Re: Side Ladder
Several other people have also made ladders (mainly welded joints) and posted how they did it. Can't find them now though....searched "ladder" but could not find them???? They were also side mount but were "full" ladders very similar to the Aluminus (sp) design.
Mine cost $11 in tubing and $25-$35 in small oxygen tanks and $7 in spray paint cans and consumed 5-10 hours of my play time. If I had larger gas welding tanks or an arc welder the total cost for materials would have been ~$20. Oh, if you need to buy a pipe bender that would add cost.....still less than $100 and it is always (at least for me and several others) fun to try your skills on a new thing.
Len & Joanne
The Green TARDIS