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 Posted: Thu Apr 13th, 2017 08:07 am
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Keith Pashina


Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
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Some Thoughts On Mill Interiors & Modeling Them

An example stamp mill (not Gilpin County), showing the typical design that descends down the hillside to take advantage of gravity, and general building framing, belt drive, and machinery locations
As I prepare to start modeling some ore processing mills for my Black Hawk scene, I thought I would review some of various parts of the overall mill interior that would help make a convincing and realistic model.

Depending on the mill I am modeling, the interior foundation walls might either by laid-up rubble stone, or "modern" concrete. Where modeling concrete, a nice detail is the marks left from the individual boards used to form up the concrete (this photo taken inside the Argo Mill in Idaho Springs)

This photo shows a Wilfley Table in the Santiago Mill near Waldorf on the Argentine Central. Two things jump out at me in this photo - first, note that the floor is dirt, not wood or concrete. Second, notice all of the various piping and launders (small flumes) serving this table. 

Next, here is the Mendota Mill in Silver Plume. This is an example of a small mill, and the overall design is ratter flat, not cascading down the hillside, and maybe this building shape is more typical of the mills in Black Hawk.  Also, I like the weatherbeaten look of the metal siding

This image was taken inside the Western Museum of Mining near Colorado Springs. This is a very important, and fun thing to model inside a mill model - the overhead belt drive that would serve the stamp batteries, bumping tables, Wilfley tables, and other machinery. Also, note how robust the wood building framing is - the pounding of the stamps was hard on buildings, and they had to be robustly built

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