Andrew’s girder bridge

“Hi Al. I been trying to weather this old locomotive. Im new at weathering and need lot’s to learn. So only way is try it and then ask other’s for there opinion .

I did a brown acrylic crafter’s paint along time ago and found it was t0o brown. This is my learning stage of weathering. I noticed how coffee get’s when you leave a little on the bottom of your cup and air evaporates the water. The coffee thicken’s to a nasty brown sludge. I painted coffee in different area’s of the locomotive . Place’s where rust or corrosion would take more of a hold. Then I let dry and added more cold coffee to the same spot’s.

The coffee started to sort of layer on it. Then I took crushed brown chalk and went over all the area’s . I will add moss and such to crack’s and corner’s dirt as well. I will paint the wheels black as pure iron doesn’t rust like the rest. The locomotive will be set in a diorama of a swamp and very wet scene and almost sunk in it.

So just wanted your opion and if you think other’s would like to see and give there’s as well. It be a learning thing from other’s who know how to do weathering. so go ahead and put on the net. Unless you think it’s to crappy a job wont hurt my feeling’s. thank’s Al.


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“Hi Al

Do you remember the BIC razor Bridge some month ago? Well I though as I wanted to do an up and down rail I would redesign the Bridge, so I scratch built a new Bridge, as I was a Royal Engineer and put my skills to work.

It’s a fairly big Bridge, spanning 100mm width and Heigh with a massive 1 meter length.

So here are my pictures to show all. Can’t wait to redesign my layout now!











Excellent pics from Andrew – enjoyed that. Looking forward to seeing it on his layout too.

And if you’re after the post of the bridge made from razors (which is brilliant, by the way) you can find it easily with the golden key – it lets you search through years of posts.

Anyhow, that’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming. Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.



11 Responses to Andrew’s girder bridge

  1. This is the first time I respond to anything previously posted here but I MUST comment on the weathering of the loco by Kim. I think it is brilliant, especially in view of where he intends to place it. WELL DONE!


  2. Now there is a rust job to the ‘T’ Well done, a man after my own heart with an excellent weathering job. Brian

  3. That bridge looks great! The intersecting joints look perfect. Keep up the great work. I look forward to seeing the bridge finding a home on your layout. SMK

  4. wow…weathering the Loco with coffee!!! and chalk….how koool is dat?and that looks absolutely great!!…Starbucks would be proud hahahah!!…
    good idea and now you’re not a ‘novice weatherer’ anymore….!!
    the wooden scratch-built bridge is priceless…it huge and I dint get to see the ‘bic razor’ bridge yet…..sooo
    keep ’em runnin’ fellas

  5. on the rust…i live in the Rust Belt…near Detroit…ur right, i just look at the real thing. no better teacher than our own eyes; as an artist (BFA) i like to add contrast, like u mentioned with moss…here we can just get “crud from the skies..” or pollution from cars, coal power plants…awful to breathe…can cause asthma. i really am astounded by your success with this Reading Railroad Mikado (?)…coffee stains never go away…brilliant ideas

  6. That old locomotive looks like it belongs in the scrapyard, but it looks good.

    I never thought of using coffee.

    Excellent girder bridge.

    Regards Paul

  7. Gidday Al
    Redesigning my ( new) layout, somewhere I saw preset plastic radii geometry for use with flexi-track, they are for all track geometry (Colour coded) and fit between rails, bur can’t rfemember what site it was on (UK/Continental/American?). They cover the actual (Std Radii) Curves and the ‘lead-in’ from a straight track.
    Just wondering if anybody has any ideas?
    Wayne McClelland – NZA Down under

  8. Great bridge!!! Looks realistic and to scale. Can’t wait to see it on your layout. Cheers

  9. I think the rusty hulk of the Loco is really superb, well done for that, Coffee eh!

  10. Great bridge. I recently built a similar bridge 2 metres long in 1:24 scale. I suggest you could remove the last horizontal vertical members at each end of the bridge to be more prototypical. Look forward to weeing the bridge on your railway.

  11. That’s a nice bridge . Very well done going to look fantastic on your layout. Love to see more pic’s of your layout. thanks

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