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zdrada69 Apr 16, 2019

  1. zdrada69

    zdrada69 TrainBoard Member

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    I found two laser cut bridges designed by my friend. They were waiting for a long time to be assambled. I have an idea to make another diorama to use those bridges. I have 30x40 cm plywood and two general ideas about this diorama.

    Concept 1 - Valley with the single line railway crossing it by the bridge. Railway line can be pararel to diorama edge or cross it at some angle:

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    Concept 2 - Two double lines crossing each other:

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    There might be three different types of landscape:
    A) mountain landscape
    B) Upper line crosing the lower one with earthwork approaches - rural area in autumn time
    C) Upper line with wall build approaches in city area maybe with some factory (KIBRI)

    What do you think ? Which concept looks to be the best ?
     
  2. bostonjim

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    C for me, please. Jim
     
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  3. mdvholland

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    Nice bridges. It seems to me the fishbelly bridges were mainly found in rural areas or with high elevation, less so for a regular crossing of road / railway or going over houses.
    So, while I am with Jim concerning a preference for urban areas, I think the bridges would fit best in an area with hills and pastures and the likes.
    Maybe in the back of the layout, with a more urban area in the front?

    My 5 cts...
    Matt
     
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  4. SJ Z-man

    SJ Z-man TrainBoard Member

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    Not to mention the additional height (~5cm) creating an increased grade.
     
  5. zdrada69

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    Thank you for the hints. It seems that rural area or valley is more prototypical option. I do no care about elevation due to the fact that this is going to be a static diorama. In meantime I finished the bridge with details: sidewalk made of wood and handrails.

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  6. mdvholland

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    Nice. What did you use for the planking?

    Matt
     
  7. John Bartolotto

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    Looks really good. Where did you get the wood planking and handrails from?

    John
     
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    Planking is lasercut very thin plywood. Handrails are photoetched. Both were made by my friend who designed this bridge. For handrails one can search Weinert and Archistories ranges of Z scale products.
     
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  9. HemiAdda2d

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    I'm all about mountains and vertical terrain, and these bridges will look fantastic spanning a nice valley.
     
  10. zdrada69

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    I made a final decision about the idea of this new diorama. I do prefer to have some prototype to be modelled. I was searching Internet and found one bridge I would like to be a subject of this diorama. The name of the diorama will be: "In memoriam - Plietnitz". Until 1945 the place belonged to Germany and was placed on secondary railway line Walcz-Zlotow. In 1945 German army destroyed one of bridgeheads. Russian Army dismantled rails and as a war booty took away to USSR. many years after the WWII one part of the bridge falled into the water. The bridge is not very long but monumental - there is 25 meters from the water to the rails.

    I think I will try to model it in the autumn time landscape ....

    That is a current look of the bridge:

    http://prusy.info/Forum/Jastrowie/nowe/Plytnica-pano.jpg
    http://prusy.info/Forum/Jastrowie/nowe/Plytnica-przeslo.jpg
    http://prusy.info/Forum/Jastrowie/nowe/Plytnica-filar-uszkodzenia.jpg

    That is after WWII look. Both parts are in the place but one is destroyed.

    http://prusy.info/Forum/Jastrowie/Plytnica-most-od-pln.jpg

    Historical photo between WWI and WWII

    http://prusy.info/Forum/Jastrowie/Plytnica-most-pociag-193x.jpg
     
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  11. Kurt Moose

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    Wow, not much left of it!
     
  12. rray

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    I really like that you are modeling a real place. It's such a challenge to do, and do it right, especially after the real thing is almost all gone. Good fun, great modeling! :D
     
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    Military loading ramp diorama is serving it's purpose... Self propelled cannon DANA:


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    Coming back to a new diorama....
    I started to construct main pillar of the bridge. I decided to use balsa wood. General shape of the rows of the wood was done using hobby knife. Then I glued them together and roughly sanded. It was not sanded to a "fine look" by purpose. I want to have some signs of aging with some pieces of concreate eroded and fallen down.

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    Balsa pillaster was painted with concreat paint by Faller, weathered with Artitect powder and some other aging signs were added. I was not expected that final effect will be so nice and realistic. I think that it is a good idea to make bridgeheads using the same balsa technique.

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  16. rray

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    It looks very realistic, just like concrete.
     
  17. HemiAdda2d

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    I think you nailed the effect perfectly.
     
  18. zdrada69

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    It is time to start basic work...

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  19. Kurt Moose

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    Oooooh, this is gonna' be good.......:D
     
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    First layer of the terrain was created. River banks and small island as a base for bridge pillaster were made:

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