As you can probably guess when you look at my 1:200 diecast collection, I love model aircraft.
Like many others, I used to display my models on the wooden or plain surface of a desk or shelf. That wasn’t ideal, so I started thinking about how to make it look better.
It took some time, but I ended up designing a couple of 1:200 airport ground plates that would fit my needs and also the size of my shelves.

The first and second images above show an earlier version of the plates. The third image is the most recent version.

1:200 Double Sided Airport Ground Plate

A 70 x 35 cm double sided 3 mm forex board with a matte laminated finish is the first result.
There are two designs on one plate:

  • front side: 3 x C stand, modeled after stands at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
  • back side: 2 x D stand, diagonally placed in order to make them fit on 70 x 35 cm

C stands can facilitate aircraft with a wingspan of up to, but not including, 36 meters.
That would be anything up to a 737 or A321.

D stands are for larger aircraft, with a wingspan of up to 52 meters.
In this case I cheated. I also included the A380, which is technically wrong because it’s an E classification aircraft, but in certain situations it could sort of fit.
Otherwise only one stand would be possible per plate and that’s not something I’m planning on creating at the moment. Because of lack of room, most collectors have models too close to each other anyway. 😉

I myself use the plates side by side, but both designs can connect to each other in several different ways, as shown in the image above, that shows 4 plates.

The designs contain stands with aircraft type and other markings, roads, designated areas for jetways and other ground service equipment and more.

The airport ground plates are laminated to give them a scratch resistant surface. To a certain level of course.
During production the plates are cut to size, which is always done within a certain tolerance. Therefore the design might not always connect 100 percent. In my opinion that’s a small price to pay for the flexibility it creates.

Pricing

The airport ground plates have a price tag of € 27,50 each, excluding shipping.
To order or if you have any questions or remarks, please contact me at jan@janpolet.nl.

Availability at Shows

These plates will also be available for sale at the stall of PVR Aviation Collectibles at the following shows:

  • Brussels, October 12
  • Mönchengladbach, October 19
  • Frankfurt, November 2 and 3
  • Heathrow, November 25
  • Teuge, November 30

Future Plans

I’m sure I’ll be creating more designs, including ones with wear and cracks and maybe 1:400 as well. So please check back regularly to find out what’s new.

When you have any ideas, suggestions or questions, let me know.