Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cardboard Plate Girder!

Well, the steel bridge was pending for quite a few days now. So last week I started with the rest of the detailing after being annoyed by the fact that I haven't even touched the layout for a few weeks.

Now, the task was not tough, just irritatingly repetitive that requires a lot of patience. I mentioned that I didn't have enough plate girders from the ME kit to cover the entire bridge section and I had to make it out of cardboard. So I did cut two thin and long strips (9mm wide) and a whole lot of 1mm X 9mm thin cardboard strips. Then just started gluing them! How? This is how:

As you can understand from the pictures, these are a little 'heavy duty' plate girder bridges (it was impossible to replicate the ME kit dimension in cardboard anyway). That kind of suits the curved and overtly inclined scenario (and as much as I have researched, makes perfect sense from engineering perspective too). So now the bridge is complete and 'contract' has been given to my wife for painting it! And definitely like all contractors - she is late! (Don't tell her that, she's going to kill me... oh! Look at that - I am using her login to post this... :P)