|The fabrication of the hospital beds is purely a scratchbuilding project since there are no suitable parts available that can be used, but as it is shown in the drawing the construction of the berths is not that difficult to do, depending on how you might want to approach them. To view some images of the prototype berths Click Here and Here. Clicking the drawing to enlarge.|
The simplest way to create the framework of the hospital beds cut the spring foundation from .020" sheet styrene to the size of the berth (6' 7" x 2' 6"), with two pieces being needed for each set. Once the spring foundation parts have been cut then the handrailing will need to be pieces together and added to the edges of the foundation, two .010" wires being applied to the length of the bed approximately 6 feet in length and 2" above the foundation along the sides (front and back) while additional handrailing approximately four foot wide and 8" tall will need to be placed at the head and foot of the foundation. The legs of the berths need to be made from .010" wire cut to a 5' length and with the wire run up through the corners of the spring foundation pieces, with the lower berth being 2 feet above the floor and the upper berth being 3' above the lower.
The more ambitious modeler may choose to fabricate the spring foundation by using styrene or brass structural shapes (such as angles) to frame the foundation with fine screen being glued to the underside of the framing to represent the springs. One advantage to doing this is that the spring foundation can be modeled with the mattress unmade and folded over end-to-end which would expose the screening below.
Once assembled the completed framework can be painted in a number of possible colors since color photos of these berths do not exist on the internet, though I would recommend something like a medium gray or tarnished black. When painting the top of the spring foundation try to avoid painting down the center of it since it will be necessary to glue the mattresses onto the foundations once they are cut and painted.