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  • Member since
    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:21 AM

Peter ! 

 Finally , I got back on . I must laud you for this project as well as the other one . Because of my unexpected banning by electrons , rather than the Moderater I had to just read this thread very intensely .

   The Bridge looks great .I think That Aurora or someone did a model .I don't believe it lasted more than one run . I have never seen it but occasionally in photos of old models. Sadly the bridge and it's creation are a horror story , however it actually looked was horrific for the prisoners building it .

 We must remember though regardless of the horrific treatment is that Japanese male society had no words in their vocabulary for Surrender . 

 That's obvious in the behaviour of japanese units that fought losing battles , only to be wiped out to a man by the Allies . The Code of " Bushido " has no reference for surrender . So , they saw any of the prisoners as less than human and treated them accordingly .  T.B.

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 7:31 PM

Looking sharp--hope you are not having the log in problems the rest of us sufferred through.

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 7:38 PM

Yes, looking good. I'm back in somehow.

  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:09 PM

goldhammer

Going together rather well for Minder not have any help hoisting timbers into place.

Going to be a vey nice tribute.

 

Thanks goldhammer.

Peter

  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:10 PM

Gamera

She's really starting to look like a bridge now! 

 

At last.

Peter

  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:15 PM

stikpusher

Now... where to place the plastique charges.... Wink

 

Somewhere in California.

Peter

  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:16 PM

Bish

Amazing work once again Peter, coming on really well.

 

Thanks Bish.

Peter

  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:23 PM

Gamera

Lol, you'd need a wounded Alec Guinness figure to go with the trigger box... 

 

What, an inflatable Alex Guiness!?

Peter

  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:33 PM

Tanker - Builder

 We must remember though regardless of the horrific treatment is that Japanese male society had no words in their vocabulary for Surrender . 

 That's obvious in the behaviour of japanese units that fought losing battles , only to be wiped out to a man by the Allies . The Code of " Bushido " has no reference for surrender . So , they saw any of the prisoners as less than human and treated them accordingly .  T.B.

T.B. We all know, deep within us, what is right and what is wrong about life, regardless of belief systems. We are life, we know we want to live. It's inate and instinctual. Denial of this truth creates stories of why we choose to ignore our own instincts. But even denial cannot be an excuse, for we have to know what we are about to deny, before we can deny it. The truth, has been covered up by our on fear of being responsible for life. IMHO.

Peter

  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:37 PM

CapnMac82

Looking sharp--hope you are not having the log in problems the rest of us sufferred through.

 

Good-day Mac. Log in problems, and all the other problems of this site makes it hard to return. And when I do, everybody wants to blow up my bridge Wink

By the way, thanks for complement.

Peter

  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:40 PM

GMorrison

Yes, looking good. I'm back in somehow.

 

Thanks GMorrison. Hope it stays accessible, so at least we can continue pointing out the sites shortcommings Wink

Peter

  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by PeterPan on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:52 PM

So where am I?

"Cross-members!" Thank you Minder for reminder.

Turning the bridge around, seeing that I will not finish the bridge, so there will be scenes of POWs still working on the bridge.

Used a pencil mark to help me centre, and align, the shorter cross-beams. As shown, I added some more marks. Later, I will mark the whole bribge to simulate bolt heads and the like.

Minder is showing-off again. He assures me that he used to be a tight-rope walker. Basically, the bridge framework is finished.

Peter

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 14, 2018 7:46 AM

WOW! Looks great and you're making great progress! 

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

 

  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 7:49 PM

Pretty darned awesome.....I hope you're not planning to do the "Magnum PI" pyrotechnics thing on your fine work!

Cheers, LeeTree
Remember, Safety Fast!!!

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:23 PM

Jonathan Quayle Higgins (RIP)  would have been proud of your effort! Beer This dio must be finished by now since the last post was in Dec.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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    July 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:38 PM

PeterPan

 ...hope you are not having the log in problems the rest of us sufferred through.

 

 ... Log in problems, and all the other problems of this site makes it hard to return. And when I do, everybody wants to blow up my bridge Wink

 

Great work, and a beautiful bridge.

 

No "Log in" problems now. All your LOGS look fine.

And you can't blow up the bridge till...

"I hear the train a comin'
It's rollin' 'round the bend,
..."

 

 What scale Train do you need again?

 

Wooden splinters are dangerous, stand at least 10 feet away with your Guinness before you blow it.

 

   Nino

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, April 12, 2019 10:56 PM

Nino
"I hear the train a comin' It's rollin' 'round the bend,

If we're makign Johnny Cash references, wouldn't "I Walk the Line" be better? Smile

To Peter, we here in the North America were exposed to a Canadian Series called SCTV.  Which had a sketch which referred to things being "blowed up real good" which turned into a schitck of its own.

So, it's not our fault we like seeing things "the good lord might tak a shine to and blow up reall good, now, y'hear?"

Just be glad you are not building a Titanic Smile

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Saturday, April 13, 2019 11:08 AM

 

Edit":  Redundant Post deleted

 

I see the old Magnum clip was put out before.  Well, you can never blow up stuff "real good" too much.

  Nino

  • Member since
    February 2020
Posted by Jedi on Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:26 PM

Looks awesome. What's the distance between the piers (rows of 3)?

  • Member since
    February 2020
Posted by Jedi on Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:36 PM

Again-- I love this, and so does my son.  Trying to grasp the distance between each pier (spanning across the bridge), then pier to first tower, then to next tower, then to piers on the opposite end from start.......

  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:46 AM

We had plans to take a tour to see the original bridge wreckage and the replacement bridge while I was over there but the war caused the trip to be canceled and I never had a chance to go again.

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, March 15, 2020 7:40 PM

As a note, Peter was complaining of ill health on a different site, and I have not seen a posting from him in about six months.

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, March 15, 2020 8:01 PM

Oh dear I hope he gets well.

The actual bridge was first a simple wooden trestle and later a multi-span steel truss bridge using bridge sections removed from Indonesia. That bridge is still there.

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Monday, March 16, 2020 11:56 AM

GMorrison

Oh dear I hope he gets well.

 

  I hope so too.

  I felt bad that my repeat of  "... blow up stuff real good" was  ill conceived and perhaps caused the delay of his posting updates.  I do regret my "blow-up" comment.  Although meant to be funny, along with others,  I had feared it was the "Straw..."

  Peter, I hope you are well and will be back to enlighten us with this very interesting and very well-done  "Build".

     Jim.

  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10:03 PM

The work on the bridge is incredible and past something I could do.

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