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The Bridge at Remagen - N Gauge Rhine Crossing in 1944.

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Just seen this - Superb modelling :good:

 

Cheers, Bob.

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Superb Modelling and a great idea.

 

Cheers, Bob.

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I last went down that way in 1973, then all that remained was the towers on the east bank and the tunnel.

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Update for this week.

 

I've still got two rail over bridges to build before I can get the final bit of scenic track laid. This is one of them. Well, actually half of one of them. It carries the up Air Valley Line over the top of the West Rhine line. The main structure is complete. I just need to add handrails and them it'll be ready for painting.

 

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This is how it'll sit in the layout. The other half of the bridge is just visible to the left.

 

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Unfortunately I've ran out of textured plasticard to finish off the other half. Local model shops are getting few and far between these days. And those that remain don't seem to carry the range of stock they used to....

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While waiting for the world to wake up this morning, I continued with weathering the rolling stock. This is one of the civilian trains. Br-94 and a rake of 10 local coaches. I'm reasonable happy with the result with the exception of the coach roofs. They're gonna need a bit more work.... :umbrage:

 

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More scenic work this week - I've really got to stop putting off tacking the wiring.....  - Anyway, tree planting has commenced on the Erpeller Ley. The top and upper section of the mountain is done. I've still got to finish of the lower section and tunnel mouth area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It's official. Remagen will be at Warley 2016 show.

All I need to do now is get it finished.

 

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Damn, that means I will have to go to Warley, something I have been avoiding for quite a few years. It's not my favourite exhibition, but I have to see your layout in the flesh.

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A trip to Gaugemaster today to pick up two new controllers to replace my aged Triang unit. Another step closure to having a running layout. However I suspect the hard work is still to come....

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Progress update.

 

Back to more baseboard work today. The front and back scenic bourders are fitted so I can now get on with filling in all the holes and turning the board green.

 

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Also been working on a few civilian vehicles.

 

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It started out as an Oxford Jaguar but will end up being an out of fuel family car laddened down with all the possession they own. Still a bit of work to do.

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Been making a mess today getting the basic structure of the soft landscaping done. Plenty more mess to come when I start sanding it down to profile.

 

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Also been getting my head around a bit more scenery. I built this Lancaster some time ago and now the landscaping is starting to take shape, it's time to start looking at positioning.

 

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After loosing an engine on the way home the pilot has tried a belly landing. Any landing you can walk away from, as the saying goes...

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Hi there AI.

That's a truly horrible thing to do to an Avro Lancaster you do know that right?! :nono: I could have forgiven a Halifax or anything septic but a Lancaster!!!  :O   

All lovers of the Lancaster should look away now . :cry:

Regards Lez.Z. (Very very soft spot for the Lancaster) 

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This is great Al, agree about the Lanc, but i guess that is how a lot of them ended up, superb scenic work.

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Hi there AI.

That's a truly horrible thing to do to an Avro Lancaster you do know that right?! :nono: I could have forgiven a Halifax or anything septic but a Lancaster!!!  :O   

All lovers of the Lancaster should look away now . :cry:

Regards Lez.Z. (Very very soft spot for the Lancaster) 

 

The plane spotters be along soon to tell us 617 never lost a "Lanc" over Remagen...

I'll get my popcorn.

 

But seriously: Seriously inspirational stuff, Al.  Come a long way since I first saw your work over at MRF.

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Hi there AI.

That's a truly horrible thing to do to an Avro Lancaster you do know that right?! https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_nono.gif I could have forgiven a Halifax or anything septic but a Lancaster!!!  https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_shok.gif   

All lovers of the Lancaster should look away now . https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_cray.gif

Regards Lez.Z. (Very very soft spot for the Lancaster)

 

I originally intended to use a B17. I brought the model, but wasn't over happy with the level of detail so never around to building it. By chance I came across the A-Model Lancaster. Far superior detail to the B17 model. The model built up beautifully and was very easy to modify. Only additional work I did was to scratch build two Merlin engines to add to the debris field.

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Here's a couple more pics of the Lanc.

 

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Fantastic model. My Father was a Polish conscript in the German artillery and was captured very near Remargen by the Americans, days after they captured the bridge. Perhaps he was involved in the defence of it?

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It's been a busy weekend. As well as the landscaping and Lancaster, I've also pushed ahead with the final bridge on the layout. This one carries the railway line over the top of the Remagen to Kripp road. The bridge is meant to be a modern - modern for 1944 - concrete construction bridge. I've taken a bit of artistic license on this one as the actual bridge only carried a double track and not the four tracks as I've got it.

 

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Wow! How have I not noticed this thread earlier, I like this layout a lot, right up my street of interest. Keep up the amazing work!

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Almost made a big mistake on the 'modern' bridge. I started cladding it To show the joint lines between the different concrete pours - the horizontal lines about half way up the retaining walls on the above pics. Then while out on the network yesterday, I realised 1940's concrete pours were in much smaller volumes than those of today, and therefore more shuttering joints. So, this evening a bit of remodelling to the retaining walls and more support beams added to the underside. Also changed the hand rails to cast concrete type. It looks much better now. I should get the basic paint coat on tonight and by the weekend, have the bridge installed and the soft landscaping completed around it. I'm getting dangerously close to having the final bit of scenic track laid.

 

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Hi Al.

I have to say the Jagdtiger looks more the part for that point in the war than the Panzer III. You are right about the concrete, the shuttering marks make it look way more authentic. The Panzer III looked a bit out of place under a more modern looking concrete bridge, the older style shuttering marks are a big improvement. Not that there was anything wrong as such with the bridge it just jarred a little with a 30s German tank. If you had put a Challenger ll or an Abrahams with a bit of modern anti American graffiti it would have looked great. You couldn't put your finger on why there was something wrong with the image and if you hadn't mentioned the concrete I would never have thought "I know its the concrete" but anyway it is looking very good mate. Now if only you could make the tanks move........ :angel:   

Regards Lez.Z.

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