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    Default Trestle diorama

    Moving this to a separate thread. Decided to build a trestle diorama with a couple trestle kits I have had laying about for 5 years. First time building a trestle bridge.

    Homemade jig



    A couple bents added



    Trestle mostly completed. Started on the foam base outline. Not sure it will survive or not.







    A couple of kits I am adding to the back corner for some visual interest than just looking at a trestle.





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    @dave68124

    Nice job on the trestle, well done!
    Cheers Tony

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    That trestle looks great, I'll follow your progress with interest!

    Excellent idea to build a jig to ensure uniformity and squareness.

    I really like that mine - wish I had your construction skills.

    Dave

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    Wow, love the trestle, it looks so real.

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    Looks amazing! I had purchased that kit for the 2 small logging cabins some time ago and It was going to be my first kit build. When I opened the box and saw the size of the window openings I was going to have to cut out I promptly closed it and decided to save it for another day. I’m looking forward to seeing a complete building as mine is still just a bunch of sticks wrapped in a rubber band and a sheet of siding in that white box hahaha.

    Chad

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    Forgot the link to the homemade jig for the Trestle. Simple .060 sheet of styrene and some .125 x .125 styrene rods glued into place with Plasticstuct Bondene or Weld. Pick a corner for the square for the sheet and measure everything off of that corner. I did 10' N Scale sections.

    http://www.trainweb.org/tomfassett/models/trestle01/

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    Great looking trestle!! I have the Burnt River mine kit as well, will be watching your build with interest...
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    Some pics and tips for the bunk house's.

    First suggestion is make a simple styrene jig for the walls. They are internal bracing, so most important thing is to get the top, bottom and sides square then fill in the rest. Start with the long walls, then drop in a middle piece of styrene for the end walls. The picture on the box show's the door and window on the same wall - thought it made more sense if there was a door on one side and window on the other for air movement. I purposely didn't spend a lot of time getting the window / doors in perfect alignment on the wall. Figured any shack that gets hauled from one work site to another by mules wasn't a work of fine craftsmen building it.

    Forgot to mention, I prestained all pieces with Hunterline stain - I really like that stuff for wood - used a driftwood to start. Ultimately, I came back with a second stain color - light grey - to add some tonal differences without having to do a lot of additional weathering.



    Cutting the wall was pretty easy. Just need to be patient. Frankly I hate the windows and if I were to build them again I would have sanded them down to reduce the thickness of window. Doors are equally easy to cut using a chisel blade. When I built the wall bracing, I measured for the window and door respectively when installing the internal studs.







    If you keep the walls square, the rest goes together nicely. Since the buildings would be enclosed, I added a middle bracing as the walls sagged in a bit. Rather than using the card stock for the floor, I used the extra balsa wood siding for rigidity.





    Roof and other next post

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    I initially started with the door that came with the kit (metal), but immediately found making it look like real wood that goes with the kit is impossible, so I built my own doors.



    A little light sanding to clean up some edges as well as give the second stain coat something to grab on to and give some tonal differences. Unfortunately the sander left some circular marks - camera sees it better than the eye.



    Lastly, the roof. Kit comes with black construction paper for the roof. I decided to lay each board by hand. Took the balsa siding, cut to length then cut out each board with a knife. Most of the kit I used CA on - dries clear on wood - but for the roof I used tacky glue that dries clear to give me more working time. Problem with yellow wood glue is that it doesn't dry clear and I didn't have any white on hand. Tacky glue works great.





    And almost finished product - needs final light grey stain on the roof to unify the colors. Currently drying now.




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    Final picture with second stain of light grey over the driftwood. On to the Burnt River Mine.




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    Great job Dave , beautiful weathering , and the trestle is wonderful.
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    Those look fantastic, @dave68124!
    Cheers!
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    Man those cabins came out as good as the trestle! Going to be a fantastic looking diorama.

    Chad

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