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6396-1: International Jetport
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The inventory is 98%+ correct. The most notable deviation is the Passenger Jet's tail rudder; other missing parts had similar molds available. All minifigs are exact, but other stickers are missing.

=MISSING PARTS=
1. https://rebrickable.com/parts/4867pr0003/tail-wedge/
2. https://rebrickable.com/parts/4863/window-1-x-4-x-2-plane/
3. https://rebrickable.com/parts/2377/window-1-x-2-x-2-plane/
4. https://rebrickable.com/parts/4862/glass-for-window-1-x-2-x-2-plane/
5. https://rebrickable.com/parts/3139/tyre-14-x-4-smooth-small-single/
6. https://rebrickable.com/parts/2358pr0004/baseplate-32-x-32-with-7-stud-straight/
7. https://rebrickable.com/parts/2360pr0002/baseplate-32-x-32-with-7-stud-t-intersection/
8. https://rebrickable.com/parts/2361pr0003/baseplate-32-x-32-with-7-stud-crossroads/

=MISSING DECALS=
1. Sticker Sheet 1: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=6396stk01&
2. Sticker Sheet 2: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=6396stk02&

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=LEGO USA 'Shop At Home' DESCRIPTION=
Source: https://images.brickset.com/library/Catalogues/c92sahhl.pdf

"You'll find all the excitement of a real airport with this special set. The control tower announces your flight is ready as the jet opens to allow three passengers, pilot, and luggage on board. Complete with helicopter landing strip, carrier truck and trailer, windsock, and seven mini-figures. Ages 8-12. 485 pieces. $67.00"

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This set no. 6396 'International Jetport' (or 'Holiday Airport' outside North America) came out in 1990 as part of LEGO Town's "Airport" subtheme.

It was LEGO's second airport model, following the original '85 set no. 6392 'Airport.' The renovated terminal closely matched the predecessor, at least in general terms—same layout and overall dimensions, tarmac with four 32x32 baseplates, a little over 450 parts, and eight virtually identical minifigures.

The set also featured the same fictional LEGO airlines logo (introduced in 1985 at the "Airport" subtheme's launch): black airplane silhouette above five stripes. The build came with two sticker sheets, including a detailed and realistic timetable with departure times and "flights" listed to Bangkok, New York, Cairo, Stockholm, Milano, and Paris; nice touch! (None of that, unfortunately, appears here on Mecabricks.)

Despite massive proportions, the 'International Jetport' was only second-largest in "Town" that year. The genuine "halo" set of 1990 was the 'Airport Shuttle.' Clocking at over 700 parts and notoriously expensive ($140 in retail, or about $284 in 2021 currency), the Airport Shuttle was one of only three "monorails" LEGO ever made. Due to scarcity of monorail tracks and non-standard 9V Electric systems (incompatible with 9V "Trains"), the 'Airport Shuttle' became rare collectible, astoundingly pricey!

For comparison, based on Bricklink marketplace statistics, in 2021, 'International Jetport' cost $84-181 used and $400 for an unopened box. At the same time, the monorail Shuttle is $700-$1,300 for a complete inventory. "As new," it went for a whopping $4,200. Ten-fold difference; Stonks!

=TERMINAL=
The 'Intl Jetport' terminal got rebuilt from scratch, and frankly, resembled the actual airport more than the '85 building. Light, open, spacious—capitalizing on new curved top panels that LEGO just introduced. Large 6x6x9 Curved Top Panels (part #2572) in transparent blue were, essentially, exclusive to this set. (And never used in any other types of builds besides airports). The territory had a Palm Tree—another recently introduced LEGO part, which debuted in the "Pirates" theme in 1989. This architectural style significantly evolved in the "Paradisa" theme (launched in 1992).

Inside the Intl Jetport, there's a luggage belt, a spacious waiting area (with two seats and two baggage lockers), and a neat walk-through metal detector in red. Unlike the old 'Airport,' which had a tiny cafe on the second floor, the new building only had a couple of outdoor seats on top. The control tower became more pronounced, hovering higher above the terminal's roof.

=RUNWAY=
The International Jetport's tarmac had the subtlest and most curious changes versus the '85 Airport. At first glance, three custom 32x32 baseplates—with unique road markings for the straight railway, T-junction, and helicopter landing pad—seemed identical.

However, the actual lanes are slightly wider, "shaving off" two rows of studs on each curbside. Around 1987, LEGO changed the default "lane width" on all road baseplates, as modern "Town" vehicles came with broader chassis. Thus, LEGO designers expanded the airport runways accordingly.

LEGO even released new "Airport Plates" service packs! And most hilariously, offered all four varieties to order, at least via the USA Shop At Home Service catalogs. What a confusing overkill. Unimaginable in today's world of "one-click" shopping.

=AIR VESSELS=
❒ Passenger Jet is very similar to the '85 model, except slightly downsized. The new plane has two tail engines and one less passenger seat. At least in my eyes, the all-white fuselage with blue-white-red stripes didn't match the tail rudder livery (with Airport's five-color stripes) all that well.

❒ The Helicopter became much smaller, featuring a familiar small-size frame that became so common in "Town" in the mid-90s: one-piece front canopy, one pilot seat, rotor with flat tiles. The tail, though, has an unusual design with a diagonal support beam.

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=SEE ALSO=

6399: Town > Airport Shuttle ('90)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/79a8nQABj8w
Notorious monorail set

6392: Town > Flight: Airport (1985)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/BLvGXyzwaGy

6597: Town > Flight: Century Skyway (1994)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/yDp2lBeQvMV
by @Batka

7894: City > Airport (2006)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/b82x1RYpj1z
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