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World’s largest model airport opens

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18 May 2011 by Luke McCormick

World’s largest model airport opens in Germany

The world’s largest model airport has gone on display in the German city of Hamburg after seven years of construction and a cost of £3.1m

The incredible ‘Knuffingen Airport’ is based in Hamburg Airport and features 40 scale model planes, which take off and move autonomously around the airfield.

Model airport

More than 90 vehicles, some with flashing lights and indicators, are manoeuvred around the airport by a ‘carsystem’, while passengers appear to wander through terminals and workers tend to jets

Luggage, carts, moving air bridges and carparks also feature in the 150 square-metre display which showcases are variety of aircraft, from cessnas to Airbus A380s.

The airport also operates at night, with a series of lights giving off a bluish glow.

The entire airport and railway complex has approximately 40,000 lights, 15,000 figurines, 10,000 trees, 500 cars, 50 trains, 1000 wagons, 300 buildings, 200 switches and 100 signals.

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