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Posted - 2012 March 21 :  8:19:25 PM  Show Profile
I have Walthers kit 933-3147 Trestle Bridge with Girder section. The bents and stringers are molded in brown plastic. I know I am going to drag a saw blade over the piles to create wood grain as they are smooth. The stringers have wood grain in them already. My question is: Does any one have any ideas or techniques that are simple (2-3 steps) and easy to make these bents and stringers look more like creasoted wood?

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Posted - 2012 March 22 :  02:08:15 AM  Show Profile
...Start with basswood from NorthEasternScaleLumber, or perhaps Midwest, and treat it with a mixture of 20:1 or 40:1 Denatured Alchohol/Leather dye - you'll need to get three colors, perferable a light brown, a dark brown, and a "USMC black." Mixing a differnt variety of pigment with varying concentrations of each will give you differnet colors.

Use the Walther's kit as a guide for cutting the parts, preparing the trestle bent jigs, and placing he bents with their appropriate bracing, and then once you are finished, box the Walthers kit up and sell it.

Or use a can of spray paint, dark flat brown, and then drybrush some black streaks and then a couple lighter brown streaks.

Edited by - Benny on 2012 March 22 02:33:36 AM

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Posted - 2012 March 22 :  06:04:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage
Fresh (as in less than 5 years old) creosoted timber can have a purple sheen where the stuff weeps out to the surface.


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