Bridge and Boat Diorama

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Thank you @ziled68, @zoly99sask , and @Peglegreg for sharing your heart in this matter.

Just got back from Muz's memorial ride. It was a ride he started several years ago and is known to us as 'Muz's Ride'. It is a 70 km (43 miles) ride, and oddly enough we had a few flat tyres, which is rare. So our ride took a much longer time than usual. When we got back to our favourite cafe, a bunch of other rider (not riding today) was waiting for us to turn up. Unbeknown to us, they were informed that today's ride was cancelled for tomorrow. So, I'll be doing the ride again tomorrow. I wonder if Muz's spirit is playing games with us. If so, he can have the last laugh. :D
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I have not been riding for a long time. Today as we went over Wardell Bridge I was thinking about this build. Then I saw a small fishing boat, just like the one with the shark in it. I could not believe it. I looked closer to notice something moving about on the floor. I thought, 'is that a shark?' It turned out to be a large dog making circles. I had a good laugh to myself. Then I glanced to where they were heading - to the car park boat ramp. There, seemingly out of the blue, appeared a floating boat jetty. I thought, "Oh no. Now I'll have to build that too!" Yep, Muz is having a good laugh.
 

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G'day Peter
Your ol' mate Muz is definitely telling you something. I guess that the floating jetty would be a great addition to the diarama, so why not make it for him?
Glad the Muz's ride went well. Hope your legs will be ok on Sunday for part-ll.
Goodluckmemattie
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Hello Peter,

I am glad that you and your friends participated in Muz's Ride together and that you were able to see inspiration and witness Muz's last laughs. I am curious about something on your build and was wondering if you'd be so kind as to shed some light on it. The attention to detail is amazing and every component thus far is phenomenal. Now I may have missed it somewhere but, how would crew members have access to the span's hut? Does the actual bridge have an external ladder leading up to the hut? And for that matter, how would they get to the bridge tower gangways in the event the bridge is stuck in the lowered position?

Ray.
 

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Hello Ray. Thank you for visiting this build log.
Good questions. Now let me see...
... how would crew members have access to the span's hut? Does the actual bridge have an external ladder leading up to the hut? And for that matter, how would they get to the bridge tower gangways in the event the bridge is stuck in the lowered position?
Ray.
The following photo shows two ladder systems. One to access hut gangway from footpath. The other is to access top of tower to service pulley wheel system. I suppose they could access the span in the event that it got stuck halfway.



Belw, is an image of the brand new bridge (circa 1964). As you can see, access to the hut was not so elaborate nor safety conscious as we are today. As a matter of fact, the access to under the bridge was only recently installed.
[Look at that nice clean cement. No weathering here! . . . just how I like it :D]


At the time of building the model bridge my confidence and knowledge base, as a modeller, was too low to include such finer details as ladders and their cages. That is why I left them out. It was not my focus to include them. My focus at the time was to have a bridge span raising and lowering.

As it is now, I am happy to keep it the way it is. I am sure, that only modellers and engineers would question the accessibility to the hut. I am hoping they will be forgiving :D:D.
 

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G'day Peter
Your ol' mate Muz is definitely telling you something. I guess that the floating jetty would be a great addition to the diarama, so why not make it for him?
Glad the Muz's ride went well. Hope your legs will be ok on Sunday for part-ll.
Goodluckmemattie
Greg
Thanks Greg for your response.

Muz and I rode with the (GOod Old Farts) GOOF Riders. They have been trying to organise all the riders for a memorial ride, and the GOOFed it up big time (typical). They remind me of The Little Rascals in so many ways, except that these ones are getting old (65-85). The funny thing is, there will be another memorial ride (the 3rd one) in a months time. Hopefully everybody who knew Muz would have been able to attend at least one of the three rides. I can see Muz having a real laugh about it all.




In the meantime, tomorrow I am going to ride down to the Wardell Bridge. Take photographs and measurements of that newly installed wharf. Will report on it tomorrow.
 
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Hello Peter
Just catching up on your great build. I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your great friend. A great picture of him on his bike, one never knows what the future holds. The little mini bike that you built is a very fine gesture on your behalf and I am sure that it will live on forever along with your great very realistic Bridge Dilemma, ENJOY.

Regards Lawrence
 

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Hello Peter,
Thank you for the quick response. The photos you've posted has sated my curiosity as to the way they could have accessed the hut and gangways. In regards to omitting them from the build it is quite understandable since I've also turned a blind eye to a detail or two from previous builds. I continue to look forward to the next step of your build. Fair winds to you and yours, Ray.
 

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Thank you @Canoe21 , @Maarten , @ziled68, @zoly99sask , @Peglegreg , and @Uwek for your responses and 'likes'.
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Timed the ride to Wardell just right, in a gap without rain.
As mentioned before, here is my report on the new installation of the floating wharf.


Note the tall eagles nest (with two eagles). Will have to include that too, but will wait till the model gets to the museum.


It was slightly inconvenient for the fishing folk while I was taking photos and making measurements with my tape measure. They thought I was going to make a full scale copy for myself. (If I had the money to do that . . . ).

Here is my plan


Since my last modelling update on this thread, I have been using plastic as a medium. I am tempted to use plastic for constructing the floating wharf.
Will start building this tomorrow.
 

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G'day Peter
This floating jetty will look perfect with your diorama. Are you planning to put the fishermen? Also are the lamp post going to have LEDs?
:p
That would be a nice touch?
Happymodeling
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G'day Peter
This floating jetty will look perfect with your diorama. Are you planning to put the fishermen? Also are the lamp post going to have LEDs?
:p
That would be a nice touch?
Happymodeling
Greg
Good thought about the anglers. Will most probably add them.

The stabilizing-guide posts don't have a lamp, just a white cap. Though it would be nice if they had a lamp.

The posts sole purpose is to guide the floating wharf up and down with the tide. It appears to be coated with a thick plastic (Teflon-like) coating. The guide ring attached to wharf has six rollers equally positioned around its inside diameter.

 

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G'day Peter
Glad that you are feeling better now. I was getting withdraw symptoms for not seeing you ingenuity at work.
Brilliant mate work and idea on Muz's floating pantoon!
Happymodeling
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