Notices
RC Tanks Discuss all aspects of rc tank building and driving here!

3d printed Bailey bridge

Old 01-07-2022, 06:30 PM
  #76  
Pah co chu puk
Thread Starter
 
Pah co chu puk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ridgway, CO
Posts: 3,231
Received 143 Likes on 93 Posts
Default

It’s been a while since I posted anything about the Bailey Bridge project. I broke my arm last summer, so for a while, I could not pick up an RC tank off the shelf, and sanding or finishing any scale model parts was not possible for me. One good thing about the accident, was that my computer mouse arm was fine, so I kept on printing out bridge parts, and I kept working on design refinements to the bridge. I’m fully recovered now, and back up to speed.

I had extended the bridge out to 7 sections and it showed a distinct sag in the middle when the 40 lbs of static weight was applied to the center of the span. It still held up the 40 lbs just fine, but with a 3/8 inch sag. I decided to design mid span columns to support the bridge allowing longer spans to be deployed. I researched historic photos and matched what I saw as best as I could. I don’t think it’s perfectly correct historically, but it’s close, and from an engineering perspective, it works nicely. The new columns required the design of 4 new parts, mostly connectors, but otherwise uses standard existing bridge parts.

The historic photos all show the bridges set up on wood cribbing stacks, so I made up some scale wood cribbing. I did them up as pallets, so they can stack up as high as needed for the particular deployment site. They will be stained a dark brown, but that’s a task for latter.

I haven’t had a chance to set it up outside yet for pictures or movies. It’s big enough now that I need to break it down into sections so it will fit in my truck for transport to the deployment site up at Tankland. There is snow up there now, so when I get around to setting it up, the tanks will be doing a winter scene.

The columns can be set up anywhere along the length of the bridge allowing infinite adjustability to local terrain. The connection point at the column tops will allow the bridge to be off level, while the columns stay plumb.


The cribbing is made of scale 10x10 timbers.


​​Not all the parts are painted yet. The I beams connecting the two columns are 5/8" ABS from Plastruct. It was quicker to use them, verses 3d printing the parts, and they are very close to the correct size.


Free standing like this, it still holds up the 40 lbs of test weight, but now without the sag.




Cribbing pallets stacked 1, then 2 then 3 high.



The following 2 users liked this post by Pah co chu puk:
ksoc (01-09-2022), maillemaker (03-19-2024)
Old 01-07-2022, 06:35 PM
  #77  
afv aficionado
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: HamiltonWaikato, NEW ZEALAND
Posts: 937
Likes: 0
Received 78 Likes on 55 Posts
Default

Just Brilliant.

Mal
Old 01-07-2022, 07:34 PM
  #78  
Ex_Pat_Tanker
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Peterborough, UNITED KINGDOM
Posts: 2,146
Received 39 Likes on 31 Posts
Default

Sorry to hear of your misfortune, but what he said ^
Old 01-07-2022, 07:39 PM
  #79  
Pah co chu puk
Thread Starter
 
Pah co chu puk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ridgway, CO
Posts: 3,231
Received 143 Likes on 93 Posts
Default

Thanks. I sent you a PM Martin.
Old 01-07-2022, 07:49 PM
  #80  
RC_BobM
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 554
Received 97 Likes on 76 Posts
Default

Super cool. Sometimes a life event like that is a good time to forge ahead on a project! Really nice bridge.
B
Old 01-07-2022, 08:05 PM
  #81  
JeeSib
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2021
Posts: 39
Received 8 Likes on 8 Posts
Default

looks awesome
Old 01-08-2022, 07:07 AM
  #82  
tankme
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Elgin, TX
Posts: 1,511
Received 211 Likes on 173 Posts
Default

It's great projects like this that make me want to have a 3D printer.
Old 01-31-2022, 02:04 PM
  #83  
Pah co chu puk
Thread Starter
 
Pah co chu puk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ridgway, CO
Posts: 3,231
Received 143 Likes on 93 Posts
Default

The Bailey Bridge was deployed to Tankland this weekend. Due to deep snow, the bridge was set up near the Tankland HQ and not out in the proving grounds. The engineers set the bridge up twice as a training exercise. The first deployment used the support piers, the second deployment used no support piers and free spanned the “chasm”.

