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 Posted: Tue Dec 9th, 2014 05:03 pm
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Keith Pashina
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Woodie:

I really like the appearance of your track work. Great seeing your progress. Thanks for posting the photos.

Keith

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 Posted: Wed Dec 10th, 2014 03:46 am
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" I intend to make .020 styrene overlays for the sides with rivet detail "

to the Herb 'O' Rivet TM boy-wonder !

Looking great Big W. !

Nice construction pix.

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Woodie-I briefly looked for my "Silver City" files, and it appears that they are stashed at the very back of the attic. It may be a while before I can find them...


The other thing I was thinking of, and I know you are not there yet, is the ground cover at the smelter grounds. At the real smelter grounds pretty much everything was built on a mound of slag from the earlier smelters that existed prior to the SC, PA & m railroad. This includes crushed slag for ballast, and poured, molten slag dumped into the "Rio" San Vicente, even "finished" slag for the floors of the shops and other buildings. They liked their slag!
While I find slag very interesting-In my case it did not model well(again, in my attempt), as everything just looked like mounds of black with no contrast. this was especially a problem on an indoor layout without the bright light and shadows to help the eye interpret what I was trying to achieve.
Just a thought, the trackwork is looking good!


here is the corner of the roundhouse foundation with the ubiquitous slag, can't remember if I posted this one before...

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 Posted: Thu Dec 11th, 2014 01:17 pm
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Here is a mock up of my attempt. Got discouraged. Moved on without getting far...



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That looks like a pretty stinkin' good layout !

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Yep, if my model of that scene looks half as good, I'll be a very happy man. Nice work, Duane. I wish I could devote space for 2 extra stalls for the enginehouse I planned, but sometimes the rule of "selective compression" must be observed. I still have to wrassle with the smelter "representation" but hope to make it work out OK.
And yes...I am considering some "slag options" for the smelter foundations, etc. I don't like too dark looks and will be experimenting with colorations....yep, that's what I'll do...one of these days. But then again, the place was a dirty, sooty affair and needs to be modeled that way.

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Looks pretty good to me, Duane! I like the dark, slag ground -- it's different, and it fits the setting.



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I have to agree with Ray, Duane. Whether slag, or the more common cinders, a black monotone would seem appropriate to me.

Was there enough residual iron in the slag (and enough rain)  for the slag to take on a brownish tinge? None apparent in the corner of the roundhouse photo. A light brown wash might remove some of the ''sameness'', and give a little definition..


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Yes, imagine weathering the "weathering"... I have a good way to go before I get to all the slag. Structures, etc. are starting to lure me in their direction. I guess that's what makes it all fun

Herb, I believe there was iron in the slag..great eyes, sir
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Thanks-Woodies modeling of the smelter has sparked my interest in modeling again. May just have to get off my arse and build something myself!

Also, I have a small jar of slag from the smelter if you would like it. The color is interesting as it appears black at first, but is somewhat iridescent when the light is right. Some of it is lighter colored, with some oxidized streaking.

This newspaper photo shows the smelter circa 1906, with the Santa Fe line seen just above the buildings. The foreground buildings under construction are the boiler/power plant. Prior to the Comanche mining co smelter, a series of 4-5 smelters, including one owned by George Hearst successfully extracted first silver ores, then switching to a mixture of copper/silver and gold by the time Comanche operated it. Tailings and slag from the smelters and mills filled in the natural desert wetland (called a cianaga) along the creek, this process continued until the Comanche smelter shut down in the fall of 1907.


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