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Paul Robertson

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Having constructed kiosks for traffic marshals there was a further one required for the upper linkspan where the control gear should be kept to operate the structure. These are usually small kiosks perched on the end of the Linkspan to give maximum visibility for the operator. Having looked at a few examples I didn't think my standard design used so far would be suitable. The kiosks I I could see on prototypes were more like rounded grp kiosks like those produced by glasdon without a roof overhang. 

 

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(grp rounded edge design) 

 

To create this kind of look I needed it to be all balsa on the outside so I could sand down the edges. I did however provide a bit of styrene strip on the inside to give a bit of rigidity. 

 

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(initial kiosk looking a bit boxy) 

 

Once constructed I sanded down all the edges to give that more rounded feel as well as trying to sand the corners of the windows a bit as well. 

 

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(neater and more round looking after sanding. Also a comparison to the other kiosk design I made) 

 

Then came mounting onto the Linkspan bridge. My first location fouled the winding housing structure so moved along right to the end and built a little landing round the back which will require handrails when I get round to buying some. 

 

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(initial location too close to upper structure. Managed to knock off legs of structure whilst testing location) 

 

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(new location right on edge of Linkspan Bridge.)

 

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(final location of Linkspan control kiosk) 

 

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(and a shot from the vehicle deck of the nord pas de calais) 

 

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(finally a shot down the Linkspan showing both types of kiosk) 

 

Thinking about painting shortly might start on the Dock walls first as they aren't particularly visible so can hide all my mistakes! 

 

Thanks for reading

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I find it interesting that you are using balsa and modelling in N gauge, as that is some really tiny knife work! I assume you have your reasons? I purchased strips of various sized balsa to make dock edgings from a local art shop (much cheaper than the local model shop or HobbyCraft) but my wallet still felt the pain, but you seem to be using it in much larger quantities - surely card would be cheaper?

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56 minutes ago, SteveyDee68 said:

I find it interesting that you are using balsa and modelling in N gauge, as that is some really tiny knife work! I assume you have your reasons? I purchased strips of various sized balsa to make dock edgings from a local art shop (much cheaper than the local model shop or HobbyCraft) but my wallet still felt the pain, but you seem to be using it in much larger quantities - surely card would be cheaper?

I was worried the card might not be robust enough over time to cope with what might get thrown at it in a household with relatively young children and the possibility of taking the layout out on the road. I've used a bit of cardboard here and there to help with curves but this is generally hidden away. I might have used plasticard on certain items if I had my time again to make painting easier without all the prep but that would have made it even more expensive! Much of the balsa has been used to bring some finesse to underlying much cheaper ply structure which gives a base rigidity. 

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