This may be a first for me. I get to rebuild a steel mill I constructed in 2009. Here are some pictures of the mill on my table. The columns for the blast furnace are missing and will have to be replaced. Handrails, piping and lights are damaged and there is a lot of dust.
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How did it wind up in that condition Alan?
The customer picked it up from me and once it left me in 2009, I do not know. I got a call last year from the customer asking me if I knew anyone that may want to purchase it. I put my customer in contact with the fellow that bought it. This is the way he received it.
Unless the dust is an impediment to reconstruction, I think it adds to the authentic look. In that case, I would simply leave the dust. It is nature's weathering.
My neighbor gave me some makeup brushes and along with some long handled stiff paint brushes I am able to get the dust off without doing any damage.
The touch up painting will be pretty easy because most of the structure is various colored primers, some orange for rust, black and silver.
The lights are the hardest thing to deal with. If one is shorted out it takes out a whole circuit.
I think this model was probably dropped and also jammed inside a car. If some water got under the iron I would only have repairs to the blast furnace.
Alan, it looks like the pieces came apart rather easily. Did you use some sort of modular assembly techniques with disassembly in mind? Did you have to undo any permanent bonds like glue joints? If so how did you do that?
I started repairing the lights , handrails and piping on the stoves, dust collector and gaswasher. I also repaired the rolling mill building and mounted it on a separate base. Here are some pictures.The new plan calls for re-arrangeing the stoves, dust collector and gas drier to the other side of the blast furnace.
Alan that is just fabulous. Does the talent that produces these incredible models spill over onto the pool table supporting the steel mill?
Truly Amazing great job
Well done, Alan. Getting the proportions right on an O-scale blast furnace is no easy feat. Looks great!