Friday, September 18, 2015

Rusty Girders

Over the last few days I've done a little more work on the girders etc. that make up the bulk of the bridge. After posting about this previously I realised I'd missed out the bolts that connect the girders to the concrete block so these have now been added (a small piece of folded brass and more rod for the bolts) and then the whole thing painted.

On the real thing the plates are a lot darker than the girders which I've attempted to replicate. I'm fairly happy with how it looks although it will get a little more weathering when it's bedded into the scene to help tie the bits together.


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    1. And annoyingly it's detail that will be almost impossible to see when the whole thing is built up, but at least I'll know it's there.

  2. It's very convincing, even without any other scenic props! If everything else is to this standard, we're looking at something very special.

    1. Coming from you Iain, that means a lot, thanks! I have a feeling though that it might get let down slightly by the surrounding scenery which definitely isn't my strong point. I'm hoping that the rest of the man made bits will be to the same level though so it shouldn't look too shabby.

    2. You've spent a lot of time very thoroughly trying out methods and solutions for the scenery and it all looks very promising indeed...I'm enjoying the build stages and look forward to it coming together... you've shown us an object lesson in how to keep control of standards and progress with a scenic model and of course, these methods will stand you in good stead for other projects.

    3. I think there are a few things that have helped with this project. Firstly it's a small diorama so it's allowing me to go to town on the details without that taking an inordinate amount of time. Secondly, the build time is limited as I have a deadline of the competition. Normally that might make me rush, but currently I still feel as if I have time to spare so I can go to town on some of the details. Finally, I think modelling a real bridge has helped a lot. I don't have to envisage how things might have worked which means everything seems to pull together nicely. It has also meant that when necessary I've not been afraid to rework something as if I don't model it accurately I'll know even if no one else will and it would annoy me no end.

      It does mean that I'm very tempted to throw away a number of layout ideas that had been brewing to focus on a real prototype where hopefully I'll be able to bring the same level of detail to a large model.

    4. I just realised I missed off one other thing that has helped......

      Everyone who has commented and given suggestions as I've been going along. Without all your helpful input I would have ended up with furry looking girders and monotone rocks!