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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: Rudel Stage 3

                     Academy 1/72nd Apache AH.1

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    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: Rudel Stage 3

                     Academy 1/72nd Apache AH.1

  • 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

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    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.

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    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? 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • 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

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    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! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • 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...

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    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

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Monday, February 19, 2018 1:55 PM

Peter

  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Wyoming Michigan
Posted by ejhammer on Monday, February 19, 2018 2:47 PM
Coming together nicely. Well done! EJ

Completed - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa Dec 1942, USS Yorktown 1/700 Trumpeter 1943. In The Yards - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa 1945, USS ESSEX 1/700 Dragon 1944, USS ESSEX 1/700 Trumpeter 1945, USS ESSEX 1/540 Revell (vintage) 1962, USS ESSEX 1/350 Trumpeter 1942, USS ESSEX LHD-2 as commissioned, converted from USS Wasp kit Gallery Models. Plus 35 other plastic and wood ship kits.

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    December, 2017
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 19, 2018 4:00 PM

Hello Peter, 

Nice work as always.  It is hard to tell from the picture, but the lights look to be about 3/8" each.  Is that about right?  Really enjoying this build.  Carry on sir.

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Monday, February 19, 2018 5:50 PM

Thank you ejhammer and mmthrax for your encouragement and interest.

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mmthrax

Hello Peter, 

Nice work as always.  It is hard to tell from the picture, but the lights look to be about 3/8" each.  Is that about right?  Really enjoying this build.  Carry on sir.

5 mm (3/16"). I was going to use the 3 mm LED, but they were hard to see if they were ON from the console. The traffic lights face away from the operator. So I chose the 5 mm, withheld adding hoods, to help them to become more noticeable.

Peter

  • Member since
    December, 2017
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 19, 2018 7:39 PM

Thanks for the response.  I have never seen LEDs in 3/8 so I was wondering.Smile

Excellent work.

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Monday, February 19, 2018 8:10 PM

It is looking excellent, Peter. You are really going to town with this. It is fun to watch.

 

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: Florida USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, February 19, 2018 9:36 PM

I'm beyond stunned, Peter. No challenge seems to stand in your way! It's just amazing to watch this project evolve. YesYes

Cheers,

Russ

 

 

 

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 5:21 AM

Thank you Bakster and Russ for supporting comments.

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It was during this stage, just before building the road base, when I realised that the span needed alterations. Once the towers are in, the span cannot be removed passed the pulley wheels for servicing. The only alternative path of removal was sideways. So, I  decided to replaced two fixed lateral bumper rollers for two removeable versions.

Peter

  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Wyoming Michigan
Posted by ejhammer on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 10:26 AM
I just love this thing. I mentor middle school kids at the local school for science Olympiad for Bridge and tower construction. Your project combines both in a stunning build. This year is towers for us, and my kids recently placed 3rd of 29 in towers, 1st place overall at the local invitational competition. This coming Saturday is regionals at Grand Valley Collage. We have always placed well enough there to go to the state finals where we have taken medals in the past. I'm following this build with great interest. EJ

Completed - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa Dec 1942, USS Yorktown 1/700 Trumpeter 1943. In The Yards - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa 1945, USS ESSEX 1/700 Dragon 1944, USS ESSEX 1/700 Trumpeter 1945, USS ESSEX 1/540 Revell (vintage) 1962, USS ESSEX 1/350 Trumpeter 1942, USS ESSEX LHD-2 as commissioned, converted from USS Wasp kit Gallery Models. Plus 35 other plastic and wood ship kits.

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 2:11 PM

Thank you EJ for following this build. I hope the remaining construction will not disappoint. I sure hope the working parts will do well.

Best of luck (preperation meeting opportunity) for the regionals at Grand Valley Collage.

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Built the road base from Masonite. Drilled untold number of holes for railing posts. Routed wiring from under the road, along girders and piers, towards exits through the display table.

The road, traffic lights, and towers had to be installed in one operation. Once the road base got fixed into place, the traffic lights and towers had minimal movement for alignment before being fixed into position. The cable from the pulley wheels need to be able to go through the road base and display table without rubbing on anything. 

It took a few hours to make fine adjustments, alignment (squared), and fixing the towers with doweling. Then gave the whole road another coat of paint.

Peter

  • Member since
    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 8:13 AM

mmthrax

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

 

 

Indeed! Fun to follow this wizardry.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:36 PM

Hello Glenn. Thanks for compliment.

Thanks also for sharing an important part of your history through your signature link.

Peter

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