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Balsa wood is a great material for the scale model builder. It is easy to work with, glue adhere fantastic to the wood and coloring is also an easy job with a good weathered and aged outcome.

Module 1 requires a small bridge to cross the ditch between the sawmill and coal bunker area. This is an ideal small project for building with balsa wood. We need some square bars and flat plate for this. The square bars are used for the beams of the bridge and the deck boards are cut from the flat plate. Everything is easy to cut with a hobby knife. The deck boards are given a somewhat deeper wood structure with the help of a small wire brush. First all parts are measured and cut and then the whole is glued together with PVA glue. After it has dried well, everything is colored and aged by dry brushing. A thin wire normally used for buttons on cloths serves as a rope for the handrail. The bridge will remain loose on the module for the time being and will not be glued until the water has been added to the ditch.


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