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What's Off Your Workbench ?

Normally, we post about what’s on our workbenches,
but last night, I finally got a project off of my workbench.

I built an HO model of my daughter’s house,
including several 3D-printed figures from Miniprints.

Nothing exceptional about the project, other than it “grew and grew”,
until I finished it in the nick of time last evening.

With a friend's help, I got the fiber optics in,
for the Christmas tree and outdoor lights.

Kind of an interesting exercise to model something contemporary,
since I usually model early 1900s.


Of course, in my haste to finish the model, I forgot to take photos,
so I unwrapped the gift this morning and took photos,
but through the protective and reflective glass case.

Oh well
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Merry Christmas everyone !




















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 Posted: Wed Jan 12th, 2022 12:40 am
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Well, 2022 seems to be off to a decent start for me,
certainly in terms of the miniature modeling world !


Here's a short update on a couple of things I have been admiring this year:





Last fall, John Coker painted this scene,
showing Gilpin Shay #4 with a short train on the Banta Hill Branch.

He completed it and shipped it to me in November,
and I recently got the matted and framed painting back.

Here it is hanging on our living room wall.
I am very pleased to have this painting in my home !






Lind Wickersham pointed me to the book 'Historic Photos of Colorado Mining'.
This book was published in 2009 by Turner Publishing Company.

I either missed or forgot about this excellent book,
but thanks to Lind, I acquired a copy.

A large part of the book, about a third, has nicely reproduced images,
of mining in Gilpin, Boulder, and Idaho Springs.

I recommend taking a look at this book,
and consider getting a copy for your library.


Keith


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Those and the house are all quite nice.





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Hi Keith

Took your advice and bought the book. 

Nice selection of photos,
and it hits a lot of minerals other than gold and silver. 


I was Googling about the Tungsten mines in Nederland, not far from Gilpin Co.
and stumbled across a Facebook group for Western Mining History.

Lots of interesting photos, some colorized. 
Came across one for the interior of McFarlane's foundry in Black Hawk.


Also, looking at many of the mines and mill photos in Colorado,
it makes you realize what a great area Gilpin is for modeling.

Many of the mines in Cripple Creek, Telluride, etc. were huge,
and would take an entire room or at least a wall to model, even compressed. 

All the Gilpin mines and mills were modeler friendly,
except maybe the one big mill in Black Hawk.


Attachment: mcfarlane foundry black hawk co.jpg (Downloaded 82 times)

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1860s mining scene – Central City, Colorado area

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Boiler being transported at Central City, Colorado

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Although this is a locomotive type boiler,

I assume it's intended for a power house.

A nice scene.




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Placer mining ! 

I love this image.
It is classical early mining. 

When I worked in California,
I studied these types of images in depth to tell stories.
There is so much in this, I love it !  

The other image of the boiler is cool,
but I really dig the arched iron doors on the brick building behind.
I also like the first story made of rock, and the second of brick.  




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Just a minor correction,
the boiler is a Horizontal Return Tube type.


Only came across two steam plants, with locomotive type boilers,
operated one plant with 5 boilers for a number of years.
 
The other was in Guatemala,
where two former boilers from NG 4-4-0s had been in service.
 
One of the 4-4-0 chassis was rebuilt into a shop engine,
for power for the overhead belt drive.

The shops is now a Railway museum in Sonsanate.




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Ken C wrote:
Just a minor correction,
the boiler is a Horizontal Return Tube type.


Would you explain the horizontal return type ?

I assumed the firebox is missing (ok, that's nonsense). 

So I guess both smokestack and firebox were on the far end,
where the man sits on the boiler ?




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