My first model. Started this diorama last year and still working on it.
The Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum acquired the original console for the Wardell lift-span bridge (1964) [N.S.W., Australia]. Was asked to make it operate a model bridge, meaning that they also needed a working bridge. I was thinking of a small toy bridge, but was told to use an 8 x 4 foot display area. So it turns out they wanted a scale version of the whole Wardell bridge, spanning the Richmond River, with riverbanks. In other words a diorama (a new word for me). A scale of 1/72 fitted nicely across the 8 foot length.
To learn what I was about to get myself into, I spent a few weeks researching. Discovered that the model railway mob had a lot to offer. Parts-wise, the museum is non-profit, so funds are limited. So the idea is to make what I can with as little as possible. Also discovered that there were no plans or schematics for both bridge and console. Scratch building (another new word) had to be incorporated, and reverse engineering for the console.
5 attached images. Click to enlarge.