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Small Scale Models

• After many years of frustration, I've finally worked out techniques to allow me to offer small scale models of the Rainbow Bridge.

• Fabricating bridges in miniature is much more difficult than working in full size because of the micrometer precision required.

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• These models are available completely assembled
• or as a kit,
• Arches and railings are partially assembled.
• 2mm stainless steel bolts, nuts, washers and glue are included.

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• All parts of the bridge are made of oak.
• The deck is made of red cedar.

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• The structure is bolted together, just as is the full-sized bridge.

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• Everything fits together very nicely which, at that scale, is a major accomplishment, considering that each part is wood, individually cut and drilled by hand, not punched plastic perfection.
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• Each piece is a perfect miniature replica of the full size bridge.

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• Scale is only determinable by handrail height. This model has 2" high railings which suggest a scale of about 1/20. A 1" high rail, perhaps with a wider deck, would suggest a scale of 1/40 ~ 1/60.
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• Load test.
(Do not try this at home :-)
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11" Miniature Wooden Bridge
spans 7½" - U$50

Assembled: add U$25
over 95 wooden parts
plus hardware
Plan
  9" model bridge

15" Miniature Wooden Bridge
spans 11" - U$70

Assembled: add U$40
over 140 wooden parts
plus hardware
Plan
  13" model bridge

19" Miniature Wooden Bridge
spans 14½" - U$90

Assembled: add U$55
over 200 wooden parts
plus hardware
Plan
  16" model bridge

22" Miniature Wooden Bridge
spans 18" - U$110

Assembled: add U$70
over 240 wooden parts
plus hardware
Plan
  20" model bridge

25" Miniature Wooden Bridge
spans 21" - U$130

Assembled: add U$85
over 290 wooden parts
plus hardware
Plan
  23" model bridge


Exploded View of the Parts


The design and construction techniques presented on this page are protected from patents by prior art & copyright and I reserve all rights regarding this design. Feel free to utilize this information for personal use but applications involving the exchange of money, require my approval. If you'd like to build bridges for profit, I'd be happy to help you. :-)  Frank Petersohn

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