In August 1990 I started working for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as a flight attendant. After having been a student for a very long time, I wanted to travel and see the world for a year or so. That one year turned into 13½ years! I had a fantastic time and thought it would be nice to capture that in miniature. With KLM as my theme, I decided to enter a miniatures contest "Small fantasies in large packages", held by the Dutch miniatures magazine 'Poppenhuizen & Miniaturen'.
I had the idea of using a KLM catering container as my 'room box', but it proved to be quite a challenge to get one. When I had almost given up hope of ever finding one, I received an e-mail from someone who was willing to sell me one. Of course this gentleman lived on the other side of the country, but hey, what's a five hour drive when you're desperate?
The catering container. These containers are used in the galley of an airplane and contain all kinds of goods, like rolls, cans of soft drinks, wine bottles, glasses and papers and forms. At the end of a flight, most containers are taken off the plane and are replaced by new, full ones.
After a few months work this is the endresult. I won the second prize with it! Please click on the picture on the right to see how I've made my 'KLM roombox'.
You can see some detailed pictures below.
Inside the catering container the scene depicts a 12th scale version of part of an airplane galley and cabin. It represents a moment during boarding of flight KL0641 to New York.
While one of the flight attendants is putting away some meal trays which were just brought in, her colleague welcomes passengers in the business-class.
Although the flight is not fully booked, it will be a very busy flight. The first passengers have arrived. One of the passengers is looking for his seat number on the overhead luggagebins, but his seat is further in the back.
Mr. Leclerc has just made his connection from Paris, he still has his ticket in his hand. "Do you think these seats will remain empty?", he askes with a lovely French accent. "I can check for you on the passenger list," the flight attendant says, "but first let me help you with your luggage. Can I get you something to drink?"
On the other side of the aisle Mr. van Zwaanswijk has taken his seat. Dhr. van Zwaanswijk is a familiar face on this route, he flies to New York twice a month on business! This will be one of his last flights, he will retire soon.
While most passengers still have to come on board, Mr. Van Zwaanswijk is already sitting comfortably with his reading light on and a nice drink waiting beside him, reading his newspaper. In the galley the flight attendants have some drinks and coffee ready for the boarding passengers. And of course no business class can be without champagne!
Except for meals and drinks there are a lot more things on board to make the journey more pleasurable for the passengers. Here you see some glossy magazines and newspapers, but also extra pillows and blankets.
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