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|T O P I C R E V I E W
||Posted - 10/11/2004 : 4:13:09 PM
or...how to make something out of nothing ...or , the Drew Allison Story ( the guy is a genius at improvising )
On my recent trip to the Steel Modellers Convention in Philly , the main theme was improvisation . Steel Modellers have , for many years , had to make their own structures and details .Cheap and FUN !
So I was adding on to a kitbashed lime kiln ( by Vollmer ) and wanted to have a realistic conveyor system but with $0 out of my pocket ( or close to it ).
I was thinking a vertical conveyor of some sort and Dean Freytag OKed it and threw me some spare parts to get started . They are the vertical chimney-like pieces ( styrene ) topped by a semi-circular redirection device . Since Dean only gave me one , I made the other from balsa and added a few rivets ( Tichy )
I used scrap styrene to make this auger housing complete with safety shroud .
next.... you see corkscrew , and I see auger ( black ) with an additional future ingot buggy ( white ) This item was free at the hotel .
and this little black ( painted ) cylindrical thingie ...
...nope , didn't buy the wine , the wife's daughter brought it over for Thanksgiving dinner ( burp ) an OK Chardonnay , with a free cork
The base was made of scrap styrene in the approximate shape
and painted with whatever was lying around as it will be covered with glued down roadbed in the near future .
Now to start fitting things together .
Oh , yeah , these two little numbers
The white item on the left is part of an extra smokestack from my ore freighter kit , and the red oxide tank on the right is a hair spray bottle cap .They have been embellished with Tichy bolt castings , wood dowel and pieces of scrap .
Moving right along ..
...and start putting it in place
I'll update this later with the finishing touches .
|10 L A T E S T R E P L I E S (Newest First)
||Posted - 10/14/2004 : 10:12:55 PM
I'm impressed Terry Your doing a great job.
I especially like your cylindrical thingie...have to get one of those
Kep us posted on your progress.
||Posted - 10/11/2004 : 9:11:27 PM
Terry, very imaginative and creative. And well executed too.
||Posted - 10/11/2004 : 8:26:53 PM
Fantastic scratch building. That's the second best use of a corkscrew that I know.
Keep us posted on the lime kiln. Nice!!
||Posted - 10/11/2004 : 7:52:59 PM
That actually made sense to me.
Adding the last picture with the truck brought everything into perspective.
||Posted - 10/11/2004 : 7:11:09 PM
Terry, this is some really impressive scratchbuilding and improvisation! Very nice work!
One of the things I like about what you're doing is that it's not a run of the mill (no pun intended!) model railroad theme. Instead, you're going to have something on your layout that is really out of the modeling mainstream and therefore unique!
||Posted - 10/11/2004 : 7:00:07 PM
I'm sure the wine helped with the design of your model. It looks pretty good!
||Posted - 10/11/2004 : 5:59:22 PM
Terry, it looks like a pretty functional thingie to me! I think that every lime kiln/steel mill should have a TeeJay Conveyor on the premises.
||Posted - 10/11/2004 : 5:23:38 PM
John , I have to agree with you , I didn't do a very good job of explaining the model , especially since I didn't tie it in with the old kiln thread .
The lime kiln , which processes chunks of mined limestone , would have a Terex truck or two , dumping limestone into the hopper . From there a crusher and then a conveyor would prepare the limestone for the kiln process . This is done by transferring the stone to the upper area of the kiln where it is dumped in for processing . It filters down to a waiting hopper car to be transported to the steel mill and used as an additive in steel making .
At this point I don't have the tracks tied in because I have to make a bridge between the quarry and the spur . The gon is simply spotted under the kiln for the picture .
This is a work-in-progress model that I hope to complete in the next couple of weeks .
||Posted - 10/11/2004 : 4:52:45 PM
Looks great so far Terry!
||Posted - 10/11/2004 : 4:25:27 PM
Looks really good and very realistic.
However since I know squat about steel making I have no idea what you are constructing.
This from someone who spent 5 years in college in Berthlehem PA, home of Bethlehem Steel.
The only thing I know about steel mills is that if it rained little rust marks showed up on your car when the rain drops dried.
So again very impressive but what does it do.
Duh, I just realized that you were talking about your Lime Kiln, so of course I now understand.
Yea Right I do.
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