The Union Pacific N scale model railroad built by Daryl Kruse
Monday, October 3, 2011
Mississippi River Bridge Interior Walkways and Painting
I was really excited to see the prototype video in my last post. Until I realized that the bridges have interior features that I could not ignore. The bridges have walkways both between the tracks and outside each track. Looking at my photos, I guess I should have know this as a few shots definitely show the walkways. But it was the video that convinced me that I needed to add the walkways to my bridges. So, after doing some measuring and some calculations, I determined that .060"X.250" styrene strips would do the trick. Once I had the strips installed I airbrushed the entire bridge Floquil weathered black. I think I need to go back yet and paint the walkways a dark grey to match the prototype and stand out more. Once I get the walkways installed in the other two bridges, I will give all three a moderate air brushing of Floquil rust. In addition to being more prototypical and looking good, the walkways make making sure the track is in straight very easy.