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Building a Large Curved Trestle on a Grade – Part 4

Odd-sized Stories and Bent Assemblies After a break for the Holidays and the generally unpleasant freezing weather, I’m back at it. In this installment, I’ll be building the odd-sized stories, adding the mud sills and assembling complete bents. A spreadsheet was used to calculate the height of the bottom story for each bent, as I’m […]

Building a Large Curved Trestle on a Grade – Part 3

Mass Production of Bent Stories To efficiently build a large trestle such as this, I will take advantage of the many identical assemblies of bent stories. Of the 20 bents, four are less than full height. I’ll handle exceptions like those individually. In this article I will describe how I build the bent stories in […]

Building a Large Curved Trestle on a Grade – Part 2

Processing Reclaimed Wood I have a house that is over 100 years old, and in the past got a load of cedar channel siding that was reclaimed from a similar house. Many of the pieces were only 1-2 feet long, so not very useful for repairs, but very useful for model bridge building (and other […]

Building a Large Curved Trestle on a Grade – Part 1

Materials This is the beginning of a semi-regular series describing how I go about building a complex trestle. I am writing this series so that, hopefully, others may benefit from my experience and (probably more than a few) mistakes. I model in 1:20.3, but will provide many measurements and plans in 1:24 as well. Photo […]