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  • #31
    Wow Karl...Wicked Work there!!! I've always admired your image of the bridge in your signature line...now I know how it was constructed...awesome modelling![:-apple][:-apple][:-apple][:-bouncy][:-bouncy][:-bouncy][:-apple][:-apple][:-apple]
    Mike Hamer

    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca

    http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca

    http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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    • #32

      ONE WORD OUTSTANDING

      Jerry
      Jerry



      "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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      • #33
        Thanks for the great comments, very much appreciated as soon as I decide where I'm going to live I'll be able to plant the 500 or so trees I have made, ready and waiting to be installed and move on with this project. A move for me is imminent and I built this section at 35" at its highest point (without the legs) so I could get it out of the 36" doorway on its side, as soon as I install trees I wont be able to get it out of the door , sometimes I look at all the trees then at the trestle and think...hmmm... just for a photo oportunity... but its too much work to do and then undo and then redo again when I get to my next place.... God give me patience..but hurry!!

        Pat (belg) I think I misunderstood your question the first time I read it, my appologies, here is how I did the ground cover (up to this point)

        I initially suspended the trestle at either end at the rough height i needed it then I built up stacks of 1/2' pink foam underneath, and up to the bottom of the bents as close as possible, I then made a cardboard webbing and roughed in the surrounding land forms with plastercloth as can be seen below.





        to bring the terrain up to the bents I took several steps, first I covered the pink foam steps with plastercloth to smooth them out a bit.



        next i covered this with a concoction of ....1/3 sheetrock mud + 1/3 tan latex paint + 1/3 sawdust(for texture)



        I then covered this with 'Plastic Wrap' and set the trestle in place, making sure it came in contact with the terrain, I pushed down on the trestle to set it into the soft 'terrain'.



        Once happy with the trestles position I lifted it off of the Plastic wrap, and then removed the plastic wrap immediately from the still wet terrain.



        This left an exact indentation of the bent possitions in the terrain without getting mess all over the trestle, I could then 'tidy up' the terrain when it was dry but still be sure of where the trestle bents would sit.

        I hope this answers your question.

        Regards

        Karl.A

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        • #34
          Awesome! Please show more

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          • #35
            Karl

            An awesome piece of engineering and workmanship.

            Peter [:-kitty]

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            • #36
              Mario, You cannot be outdone mate. Coffey Gulch needs a longer and taller trestle now. Maybe even double tracked and dual gauged.
              http://www.dougcoffey.com/html/model_railroad.html

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              • #37
                Karl, it really is looking fantastic. In a couple of weeks I have to go to Victoria on business and am planning to meet our friend Selector when I am there. If I have some free time one afternoon I hope to make it out to see the real trestle. Then I can get a real appreciation of what you have accomplished. I like the idea of using the plastic wrap for finding the bent locations, I can see that this technique would be useful for me on a bridge project that is in my future.

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                • #38
                  What an impressive model Carl! I'll love to see it with the 500 trees around it.

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                  • #39
                    This is absolutely one of the most impressive trestle bridge I've seen

                    How many hours have you spent on it so far?
                    My modular N-scale layout, South Eastern Railroad

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                    • #40
                      Karl, any or all of the tree tutorials would be appreciated but obviously the one you like best for making a pine tree is the preferred one at the moment.

                      I really like the plastic wrap idea and will store it for future use myself, how much cracking did you get from the spackle being installed this way? Thanks Pat

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                      • #41
                        Thank you all.

                        Frederick, you and me both are anxious to see that !!

                        Simon, when you get to see Selector please shake him warmly by the hand from me !! He's a great guy and has helped me more than he realises. I hope you get to see the trestle before they tear it down and rebuild it, I'm sure it will be an awe inspiring sight to see it in reality, I envy you.

                        Pat there was some cracking due to the use of sheetrock mud, this however was not severe and the cracks were mainly hairline with a few 1/32". When I made my "concoction" I made more than I would need and stored the excess in an airtight container, two weeks after I did the innitial ground cover I opened the container, stuck my finger in and filled any cracks that had appeared, this only took around 5 mins to do, there has been no cracking in the months since. I will post four or five tree tutorials for you through this week, I find variety is the spice of scenery, afterall, mothernature never makes two trees the same.

                        Regards

                        Karl.A

                        "EDIT" OOOps sorry berraf.. around 55hrs so far

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                        • #42
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                          Originally posted by UKGuy



                          Simon, when you get to see Selector please shake him warmly by the hand from me !! He's a great guy and has helped me more than he realises. I hope you get to see the trestle before they tear it down and rebuild it, I'm sure it will be an awe inspiring sight to see it in reality, I envy you.

                          Regards

                          Karl.A


                          I most certainly will. I am really looking forward to meeting him. Unfortunately, I am going to be too far away and with not enough time to see his layout, but we will meet for an evening to catch up. It seems appropriate that one Brit can pass on the good wishes of another on the other side of the planet so to speak!

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                          • #43
                            Karl, your latest explination and technique are exactly what I was looking for the first time I posted my question and really like the fact that you said the cracks were not that large. Perhaps trying the same thing with Bruce's goop might take the cracks out all together and will also add a bit of texture/tooth to the sections not under the trestle.

                            I'll be waiting for the tutorials, no rush whenever you have some time. Thanks so much, Pat

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                            • #44
                              Crandell and I were able to meet for dinner and a very enjoyable time it was talking about trains and things. Al a friend of his and DCC expert joined us so we had some great conversations about all aspects of the hobby. As requested I conveyed your sincere thanks for Selectors input into your Kinsol project. This afternoon, after meetings, I was able to drive out and get to the southern end of the Kinsol. It truly is an impressive sight. I took some shots and will post when I get back home and can get the photos off the camera. Nature is winning this battle. Many of the timbers look in very poor condition. Lots of rot all over the place. Parts are starting to fall down, so sooner or later it will surely fall. Today it seems so remote from anything it is hard to believe that anyone actually went out there to build it. Crandell mentioned that significant funds have been raised and continue to be raised so hopefully the real thing will get saved. Seeing it in the flesh adds to my appreciation of what you have achieved. The shere number of timbers in the thing is awe inspiring. Your signature shot is from the North end of the trestle. When I post my photos perhaps you can match them from the model.

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                              • #45
                                http://www.canada.com/victoriatimesc...1-dcbd6300bd49

                                By some amazing coincidence this article has appeared in the local Victoria paper today. This is very good news I think. Karl, I have the actual paper if you would like me to send you the printed copy?

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