Well it was back to the grind this week and while completing a rather repetitious engraving job today I had time to devote some time to the Trestle Project. The wing assemblies required some more refining and apart from the wing pile choice... I think we have nailed it. There is not a lot of small diameter timber dowel available and with the variations required for HO modelling some compromises are essential. The main thrust of today was to get the overall wing dimensions, batter and close fit of components right. With this achieved I attempted a trial fit to the main trestle assembly and utilised some commercially available basswood half rounds for the wing piles and while it was good to get a "prototype" completed... the choice of the half rounds has detracted from the overall appearance as they look too lightweight. I will construct a couple more differing trials and a decision will need to be arrived at so kit manufacture can then take place. I will try and complete the instructions this weekend and a small delay will then occur while we bring all other kits back into stock in particular the first bridge release, tank stands and station facing kits.
I must admit that I am looking forward to converting this finished trestle into a completed scene and again I will post the progress as this goes along.