Inexpensive Bridge

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Floyd, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Floyd

    Floyd Member

    Thought I would share how I built the bridge shown below.

    I was looking for something to make a fairly long bridge to cross a lake.

    Got some plastic ribbon cartridges from a printer where I used to work and thought they would come in handy sometime but had no idea how to use them. I seperated the top and bottom haves and used the bottoms. Glued them together and strenghtened them by placing staples into holes already on the plastic cartridges where the two bridge sections but up against each other.

    For the railings I saw some aluminum knitting needles from Wal-Mart. I cut off both ends and scrounged up some small plastic pieces that the needles would slide into to hold them together.

    Got some small eye screws and screwed them onto the bridge railings and slid the needles through the eyes and that was it.

    I then glued some strips of black rubber that my son used on his house roof to the width of the plastic cartridges. Then I sifted and washed some sand which I placed on glue that I had smeared on top of the rubber road bed.


  2. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Floyd,that is ingenious. Looks good.:thumb:

  3. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Floyd, I really have to compliment you on the creativity. A bridge from sewing needles and printer cartridges! Excellent improvisation!
  4. Floyd

    Floyd Member

    Thanks for the comments. You know......before I joined here I had no idea what "scratchin & kitbashin" was:mrgreen:. To bad that everything we needed on our layouts was not commercially available, but then guess that would take the fun out of keeping the gray matter active and building it yourself:rolleyes:
  5. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    You're learned very quickly there about scratch building. That's some very innovative use of materials. I've also got to add that your water scene is impressive as well.:thumb: :thumb: Great work...
  6. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Nice work Floyd.
    This is an ingenious and good looking solution. You deserve a scratchbuilder badge.

  7. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Very clever! Looks good!

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