After about a year and a half, the airport is complete!
Runway lighting, complete with Runway Approach Indicator Lights (RAIL) and Precision Approach Path (PAP) indicator:
Underpass for pedestrian pick-up and drop-off:
It all began here, over a year ago with this curved Departure Terminal, designed to fit the outside curve of the roadway on one side and the inside curve of the monorail track on the other. Guests enjoy panoramic views of the air field while they wait for their flight. Shown both open and closed:
Monorail (Terminal 2)
One of the many great features of LIA is the access. You can get to the airport literally by planes, trains, automobile, or even on foot or catch the monorail! Integrating all these modes of transportation was key to the design. The airport features two independent monorail tracks, at 13-bricks and 23-bricks high. This 10-brick offset allows the monorail tracks to later connect with the 10-brick slope tracks.
Here we see the lower track passing thru Terminal 2:
Peeking thru an opening in the side we can see the monorail control switch:
Monorail (Terminal 1)
Here we see the lower-track monorail speed thru the Executive Terminal. Note the glass floors!
The upper track of the monorail runs a direct line from the Hotel to the downtown high rises. The elevation of the track here is 23-bricks, exactly the same height as to pass thru the I Heart U building later.
Part of the fun of building Monorail parts is integrating the operation bits that dont otherwise fit, i.e. the control switches. Look closely and you'll see that to operate the trains you turn the chair!
Vast gaps are spanned at rather high elevation!
Train tracks, going past the train station and later curve-track tunnel:
View of the completed train station from above. Trains unload on both sides... to the left for access to Terminal 2, the Hotel, or Baggage Claim, or to the right for access to the Executive Terminal (Terminal 1):
Those not inclined to take one of the many types of mass transit available to the airport can still drive up in their cars...
The beginning of a snack shop... Not sure what I want to do w this spot yet, it's a prime location with escalators down to T1 / Ticketing, and up to the Monorail stop.
What airport would be complete without an integrated hotel build right across the roadway?
Looking up at the gleaming white and blue hotel:
And a view of rooms... nothing too elaborate but all the necessities for wary travelers... Bathroom, Bedroom, and Vanity area:
The hotel sits comfortably across the main drive...
A weird effect w the flash, makes it look like sunset:
With 3 little kids, building a model is just the first step. Everything has to be accessible, and let their little hands fit inside. The Hotel opens up with 6 panels that swing out in different directions, giving unimpeded access to the entire interior!
Two more places to get inside, the arched glass roof over the Baggage Terminal rotates up, and the side wall of Terminal 1 (Ticketing Center) swings out:
The newest part (as of August 2010) of the airport is the Executive Terminal, or Terminal 1. It is called Terminal 1 cuz it's the first terminal you pass when you enter by car, travelling counter-clockwise along the one-way roads thru the airport, as well the first stop for the lower track Monorail. Here's Terminal 1, inside and out:
Here we see the Baggage Claim Center. Great archways highlight this section, with ceilings that stretch well up into the interior of the hotel:
That's all for this August!
The Parking Garage and Baggage / Arrivals Terminal start to take shape! Once complete, the garage should safely store up to 10 minifig-scale cars while our modern day plastic people travel on their vacations to LegoLand.
More of the parking garage, seen from above:
And the overall image as of October 2009 - it's come so far from the photos below!
Here is the overall site plan. About 1/3 complete as of 8/09, there is still a lot to go!
A clean view of how things are looking:
The first section created, the waiting area / gates to the planes - with its round plate glass window that matches the curve of the monorail overhead.
The train station, in its earliest stages:
Train station is coming along, and the baggage claim terminal foundation is started:
Hey Dude I hope u don't mind if I use this MOC as the page of my contest list of ideas....THANKS!
1. Pay phone (x5)
2. Burger King
4. Dunkin' Donuts
5. Johnny Rockets
6. Vending Machines
9. Various Duty-Free Shops
11. 2 Airliner gates
12. Elevators (x4)
13. Various sized escalators
14. Electronics shop
15. Limo company
17. Rental car booths
18. A cargo terminal
19. Nintendo/Sega shop
20. Roblox Store
Simply perfect! You have a quite good nose for architecture! The shapes, the use of parts, everything. One of the best things about this MOC is the fact that it reminds me of the 80's. I don't know why. Maybe the mere use of parts, the style... As for the story it's very cool! very interesting. and very funny. All in all one perfect MOC! Keep it up!
I saw this on Eurobricks. Seriously, 600 panels? This is a beautifally designed airport. My only copmlaint is your usage of official sets versus making your own, but that's excusable given the ridiculous amount of pices and the effort put into this.
This is so cool, every small detail, every minifig and the entire layout and sheer size of the thing is just, too impressive. Every time I watch a phot I see new things that I haven't seen before. The interior looks also great, with a real classic feeling to it. You're a great inspiration to all builders!
Is this what you meant when you were talking about expanding? I just thought that you meant 'expanding' out of Chris's room. Obviously our full basement on almost an acre of land held your creativity back to the point where you adobted a lego-site to showcase your true lego-trophy-tresures.
did mike designate a site sololy for you???
Just something to think about!
Hi Michael, I agree this is an awesome project youīre working on! See, Iīm still working on aircraft, but I'am also planning on making an airfield/airport layout. I want mine to of course have some infrastructure as well, but itīs supposed to be more "remote" and in the middle of nowhere rather (like in a desert or so). Itīll be a cargo airport mainly, since I love cargo aircraft:)... But some passenger flights will be scheduled as well. Anyways, to your WIP: I love how itīs gonna have this shiny, glamourous, glass-facade airport image. You should really illuminate it with Lego lights, I think - would look awesome at night. Itīs also impressive how you managed to keep everything on a rather small space. The train track passageway is awesome (I want to make an air-rail cargo center...). Canīt wait to see more of your airport! Will you build your own aircraft creations as well? And will my cargo jets get landing permission at your hub? :) Best regards, Steffen