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« on: June 28, 2017, 08:02:25 PM »

I haven't had a lot of time for modeling so far this year, and what time I did have, has mostly been spent refurbishing older models. The newest structure is a through, plate girder bridge. Until now I've just had a crude temporary bridge made of wood, which has become badly warped:

 


 

I built a permanent replacement for it. My previous plate girder bridges were all made using a structural fiberglass material called G10. This time, I wanted to try making it out of Sintra. I used 6mm Sintra for the deck and sides. The interior braces were made from 1mm Sintra. The rest of the details are styrene.  I got a bit lazy on this bridge and decided to leave off the rivets -- where it's located, no one can get very close to it anyway. The underside of the bridge is strengthened with three lengths of 1/2" square acrylic tube, plus three sections of extruded aluminum angle for good measure.

 





 


I sprayed it with red primer followed by gloss black. Then I weathered it with a thin, alcohol wash of gray acrylic paint. Then I used RustAll to create reddish rusty streaks. Next I used Sophisticated Finishes' "Iron" and "Rust Solution".




 


 

Two of my earliest structures on the layout were really starting to show their age. The paint was faded and worn (beyond the intentional weathering). The clear plastic used in some of the windows had yellowed, fogged, and warped. Slide cover glass used in a few places had broken or fallen out. A couple signs were faded, and both structures had minor damage caused by a raccoon. One of the buildings still had incandescent "grain of rice" bulbs, which I wanted to replace with LEDs. Here are the "before" photos:







 


 

Here are the "after" photos:










 


 

Enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2017, 11:28:25 PM »

Always love pics of your Railway Ray.

The night shots are awesome
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2017, 12:49:48 AM »

That photo of the Rock Shop door and window is convincing. -- Russ
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2017, 04:49:56 AM »

Ray, Good to see that your models are salvageable! Sounds like you've been having a hot spell there and I saw photos of plastic siding and stuff over in Arizona that really warped and sagged in the heat there. The new bridge is a good addition to the RR.
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2017, 05:42:52 AM »

Hi Ray, as always very impressive pictures, especially like the night shots.
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2017, 10:07:53 PM »

Recently I've been working on a new building for the town of Mineral Ridge. This will be a saloon called "The Grizzly Bar". That's a double pun -- not only the obvious "bar/bear", but also there is a piece of mining equipment called a "grizzly" consisting of a series of thick metal bars used to separate oversized rocks from the rest of the ore.

Anyway, this saloon has to fit an odd-shaped space underneath a mine tram bridge. There will be a small covered porch or patio area attached to the main building. I'm not going to post a step-by-step at this time because I plan to use this build in a magazine article. But for now I will post a few in-progress pics:






 


 



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PS -- On Thursday I'm leaving for my annual Nevada/Mojave ghost town trip, so I'll be offline for a while.

 
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2017, 11:09:46 PM »

NIce to see progress. Hope you have a good trip. I always enjoy seeing your pictures and stories.
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2017, 11:19:56 AM »

I like how you designed the structure to fit an unusual place. -- Russ
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2017, 02:49:22 PM »

your Work is very fantastic !
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