The Aero Squadron Lounge - a pictorial review

by brae  

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On the property of the local aviation museum sits The Aero Squadron Lounge, a WWI themed lounge modeled after a French farmhouse ruin.  Outside is a replica 1917 Sopwith Camel aeroplane, and inside you will find a unique setting to enjoy a beverage and view the WWI and aviation memorabilia.  Climb the tower for an aerial view of the Sopwith Camel and picturesque grounds.  Stop in today and enjoy one of our signature cocktails: The Flying Ace, The Bombardier, The Tailgunner (limit two please) or The Barnstormer.  Please don't feed the hens.

As you can see, this is a 360° build, with the removable fireplace being the remaining component of the bombed out back wall.  This allowed me to include more inside while still maintaining a view of the inside.  It's a difficult build to photograph and is best seen in person where you can walk around and peer into all the openings.

I couldn't believe how realistic the stone looked after painting.

I made just about everything for this build myself, including the 1:32 scale Sopwith Camel, dogwood tree, flowers, hens, fireplace and furnishings.  The things I purchased include the glass, plastic and metal items as well as the display cabinet, shrubs and lighting.

Detail shot of the watercolor paintings from 1916, wartime, that Elga scanned and sent to me.

The tower spiral stairs were a challenge, but I love the way they turned out.


I have a full post dedicated to the Sopwith Camel build here.

For those of you in the U.S. who'd like to see one of these theme restaurants in real life, there are still a number of 94th Aero Squadron Restaurants in operation, namely in San Diego, Van Nuys, Miami and Columbus.  The one near me in Wheeling, Illinois has since closed, which is a real shame.  I spent a few birthdays there and even one New Year's Eve.  It was an interesting restaurant and lounge with good food and wonderful artifacts and planes.  Had it still been there, I would have taken some photos of my model in front of it.  :D


Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]

It’s an impressive little structure, Brae! You are truly an inspiration to many!

12/26/12 @ 14:18
Comment from: MiniDork [Visitor]

Congrats on the 3rd place finish (although I really think you should have won 1st). Thanks for showcasing these amazing photos in one post, I just love drooling them. So many amazing details. Really spectacular. Looking forward to following what’s in store for 2013. :)

12/26/12 @ 14:24
Comment from: Angie Martin Hall [Visitor]

All I can say is…WOW! I really enjoyed seeing these pictures. The work you put into this really shows! Thanks for posting!

12/26/12 @ 14:27
Comment from: Jane s [Visitor]

I have stared at these pictures with awe before but my mind still gets blown from the amazing detail and love you put into it &#59;)

love it

12/26/12 @ 15:30
Comment from: Mins [Visitor]  

Oh wow, that really is a masterpiece in itself! I’m so in awe of your work…. Just gobsmacked!

12/27/12 @ 04:01
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]

I think this is just marvellous and it was great to see it all in it’s entirety again. I love all the thoughtful details that have gone into it, right down to the cracked step.

I’m so looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

12/27/12 @ 07:36
Comment from: brae [Member]  

Thank you all so much! :>>

12/27/12 @ 19:04
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]

A true work of art and photography!

12/28/12 @ 05:57
Comment from: brae [Member]  

Thank you!! :>>

01/11/13 @ 10:50
Comment from: Jenny [Visitor]

How do you come up with these things? Just amazing!!!!

03/14/13 @ 17:49
Comment from: brae [Member]  

Thank you! :D

03/15/13 @ 17:55