I had a chance to sit down and complete my Monroe Models bridge build within the last few days. I had built the bents in part 1 (Part 1), but I wanted to add nut / bolt / washer castings and stain the wood before doing the final assembly.
Using a #79 drill bit and my pinvise, I drilled holes in the diagonal bracing on all the bents, creating a location for the NBW castings to attach. With those completed, I proceeded to paint the Grandt Line castings. My choice of color for painting the castings was to start with a MicroLux “Rail Brown”, and when that dried, I applied a light wash of Ammo of Mig Jimenez “Light Rust Wash”.
Returning to the bents, I started coloring them by using Micro Mark’s “Weather It Easy”. This product produces a gray tone to the wood, silvering it like wood that is exposed to the weather. Once that dried, I decided that the color was not deep enough, so I used a “Tie Brown” stain from Hunterline over the top of the gray, which produced a much richer look, that in person (if not in the photos) still shows the gray color of the weathered wood but to my eye looks more like creosoted timbers.
After the stains dried, I cut the NBW castings from the sprue, and using canopy glue, inserted one in each of the pre-drilled holes. (For those counting, there were 12 castings per bent, three bents, plus two ends with 6 castings each, for a total of 48 holes to drill and NBW castings to place).
With all the staining and castings in place, I then followed the kit instructions to do the final assembly.
This was a fun bridge build. I still plan to add track on top, but as of yet don’t have a home for this model. I may simply hand-lay some track on top for fun, and set it aside for possible later use.
Anyone searching for a fun kit that builds in 1 or 2 sittings, I highly recommend securing one of these excellent models from Monroe.
Time to get back to the workbench!