Bridge Pier Project

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Rusty Spike, May 29, 2004.

  1. Rusty Spike

    Rusty Spike Member

    I'm always looking for ways to model RR stuff with scrap. These are "scaled" for HO - the final is a mock up, the piers will go elsewhere.

    I did note that the joint lines I carved are very large and the coloring doesn't quite capture what I was looking for. Oh well, I just hope to get things a little better each time I try.

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  2. jmarksbery

    jmarksbery Active Member

    :wave: Perhaps the lines may be a little wide but capture at a glance the intent. In old days rock masons did a lot of the rock work and did have wider mortors to compensate for the imperfections. I think it looks just fine. It get the point across. Good work my friend. :thumb: :thumb: Jim
  3. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Cool! :thumb:
  4. jonno w

    jonno w New Member

    re bridge piers

    Don't hide them, mate, they're splendid. I find spindly detail disappears. Those good, fat, chunky rocks convey plenty of bridge supporting mass. I love 'em:thumb:
  5. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Those are nice piers, and that nasty boxcar is really dirty, typical UP maintance. :D What are they made from? FRED
  6. Rusty Spike

    Rusty Spike Member

    Soft brick - extras from a basement wall that had to go to make room for more trains. It's the very soft brick from way back - cut the blanks on the chop saw, then carved them.

    I did tame down the brightness of the joints with some ground up pencil lead and a small paint brush - I'm more satisfied now. I need to carve one more pier that supports the last ballasted deck bridge and one end of the Walther's single track truss kit - hopefully I'll finish the honey do list early in the day and have some time to tinker with that.

    Thanks for the kind words. . .
  7. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Geeze, what you gonna carve next, some old concrete sidewalk? :D I'm now very impressed. :thumb: Carving a brick sounds very hard and tetious. :thumb: FRED
  8. jimmybeersa

    jimmybeersa Member

    make do with whats available

    Rusty...I am all for making do with anything that comes to hand I like the brick Sculptures alot One small suggestion weather them with a light Black- alcohol wash lets have a look at them when they are in place
  9. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    A six pack of thumbs for them babies!

    Those look great!!! :wave:
  10. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Well, I think you did a really nice job on those piers. :thumb: Stonework looks excellent. :wave:

  11. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    You made them from bricks!?! Wow!!! I think they look terrific!
  12. Rusty Spike

    Rusty Spike Member

    These are not modern bricks - you can pound nails in them, cut them with a sawzall, and in this case, carve them with an old jig saw blade. They are softer than soft sandstone.

    Jimmy, I did hit the light colored joints with my favorite substance for griminess - the ground up pencil lead in the bottom of the family pencil sharpener - then I gave them a quick "misting" with my flat brown railroad tie weathering spray paint - they are much more subdued now, I'll post some pics later after I get the kids in bed.

    I finished the honey-do list = new kitchen sink installed - so I hope to build that last pier yet tonight too.
  13. Rusty Spike

    Rusty Spike Member

    I guess I haven't posted what this is all a part of yet. I have the whole basement for my trains - we live in a 130 year old farmhouse - the basement is a little moist and the headroom is low so it's not good for much else (yeah!).

    Here are some pics of how things are coming together - this is my 3rd major re-build in 4 years.

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  14. Rusty Spike

    Rusty Spike Member

    Close up of the newly touched up piers:

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  15. pdt

    pdt Member

    Awesome! How ingenious of you. And they look good, too. I can't believe how much I'm learning here. It seems none of you is afraid to try any technique with any material.
  16. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Could call it the "Jethro Tull" Bridge. :D :cool: :eek: :rolleyes:

    Well, if it's made outa bricks, then it could be considered to be as thick as one!!! :p :wave:

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