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Very nice work. That is how you become a modeler. Start small with simple projects and continue to challenge yourself with tougher projects each time.

A couple suggestions, not criticism, might be to add stickers (small pieces to allow air between the beams) every 3 or 4 beams high on the heavy timbers, maybe 2 or 3 on the length of beam.

Here is a link to a similar topic thread on the other LS forum Lumber load for centerbeams Lots of good information toward your goal.

I gave up using dowels for log loads long ago for the same reason you state. I now find good yard debris (aka sticks and twigs) that 'look' right. Not sure where you are, but trees with a thin, fine bark work best. Saplings are also pretty good.

Bob C
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