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QUOTE (dwb @ 23 Nov 2009, 18:43) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>That's a seriously long looking bridge Al. I'm guessing that the pencil is about 7" which makes the bridge a couple of yards??

David

spans are just short of 6 foot.
 

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When you look at the photos of the damage the bombing and demolition charges did to the bridge, is surprising it remained standing that long...
 

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A couple of update photos of the bridge with my 231 Nord plus 11 to give a better idea of scale.







Both side frames are about 70% compiles. Just the two up longitudinal beams and cross braces on the centre to do. The track deck will be the next, ten it's a case of assembling it all together.
 

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I hit a bit of a problem with the bridge over the Christmas break. While working on the drawings for the two stonework towers it became clear I'd made a mistake on the bridge length. The model was 280mm too short....!


After considering all the options I desided if I don't correct the error I'd never be satisfied with it. So nothing else to do but strip down each side frame and rebuild them to the correct length. Both frames are now back to the stage they were in the last photo, and now I've a rail bender at my disposal I can crack on with the main beams on the central section.

I'm hoping to have this completed by the end of the weekend and will post up a few photo then.
 

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Another update on the bridge.



One side frame has been remodelled to the correct length, and it's suprisingly ridged now that the two curved beams are on.
Planning to crack on with the other side next week, followed by the track deck. Then comes the delicate task of soldering all three parts together.
 

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QUOTE (Andy C @ 17 Jan 2010, 09:30) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>And what fun that will be!

Out of passing interest on this front what sort of iron are you using on this work - I have built a footbridge in 4mm out of brass for New Hey but in the end only did the basic framework out of brass section, resorting to plastruct sections glued in cosmetically for the cross members. I was having all sorts of problems with heat transfer, which despite using several strategically placed heat sinks and use of my RSU was ending up with adjacent bits coming unsoldered. Part of the difficulty was once you get the box structure together (like you Al I built it in 3 sections) is keeping it all straight and square, particularly when you are also using a big lump of metal as a heat sink. As in all soldering jobs 3 hands (or preferavbly 4 ) woul be useful!

Its looking very impressive and I look forward to nseeing the completed model.

At the moment I'm using a 80w iron and that seems to be working ok at the moment. The fun will start when I solder the track deck onto the two side frames....
 

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I strated work on the Erpeler Lay tunnel entrance this morning. This is were I'd got after a couple of hours.



The basic structure is almost there, but still needs to be clad with dressed stone plasticard.
 

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QUOTE (Vern @ 5 Feb 2010, 18:22) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>An excellent movie is "The Bridge at Remagen" but I don't know how true to prototype the "stunt" bridge is. (;p)

The film was filmed at Davle in former Czechoslovakia. The bridge is very close to Remagen bridge in appearance.

One interesting fact about the film is it almost sparked off World War Three. Towards the end of filming the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia. The WW2 surplus US Army Chaffees, truck and jeeps used in the filming were mistaken for genuine US Army tanks with the ineveratble Cold War escalation before the mistake was found out.
 

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Moving on slowly. Finished the two side frames tonight. All fully soldered up without too much trouble. I've got the delicate task of cleaning them up next. Each joint needs dressing to one degree or another and both sides need a good clean to remove the surplus flux before I set about the next stage.



Once again, many thanks to Peter (pokermaina) for the loan of the rail bender. I couldn't have got this far without it.
 

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It's not all been work on the bridge. I've also been building a Rhein paddle steamer.



I've got the kit built up and basic paint job done on it. Next step is glue all the passenger benches in place, add a bit more detail and weather. Oh yes, and 240 passenger painting and adding....


 

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It is a nice kit. Shame it's now out of production.
Down side is the kit is of the Goethe after it was rebuilt after the war. Striaght out the box it doesn't look right so I've altered much of the forward cabin area to make it more open decked. I'm also not happy with the funnel and bridge. Again too modern looking. I think both will come off and something slightly more retro fitted.
 

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Not really a lot of progress today, just the pier foundation and finally the chance to see how the two side frames look together.





I'm reasonable pleased with it. A couple of the cross beams are out of alignment and just need a bit of adjustment.
 

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The paddle steamer 'Rheinland' waiting for her passengers.



Although she's meant to look a bit war weary, but I think I've been a little heavy handed with the weathering...
 

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I got hold of a bit more river traffic the other day. I'm planning three of these S-100 E-Boats on a training cruise along the Rhine.



It's a 1:100 scale card model made by WAK in Poland. They do a whole host of stuff - ships, planes, cars - in various scales. www.wak.pl

I've reduce the sheets down to 1:160 scale on a photocopier and once I feel brave enough get started.
 
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