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 Posted: Fri Jan 31st, 2014 11:58 pm
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Ray Dunakin
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I've stopped work on the Princess Shilo Mine for a while, so I could get going on the Mineral Ridge Mill. The space available for this mill is very limited and challenging, and will only permit a very small mill. My goal is to create a freelance structure that is at least plausible and follows prototype practices as much as possible.

I had previously built the foundations for the mill, and the large wooden ore bin. The next step was to design the mill building. It's a fairly complex shape, with an irregular footprint, that goes up the slope in steps. The easiest way to design the building was to build a mockup out of foam core art board.

I started with the grizzly and sorting house on top of the ore bin. Because there will be mine tracks leading to the sorting house from two different levels, I originally planned to make the sorting house a two-story structure. Here's the first mockup, sans roof:




After seeing this in place, I didn't like the looks of it. It was too tall and would block the view of structures that will later be added behind it. I cut it shorter, changed the shape of the roof, and added an opening in the roof where ore can be dumped from the higher of the two mine tracks.




Next I went to work on the main mill structure, starting at the level just below the ore bin. As with the sorting house, I started out making it a taller structure, then decided to cut it shorter. (When determining what will look best, it's easier to cut off excess material than to try putting it back on.)






Anyway, here's what I ended up with. I haven't added roofs yet, and may not as they aren't critical to the mockup. The next step will be working out the size and location of the doors, windows and certain other exterior details.






The actual model will be constructed using Sintra PVC board, with corrugated metal applied to the exterior. I don't intend to model the interior, though it will have lights. I may install just enough timbers and other bits to give the impression that the structure isn't completely hollow.

That's all for now. Enjoy!

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 Posted: Sat Feb 1st, 2014 11:11 pm
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Wow Ray very impressive. I am also taken aback by all of the form work not only for the mine but for the other structures you intend to place on the RR.
Really good stuff and obviously lots of time spent thinking about what you intended to do with the space.
Rod.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 8th, 2014 09:45 am
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That is very cool looking very well planed out.

Chris,:brill:

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 Posted: Sat Feb 8th, 2014 12:36 pm
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Ray

Vibration from those stamps won't cause the tunnel to collapse, I hope.

Nice work, as always.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 15th, 2014 07:41 pm
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Progress continues to be very slow lately, but here's a brief update:

I've cut out the openings for the doors and windows, and built the roofs. Each roof is removable for access to the interior:






Except for the large freight door, I'll be using Grandt Line doors and windows for this structure, as they are almost identical to the styles typically seen on mill and mine structures. However, since this is supposed to be a fairly old and weathered building, I've added more prominent wood grain and a few cracks:




The exterior of the mill will be clad with corrugated metal. I originally wanted to use the very nice, galvanized stuff sold by Rainbow Ridge. However, this structure will require about 10 square feet of material, and I can't really afford that much right now. Also, if I make my own I can make it thinner and more pliable. So I'm making it out of .001" thick shim brass from McMaster-Carr.

I cut it into pieces a little over four inches long, then heat each piece with a torch to anneal it. Next it is sprayed with oven cleaner. I let it soak in the oven cleaner for a while as that seems to slightly etch the surface. After rinsing and drying, then I place it over a piece of corrugated material and use a dull pencil tip to embossed the ridges. Then I cut them into strips a little over 1 inch wide. A very laborious process, but I have more time than money.





So that's where things stand. I still have a lot more corrugated metal to make, and then apply it to the structure. Also need to paint the doors and windows, and cut glass to fit. And I haven't built the sorting house yet, that goes on top of the ore bin.

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"A very laborious process, but I have more time than money"

But the results are great!. Jose.



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Have to agree with Jose, Ray the results look great can't wait to see the finished building, you have given me some ideas

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Very nicely planned out! The cut edges, windows, and doors on your foamboard are so sharp and clean. Do you cut them by hand with xacto knife or what?

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 Posted: Wed Feb 19th, 2014 04:07 am
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Yes, they're cut with an X-acto knife.



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 Posted: Thu Feb 20th, 2014 09:51 am
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Ray, how did you distress the window frame - and without breaking the smaller parts? Wire brush?

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