Category Archives: Construction

Starting to assemble parts for a large stone wall behind the town

Been coloring these Motrack stone wall castings made of Hydrocal.

Stack of stone wall castings

These are colored, or really stained with many layers of sprayed dilute india ink and dilute woodland scenics burnt umber scenery color. They will be put up end to end with concrete buttresses at the joints of the separate pieces. Actual length of wall about 44 inches long total

Working on my layout aisle being a river or bay

I have a concept of the walk-in aisle of my layout being a river or small bay, so I am making my scenery (rocky banks etc.) all come down to a common level as it would be meeting a bay.

Series of shots, showing rocky banks coming to a common level.

Bank by the concrete arch bridge

Continuation of banks at bay level

Further along the bank

This showing my suspended edge, not yet fully built up with scenery

This shot from a low level showing the way the edge is built

My thought is to build a rolling cart with an area of bay level water that can be raised into position anywhere along the walk in aisle, for photography of the layout, with extended water.

The inspiration for my concrete arch bridge

Walnut Lane bridge over the Wissahickon creek

The Walnut lane bridge was certainly most of my wanting to reproduce something similar in HO scale. Although the Walnut lane bridge is a roadway bridge with cantilevered sidewalks, the main structural elements for a railroad bridge would be similar, and I did not try to reproduce an exact copy this bridge, which is right in my neighborhood.

Walnut Lane bridge from creek walking path

The bridge was built in 1908 and at that time was the longest masonry arch span in the world, just now finishing a restoration.

Further post on the bridge

The next step was to airbrush the bridge with aged concrete.

Airbrushed bridge in spray booth

Then test fitting the bridge in place

Bridge in setting

Then working out the river area under the bridge with aluminum angle, foam, plywood, masonite and caulk

Working out the river course

Then fleshed out a little more with rocks, sculptamold, and the start of scenery

River and banks starting to take shape

More scenery and bridge weathering in a future post.