It's finally here, volume 10 is a complete in-depth tutorial on creating an awesome looking bridge from nothing to a fully completed scene.
It's not a short video but there's a lot to cover so sit back and relax as I take you on a journey making this cool little bridge.
If you're interested in replicating this exact bridge I've included all the measurements and dimensions as well as a list of materials and a link to Australian Modeller where I purchased all the items.
Build an AWESOME Bridge Files - Includes corelDRAW templates
For those of you who are curious about the train, here it is.
The locomotive is a Bendigo Rail Models P-Class
The carriages are N Passenger Car set from Auscision Models
Both items are available from https://www.australianmodeller.com.au/
As a companion piece to the upcoming video on building a small trestle bridge I have made a list of the specific materials I used as well as a PDF template of the bridge in HO scale available here:
The tutorial video will be published to YouTube very soon (approximately 6 hours from the time this blog update was posted) however for anyone who is a current patron you have an early access pass and have a chance to view the tutorial now.
It's a long video (27 minutes) and full of tips and tricks, if you want to get a head start on the specific details on the bridge prior to watching the tutorial you can check out the Bridge Files page.
A quick update... Bridge deck is complete minus the paint!
I spent a good portion of the afternoon completing the deck of the bridge for the upcoming video. So far I'm quite happy with the progress and now that the wheel track reinforcements have been added I'm liking what I see.
From the images I had of the prototype bridge I couldn't actually see the top of the bridge so I had to use a bit of guess work to imagine what it may have looked like.
Where I grew up as a child there were a number of old wooden bridges crossing rivers, some had tarmac right across the top of the bridge while others were simply wooden slats and a few looked similar to what I have modeled in the photo. I chose to model this type of bridge deck mainly due to the visual interest it generates.
In addition to finishing the main construction of the bridge I have also been experimenting with how to paint the bridge.
I originally wanted to use the sweet and sour method (Steel wool and Vinegar) however because the bridge is made up using a number of different wood types (Bass wood, pine and bamboo) the stain worked vastly different and the color variation was too great for the effect I wanted to achieve.
The recipe I eventually settled on was a four step technique:
Once you've finished it's a good idea to either take the model outside to see how the color looks under natural sunlight or if the model will be viewed indoors, check to see how the color compares under layout lighting.
The bridge deck will be painted using the same techniques.
Before I start filming I generally test out a few different techniques, today I have been testing out the difference between either having the small bolt details on the trestle or possibly not having those details and I think the results speak for themselves.
It's only a tiny detail however in the big picture it makes a massive difference.
The packet of bolts I bought came with 96 bolts and by my calculation I'll be needing every last one of those bolts and possibly more to finish this small trestle bridge!
The templates for each trestle have been draw up to scale in CoralDRAW, basically any drawing program could work however having access to a good one like CoralDRAW or Adobe Illustrator will make getting the dimensions and angles set precisely much easier.
Some things I may possibly change on this current iteration is to have a larger angle of divergence on the two outer posts, it's currently set at 4 degrees but I think 5 degrees may be a little better... Time will tell.
So if you're trying to decide on whether it's worth adding fine details to a model you might consider doing a test and comparing one with details and another without details to see which looks better and whether it's worth the extra time and effort adding those details.
However if you ask me... I'll almost always decide to add those extra details!
Trying to juggle between my day job as a pilot and making models is a constant challenge, prioritizing is very important and sometimes that means taking a break from modelling, however right at this moment I'm working very hard on the next video!
The star of the next video will be this awesome P-Class pulling a set of N passenger cars. The model featured in a previous video detailing the process of installing a Loc Sound v4 decoder into the model. This next video will feature the train casually passing through a scene I'm trying to recreate.
Most of what I have purchased for this video has been bought from Australian Modeller, including the P-Class as well as all the strip wood and tiny bolts that I'll be using to build this bridge. To check out the range that Australian Modeller offer you can 'click here'
A lot of people ask me how do I decide on a project and where do I start?
As an example, this project all started when I stumbled across this image about a month ago while working on the 3D printing video, I was instantly intrigued by the photo and thought "this would make a great scene"... So I saved the image and now here I am about to try make a model of it.
Sometimes that's all it takes, a passing moment or an image can often spark my imagination that eventually results in a model.
Now that the idea has been planted the next step is brainstorming, how exactly will I start?
I already had the P-Class loco so all I needed was the passenger cars, next was the scale lumber... I have no idea exactly what sizes I actually need so I basically bought a large range of sizes to cover all bases! (The lumber range at Australian Modeller)
I'll usually write everything down that I can think of when brainstorming, sometimes I'll spend hours just thinking about it and how to achieve a certain effect.
Building the model in your head can often highlight areas that may or may not be difficult and you may discover certain details and building techniques need to be built in a very specific order. A lot of the time we have instructions that come with kits but when scratch building you don't have that luxury.
Here is a the word document I've started showing the current brainstorming process and the research I've done so far, these notes are very likely to change over the next week or so as I continue to plan and design the model.
So far this is everything I've done so far in preparation for the model, I plan to have extension pieces to allow enough room to film the train operating underneath the bridge.
I'm also going to use pre weathered code 70 Micro Engineering track which is currently on its way in the post, in the mean time I'll be measuring up the dimensions of the model later today and I'll be temporarily using Peco code 83 track until the code 70 track arrives.