I've been working on some of the detailing and puzzling design problems. Since I decided to make the narrow version, basically I'm going to be bolting plywood directly to the 8" flange that round around the flat bed. You can see it in the picture at top... it's got the red and white reflective tape on it. But since the ramps aren't going to be built, and I don't want people jumping into the vehicle while it's moving, I had to design up a door. I'm thinking it will be a wooden panel that's hinged at the bottom as in this sketch:
This cartoon was remade into a Japan-only live action movie recently, much to my delight. It's called Yamato, which incidentally was the flagship of the Japanese Imperial Navy. But I digress.
Well this was probably back in 2008 when I was fixated on a sunken warship. I started thinking about other sunken ship ideas in 2010. Thus the Great Lakes Ore Freighter idea. Once the project is done, maybe I'll show the evolution of those ideas. Originally I thought the front would be showing, not the rear. But sunken nonetheless. Who doesn't like shipwrecks? This was another inspiration for that idea.