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Video: Build A Model Bridge

Video: Build A Model Bridge

By on March 31, 2009 - Modified January 11, 2014

This is the absolute best video I have seen about building model bridges. Roy Coleman, the founder of the International Bridge Building Contest, gives a very informative presentation in this video. The presentation is over an hour long. He shows how to build a bridge from scratch. He is gearing his video towards the…


Cutting Strips of Balsa

By on June 11, 2007 - Modified January 11, 2014

There are several reasons you should cut your own strips of wood: It saves money It saves time Helps you get familiar with the wood Increases your skills as a builder Video Tutorial Video is about 4 minutes long. DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for any injury caused by someone using this technique. I recommend that students cut strips of wood only under adult supervision. The Tools Here is a list of the tools you will need: Table Cutting board […]

Balsa Stiffness

Balsa Stiffness

By on November 29, 2006 - Modified January 11, 2014

Advanced Technique: Calculating the stiffness of your wood, most commonly balsa wood. The tips in this article will help you go to the next level in choosing good wood for your model bridges. Not only will you know how to choose good wood, you can pick wood with different qualities to fit different applications.

John Hopkins Bridge Designer

Bridge Designer Tutorial

By on April 7, 2005 - Modified March 23, 2013

The Bridge Designer is perhaps the greatest online tool for building model bridges. It allows you to design a virtual truss, put a load on in, and it calculates how the forces are spread out. Amazing.

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