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Trestle Kit Question

James has a question he is hoping a reader will help him with. I presume he has contacted the supplier without success otherwise he wouldn’t be asking the question?:

“I have a JV-models HO trestle kit #2014. The instruction say to transfer bent diagram to plywood.  The bent diagram is only 5 1/2″ tall and 3′ WIDE AT BASE. The bents can be built to 18″, is the base 3″ at 18″ hgt or is to be extrapolated out to 18″ which would make them 5 1/2″ wide.”

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3 Responses to Trestle Kit Question

  • David Stokes says:

    James, the drawing supplied is stuck to a piece of wood and you should then create a jig by gluing pieces of stripwood adjacent to the lines on the drawing. You would then strat by placing the top cross pieces in place, and then the uprights. The angle of the uprights to the cross piece is set by your jig. The taller you want your tressle, the wider will be the spread of the legs at the bottom. I suggest, as I often do, that you research the web and the hobby press for articles about trestles as different railways have “house styles”, and if you want your trestle to reflect your railway they need to match..

  • Mark Donaldson says:

    Mark says: I have a JV #2016 kit on my layout. Fun to assemble. The bent diagram establishes the angle of the uprights and the pattern of the braces (horizontal and diagonal) The base width will increase with the height of each bent. I used wax paper over the diagram to keep it clear of glue and reusable. good luck and have fun.

  • James Smith says:

    Thanks guys that is what I thought, just making sure. Two emails to jv models produced no response. I have four of there kits but no more. I will buy Campbell kits, they answer email questions.

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