REVIEW W/PICS - CHOOCH N-SCALE BRIDGE ABUTMENTS & PIER SUPPORT

Zscaleplanet Feb 22, 2021

  1. Zscaleplanet

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    Seeing as bridges are a fun and interesting part of any layout, there is a section of my layout where I plan to install a double track/double bridge over a minor canyon and river area.

    However I was running into an issue finding abutments and a center pier that would suffice in appearance and fit, for the Rohukan double track bridges I will be using.

    I decided to see what in N-scale might be available and ran across these offerings made by Chooch. While these are specifically for N-scale, their appearance and dimensions will suffice quite well for Z-scale.

    There will have to be some additional material added to get the heighths correct on the ends, and there was one MAJOR dilemma I ran into. The piers that came as a set, were individually too narrow and did not look real underneath the double track bridge ends.
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    What to do??? Seeing as I would only be using one of the piers, the only option I had was to splice the two together to make one longer unit. Seeing as these are cast resin, cutting them was easily done using my table mounted circular saw with a “multi-material blade”. Clamping each peer down and ensuring it did not move during the cutting process took a little finesse, but it was doable.
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    Measurements taken and cut lines drawn.
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    Here we have the two cut halves needed to make one longer pier. Using CA super glue, I joined the two halves together being careful to ensure the stone lines lined up on both sides.
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    I have a large pail of All Purpose Joint Compound, used for drywall purposes, which I find it to be a tremendous filler from time to time. And it worked perfectly for filling the cut line where the two halves were joined. Before the compound fully set up I ran a stiff bristle brush back and forth in the direction of the rock lines. I was very pleased with the results.
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    Sorry for the extra long posting. Final pics are below in the next installment.
     
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  2. Zscaleplanet

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    Here are the final pics with the elongated single pier. Looks much better and more properly balanced with the abutments.
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    As a final note, this was all done as a mock up. Obviously some leveling of the bridge and the abutments and pier will take place. Plus will do a final paint and weathering on the stone walls of the abutment and pier. Should get some fantastic results from that. Overall, I was so impressed with the quality of the final products and combined appearance, I thought it was worthy to share with everyone.
     
  3. marmot

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    Nicely done. I am incorporating a Tomytec N scale bridge into a Z scale layout. I found I will need to do something similar to what you did. I need to splice bridge abutments together to get the correct width for the bridge but I'm using Z scale abutments so that the size of the cut stone still looks to be the right scale. I was visualizing doing what you did with cutting and splicing and repairing, so I'm glad to see it's possible to work well.
     

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