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1 year 9 months ago #61 by Sparky
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Throughout this project I continue to do Internet research. A friend emailed me a photo taken of a computer screen by her iPhone. It revealed a few things I was still not clear about. There was the matter of what did the swing-gates look like. The scale of the cars is known, but how did they look in comparison to the whole bridge. Finally, what did the concrete road look like from above.



Decided to splatter dark grey paint onto the cement colour. It turned out horrendous. Originally I wanted to start again, but a part of me knew it could be turned to my advantages. So then I used the dry brush method to lighten up the dark patches. Afterwards, I kept alternating between dark and light paint with a fine brush until I was happy with the results.



Painting the span took longer than painting the rest of the road. It was difficult to get into the central areas. The edges of the span and bridge have a metal plate (silver painted area). The hole you see on edge of road is for the fine (0.7 mm) bridge cable which goes through the display table.

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1 year 9 months ago #62 by Bishop
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Looking to good!!

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1 year 9 months ago #64 by Whiterook
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OMG, this is crazy cool...beautiful work. I am literally in awe.
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1 year 9 months ago #65 by Maarten
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'' I could sense things were about to kick off, so I got out of there !''


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1 year 9 months ago #66 by Sparky
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WOW! Maarten, that was a TOP response indeed. Thanks.
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Since the console will be a wiring diorama of sorts, I decided to add a touch of drama by painting bits here and there.





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1 year 9 months ago #67 by Sparky
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Created a new wiring harness for the console.



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1 year 9 months ago #68 by Sparky
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Added wiring harness to console control panel. Since it is the underside (not easily seen) it was pointless to dressed it up.



Connected control panel and harness to console.



Made small harness between terminal strips and the two D-Connectors to the back of console (these connect to control box under display table).

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1 year 9 months ago #69 by Bishop
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Electricity is a world I do not understand. I am in awe.

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1 year 9 months ago #70 by Maarten
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'' I could sense things were about to kick off, so I got out of there !''


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1 year 9 months ago #71 by Sparky
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The PIR sensors movement in its vicinity. When it does it will turn the console lighting on. The only times it turns off is when the PIR no longer sensors movement for 10 seconds, or when someone starts working the console.





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1 year 9 months ago #72 by Sparky
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Now that the wiring diorama is basically completed, I can forget about that part of the project.
At this stage I started thinking about the landscape. That is, the river bank areas.
Here is the North side. My first objective was the staircase, and build from there.


Above: 7 years between these two photographs.



Created footpath under the bridge and up the hill.

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1 year 9 months ago #73 by Bishop
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Nice work shaping that walkway.

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1 year 9 months ago #74 by Tiger
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Mate this is so cool. Lost me with the wiring but hey it is blimmin impressive.
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1 year 9 months ago #76 by Sparky
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A new walkway was put in by the council.






Measured it up and added to the diorama.








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1 year 9 months ago #77 by grover
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Just awesome detail Sparky.

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1 year 9 months ago #78 by Sparky
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Thank you grover for your response.
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There is a house which partly intrudes into the display area.




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1 year 9 months ago #79 by Maarten
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'' I could sense things were about to kick off, so I got out of there !''


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1 year 8 months ago #80 by Sparky
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1 year 8 months ago #81 by Bishop
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Gee you’d better be careful. You’ll end up building the whole town. NICE NICE NICE!!!

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1 year 8 months ago #82 by Sparky
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Bishop wrote: Gee you’d better be careful. You’ll end up building the whole town....

Ha ha ha. Funny that you said that. The museum's main focus is to represent the town's history, the Port of Ballina. They do not, as yet, have a diorama for it.

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1 year 8 months ago #85 by Maarten
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'' I could sense things were about to kick off, so I got out of there !''


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1 year 8 months ago #86 by Gary
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Looks fantastic, most of us lazy bar stewards would be building in plastic, got to admire your wood working skills :)



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1 year 8 months ago #87 by Bishop
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Really impressive.

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1 year 8 months ago #88 by Sparky
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Thank you Maarten, Gary, and Bishop for your kind responses.
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At this stage, certain parts, and information, arrived that allowed me to make a start with the traffic control swing gates.
The swing gates were taken out in 1995. This is the best photo I could find of them.


I used #8 fencing wire for axles, brass tubing, flat brazing rod, washers, scarp tin, and fly-sscreen for chain mesh..

I knew a broken hacksaw blade will come in handy one day!

Looked everwhere for couplings, but they were expensive to the size I wanted. Then I realized that electrical terminal strips have just what I needed.
Even cut some in half for single bolt couplings to be used on link ends.


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1 year 8 months ago #89 by Viperbuilder
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This is really nice work. The progress updates have been great so far as has been your drive to complete this project.

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1 year 8 months ago #90 by Bishop
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NICE!!!

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