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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:23 pm    Post subject: CHEAP BAILEY BRIDGE Reply with quote

We all know the faithful pontoon bridge that Airfix have knocked out from even before Alan M was born. Laughing Laughing Laughing

I decided that with a little `cut and shut` the Airfix job could be converted into something that looked a lot more like the Bailey bridge, that marvelous British invention, " the envy of the modern world" ( Michael Caine ) or "Bailey crap" ( Elliot Gould ), of `A Bridge Too far` fame .

So, after a brief planning session over a WW2 game with Spike we came up with the following between us.

First cut off the walkways at either side of the bridge (you`ll need to do this carefully as these will be used later.

Next fit strips of `girder` underneath the treadway. This is what the side girders will need to rest on to look like a Bailey. Strips of plastic in this case but a trip to a model shop (or on line) will be needed to buy the more precision engineered examples.

Trim off the angled ends of each girder section.

Now glue everything back into place, including ramps, side girders in two pairs side by side with a small gap, two each side ( 4 in all). Fit the walkway (this wasn`t always fitted of course so your choice).

By taking a look at the piccies below then you`ll be able to work it all out for yourself. It`s not a precision model making job, nor is it perfect but it is cheap and the overall effect is pleasing. Remember that the Bailey used a wooden plank treadway but this was often overlaid with a metal trackway for vehicles so you even get awy with the airfix one as supplied. Enjoy lads. Wink

Class 40 Bailey bridge.


















Last one is Spike`s converted `Ready To roll`pontoon leyland into a crane.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks jon its a great idea ..

alan sent me the plans and faustnik emailed piccies of it ... Wink

correction jon its the plans of the bailey bridge ..hope its ok to post it ? .








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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spike and I didn`t use plans for this model, It`s pretty much rough and ready from the top of our head but after Alan saw this the good old `time Lord` reminded us younger types that there was an article in Mil Mod or simuilar , years ago, showing a detailed plan of how to to do this.

I`m sure Alan , being the top lad that he is, will pipe up and maybe we can convince him to make the plans available to the members.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Airfix model boxed and ready to build... now I feel I have to convert it ;)

Great tutorial.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting the plans Thomas now the members have a lot of detailed info in order to crack on a make their own. Top notch mate.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no probs jon i had a quick look for the plans i got some other of the same magazine from somewhere ages ago .. its all about 30+ pages ..

they are of
basic bailey bridge
small box girder bridge
pontoon bridging equipment mk III
folding boat equipment MK II & MK III
Inglis bridging equipment

also if you cant be bothered to make it then AB figures sell them ..

http://www.abfigures.co.uk/british_bridging_equipment.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a neat bit of work TSM - looks much more effective now.

Is that just one airfix "kit" or do you need more than one?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That`s just from one kit mate. You end up with one treadway spare if I remember correctly. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a good way of using that old favourite.

Thanks for sharing.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:12 pm    Post subject: Re: CHEAP BAILEY BRIDGE Reply with quote

Crackiing Tutorial!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, thanks for posting it.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Smile Makes me want to break mine out of the box.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are all very welcome.

I have picked up loads of tips off you lads so it is right to share ideas. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jon, I sent the whole article to Thomas, I thought I'd sent it to you too. Unfortunately I lost it when my PC crashed. Did I send it to anyone else on here ? David perhaps ?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are a star mate. As long as I`ve known you you`ve been nothing but helpful and often put yourself out to help other lads.

p.S. Cheers for the Tenner mate. Wink
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