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 Posted: Sun Mar 16th, 2014 11:29 pm
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Hello Ray,

So the 'variegated' finish on the CI wasn't the final version, I thought it looked pretty good as it was.

In Cornwall when a new 'hard rock' mineshaft was put into work there would usually be a bit of a celebration around the pithead. When a whole new mine raised it's first ore there was often a major party for all, from the Directors to Miners & their families with a meal, drinks, music band & a generally fun day for all. Sometimes also with coal mines.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 21st, 2014 04:54 pm
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Time for another update...

I've started putting together the sorting house on top of the ore bin. This small structure is the most complex part of the entire mill.

It will have Gn15" tracks entering it on two different levels, from two different directions, as well as one track exiting the building to a trestle for dumping waste rock. Part of the internal structure -- the upper tram dump and ore chute -- will extend above the peak of the roof. And the large tram openings, together with a pair of windows, make the interior fairly visible, so I have to model a lot of the interior details.

I wanted to apply the corrugated siding to a PVC substrate, as on the larger part of the mill. But I wanted to make it look like a wood-framed building. So I built the walls out of thinner, 3mm PVC and then added an interior framework made of styrene strips. When finished, the interior walls will be painted the same color as the corrugated metal siding, with "aged wood" color on the frame.

This shot shows the beginning of the construction. The four walls are assembled and a few of the interior frame pieces have been installed. You can see where the lower level tram enters the building on the right, and exits on the left. The small, triangular platform at the peak is where the upper level tram will come to dump its ore:




The next three shots show the current stage of construction. The upper level ore dump and chute have been built and temporarily installed, along with the necessary support timbers. Most of the frame has been applied to the interior of the walls, however there are some pieces still missing:








And just for fun, here are some pics I shot recently while running a train:








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 Posted: Sun Mar 23rd, 2014 07:52 pm
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I like the internal ore bin & its' support beams.

Since the construction of the 'Miner's Bank' I've been wondering what is the purpose of the steeply inclined ?tarmac road, other than access to the ore bins ?.

Regards                   Michael

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 Posted: Sun Mar 23rd, 2014 09:09 pm
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Looking good Ray I like the dude sitting outside the hardware, he seems to be saying "what's he building now?"

Dennis :):):)

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 Posted: Mon Mar 24th, 2014 12:36 am
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Excellent workmanship! This reminds me of Jerome, AZ with the steep streets & brick/stone buildings. Way to go Ray.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 24th, 2014 02:00 am
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Thanks guys! Jerome, AZ was definitely one of the inspirations for this town.

Michael, the street provides access to the mines above the town, and is also supposed to represent a place such as Jerome where almost everything is on a steep hill due to limited space.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 25th, 2014 08:49 pm
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Thanks Ray.

I had not previously heard of Jerome AZ so I've just been investigating.
So your inclined ramp will be up Cleopatra Hill to Nora Brown's "Saloon" & the Gold King Mine etc.
Sounds like it was quite lively in it's heyday !. Even an underground RR direct into the lower levels.


Regards     Michael  (did Billy the Kid & Wyatt Earp really once share a Saloon table ?).

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 Posted: Tue Apr 1st, 2014 05:59 am
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Time for another progress report...

I finished installing the framing on the interior walls. (The diagonal braces will be added later, after it's painted.) The ore chute is removable to facilitate painting:




Then I painted the interior. The timbers and framework are painted to look like aged "indoor" wood. The interior wall was painted a zinc-like gray, to simulate the appearance of the galvanized metal that will be applied to the exterior. The ore chute was painted separately, then glued in place:








I also started building the roof, which is fairly complex. This is due to the ore chute for the upper level tram:




The interior of the roof is braced with 6mm thick sheets of Sintra PVC glued flat to the underside, to prevent sagging or warping in the sun. There are also crude rafters made of the same material. More bracing will be added later:






Here are a couple shots of the interior. I've added some planking to create a "floor" and painted it to match the timbers and wall frames. I still have to install the tracks for the lower level tram, which will run through the building. The roof has not yet been finished nor painted:






That's all for now, more later.

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Golly--

The man paints and grains the wood, and paints the interior of the sheathing AFTER the building is assembled.

Those lizards that he feeds must be good with paint brushes!

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 Posted: Tue Apr 1st, 2014 10:25 pm
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No lizards Herb. It's just a photo of a real full sized mine mill.
By some fluke of quantum mechanicals Ray has managed to fit it inside a model.

"Proper Job"* Ray, excellent in fact.

* Cornish dialect for 'job well done'.

Perhaps I'll take up fishin' or golf instead of model railroading.

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