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Old 20-04-2018, 09:53 AM   #1
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Looking to build a road bridge over 5 tracks any suggestions which would be best to use in cardboard (Metcalfe) or plastic kit(00 gauge) The bridge will be in stone effect.
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Really up to you as to which material you are happiest modelling with. From experience the Metcalfe kits generally make up into a sturdy completed model but some say that they don't like the 2D flat look about them. Whereas the plastic article have that 3D textured effect. But don't listen to others, pick the one you think will look best on your layout. Have you considered scratch building, there are plenty of good materials available from the likes of Wills etc?
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It really boils down to who makes what you want.
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What are you using for the rest of the layout. If you have buildings that are card, then using card for three bridge may give a consistent effect.
At the end of the day it is what you think will fit the bill and look the best.
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One other consideration is the siting of your layout, a spare heated room should not cause problems to card buildings but lofts, garages or huts subject to wildly varying temperatures and as a result the possibility of condensation could affect card structures.

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My loft layout had cardboard building and the extreme temperature range didnít affect them at all. Dampness may well do so but then dampness can ruin the whole layout, trains and dampness do not go together.
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One consideration should be your track plan. That will determine the span and spacing of any support piers which may not be easily accommodated with kits. Five tracks in a single span will be a bit of a stretch. In which case scratch building may be a better route to follow.
Don’t discount some of the laser cut bridges available as they may be more adaptable to your particular needs.
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Five tracks will need a central support.
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Looking to build a road bridge over 5 tracks any suggestions which would be best to use in cardboard (Metcalfe) or plastic kit(00 gauge) The bridge will be in stone effect.
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I asked a similar question some time ago (thinking ahead again). I subsequently got items in cardboard, plastic and resin to try out in my since insulated garage. I'll let you know in a few years how they stood up in the garage environment .
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Yes I am moving from the loft to a garage, which is not very well insulated. The loft was very cold but no damp. The garage came be very warm but it has windows unlike the loft. also no damp. I think I will try cardboard.
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