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Old 05-07-2011, 09:37 PM   #1
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I'm looking to build an authentic looking WWII style quonset hut, not the ones you buy in a kit that are space age looking. How are the frames constructed and how is the sheet metal overlapped to keep it from leaking.

any help would be appreciated, google wont help me.
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:52 PM   #2
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A few links I've found:
http://quonsetbuildings.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quonset_hut
http://www.quonsethuts.org/huts/index.htm
The last link mentions a book about Quonset huts that may be interesting: http://www.quonsethuts.org/book/index.htm

As you probably know, there are any number of companies selling Quonset style buildings these days, but from what I can tell they are mostly modern renditions of the original.

This site has some partial blueprints of the originals, you may be able to blow them up enough to get some details: http://quonsetpoint.artinruins.com/quonset_hut.htm
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:55 PM   #3
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Thanks alot. here is also some pics of the style that I'm looking to build. There is a bar in Huntsville,Tx that is an old quonset hut and the lower half is the bar and pool table area and the top is the office space. I would like to build mine thatway to live up top and have my shop in bottom.


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Old 05-07-2011, 10:00 PM   #4
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Got this after about a 2sec search.
Really,this was too easy.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:02 PM   #5
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Got this after about a 2sec search.
Really,this was too easy.
As I mentioned earlier, the modern buildings aren't really authentic to the originals (other than the general shape, that is.)
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:03 PM   #6
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Got this after about a 2sec search.
Really,this was too easy.
Really. Thats the cheap looking space age one thats ribbed. Im looking for authentic curved corrigated steel.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:05 PM   #7
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from what i have seen old metal ones have a frame...new ones do not need a frame
some of the old buildings are concrete
might be hard to find somebody that can sliproll the sheets acurately and the tubing for the frames

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Old 05-07-2011, 10:11 PM   #8
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There is a bar in Huntsville,Tx that is an old quonset hut and the lower half is the bar and pool table area and the top is the office space.
Lizard's Bar and Grille? Looks like it's for sale: http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/14980...Huntsville-TX/
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Lizard's Bar and Grille? Looks like it's for sale: http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/14980...Huntsville-TX/
its been for sale for several years now, unfortunately too much for the area and about 100 miles out of the way.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:48 PM   #10
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quonsets are really a waste of space for 95% of the uses. Dad regretted ever building ours, as did almost everybody else I know.
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:10 AM   #11
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the curved roof with regular walls will work like the 1940s called the redesign
had 4 foot knee walls

http://www.seabeesmuseum.com/Quonset_Huts.html
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:22 AM   #12
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When I was a kid we went to see "A Fistful of Dollars" when it first came out in a Quonset movie theater in either CO or NM. It rained during the movie and the noise from the rain on the roof was deafening. Couldn't hear the movie. I remember that to this day!
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:26 AM   #13
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I figure these pics may help you. Since this one is falling down you can see how it was constructed. I am told by local historian that is one of the last remaining original Quonset huts on Guam. It as built during WWII or immediately thereafter. It appears to a larger warehouse size one. I know where some regular ones are but they were abandoned in place much earlier and are completely overgrown.

This one is no longer located on Navy property and now belongs to the local Government of Guam. Obviously they haven't maintained it and the next Typhoon is going to destroy it. It is located in Guam on Nimitz Hill in abandoned Navy Housing.













This is the Federal property line. You can see the signs. It is a mixed blessing. If the Navy still had control of it it would have been destroyed. Someone mowed around it since the jungle hasn't claimed it yet. There is still abandoned housing in the background the jungle has completely overgrown.






As close as I good get. I was wearing shorts






View from the former pool

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Old 05-08-2011, 05:27 AM   #14
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Marlin363, those are some nice pictures, I like the old WW2 era stuff in the Pacific rim. It almost makes you wish you could do something to save it. I bet they would give that to you if you removed it. Probably be more work getting the government to release it then the work tearing it down.
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They were just erector set bolt togethers. Here, just a few miles from me in St. Joseph, MO is a group of larger ones that served as a Naval station up until a few years ago. Still in pretty good shape. They are owned by the local school district but are vacant right now. These were brought from Okinawa after WWII to make the barracks and offices of the NS. The ED of the Museum I volunteer at has moved several of these (in Korea 1950s). A couple of wrenches and a bunch of Privates and you have a building. They aer very versitile. Can be set on the ground, gravel pad, concrete, wood sub-frame. Most of my career in the MC was in QHs in San Diego, Iwakuni, and El Toro (I was in a brick barracks briefly in El Toro).

I imagine you can still find them at government auctions.

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When I was a kid we went to see "A Fistful of Dollars" when it first came out in a Quonset movie theater in either CO or NM. It rained during the movie and the noise from the rain on the roof was deafening. Couldn't hear the movie. I remember that to this day!
We had one in our town (Cooksville, Ontario) in the 60's and I remember that too. It was otherwise a pretty good theatre but rainy days that was another matter.
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We have one in the Center of the Universe - owned and used by my brother-in-law for his machining/fabricating business.

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Old 05-08-2011, 11:06 AM   #18
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Marlin363 Those are great pictures, exactly what I needed. Now I just need to figure out how to make those beams or what to use in place of them.
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I agree with Nissan Crawler on this one. I had my command office at RAF Lakenheath in a WWII quonset hut in the late 90's. You couldn't use 1/3 of the space effectively because of the walls. Handing lighting was an issue and overall construction was lacking. But if novelty is what you're after, go for it.
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Cool to see someone post about Quonset huts. I live right near the epicenter of their creation. You see them all over the place around here, of all sizes.

The name comes from their site of first manufacture, Quonset Point, at the Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center in Davisville (a village located within the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA).

Quonset Point is now a defunct military base, and was home of the original Sea Bees Naval Engineering Battalion. There is still an airstrip there that supports the RI Air National Guard, including the C-130 transport division.

There are quite a few commercial industry / manufacturing companies there now. It's a deepwater port, and many in RI wish they would expand its use to generate business in the State.

Just another small piece of history in our great country...

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