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I had enough working on electrical and switched gears to my big trestle. A few commercially built bents, some of my own, basswood, balsa wood, glue, imagination a few days and the scene is coming to life.
I used one of my extra helix pieces to support the structure. I laid out wax paper on the wood and then using pins and my fast track 30 inch radii guides curved basswood that will join the bents together. Each bent was then placed ~2” apart on the inside curve. I used a CA glue to initially set the bents but used wood glue to glue all the supports together. All wood is stained with a dark walnut stain. I used the fast track guides between the bents while everything was drying so as to keep the radius intact.
Once the trestle was finished I took it off the jig and started fitting extruded foam around the base of the bents to provide support. The commercial bents were not even at the bottom so the foam was ideal for providing a good support for the unevenness.
Using plaster cloth, my wife and myself set out covering the foam and screen support. It will need a lot of rock castings to texture the scene up.
This is where the scene is at. The trestle will need final placement as will the two tunnels. Best get to work on that.
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