are available for free download in 1:400 and 1:500 scales, and they
can be purchased ready-printed.
All of the pavement
sheets only include the actual pavement. Other areas, such as grass
between taxiways is not included. The baseboard should be prepared
by painting, or otherwise covering, all the areas between the pavement
can be downloaded and printed on any suitable paper type. It is
best to use a relatively thin paper, rather than thick card (we
have used Epson Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper at 102gsm in our displays).
Specialist water-proof and tough papers can be used, to give a more
durable surface, but these are extremely expensive. The surface
can be varnished or covered with a protective spray after construction,
use a printer that maintains the correct size of the printed sheets
(some printers are not good at printing at the actual size). Also
make sure that the printed output is "square" (ie the
same size both horizontally and vertically). The square concrete
blocks can be used to check this. On some of the sheets the printed
area comes close to the edge of the page, so a printer that can
print with small margins is preferable.
sheets all download as PDF documents and require the Adobe
Reader program to view them. To print from Adobe Reader, select
the Print icon and ensure that Page Scaling is set to None (Zoom
We have used
6mm MDF as the base boards for our displays, but other materials
are also suitable. Use board that is perfectly flat, with a good
surface that will take adhesive, and take care not to allow them
to warp when stored. Take care when storing, to make sure that the
boards, and any models fixed to them, are not damaged.
If you need
to split a diorama into a number of sections (as we have) then plan
the joins between boards so that they correspond with the joins
between sheets, as far as possible. It may also be necessary to
cut some sheets into two where the boards meet.
We used a spray-mount
type of adhesive to glue the pavement sheets in place, and some
customers have found that wallpaper paste works well. A glue that
allows repositioning before it finally sets is best. Make sure that
the edges are stuck down well and don't peel up.
Use the printed
markings to make sure that each sheet aligns perfectly with its
As with all
models, test the fit of each part and trim if necessary before gluing
A sheet of general
instructions for building pavement sets can be downloaded (in PDF
format) by clicking here.
that the ready-printed pavement sets available for purchase are
printed on to matt A4 light card suitable for cutting out and fixing
to a prepared baseboard. They are only suitable for static display
purposes and will require additional protection to withstand heavy