Passenger Station Diorama Part 2

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tompm

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Next I took a look at the Atlas truss bridge I am using and decided it was too bland.

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I painted the ties and weathered the rails with Folk Art Asphaltum.

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I still feel that I need to do something to the underside of the bridge. It looks so blank and empty as shown in this picture.

 

tompm

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The ugly plain underside of the trolley bridge is driving me nuts. So yesterday I took a trip to the LHS and bought a bunch of styrene strips and I-beams.

Here the ugly plain truth.

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Now I added some I-beams

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Next I need to add some cross members.
 

tompm

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I finished the underside of the trolley bridge. I glued some styrene I beams to the floor. I then used some styrene strips to act as cross braces. Since this was the era in which they used plates to hold things together I glue small styrene to the joints (also to hide them) to act as plates.

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Here it is with paint still drying.

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tompm

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I have now begun to work on the highway bridge approach. First I needed to extend the retaining wall so the level of the road meets the highway bridge. I did this by applying a layer of spackling. I then added a wood strip for the retaining wall.

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tompm

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I finally got around to adding “water” to the stream.

The first thing I needed to do was dam the stream. For this I used a piece of scrap wood and a piece of scrap. I attached the dams to the diorama with Elmers Squeezable caulk. I let it dry for about 12 hours.

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tompm

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Once I was sure the dams were firmly in place I began to pour the water. I used Woodland Scenics Realistic Water. I poured it very carefully trying not to splash it on anything. I carefully poured it around rocks and the stream bank. I poured the water to the recommended depth of 1/8 inch. From experience I know the water will look a little cloudy until it dries.

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tompm

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I am trying to decide whether I need to add another 1/8 inch layer of water or not. Once I have the final depth of the water I will go over the surface with Woodland Scenics Water Effects to make waves.
 

tompm

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The first pour of Realistic Water has dried. It does not seem to be deep enough so I will be doing another pour or two.

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