I am attempting to scratchbuild the Big Warrior River Bridge found in Kalmbach's Model Railroad Bridges & Trestles book; page 105. I successfully photocopied the Z scale plans to HO but failed in my attempt to build the lacing on the girders/plates. I built three out of wood but they looked terrible. I was following directions in another Kalmbach book, Bridges & Buildings which shows a jig to make girders with lattice. Luckily I was advised to consider some Central Valley plastic bridge girders/plates which are sold separately. When I received them, I was amazed that they fit perfectly into the jig that I made so they had to be the exact HO size needed. I was delighted, not to mention surprised. I had already used a router to make wood girders/plates which turned out okay. These don't require lattice. Other parts of the bridge calls for rods and bars. I went to Home Depot today and think I found some steel rods and bars that are suitable. Part #18 & Part # 28 are called 7" Channels and 12" Channels respectfully. I am not familiar with this terminology. Can anyone enlighten me? PS For the first time, I used Ambroid ProWeld to assemble the plastic Central Valley girders. It works by capillary action and is the only way to fly.