Bridge Pier Project

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Rusty Spike, May 29, 2004.

  1. Rusty Spike

    Rusty Spike Member

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    I'm always looking for ways to model RR stuff with scrap. These are "scaled" for HO - the final is a mock up, the piers will go elsewhere.

    I did note that the joint lines I carved are very large and the coloring doesn't quite capture what I was looking for. Oh well, I just hope to get things a little better each time I try.

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  2. jmarksbery

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    :wave: Perhaps the lines may be a little wide but capture at a glance the intent. In old days rock masons did a lot of the rock work and did have wider mortors to compensate for the imperfections. I think it looks just fine. It get the point across. Good work my friend. :thumb: :thumb: Jim
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    Cool! :thumb:
  4. jonno w

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    re bridge piers

    Don't hide them, mate, they're splendid. I find spindly detail disappears. Those good, fat, chunky rocks convey plenty of bridge supporting mass. I love 'em:thumb:
  5. Fred_M

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    Those are nice piers, and that nasty boxcar is really dirty, typical UP maintance. :D What are they made from? FRED
  6. Rusty Spike

    Rusty Spike Member

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    Soft brick - extras from a basement wall that had to go to make room for more trains. It's the very soft brick from way back - cut the blanks on the chop saw, then carved them.

    I did tame down the brightness of the joints with some ground up pencil lead and a small paint brush - I'm more satisfied now. I need to carve one more pier that supports the last ballasted deck bridge and one end of the Walther's single track truss kit - hopefully I'll finish the honey do list early in the day and have some time to tinker with that.

    Thanks for the kind words. . .
  7. Fred_M

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    Geeze, what you gonna carve next, some old concrete sidewalk? :D I'm now very impressed. :thumb: Carving a brick sounds very hard and tetious. :thumb: FRED
  8. jimmybeersa

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    make do with whats available

    Rusty...I am all for making do with anything that comes to hand I like the brick Sculptures alot One small suggestion weather them with a light Black- alcohol wash lets have a look at them when they are in place
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    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    A six pack of thumbs for them babies!

    Those look great!!! :wave:
  10. shamus

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    Well, I think you did a really nice job on those piers. :thumb: Stonework looks excellent. :wave:
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  11. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    You made them from bricks!?! Wow!!! I think they look terrific!
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  12. Rusty Spike

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    These are not modern bricks - you can pound nails in them, cut them with a sawzall, and in this case, carve them with an old jig saw blade. They are softer than soft sandstone.

    Jimmy, I did hit the light colored joints with my favorite substance for griminess - the ground up pencil lead in the bottom of the family pencil sharpener - then I gave them a quick "misting" with my flat brown railroad tie weathering spray paint - they are much more subdued now, I'll post some pics later after I get the kids in bed.

    I finished the honey-do list = new kitchen sink installed - so I hope to build that last pier yet tonight too.
  13. Rusty Spike

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    I guess I haven't posted what this is all a part of yet. I have the whole basement for my trains - we live in a 130 year old farmhouse - the basement is a little moist and the headroom is low so it's not good for much else (yeah!).

    Here are some pics of how things are coming together - this is my 3rd major re-build in 4 years.

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    Close up of the newly touched up piers:

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    Awesome! How ingenious of you. And they look good, too. I can't believe how much I'm learning here. It seems none of you is afraid to try any technique with any material.
  16. Woodie

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    Could call it the "Jethro Tull" Bridge. :D :cool: :eek: :rolleyes:



    Well, if it's made outa bricks, then it could be considered to be as thick as one!!! :p :wave: