Building Board Gantry Type

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Building Board Gantry Type

Post by Mike41 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:28 am

Some of the advantages of the gantry type of building board are:

1. Re-usability
2. Assess
3. Accuracy
4. Ease of use

1. Re-usability


After you have finished a model and want to start a new one all you must do is tape down the new framing plan and change the scales if required. I use architecture scales (US Imperial) and work to the actual ship dimensions. Different scales are posted in PDF format for
½” = 1’-0” – Scale 24
3/8” = 1’-0” – Scale 32, Vertical Scale 32
1/4” = 1’-0” – Scale 48, Vertical Scale 48
3/16” = 1’-0” – Scale 64, Vertical Scale 64


2. Access
In the past, I have had problems installing cant frames and working the stern section of a ship. The gantry makes things a lot easier to install with less alignment issues.

3. Accuracy
The horizontal scale is calibrated from the center line of the model and the vertical scales are very useful for locating deck clamps and other internal and external parts.

4. Ease of use
It is very easy to relocate the position of the gantry or move it out of the way of the place you are working.

The dimensions for the building board I made are:
Base 36x18x3/4” particle board
Top (2) 36x2 1/4x1/2”, (1) 36x12x1/2” particle board (2) 36X3/4x1/2” t-track aluminum
Pedestals base (2) 5x2 ½ x1/2” verticals 10x2 1/2x1/2 gussets (4) 2x1 ¼”
Knobs I used Woodpeckers plastic knob kit it consists of (4) knobs, bolts, washers
Assembly is very easy all the parts are glued together, I use Titebond 2.

Assemble Instructions:

The building board is two sections glued together.
1. The bottom section or Base will be one-piece 36x18x3/4” tk.
2. The top section consists of three pieces of particle board and the two t-track pieces. The center board is 36x12 x1/2” and is glued directly on top of the base. The two t-track pieces are screwed to the Base on each side of the top center board (the screws are included with the t-track). After the t-tracks are in place glue two pieces of particle board 36x2 1/4x1/2”one each on the outside of the t-track. When the building board is complete the dimensions should be 48x18x1 ¼” with the t-track flush with the top of the board.
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Re: Building Board Gantry Type

Post by Aussie048 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:58 am

Thanks Mike

I know what my next building board is going to look like. I am already looking up parts

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Re: Building Board Gantry Type

Post by Brian077 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:42 pm

this is great information. I am considering building one of these boards myself.

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Re: Building Board Gantry Type

Post by Aussie048 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:17 pm

Brian

While you are building yours could you please build one for me.

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Re: Building Board Gantry Type

Post by Mike41 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:13 am

Hi Geoff,
The reason I choose 3 feet for the length of the board was set for size limitation on the ships keel by my wife. She thinks anything over four-foot overall length is too big for the house.
Four-foot T-track is available if you want to go bigger.
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Re: Building Board Gantry Type

Post by Mike41 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:14 am

Thanks Brian,
The Board dimensions and materials are a matter of personal preference. I went the most inexpensive route. The T-track system allows you to add special jigs for specific models as needed.
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