Progress report on Micro Engineering bridge project.....finally some scenery too
It's not much scenery, just stark white plaster, but since scenery is my favorite part of the hobby, anything is better than nothing. I finally made enough progress on my 210 ft. ME Tall Steel Viaduct that I feel I can post some shots. Took me forever to get this far.....
The 210 ft. bridge kit is actually not designed to be built with a radius as tight as my curves are which is 22 inches but I overcame that by making the first couple of sections on the left straight and that shortened the span through the curve. The footings are homemade. I cast them with plaster using a mold made from a plastic sign after getting much help and suggestions from forum members here. Thanks again guys! I considered individual footing for each leg but decided to make some like the ones pictured on the front of the kit box. I have no idea what the prototype might be for them and I don't really care. They are what I like best and they are now the type MY railroad uses. BTW, scenery is good old fashioned plaster of paris with a little bit of lemon juice ( for the citric acid) used as a retarder. The support method is combination of blue foam in some areas around and under the towers and cardboard webbing held together with hot glue most everywhere else. There is also wadded newspaper employed in a few areas. I like to use a variety of techniques.
There is still much work to be done including bridge track installation, weathering and lots of rock molds on the near vertical gorge wall behind the bridge. The area below the bridge is intended to be a river. The bridge track is next in line though and it will not be long before my GP-7 is dragging coal hoppers across "McClanahan Gorge"! Thanks for looking at my blog folks and happy modeling....
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