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Bridging the Avon 2

Posted by Kris , 14 October 2010 · 229 views

Farmer Giles got out his steel toe capped wellies and has given the bridge builders a right good kick up the posterior, and with the words of "Oi, ya slackers shift yer selves" he persuaded them to get a move on in the building of the bridge over the Avon. Swearing was kept to a minimum despite cutting strips of plastic bricks about 0.5mm wide from a larger sheet to make up the arch detail. Oh this was described as "fun, honestly" but the effects seem to have worked even if the strips tried to twist as they were being glued on.

Having done with the decorative brick work the builders went on and got out the filler and started to create the pointy bits at the bottom of the bridge where the centre pillar goes to the river bed. These are meant to channel the water more effectively and stop items becoming stuck on the centre pillar, thus backing up water height and creating pressure. On the real bridge they don't appear to be overly good at this.

The filler was also used by the builders to fill in the gaps under the arch where they had bodged this into place.

On top of the bridge the builders have also placed the capstones.

Having been busy the builders fearing Giles really pulled their fingers out and have started playing god and have been creating a suitable landscape for the bridge to sit in. They are still waiting for this to dry at the moment though!

The loco has been placed on top of the bridge to give a sense of scale, and the picture with the blue background has had this photoshopped in. The pink wall just did not look right. Getting pictures of the far side of the bridge is tricky at the moment. It's too close to the the wall.

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Next job will be for the builders to get their paint pots out and start painting. The cap stones on the abutments will have to wait until the landscape has dried out.





Good progress Kris - amazing what a few polite words from your resident farmer can do.

This is making for a very nice scene and I feel when complete many a photo opportunity will be happening at this location on the layout :D
Nice work Kris.
I love the oblique angle of the bridge too.
Pity its Gods Wonderful Railway really!
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SteveBedding
Oct 14 2010 17:59
Looking good Kris and nice to see more progress happing on Avonwick :). Just where is the good farmer and Daisy, are they busy at work, or wandering off round the rest of the trackbed 'supervising'?

The sculptamold does look good with the colouring added - how long did it take to dry eventually?

Nice work Kris.
...Pity its Gods Wonderful Railway really!
;)



Chris - "spherical objects" is all I can say to your disparaging comment :P. There is only one railway worth modelling and it isn't Red! (OK so maybe some of the diesel hydraulic D800s and Westerns were later, but that doesn't count :lol: (...I'll admit that Midland does come a close second though...)

The sculptamold does look good with the colouring added - how long did it take to dry eventually?


Er it's still drying 56hrs and counting Posted Image. On the section that I have taken photo's of the scultamold has now been down 36 hours, so this is still drying out. It seems to be drying a little quicker than the first bit that I did. It is possible to see what is dry and what isn't (does not show on the photos - colour difference is due to a different amount of paint used).
Thanks for the comments guys. Chris, we can't all model the right lines can we Posted Image
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devondynosoar118
Oct 15 2010 09:12
Looking good. Put up some pics of the whole section again so we can see the bridge fits in to the rest?
Further photos will be taken once the whole thing has dried out, it's still doing so, very slowly.

Pity its Gods Wonderful Railway really!


...wasn't it Ian Futers that once said it stood for 'Greasy Wet and Rusty' :lol:

which was one of the reasons I swapped all mine for blue boxes...oh...and also that they kept stalling on my points due to the short wheelbases and pick ups :rolleyes:

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