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 Posted: Sat May 24th, 2014 10:23 pm
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A number of persons have emailed me asking on what I use to scratch build my bridges, on what holds the poly up in the mountain scenery etc. Today I will share with you a couple of tips on how to use discarded materials to create landscapes and bridges etc.My favourite providers and wholesale inporters mainly foodstuff and domestic appliances. These usually have tons of waste that is perfect for use on a layout.So I need to build a high level overpass to connect a third track from my lower mid level track board to the tram station on the right. Here I will lay a tram track that will go round my little town which is the big hole you see in the pic. The tram will run at high level and connect to the main station.

So I went to a foodstuff wholesaler apnd got me a large sheet of corrugated plastic. This plastic is the backbone of my layout. It is smooth on both sides with honeycomb in the centre. Extremely strong and rigid enough to backup all the polystyrene in use before sticking it on the layout. This plastic is available in wholesale warehouses that import bulk winebottles, pickle jars and any type of glassware. This is used as a seperator in pallets.

[size=Secondly I got some thin plywood from the same supplier. This wood is used in boxes that fruit is shipped in]



Lastly a trip to a my favourite domestic appliance wholesaler for some corrugated carton cut in strips. These guys have wood frames and hard carton in all shapes and sizes and are a treasure throve.

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Cut in strips and sprayed

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What a lovely I beam it makes. No?
Now I cut the plastic to size, backed up by the wood cut to shape. This will give extra rigidity. Downloaded a few texture sheets from the net, millions available for free, and covered the plastic. Glued the corrugated carton strips on the edge and added a central support. A little rust weathering on the beams and presto..a high level tram overpass made of steel and concrete.

What do you think? Will update with the track laid out and landscaped.

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We - or at least I - can't see any pictures Henry ..............:cry::cry:  I presunme there are supposed to be some showing the materials and the structure .........:roll::roll:



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They are attachments from something called http://www.modeltrainforum.com Peter.

It looks like MTF have blocked hot linking.

You will probably have to load your photos on to our Gallery, Henry.



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There are no attachments or links to anything showing here Max - the only thing that could be something are a couple of "[ ]" .............:hmm:hmm:???:



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The attachments appear in the email advice, Peter.



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Uploaded from gallery. Ok now?

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MaxSouthOz wrote: The attachments appear in the email advice, Peter.

"email advice" Max ? :shock::shock::???::???:

I still have no idea what you mean - either you're seeing something different from me or I'm going mad ...............

The only thing I see, other than "normal" copy, is a couple of pairs of those square brackets.

This is what I see :???::???::

 Hi
A number of persons have emailed me asking on what I use to scratch build my bridges, on what holds the poly up in the mountain scenery etc. Today I will share with you a couple of tips on how to use discarded materials to create landscapes and bridges etc.My favourite providers and wholesale inporters mainly foodstuff and domestic appliances. These usually have tons of waste that is perfect for use on a layout.So I need to build a high level overpass to connect a third track from my lower mid level track board to the tram station on the right. Here I will lay a tram track that will go round my little town which is the big hole you see in the pic. The tram will run at high level and connect to the main station.

So I went to a foodstuff wholesaler apnd got me a large sheet of corrugated plastic. This plastic is the backbone of my layout. It is smooth on both sides with honeycomb in the centre. Extremely strong and rigid enough to backup all the polystyrene in use before sticking it on the layout. This plastic is available in wholesale warehouses that import bulk winebottles, pickle jars and any type of glassware. This is used as a seperator in pallets.

[size=Secondly I got some thin plywood from the same supplier. This wood is used in boxes that fruit is shipped in]



Lastly a trip to a my favourite domestic appliance wholesaler for some corrugated carton cut in strips. These guys have wood frames and hard carton in all shapes and sizes and are a treasure throve.

[
Cut in strips and sprayed

[
What a lovely I beam it makes. No?
Now I cut the plastic to size, backed up by the wood cut to shape. This will give extra rigidity. Downloaded a few texture sheets from the net, millions available for free, and covered the plastic. Glued the corrugated carton strips on the edge and added a central support. A little rust weathering on the beams and presto..a high level tram overpass made of steel and concrete.

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Are there no links in your email, Peter?

I'm seeing them in your email reply, but not in your post.



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No links Max ............

Strangely, when I copied and pasted the post, some "empty" photo icons came up where the square brackets are but, once I'd posted it, they disappeared to leave just the wording.  Apparently you can see them at your end but I can't here .............:???::???::???:



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