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Bridges and Trestles, Volume 2
Model Railroad Bridges and Trestles, Volume 2
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

Model Railroad Bridges and Trestles, Volume 2
Item: 12474
ISBN: 9780890248683
Format: Softcover
Length: 88 pages


Introduction
In Model Railroad Bridges and Trestles, Volume 2, you'll find 21 inspiring projects and features that originally appeared as articles in Model Railroader magazine. You'll learn the basics of modeling truss and girder bridges, viaducts, concrete spans, culverts, and highway bridges, and their real life structures. Scale drawings of prototypes are provided, too.

Many chapters are projects that guide you step-by-step through building a model or scene, while others include scale drawings of real bridges that you can use as the basis for building your own model.

Contents
Once model railroaders progress past the 4 X 8 basic flat oval, elevating the track becomes a favorite theme. Bridges and overpasses become a necessary favorite step towards track plans requiring track to cross track, or for scenic subjects like rivers. Model Railroad Bridges and Trestles, Volume 2, is a collection of 21 inspiring projects and features from the pages of Model Railroader magazine about the basics of modeling truss and girder bridges, viaducts, concrete spans, culverts, and highway bridges, and their real life structures.

Step-by-step, you can learn how to make models and scenes in many chapters. Scale drawings of prototype bridges are included in many chapters and these will help you in constructing your models. As well as the technical aspect of this subject – the demonstration of basic through advanced modeling – this book features and outstanding selection of inspirational photographs. Many of the model bridges are on well-known layouts of esteemed model railroaders. Beyond the topic of modeling a span across an obstacle, you can also pick up good ideas for scenery from these examples.

Model Railroad Bridges and Trestles, Volume 2 is brought to you through 87 pages in 21 chapters:

    Introduction
    1. 1950s highway overpass
    2. 3 common culverts
    3. Bridge basics
    4. Bridges on an N scale levee
    5. Build a stone arch overpass in HO scale
    6. Build an "uncovered" covered bridge
    7. Building a river crossing
    8. Heavy-duty HO plate-girder deck bridge
    9. How to build a viaduct
    10. Kitbash an offset swing bridge in H0
    11. Light-duty pile trestle
    12. Lyon Brook viaduct
    13. Model a concrete bridge with cement
    14. Model a large concrete culvert
    15. Modeling a highway underpass
    16. Modeling culverts
    17. Modern highway overpass
    18. Pin-connected through truss bridge
    19. Plate-girder bridge in N scale
    20. Santa Fe'sT-railtrestle
    21. Wood-deck pony truss highway bridge


Not only will you learn to create your structure in styrene, plaster, wood, metal and paint in the traditional ways, you will be introduced to recent innovations. The digital age and home publishing presents you with the ability for literal photo-realism. One chapter shows how you can build a viaduct that looks like your photos because it is your photo: using image processing software to create decals of your subject to apply to the surface of the model.

Graphics and Photographs
Kalmbach has taken great care to select excellent photos and other graphics to support the text. There are 35 black-and-white photos, 140 color photos, and 30 illustrations. Even period source material photos are clearer and sharp. Color photographs and illustrations show you the key elements of the chapter topic. Numerous black and white line drawings are within these pages as plans for you to follow to duplicate the models demonstrated.

Conclusion
I am very impressed with this book. One part that I enjoy is the explanation and definition of bridge types, parts, and components. The ideas are great and range from bridges that everyone has, to unique structures that will stand out on anybody’s layout. I appreciate the excellent graphics and photographs, the vintage images as source material, and the line drawings. The style of writing is mainly easy to follow and, I believe, suitable for even novices to follow; to me it is obvious that these articles were written by modelers well versed in writing, explaining, and demonstrating.

I am very impressed with this title and now I want to find volume 1! I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone interested in bridges and trestles, railroads, and scenery.

This book was provided to me by Kalmbach Publishing. Please be sure to mention that you saw the book reviewed on Railroad Modeling when you make your purchase.
SUMMARY
Highs: High-quality photographs and illustrations. Well written text that is easy to follow.
Lows: None really.
Verdict: I am very impressed with this title and now I want to find volume 1! I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone interested in bridges and trestles, railroads, and scenery.
Percentage Rating
97%
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 9780890248683
  Suggested Retail: $17.95
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 04, 2012
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.31%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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