Because of this lag, I will speed up photo downloads, on a daily basis, until I catch up to where I am at.
This project is my first model and diorama. I started early last year. I am learning as I go along. Spend nearly everyday on the Internet researching model making so I can apply it to this project. It has been a very interesting journey, and may become a new hobby for me. Why I say this is because I started the project not for the sake of a hobby, but to help out our local maritime museum. They acquired an old (1964-1995) console from a lift-span bridge, and they wanted it to control a model of that bridge. The short story is, I volunteered to convert the console, build a model lift-span bridge, and a boat to traverse under it.
It is all scratch-build. No plans for the bridge, and no schematics for the console. The museum is a non-profit organisation, and so the project has to be designed and built on a shoe-string budget. I am using a lot of stuff from my own resources as well.
Display area: 4 x 8 feet (1220 x 2440 mm).
Scale: is 1/72.
Bridge location: Wardell, NSW, Australia.
Museum: Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum. http://www.ballinamaritimemuseum.org.au/
Console as it arrived at the museum.
Proposed display layout.
Spent a few months research, measuring, and drawing plans.
Then I ordered materials for building the bridge.
Lots of work in this al ready and from what I've seen you know exactly what your getting into. Good luck with the Project.
For those unfamiliar with the lift-span bridge operations, here is an animated GIF of the bridge.
The console requires reverse engineering to see what and how its instrumentation can be used for operating a model.
When the timber arrived I marked out all the pieces. Then cut everything, and assemble the display table, and control box that fits under it.
The line you see across the table is the 3 mm slot for the boat vane.
The control box has two doors for accessing the motors, pulley-cable systems and various electronics.
Each unit will be worked on separately. Because they won't fit through the door together (with bridge), they will be joined at the museum.
d_anonymous_modeller wrote:Wow.That's a mighty big project to put together Peter.Best of luck with it & you seem to be well on top of it so far.
Thank you Anon...
I noticed that Irish modellers often say 'good luck', 'best of luck'. I like it, because it reminds me of a definition of luck; when preparation meets opportunity.
It reminds me to be always prepared for the next step.
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