was not missed on the onlookers

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"Following its brief appearance at the 2013 Evie Air Show, the F-15 65th Aggressor was relocated from Nellis AFB to Evie to continue Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) now for NATO over the Baltics"

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The F-15 fighter led the way as the Queen and others applauded the short, befitting Taxiway display

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Then from behind them...a thundering roar of engines...

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The huge roar from behind them came from a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Transport thundering down the runway for the first official landing at the redesigned Evie Air Base

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The Cessna and F-15 continue down the taxiway as the C-17 comes in

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After a brief tour of the Shelters the Royal motorcade starts to depart but the departure route takes them down the main runway

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A small crowd had gathered outside to watch. Most onlookers are unsure where the vehicles are actually heading

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But it was soon became very clear…

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The plane starts a full 180

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Cleared for Take-off...

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The official Royal re-opening of Evie Air Base had truly been a memorable and successful occasion

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Within hours of the official opening and with Evie Air Base now fully operational, a call comes in for NATOs assistance with the ongoing global humanitarian relief effort

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This next set of posts is my small dedication to the victims of the recent natural disasters across the Caribbean and U.S.A. May those lost rest in perfect peace. May those that survived find solace and hope in the months to come. We continue to think of you all.

 

 

 

With the devastating scenes of the recent Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma fast becoming yesterday’s news, the effort for recovery and rebuilding has only really just begun. The Hurricanes were recorded as the most intense in living memory.

Hurricane Harvey dumped an unprecedented 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana. Parts of Houston received almost 53 inches of rain, breaking a record for rainfall in continental United States.

In its wake, Irma left at least 23 dead in mainland United States and more than 30 dead across the Caribbean as it stretched from the small islands of Barbuda and Antigua, through Haiti, Bahamas and Cuba and on to the U.S.A's Jacksonville, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina, leaving over 1 million homes without electricity, total destruction and human loss in its wake.

 

Following the call to specific NATO bases to provide additional resources and logistical support, the newly reopened Evie Air Base swung into action with a major relief operation. The biggest Evie has seen to date. It started with the arrival of Military flatbed trucks carrying containers full of food, fuel, clean water and other essentials. These were the last set to be delivered

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A large Military Tadano GR-500 crane is immediately put into action to offload the goods

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The lifting is methodical and gradual under the watchful glare of the Relief Operations supervisor

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Forklifts takeover as the next container is hoisted to the ground

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This one is also successfully placed

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After several round trips the final set of crates are brought in. These contain medical supplies and mechanical equipment for essential building repairs. As these trucks pull in Forklifts are busy on site offloading the containers

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Phase 1 of this operation is going well and is on schedule

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