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I haven't had a lot of time for modeling so far this year, and what time I did have, has mostly been spent refurbishing older models. The newest structure is a through, plate girder bridge. Until now I've just had a crude temporary bridge made of wood, which has become badly warped:
 
 
I built a permanent replacement for it. My previous plate girder bridges were all made using a structural fiberglass material called G10. This time, I wanted to try making it out of Sintra. I used 6mm Sintra for the deck and sides. The interior braces were made from 1mm Sintra. The rest of the details are styrene.  I got a bit lazy on this bridge and decided to leave off the rivets -- where it's located, no one can get very close to it anyway. The underside of the bridge is strengthened with three lengths of 1/2" square acrylic tube, plus three sections of extruded aluminum angle for good measure. 
 


 

I sprayed it with red primer followed by gloss black. Then I weathered it with a thin, alcohol wash of gray acrylic paint. Then I used RustAll to create reddish rusty streaks. Next I used Sophisticated Finishes' "Iron" and "Rust Solution".


 
 
Two of my earliest structures on the layout were really starting to show their age. The paint was faded and worn (beyond the intentional weathering). The clear plastic used in some of the windows had yellowed, fogged, and warped. Slide cover glass used in a few places had broken or fallen out. A couple signs were faded, and both structures had minor damage caused by a raccoon. One of the buildings still had incandescent "grain of rice" bulbs, which I wanted to replace with LEDs. Here are the "before" photos:




 
 
Here are the "after" photos:






 
 

Enjoy!

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I really like your night photos Ray. All of details you have added on the inside of the buildings come alive. Any recent photos of the depot?
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Thanks. I don't have any new pics of the depot at this time.

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... funny how all the old and dilapidated buildings, after being refurbished/repaired, still end up looking old and dilapidated...
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Heheh! Yeah, unfortunately the real weathering isn't compatible with scale structures made of styrene and painted to look like weathered wood.

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Ray, those buildings looked great before the renovations, a nice air of general decay and lack of attention over decades. I can see why you re-worked them though, particularly the glazing which really shows up in the night photos allowing their excellent interiors to be clearly visible.

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Hi Ray :wave:



AWESOME new girder bridge ! ... Love that RUST !!

It looks very 'real'. :shocked:

SCREW the rivets. ;)



I see what you mean about the buildings.

The colour comes back more after a re-paint etc.



Great photos !

Just love those nite pix. as well !! :bg:



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



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Recently I've been working on a new building for the town of Mineral Ridge. This will be a saloon called "The Grizzly Bar". That's a double pun -- not only the obvious "bar/bear", but also there is a piece of mining equipment called a "grizzly" consisting of a series of thick metal bars used to separate oversized rocks from the rest of the ore.

Anyway, this saloon has to fit an odd-shaped space underneath a mine tram bridge. There will be a small covered porch or patio area attached to the main building. I'm not going to post a step-by-step at this time because I plan to use this build in a magazine article. But for now I will post a few in-progress pics:













Enjoy!


PS -- On Thursday I'm leaving for my annual Nevada/Mojave ghost town trip, so I'll be offline for a while.

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... picture in your mind all the drunks leaving the bar and sliding on their asses down the sidewalk all the way to the billiards...

Jose.

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Just wonderful...superb!

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Brilliant as always Ray and a great location. I can already hear the beer glasses rattling on the bar as the tram clatters overhead!

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Ray, glad to see you back in the line-up.  Hope you enjoy your travels.  Keep posting!
Jose, at least I won't be falling down drunk when I leave the bar... Perhaps the owner of the billiards establishment should change the name to the "Slide Inn"?
Good stuff as always.:2t:

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I like that two-story building that you rehabed.  Could tell us how you went about making that rock wall?

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Michael, I have a step-by-step for that here:

http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/IRR_Dos_Manos_Building_1.html

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Many thanks for that link.  The step-by-step instructions are really helpful.

I didn't notice it before but the job you did on the roofing is outstanding! :bg:


Keep it coming please.

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Ray,

The In-ko-pah is my favorite railroad to follow here at Freerails. As always, beautiful work!


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