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  • Building the Trestle (picture intense)

    I have been asked a couple of times for more pics of my trestle, so here are some in progress pics from the beginning.

    The trestle is based on Kinsol Trestle which crosses the Koksilah river in Canada. A friend posted pics on another forum and I built the trestle from those pics. (The actual pic in my signature I got after I had finished construction)I will throw in some proto pics I used as reference and guidance.

    I started with the center river span, I made a simple jig using 1/8" square for the

    legs, I cut all the cross bracing and everything else from sheet balsa.











    once the center span was complete I made the rest of the bents (41 in total)





    I built the trestle upside down which seemed easier.








    Next I made the base for it to be incorporated into my 'still planned' future layout.







    Formed the hardshell and added the backdrop.



    The section shown is 7' x 5'and I will be redoing the backdrop as I used linoleum and

    its not smooth enough or rigid enough.

    This week I stained the trestle and have made around 200 trees for the dense surrounding forest.

    I will post further progress pics if there is any interest.

    Regards

    Karl.A

  • #2
    Karl, that bridge is fantastic! I for one would like to see more pictures. Thanks for all the pictures.

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    • #3
      I think that is a splendid trestle
      Elliott

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      • #4
        quote:


        Originally posted by UKGuy


        I will post further progress pics if there is any interest.


        What do you mean "if?" This is stunning. More please!

        Tony

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        • #5
          Wow! That is just an awesome trestle!
          http://gande.net

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          • #6
            Karl,

            That trestle is very impressive. :up: I'd like to see more pictures.

            George
            The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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            • #7
              Excuse me while I drool on my keyboard ... that is wild!

              Joe

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              • #8
                What did you spend in wood?

                I bet you spent more (in todays $$) than they did back then (in yesterdays $$)

                Exceptional work!

                -Mj

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                • #9
                  Karl,

                  That is a prodigious and mind blowing piece of work. Great idea building it upside down to keep the important surface straight and level. It's also a great feat of model engineering.

                  Wouldn't it have been easier to have pre-stained all the wood?

                  The train looks great high above it all.


                  Stevie O'

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                  • #10
                    I don't even know what to say. Wow seems so inadequate.

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                    • #11
                      I'll ditto everyone else's comments; WOW! That is some fantastic work there Karl! I can't imagine the amount of time you've put into that, but regardless, it was well worth it as the results are simply amazing! More progress shots please!
                      Mark

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                      • #12
                        I agree...WOW!!!id="size4">

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all the great positive comments guys

                          quote:


                          Originally posted by essodee

                          Wouldn't it have been easier to have pre-stained all the wood?


                          Stevie O'


                          Yes Stevie it would, unfortunately back when I built it I was too keen to get started and I had never had any luck staining wood before, or with A&I, I figured I would resolve the problem later on. :erm: The trestle has sat for 8 months or so on the section with the backdrop just as pictured. Finally I got tired of walking past it and decided to take the plunge this week, if it all went wrong I could just build another one right? . I tried a straight A&I wash which turned the wood the perfect silver/grey I was after, unfortunately the glue showed through ALOT, which wouldnt have been a problem if I had used my originally planned method. So what I did was sprayed the entire trestle with Kilz rattle can white primer... let dry and filled my scenic cement (washed out)

                          sprayer with a strong A&I solution and squirted the entire trestle and waited..... ... I gave it another spray of A&I the next day... , 10 mins to spray it white 15mins to apply two sprays of A&I... a whole lot better than 10 hours using a little brush, its not perfect but I'll live with it. Heres the results ...



                          Regards

                          Karl.

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                          • #14
                            Karl,

                            WOW....WOW.... WOW....

                            And I don't think that even covers it!

                            RW

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                            • #15
                              Karl,

                              What a show piece! Every once in a while I see a model that inspires awe. Your trestle is certainly one of them!

                              BTW, what type of glue did you use?
                              Bruce

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