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Working Bridge and Boat Diorama

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  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, February 10, 2018 3:15 PM

More stunning work there peter, great to see the paint starting to go on. Some very nice detailing with the windows and doors.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

On the bench: AFV Club 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/4 AusfC

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Sunday, February 11, 2018 3:20 PM

Thank you Pawel and Bish for your responses. Much appreciated.

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Drew up a template and started building the bridge towers.

 

Showing how I add doweling to the joints.

 

Because I underestimated, I had to buy more 6 mm square timber. Though it may not look it, over 11 metres of wood went into the bridge towers.

Peter

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, February 11, 2018 3:35 PM

11m, blody hell. What wod are you useing for this. I take it you have access to all the measurments of the real bridge. I like how you have pinned the joints together, great idea.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

On the bench: AFV Club 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/4 AusfC

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:58 PM

Bish

11m, blody hell. What wod are you useing for this. I take it you have access to all the measurments of the real bridge...

I used Tasmanian Oak.

No plans for bridge were available. Had to use two diagonal references, road width and span length by using a tape measure. The rest of the measurements were exprapulated from many photographs.

Peter

  • Member since
    December, 2017
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 12, 2018 12:56 PM

This kind of modelling is the real deal.  I aspire to manifest this kind of creativity.  Great stuff.  This display will have young and old alike captivated when it is in action.  Bravo!!Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, February 12, 2018 2:21 PM

Hey Peter ;

 That project is looking fantastic ! I like the fact you are working in wood , although that would not have been my first choice .You're making it look easy .

 Plus . you are doing it the same way I scratch -Build ships !

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    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Monday, February 12, 2018 7:50 PM

Thank you mmthrax for kind words. I sure hope it will work smoothly and for a long time.

Peter

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    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Monday, February 12, 2018 8:00 PM

Tanker - Builder

Hey Peter ;

 That project is looking fantastic ! I like the fact you are working in wood , although that would not have been my first choice .You're making it look easy .

 Plus . you are doing it the same way I scratch -Build ships !

Thank you Tanker - Builder. I suppose scratch building models would share many similarities, especially sourcing materials that will transform into what you want...

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I tried to source narrow pulley wheels at a reasonable prices, but found none. So I decided to make my own (wish I had a lathe) out of washers. I sandwiched soldering wire between washers (on a greased bolt) and sweat-soldered them. The first one had too much solder, but after that, the other ten came out just right.

Peter

  • Member since
    December, 2017
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:24 AM

Making your own pulleys !!???  Bow Down  This is awesome.  Next level, outside the box thinking.  Bravo.  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:52 AM

Peter ;

 When are you going to start your own company building greeblies like that ? I'll take forty . LOL.LOL. Very good construction going on here . Good on You ! T.B.

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:56 PM

Thanks for compliments mmthrax and T.B.

"Greeblies", that's a new word for me. Had to look it up Geeked. It reminds me of what Steampunk artists use for their artworks.

I am sure we all have our junk box of sorts.

When short for money/access to resources one is forced to improvise, adapt and overcome.

Nothing is impossible! Because I do not believe in impossibilities I am inspired to seek to understand how it could be possible. Scratch building sure brings this out in a person.

Peter

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:04 PM

I believe 'greeblies' going back to when FX artists made spacecraft and other props for movies like Star Wars out of repurposed parts from plastic kits. 

 

I didn't notice how big the bridge was going to be until your more recent photos, a really big whomping progress and you're making great progress on her! Kudos sir!!!

Maybe I missed it but are you adding any figures for scale? 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:00 PM

Gamera
... are you adding any figures for scale? 

Yes. I bought a pack of unpainted plastic figures (1/72 scale or OO gauge).

Peter

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:14 PM

Designed and made brackets for thr the pulley wheels.

The towers have not yet been installed. They are just resting there, checking for alignment. Both the road base and traffic lights need to be installed at the same time as the towers.

 

Peter

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, February 16, 2018 7:50 AM

Cool, the figures will look awesome! 

Great work there on the brackets and the pulleys! 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, February 16, 2018 9:23 AM

Hmmmm;

   I will take forty of those too . AWESOME ! ! ! 

  • Member since
    December, 2017
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Friday, February 16, 2018 10:35 AM

Awesome progress Peter! Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Friday, February 16, 2018 4:34 PM

Thank you Gamera, T.B., and mmthrax for encouraging words.

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There is a gangway at the top of the towers, for accessing the pulley wheel mechanisms.

Because the tower's base framework penetrates the road, they cannot be installed until the road base, and traffic lights, are prepared.

Peter

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