Highway overpass

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  1. Bill Pontin

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    Here is a picture my Dad took back in the fifties of the Highway 58 overpass just a little west of Woodford, CA.

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  2. Bill Pontin

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    My brother wants to do a prototypical NTrak module of this scene and I volunteered to make the overpass with styrene. So far so good, the only problem is I am making it to dimensions he supplied from his partially completed module. He is in Canada and I am in Connecticut and using a mock up of his dimensions I am scratch building this thing.

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  3. Bill Pontin

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    The pink foam is not the module but the heights he supplied for the overpass construction and is for my reference only. The actual overpass is twice the length, but we had to limit the size of the module. The overpass will start at the edge of the module and cross over the red/blu/yel lines and onto the mountain.

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  4. Bill Pontin

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    Painting will be a problem as the photograph is black and white. I assume the railings and roadway are concrete and will be painted accordingly, the steel "I" beams and towers I can only guess that they are grey in color. Any help would be appreciated here, this is California in the late fifties and the overpass pictured has since been replaced.

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  5. zedob

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    Nice job. Some paint and weathering and it'll sure be an eye catcher.
  6. Bill Pontin

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    Shipping the completed structure should pose no problem as long as I do not attach the towers. Hope my brother does not ask me for the vehicles I pictured.

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  7. Bill Pontin

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    Found my other picture of the highway overpass, hope it's not too big to open. This picture shows the actual length of the overpass. Too big, will try and shrink it.
  8. Bill Pontin

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    Maybe it will upload now -

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  9. MilesWestern

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    Maybe the girder portion would be a dark version of seafoam green, but closer to forest green, I saw this on some bridges in my (near Oakland, CA) area, but not sure if this is comtemparary, or it just looks old...hmm...
  10. zedob

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    There's a good chance that it may have been painted silver.
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    That sounds (and looks) correct, good thinking zedob!
  12. Russ Bellinis

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    I think it was probably painted silver, but don't forget to blacken the area directly over any tracks to simulate exhaust smoke and soot