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Old 04-20-2017, 03:05 AM
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Re: Working Bridge and boat diorama

This is awesome! Look forward to seeing more.
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Re: Working Bridge and boat diorama

Thank you TC.

To continue. The bridge towers needed to be built.





By the way, all the joints of the bridge framework were glued and doweled for added strength. I used bamboo skewers for doweling.



Now for the pulley wheels that go on top of the tower.
The available pulleys on the market did not suit my needs (a narrow pulley wheel).
So I had to make my own from washers and solder wire, by sweating them together.
I needed ten wheels, four of them for the towers.



The pulley wheel brackets.







Bottom: The towers are not yet installed. I was just seeing how they would look, and the clearance of the bumper rollers.



Now for the servicing gangway around the wheel assemblies.





And now painted.



to be continued tomorrow.
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Wow! You are so inventive. It's looking great.

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Re: Working Bridge and boat diorama

Thanks Doug.

To continue..
Before installing the towers, the road and its traffic lights needed to be installed.

Making four sets of traffic lights. My first few attempts failed until I found the right approach to drilling those holes.



While building the lights I was thinking how to install the towers. It was then I realized that once the towers were in, the span would not be able to be removed for servicing.
Both the bumper rollers and pulley wheels restrict any removal. So I decided to replace a set of fixed lateral bumper rollers for a detachable design.
Now the span can be removed laterally (sideways).



Built the road base with footpath and gutter/kerb.
Attached the traffic lights (loosely) and routed its wires to there termination points.
Prepared all other wiring along the girders and through the tabletop.
After installing the road and secured the traffic lights (squared off), I cut out grooves through the road, to the girders, for securing the towers.



Added the road and footpath railings.
The gaps near the traffic lights are for swinging gates.



Then I decided to terminate and harness the wiring hanging under the table.
All wires are directed to where the control box will be attached to the table (directly under the bridge span).



Now to paint the railings.



Paint the rest of the bridge a cement colour.
I decided not to show any weathering like many modelers do. I want to give it a clean unpolluted look to highlight the line and shapes of the bridge.



The road is concrete (cement plus gravel).
To do this I masked the road surface off and splatter painted with the same dark gray of the bridge - to keep the colours simple and clean.
However, the splattering got overdone in places. I was tempted to start again, but felt that it could be turned to my advantage.
So I dry brushed the dark with the light and visa versa. Then repeated that process with a fine brush.
Painting the road within the span was both challenging and tricky.
I liked the outcome and decided to keep it that way.



Then I masked off the road for marking the fog and double-centred lines.
The cars will be added later, but I just had to have a play.



This is where I am at at the moment. Future updates will be posted as each stage gets done.
Thanks for following this thread.
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It's looking absolutely great, a fantastice piece of modelling and design.

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Fantastic, I am really enjoying watching the progress. Thank you for sharing!
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