Potash Mine Revisited

Discussion in 'Robin At His Best' started by Matthyro, Sep 7, 2003.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Awesome Robin! Here we go again with another scratchbuilding tutorial from the master.

    cheers
    Val
  2. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Thanks Val although I never thought of myself as a "master" you are being generous.
    The loading dock is coming together. Some painting done.
    The section in the front is recycled from my previous layout.

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  3. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Tonight I added the ore conveyor built out of two strips of corrugated cardboard with the edges faced with cerealboard.

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  4. ezdays

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    This project gets more astounding each time you post a new picture. We are all greatful that you share you work this way.

    Oh, nice boat on the mantle. I have one just like it on a shelf in my den. (No room on the mantle with all the pictures of the grandkids and part of my wife's giraffe collection.):rolleyes: :D

    D8)N
  5. RailRon

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    What a footprint of that plant!

    Robin, this time you're in for a HUGE structure! And it's turning out great, as the others before.

    Already now it looks like you don't have room enough on this table for the whole plant. Now I wonder where the main shaft will be added. Do you have to exchange the table for a larger one? ;) :D

    I also noted the ship model on the mantle. Is it a tea Clipper? Whatever it is, it looks beautiful! (I also did some ship modeling, but as Don already stated, it's hard to find space enough to display these models properly.)

    I'm eagerly waiting for the next potash installment!

    Ron
  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Thanks Don and Ron. The old sailing ship on the mantle is a very poor model of the "Cutty Sark" Not to scale and lacks detail. It was given to me by a friend so put it on the mantle where it looks not too bad.
    Back to the potash mine, much of it will be re-cycled from my old layout. Here is one of three domed warehouses to store the potash. They too are made out of corrugated cardboard and cerealboard. Conveyers will connect them together.

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  7. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Next is an old shed that will fit in somewhere. The roof is made out of aluminum foil

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  8. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Robin, Lookin' gooood!!!! Say, I like that shed with the foil roof! Heck, I like it ALL! I'm sure others might ask this: How did you build the domed warehouse? I'm assuming you cut several parts and fitted them together, but what geometry/etc did you use to figure out the angles and dimensions? My math teacher always said that stuff would come in handy some day! :)
  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Ralph, these potash mines are quite remote and I could never get close enough to get some idea of dimensions of the domes so decided that I would make mine to fit in the space I had available. I started with an 8inch diameter circle on a piece of corrugated cardboard. I then marked the circumference into 45degree sections. I cut 8 sections of corrugated cardboard with a 90degree angle 4 inch base to go from the centre of the circle to the edge. The upright side is 4 1/2 inch high. I then cut a curve along the hypotenuse. Next I cut a piece of cerealboard wide enough to fit around the circumference between two sections. I lay it over the curved sections and used a pencil to draw the edges. No calculations here, just cut and fit. Once I had one piece cut that fit properly, I made 24 of them to go on the 3 domes.
    Each dome is a scale 105 feet in diameter and 60 feet high.
  10. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Thank you Robin, I KNEW there had to be a system to it! Nicely done!
    Ralph
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    Coming along very very nicely Robin. Can hardly wait for the next installment!

    cheers
    Val
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    In case anyone is wondering about whats happening, the earthmovers and bulldozers are busy preparing the site. Much has to be done levelling and draining water and so on.
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    That makes sense Robin. Show us a photo when everything is in place.
  14. RailRon

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    Hey Robin,

    we only hope that no bad weather is coming in, so that the preparing of the site will be terminated in time. :D

    You keep us informed, willya, Robin, huh?

    Ron
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    The LPBs have been hard at work getting the site for the mine levelled. Now the work is done, the equipment cleaned up and ready to go to the next project and the LPB crew have gone to the town of Harris to down a few well "urned " maybe if the alcohol did them in" should have said earned brews.
    Looking South East

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    The bored photographer wandered around a bit hoping some of the crew came back but to no avail so took thei photo looking south west

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    Looking great Robin. Can't do anything until the LPB's come back to move the equipment off.
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    Hmmmm.

    Just like in real life. The lunchwhistle blows, and they all dash off, leaving their equipment parked higgledy-piggledy all around. :D
  19. ezdays

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    Nice as alway. I'm impressed with what seems like one continous backdrop. A photo or is it hand painted?

    Don
  20. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Don, the background comes from Backdrop Warehouse.