2nd Deployment

3rd deployment
The following 4 users liked this post by Pah co chu puk:
Ex_Pat_Tanker (01-31-2022), MAUS45 (02-04-2022), tankme (01-31-2022), Will01Capri (02-01-2022)
Old 01-31-2022, 10:43 PM
  #84  
Michal_Kaczorowski
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Ciechanów, Poland
Posts: 243
Received 55 Likes on 43 Posts
Default

Damn I with those STL's were avilable somewhere to buy.
Old 02-01-2022, 08:41 PM
  #85  
JeeSib
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2021
Posts: 39
Received 8 Likes on 8 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Michal_Kaczorowski
Damn I with those STL's were avilable somewhere to buy.
well, I do have STL files but you should upscale them. they are on thingiverse as far as I know (if you cant find them, just let me know, you can have them)


edit: found the link again: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:48...pLsWeqZQE4pcK8

was discussed on facebook (you liked the post by the way )

Last edited by JeeSib; 02-01-2022 at 09:04 PM.
Old 06-07-2022, 10:55 AM
  #86  
FLAMME 2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2022
Posts: 13
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Default

I love your work.
Old 02-22-2024, 11:33 PM
  #87  
tankme
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Elgin, TX
Posts: 1,511
Received 211 Likes on 173 Posts
Default

@Pah co chu puk I know I'm digging up an old post, but now that I have a 3D printer, I was wondering if the STLs were going to be available?

I downloaded the ones JeeSib posted, but when I import them into my slicer they are really, really tiny. Makes it hard to judge scale and therefore hard to judge how much I need to upscale it to work, but I guess I could just upscale all the parts as big as I want to work with my tanks. My Abrams has the TUSK2 armor on it so it's really wide. I also doubt my E100 or Jagdpanzer E-100 will be able to drive over the bridge. The E100 and Abrams with TUSK2 are just under 30CM (12") wide.
Old 02-23-2024, 07:42 AM
  #88  
Pah co chu puk
Thread Starter
 
Pah co chu puk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ridgway, CO
Posts: 3,231
Received 143 Likes on 93 Posts
Default

The road deck on my Bailey Bridge is 10 1/2 inches ( 27 cm) wide. I made it wider than a true scale WW2 Bailey bridge so My Abrams and Leopard can use it. They however, don't have that add on armor...
To widen it you would need to make the Transom beams and diagonal braces longer, but everything else can stay the same. I have a 12 inch print bed and the Transom beams just fit printing at a 45 degree angle. To print a bridge as wide as you want you would need a print bed bigger than 12 inch square or split the Transom beam in to two parts. It's the main structural part, so splitting it is possible, but not as good as doing it in one piece. (German tanks shouldn't be using a Bailey bridge!!)
For checking your scaling, my Truss Panels are 19.5 cm long and 9.7 cm tall.
PM me...


Last edited by Pah co chu puk; 02-23-2024 at 07:55 AM.
Old 03-19-2024, 07:26 AM
  #89  
andthatt
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2024
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default is there a download link to the files

suddenly i have become very interested in 3d printing a bailey bridge as a gift for my father, whos father served as a colonel in the engineers I want to print him a model of the bailey bridge that his father made for him that he can take apart and put together. if possible, can someone send me a download link to the files, thank you.
Edit: I found the link but I need to know how much to scale up the files as they are really tiny when in the slicer
Edit 2: nvm i found scaling instructions
Edit 3: it seems there are multiple versions fo the files, i have one but is there a way to get the other?

Last edited by andthatt; 03-19-2024 at 07:32 AM.
Old 03-20-2024, 07:24 AM
  #90  
Pah co chu puk
Thread Starter
 
Pah co chu puk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ridgway, CO
Posts: 3,231
Received 143 Likes on 93 Posts
Default

I have not put the Bailey bridge files out as a set to buy yet. I am getting requests, so I will work on doing that.

As for scaling, it is set up to print at 1/16th scale. I have not tried scaling it up or down, so I do not know how well that would work.

The truss panels are 19.5 cm by 9.7 cm when printed at 1/16th scale.
The following users liked this post:
ksoc (03-24-2024)
Old 04-24-2024, 02:42 AM
  #91  
bocektransport
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2024
Location: Czech Republic
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Hi, is it any new to availability Bailey bridge printable files? I also would like to make this nice temporary bridge :-) .

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.