New Suspension Bridge Diorama

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Mike R, Apr 28, 2003.

  1. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Even though not a strictly 'railroad' bridge, I thought the 'bridge fans' might like to see this one. It's a diorama I just finished, featuring a pedestrian suspension bridge, currently being built at Scenic Caves, near Collingwood.

    This model will be going into a display at a tourism marketing venue.
    It's approximately 87:1, but heavily compressed for length, as the real bridge will be over 400' long.

    I had to use wood for the 'cabling', after being unsuccessful in soldering up brass shapes and music wire into the cabling.
    best regards / Mike

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  2. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Another view:
    regards / Mike

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  3. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Well done Mike
  4. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Looks real good Mike.
  5. jimmybeersa

    jimmybeersa Member

    Now thats a nice looking structure as a bridgefreek iI like it!!!!
  6. tomgschilling

    tomgschilling New Member

    Mike, excellent bridge. What did you use for the facia surrounding the diorama Looks great. ...Tom
  7. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    The basic 'box' was built with 5/8" particle board, all straight edges with 45 degree gusset corners.

    The fascia is 1/8" Masonite, freeform jigsawed. I glued my blue styrofoam up to the Masonite edges.
    Paint on the Masonite is just Hunter Green craft paint, "Plaid" brand.
    Then spraybombed clear acrylic.

    thanks everyone for the kind comments.
    regards / Mike
  8. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Great Job!!

    That's a beautiful little diorama, Mike! Both the bridge, & the surrounding scenery!
    :cool: :cool: :cool:
  9. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Mike, I hope the real bridge is as strong as the model looks.
  10. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Thumbs Up!

    :) :) Really impressive work! :) :)
  11. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Yeah, way to go. I've got plans to scratch-build a couple of bridges for my layout, I just hope I can measure up to work like this. :)

  12. CSX6638

    CSX6638 Member

    Thats a great looking bridge, a few HO scale figures walking on it
    and one taking photos of the valley at the middle of the bridge would kick your super dioarama up a notch.
  13. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

  14. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Valid points, but there's a couple of reasons why there's no figures on the unit.

    The prototype is 410' long, but because my client's display case width was limited, I had to compress the model a lot. It only scales at about 210' long. To partially compensate, I made the 'guardrails' lower [about 120:1.......TT still lives !]

    I tried a few LPB's on it when I was done, but to my eye, they made the bridge appear shorter. :eek:

    The other reason is that I quoted the client the LPB's as an extra $ item, and there was a bit of "sticker shock". I told them I could always add figures at a later date if they wished.
    ..thanks again everyone for your kind comments.
    regards / Mike
  15. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Very nice Mike, It would be really awesome to see it at the full scale size. Do you know when the real bridge will be built or completed? It will be worth the drive to come and see it. In Souris Manitoba there is a long swing bridge across the river. Real fun to walk across.
  16. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Robin : Scenic Caves hope to be completed & open by May 24 with the new bridge. If you'd like to email me around then, I will check and confirm.
    I will however, be away fishing May 22-26 incl.
    Best regards / Mike:D
  17. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

    Beutifull Bridge and Diorama Mike, The scenery enhances the bridge to make the whole scene very realistic:cool:

  18. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Looks real good Mike.

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