Bronco Models WWII Allied Baily Bridge Type M2Military Kits : Diorama : Buildings
- For Ages: 14+
- Assembly: Requires Glue
- Availability: In Stock
- Price: $40.66
Item DescriptionThe Bailey Bridge system was invented by British Civil Engineer Sir Donald Bailey (1901-1985) and was of modular design allowing virtually any bridge configuration be built as required. The bridge was adopted in early 1941 as the standard Military Bridge and was used extensively throughout the European campaign after D-Day and was also licence produced in the US as the M2 and the same basic design is still in use today.
The bridge consisted of 10ft (3m) long sections supported by 19ft 11inch wide transoms and 10ft long stringers under the bed sections resulting in a 12ft 6inch wide roadbed. The side support panels were 10ft (3m) long cross-braced rectangles with two or three used depending on the bridge strength required and some bridges also had the panels mounted one on top of the other for additional strength.
The kit represents the US M2 variant with parts provided to build a double-truss single-story or as designed the triple-truss single-story bridge and provides you with three 10ft bridge sections and enough side panel sections to build the three side truss panels for each bridge section (18 in total) plus the two on/off ramps which are also 10ft long sections. Also included is the optional side troop walkways used on some smaller bridges to make a typical WWII Bailey Bridge up to 30ft in length but as with the real bridge using additional kits would allow longer spans to be built.
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