I use .060 x .060 styrene strips and cut the old fashioned nuts with "the chopper". Corresponding washers are being punched with the punch and dye tool by RP Toolz. Very handy tool that I expanded with some bigger diameter holes where I simply use a worn drill bit as the punch.
I made bigger nuts and bolts than would found in reality, they are a bit over sized. I think they look better on the model but that's just my personal taste. See pics of the original rivet size in my earlier post. I like the bigger ones better, they make the model more physical in appearance.
Sarah, that is genius. I like the accents of having them on there, they do look great. Also, remember the golden rule of your railroad(and anything you build at all), it is your railroad, your interpretation of what you like, so it can't be wrong.
I've seen a bunch of posts where other people say to a poster, "why did you do that, they didn't have those?" Replies usually come back with, "well, I know, but it's my railroad, so they do." Main thing, enjoy what you do, that's the ticket. Thanks for the insight. 🐻👍😃