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Discussion in 'N Scale' started by Joe Lovett, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Does anyone know how long the Tomix #3222 arched bridge is? This is the bridge I want for the main span.

    Joe
     
  2. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    I found out that the Tomix 3222 arched bridge is 22 inches long. Spent about five hours looking online with no luck, the ads didn't have it. Then I found a link to the answer on TrainBoard along with a great discussion.

    Joe
     
  3. Joe Lovett

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    Did some figuring on the bridges and they total 22+11.25(3)=55.75. The opening for the bridges is 40 inches soon to become 50 inches. Will cut one bridge from 11.25 to about 7 inches, that will make the total bridge length 51.5 inches. The remaining 1.5 inches of foam will be carved for the river bank details.

    Joe
     
  4. Joe Lovett

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    I bought the Tomix 3222 arched bridge from eBay today, should arrive in about a week and a half.

    Joe
     
  5. Joe Lovett

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    I ran into a problem with the eBay ad, they said there is free shipping but that's not the case. The seller contacted me and said the shipping cost is $38.00 so I cancelled the order. Today I ordered the bridge from a place in Atlanta GA called Hobby Linc. Should arrive around November 19th, in the long run I saved money and faster delivery.

    Joe
     
  6. Wow thats crazy. What was the cost of the bridge itself? Shipping cost of $38 seems a little high and ridiculous personally. Maybe scamming people on shipping to get more $$. Well maybe will get the message as you cancelled the order and got a better deal elsewhere.
     
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  7. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    My personal favorite is "FREE SHIPPING!" then the fine line under that is "on orders over $150.00"
     
  8. Joe Lovett

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    The price of the bridge was $39 and change plus tax. Altogether it was going to be around $85. The one I bought from Hobby Linc is $66 and shipping is a lot faster, it's coming from Atlanta where the other was coming from Japan.

    Joe
     
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  9. Joe Lovett

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    This afternoon I finished the drawing of module 05. As it turns out I only need three bridges, one for the main span and two others for the rest of the bridge. The main span is a Tomix arched bridge and the other two are Central Valley truss bridges. The total length of the bridge is 22+11.25(2)=44.5 inches.

    Joe

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  10. Thats ridiculous when shipping is supposedly as much as the item. Sounds like a scam to me on that vendors part especially if you can get one from ATL for $66 total. I would have done the same and canceled the order as well.
     
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  11. Its going to look awesome Joe as the rest of what you have does, can't wait to see it. Thanks.
     
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  12. Joe Lovett

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    Thank you Karl for the compliment!!!

    The only thing I can think of is the ship must use a lot of fuel from Japan to the US. Or like you said it's a scam.

    Joe
     
  13. Your Welcome.

    Think its scamming by shady vendors most likely for more of the almighty $. I ordered sizeable stuff that came from China and England before and was never that much for shipping.

    My concern is what is going to happen with merchandise prices for certain stuff coming from the Asian factories when the so called toy import tariff kicks in next month sometime, being that most model railroad stuff is made in China now and falls under the "toy" category apparently, for example Atlas model railroad stuff that use to say made in USA on their items but now says made in China. Doubtful, but maybe a move back to being made in USA again by some companies?
     
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  14. Joe Lovett

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    It would be great if we have more goods made in the US We have a couple of large buildings in Broken Arrow that used to be a Walmart that are vacant. They would be a good candidate for a medium sized factory. I'm sure there are more cities with the same vacancy.

    Joe
     
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  15. Joe Lovett

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    I was looking at the photo of the Arkansas River bridge and noticed the bridge to the left of the main span is an arched bridge like the main. Will have to shop for a bridge so I can make the bridge look right. The towers at each end of the main span will have to be scratch built, they hold the cable reels and counter balance. Really looking forward to this project.

    Joe

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  16. Joe Lovett

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    Found a Walther's arched truss bridge S/N 933-3870 that will fit great. Will order it and a Central Valley truss bridge on December 01st. The Walther's bridge is 14-3/32 x 2 x 3-1/2 inches and the Central Valley is 11-1/4 inches. Will have to cut some of the length of the Central Valley bridge to mate with the main span towers. Should receive the Tomix arched bridge in the middle of the week, it is already assembled where the other two are kits. Fun times in the near future, can't wait.

    Joe

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  17. Joe Lovett

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    I received the Tomix arched truss bridge today, a day early!!! The next thing I need to do is cut it to make a single track bridge which will be easy. Will do that when the other bridges arrive next month so they will be all the same width or close.

    Joe

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  18. Awesome !
     
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  19. Joe Lovett

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    Cynthia and I are in Owasso today and I stopped by Top Shelf Hobbies to buy a couple of packages of 0.125 square and round styrene. They will be used to make new cross braces on the main span bridge. May start making them tonight.

    Joe
     
  20. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    I'm working on the diagonal braces for the main span bridge. Have one done with eight more to go for a total of nine. The 0.125 square styrene is just right, a little bigger than the braces on the bridge but not too much. They are not noticeable from 18 inches away. I cut notches in the styrene in the middle so they will be even on the side. Will post photos of the diagonal braces when I finish, until then here is a photo of the first brace and the top of the main span bridge.

    Joe

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