highway posts

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by xtcrr, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. xtcrr

    xtcrr New Member

    Im looking for highways posts to hang a highway sign on, any one know of a place to make (template) or some one that sales these?
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Most of the signs around here are just 4x4 or 6x6 pressure treated. The smaller signs (like speed limits) are on ~3" channel steel. You should be able to find styrene or brass shapes that fit the bill.

  3. ive used piano wire to make common street signs
  4. CharlesH.

    CharlesH. Member

    I've seen signs made with light rail (though not on highways).
    You could also use toothpicks for heavier signs and paint them in an apropriate metallic colour.
  5. Relic

    Relic Member

    I've used small wooden match sticks, they'er a bit bigger than 4x4 but they look ok
    Round toothpicks ,the ones that are pointy on both ends
    skewer's, the wooden ones ,cut to length and paint aluminium for more moderen signs
    have fun
  6. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I think brass would be better than the styrene. The cross section of styrene is too big do to the lack of strength. Brass would be close to scale thickness.
  7. xtcrr

    xtcrr New Member

    hisgway signs

    I guess i was looking for the heavier post (steel) that would cross a highway
    not the ones on the side of the road...
  8. tverskaya

    tverskaya Member

    Bending a brass tube (of a number of them, to have the end a bit thinner), to get a post which hangs above the road and is on the ground on one side (a bit like a street lantern)

    A few square/rectangular/triangular styrene rods (does that go together?). If you want an open construction, you could scour some kits or else just glue something out of styrene or solder something together. Matchsticks might be too rough.
  9. Relic

    Relic Member

    what about the "plastic trees" that model parts are fastened to ( meby they aren't called that any more)
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Sprues... ;) :D

  11. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    yes i was going to suggest trees / sprues myself - perhaps flexible drinking straws from ssips????
  12. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    A trick to use if you want to bend round brass or copper tubing is to run a piece of wire through the tubing to fill it first. When you bend the tubing, the wire will keep it from collapsing. After the tubing is bent to the shape you want, pull out the wire. Most of the highway bridges I see here in Cali, are made out of what looks to be tubing about 12 inches in diameter and bent to curve over the freeway.
  13. Papa Bear

    Papa Bear Member

    Overhead signs

    If you're interested in overhead highway signs, aaroads.com has a library of highway photos from different parts of the country. Just look up the state that you're interested in. Keep in mind that there are many different types of signs from something as simple as span wire mounted on wood poles to elaborate gantries. Some of those could be very detailed models.
  14. xtcrr

    xtcrr New Member

    I think im going to go with the small copper pipes bent, yeah i saw where you fit stuff in side the tube to bend it, sounds simple but does it work in real life.....time to find out!
  15. xtcrr

    xtcrr New Member

    Heres the end result of making one myself.... maybe it's time to start my own bussiness hmmmmmm

    View attachment 25699

    Attached Files:

  16. tverskaya

    tverskaya Member

    That looks beautiful! I think there might be many people looking for just that.
  17. siderod

    siderod Member

  18. Taylor

    Taylor New Member

    I never thought I would find a street sign so fascinating. That think looks awesome and is very similar to the ones in my area. Great Job!!!
  19. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Wow, that looks great!
  20. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I agree, that sign looks terrific!

Share This Page