Well, it's not about building a real bridge, but a model of one. But there is more to it. A while ago a friend, knowing my avionics background, ask me to assess an antiquated lift-span bridge console. The local maritime museum acquisitioned the console and wanted to know if it could be used as an interactive display. They hoped it could operate a model of the local bridge that the console came from. I soon found out that the museum had no model or anybody to build one. Though I had never built a model before, or any electronics for a few decades, I knew I could do this. Though I felt confident, prudence told me to say a prayer before consenting to the tasks required - "May God favour the bold or the foolish". Because this museum is totally run by volunteers, I too became a volunteer to fulfill their request. At first they wanted to assign some helpers. Then I found out that there were no plans available for both the console or the bridge. That meant the bridge had to be built from scratch, and the console reverse engineered. Nobody had the skills to do either, or wanted to get involved or have a go at it. So I took it on alone. As the project started, hundreds of questions arose as to the display scale, how to operate the console, drawing up the plans and schematics, designing the electronics, researching and ordering parts, and putting it all together. The complexity of the project started to dawn on me. There was so much to learn and consider. The museum is on a small budget. Many parts were sourced from unlikely places and homemade. The project is still going. This thread will be a sort of a journal-story of Building a Bridge. There are challenges to overcome, little miracles of creativity along the way, and heaps of praise for God's helping hands. To start with, here are some photographs of the actual lift-span bridge, and the old console that came from it. Further posts will follow on nearly a daily basis until I reach the point where I am at with the ongoing project. Then the posts will be spasmodic according to tasks completed. Hope you will enjoy the story. Please feel free to post any questions of comments along the way.