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    I am pleased to present my second contribution to model airports – Terminal C at Claremont International Airport – also known as KCIA. It is loosely based upon PHX and its "dark line" tarmac and the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. In general, I created separate boarding areas for each gate but with suspended glass walkways between them as opposed to the solid structure connecting the gates at LAX. The buildings and tarmac were created using Microsoft Word and printed on card stock. The jetways were printed from a free download from http://airport-diorama-designs.com.

    Claremont is a small community east of Los Angeles, just a few miles from Ontario International Airport. It has long been hoped that ONT would provide an additional arrival/departure point for the greater Los Angeles area, but that has never really come to fruition on a large scale. This fantasy airport is based upon the idea that the Inland Empire has finally begun to meet that calling. Although domestic carriers operate at CIA, Terminal C caters specifically to international carriers. NOW, JUST BECAUSE ITS CALLSIGN IS CIA AND IT SERVES ONLY INTERNATIONAL CARRIERS, DO NOT BE GETTING ANY STRANGE IDEAS!

    First, the terminals and tarmac awaiting assembly:



    The tarmac clearly shows the location of the five gates…



    … And now, the buildings, with Gates C2-C10. Eventually, the odd numbered gates will be added to the other side.



    The first arrivals, minus the GSE. C4 is still waiting for its jetway to be installed.



    Now that C4 has its jetway, a KLM A333 arrives from Amsterdam.



    Air New Zealand's All-Blacks is the first visitor to C2 following its arrival from Auckland.



    The next two photos show an AeroMexico 777, first at C2, then at C6, giving a good view of the suspended walkways connecting the boarding areas.





    Etihad and ANA side-by-side



    Finally, the addition of GSE and a new set of arrivals and departures!



    Oman Air made CIA her first US destination and is preparing for departure to Muscat. Meanwhile, the beautiful livery of a Hainan 787 pushes back for Beijing.





    The weekly flight to Rarotonga has upgraded to a 772 and now departs from CIA instead of LAX.





    A looong visitor sits in the warm weather of CIA at C10 before returning to her namesake.



    Corsair returns to the US and Southern California wearing her beautiful new colors.



    A Russian bird at CIA? Hmmmm…


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    WALmsp

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    WOW, that is dedication.
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    • #3
      I really like what you did.. and especially the thought put into the storyboard. Really cool..

      You have an Icelandair 757-300! Lucky!!!

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      • #4
        Thanks! The story adds a little to the fantasy. And, yes, I am happy to have the Icelandair 757! Got it on eBay almost a year ago...
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        WALmsp

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        • #5
          Beautiful!!! You have a great variety of airlines! I wish I had that Icelandair!!
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          • #6
            Everybody wants my Icelandair!!!
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            WALmsp

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            • @CLT✈
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              Yep! =) It's a beautiful model!

          • #7
            DAAANNNGGG, I like this airport. I wanted to take this route (building my own terminal out of scratch rather than buying a pre-made one) but like always it's time and dedication. Honestly out of the terminals I've seen this one rates a 9 out of 10. The gates look amazing and the buildings look amazing as well. Hopefully you can post more pictures!

            P.S. Everyone may be going after your Icelandair but for me the AeroMexico and ANZ 777-200 are my favorites in this album!
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            Cloud Services Admin/Collector since 2006

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            • #8
              Thanks for the comments! There is definitely something very satisfying about designing your own airport. I am currently working on a modified version of this one (Version 2.0, if you would like) and I will have some pictures up in about a week or so. Stay tuned!
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              WALmsp

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              • #9
                beautifully imagined and executed!

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