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Thought I'd share my first attempt at bridge building - never tried anything remotely creative before, but I'm really happy with how it turned out

Started with a 3" stack of Foam Sheets and a 4" x 1" piece (not pictured). The stack will be the main structure, and the 4" piece will have brickwork carved and be stuck to the front.

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Started by cutting and sanding the arches (these will be finished more perfectly later

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Next up was carving the brickwork (note this bridge isn't based on anything in particular, just on what I thought would add interest to my layout)

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Test fitting:

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Weathered/aged the bricks and masked for paint:

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Started with a black coat

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Brick red and various other shades over the black:

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Finished by adding stonework and arches:

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Last edited by mikeowen17
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Some updates:

I started the other side of the bridge this evening. This side won't be seen so, while I wanted to detail it anyway, I was less precise in putting it together.

Here is side 2 with some paint

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Glued to the bridge with some foam glue

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I still want to do more detailing on both sides, especially with some of the pastels and weathering powders I just bought, but for now I decided to test out some scenic materials to see how it is going to look:

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There is still a lot of tweaking to do, but happy with the way it is progressing. Decided to test fit some track and see how it will look when it's done!

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jpc posted:

Great job

Did you use any pattern to maintain the curved culvert shaping from side to side

Seems like that consistency would be hard to achieve

You did it well

j

No, no pattern, just used a small plate to mark out each side. The culvert shaping is less than perfect at the moment, so there are some fixes I need to make there, maybe tonight!

@Avanti posted:

My favorite tools for carving pink foam came in a cheap manicure set. You can find them at the thrift store or a dollar store

I was searching for info on carving foam and found this quote from Avanti. The light bulb came on!  A quick search under the sink in the bathroom produced a long forgotten manicure set. Thanks for the tip!

John

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