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February 13, 2018 Part II

Posted by [email protected] on February 13, 2018 at 9:45 PM
FROM THE EXACTO KNIFE

FEBRUARY 13, 2018 Part II

CELEBRATORY CIGAR AFTER MODELING TRAINWORLD IN THE POD FOR FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS

Well I'd like to welcome you to the first, TRUE, entry into my modeling journal, known as "From the Exacto Knife".  These will be my periodic entries that will be separate from the Republic of Trainworld timeline, so that these can focus on ideas and construction projects, whereas most of the other blog entries will deal with specific photo shoots and details.


That being said, 2018 is looking forward to being a good year. It's been two long stagnant years since the Republic of Trainworld layout has been set up.  In 2018, I'm hoping to change that.  Yesterday, the Escape Pod furnace was lit up, and actual modeling began again.  Other than work on a scratchbuilt half battleship/half aircraft carrier (thats only half done), I haven't done any modeling whatsoever in the Pod in almost two years - since late June of 2016.


The incomplete half battleship/half aircraft carrier.  Taken probably in early December 2017.


So, yesterday, I began work on the original blast furnace stoves of the Duluth furnace. These weren't completed for the 2016 steel plant exhibit, but were put out on display nonetheless.  Since then, they have sat on my shelf - along with every other model on my layout. Yesterday, I shook off the dust and grabbed a fresh exacto blade and got to work.


HOW THE STOVES APPEARED BEFORE REAL WORK BEGAN.  THIS IS HOW THE STOVES APPEARED FOR THE 2016 STEEL MODEL EXHIBIT AND HAVEN'T BEEN TOUCHED EVER SINCE.


The Duluth blast furnace stoves are nightmare-ish to model, and I ran out of time to get them done for the 2016 steel model exhibit in Duluth, so they were hap-hazzardly done quickly and spray painted just to make an appearance. (The Walthers BF equally, wasn't finished).  Yesterday, I took the old furnace stoves off the shelf and began making the cuts needed to make the strange and odd stove offtakes and stacks.  Because this model was thrown together in a hurry, I don't expect it to be perfect and because of the limitations of having to display these models outside, most details have to be ommitted. But I plan to give it as much of an effort as I can to make it "believable".



THE DULUTH BLAST FURNACE STOVES AT THE END OF A DAYS MODELING

The modeling process was a bit long, as there were dificulties getting certain cuts done.  In order to save time before the 2016 Duluth model presentation, I chose to use rubber tubing to shape the upper part of the stoves. As I ran out of time, I simply shaped these as best I could and got them as close to the center stack as possible, hoping that maybe I might have enough time to come back and make the cuts needed to glue the tubes all together, but I never got to that point and so the top of the stoves were not nearly as complete as I'd have liked.  


I was able to mold some tubing bends and get some gas main work done, as well as get the stove maintanence platforms cut and sized and then glued. These were actually harder to do than cutting and re-glueing the upper stove pipes.  


I intend to go back and try and fix these stove tops some day, but as of now, I'm just trying to get a semi-finished product ready for a display hopefully in the spring.

THE VERY ODD BLAST FURNACE STOVES AT DULUTH, UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN 1915

So, it wasn't a very productive day in terms of numbers, but it was a huge leap forward in terms of modeling.  Theres more to eventually come, as I intend to get as much ready for an eventual early spring photo shoot.  Not having seen daylight in two years, Trainworld City will need some TLC before it heads outside.  I can't wait to see it out there though....so much has been done even before the 2016 Steel Plant Exhibit, but was never displayed on the layout outside.  


New stories to go along with the photo shoots have already been planned, new figures and vehicles bought and even a few NEW models made.  The battleship WILL be a part of the story, and so it is also a key model that will have to be finished.

So much to do, but progress in the making!


Sammy


Categories: From the Exacto Knife: Modelers Journal

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