First attempt at a DIY model bridge

By on November 19, 2009 -- Modified on October 4, 2016

It’s taken me just under 48 hours to get this far. Although I wouldn’t say its completely finished.. it’s a good as. I might just polish it off with a lick of paint and other aesthetically pleasing type things.

As you can see, I’ve modeled it on the Pratt Truss. Although, I didn’t do any “real” plans, just rough drawings (no force/load drawings).

Let me know what you think!



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5 thoughts on “First attempt at a DIY model bridge”

  1. this is really cool i actually posted a video of me at home doing this type of project and it held me ._.

    By RedWolf186 m. -- May 31, 2017
  2. Wow! This looks very cool joe !

    By Ally -- February 6, 2017
  3. Can we please have the steps on how you made it? Thanks!

    By Mackenzie Hupke -- January 12, 2016
  4. At a chance of offending any of you hardcore bridge builders.. i couldn’t actually tell you what wood it is. After looking around your website i went out on the hunt for balsa or basswood but it seems it’s not to popular over here in England. So i basically just went for the cheapest and “thinnest” wood i could find. As for the glue it was just the wood adhesive sold in that same shop. (I’m hoping to learn more about model making materials as i make more)

    It wasn’t built with any specific purpose, I don’t think I could bring myself to test it to destruction thats for sure! Plus I need to keep hold of it.. I’m in the process of applying to univercity (for a Masters in Civil Engineering) so incase i need to do any kind of presentations or interviews a few model bridges might come in handy.

    Watch this space, coming soon is a suspension bridge.


    By Joe -- November 20, 2009
  5. Joe, nicely built bridge. What inspired you to make it? I am curious about the wood and glue you used. It doesn’t look like Balsa wood from the photos. Is this a just for fun bridge or were you planning something specific for it?

    Thanks for sharing the photos.

    By Garrett Boon -- November 19, 2009

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