|Posted by [email protected] on February 28, 2018 at 12:35 AM|
FROM THE EXACTO KNIFE
FEBRUARY 27th, 2018 - CONTINUING WORK ON BLAST FURNACE STOVES
Saturday and Sunday the 24th and 25th of February, Duluth got pummeled yet again by a massive snow storm - the second one in about 72 hours, dumping two more feet of snow on top of about a foot that we had just got done shoveling out. The pathway to the Pod looked like the trenches of Hoth in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back! Lol. Anyways, I spent most of my free time shoveling out our store and our house, which killed my back, and most of my free time.
LOOKING OUT THE ESCAPE POD HATCH TUESDAY, FEB 20th
ABOUT TWO FEET OF SNOW FELL IN A DAY. DOESN'T LOOK LIKE MUCH, BECAUSE IT"S UNDER A TREE
BUT IF YOU TURN AROUND, YOU RUN INTO MOUNT FUJI IN MY FRONT YARD
I JOKED THAT IT'S LIKE BEING ONE OF THE REBEL SOLDIERS IN THE TRENCH ON HOTH IN STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Anyways, while all the snow piled up, I just cranked on my wood furnace in the Pod and went to work. While I was going to try and vary some of my projects so that I could get a variety of things done before spring, I ended up spending ALL of my time working on the Duluth blast furnace stoves, which are difficult even for the best modelers. For me, it's one heckuva challenge for sure - especially on a model that I never intended to be "perfect" by any means.
FINISHED THE CATWALK ON THE UPPER PART OF THE STOVES
Because nothing on the stoves is symetrical, it's incredibly difficult to get precise with a lot of the measurements. What's an 1 3/4 on one part of the model may be 2 1/4 on the same piece on the opposite side. It's that kind of "fun math" that I'm dealing with and it drives modelers nuts.....I'm no exception.
I got the Pod up to operating temp, put on some classic TV to start off - Combat! Kojak, Original Battlestar Galactica, then some steel vids got me in the mood in the background while I finished up the upper stoves catwalks and railings.
I then went to work making the catwalks on both sides of the stoves. These are the dual twin catwalks below the upper stoves and they allow access to the upper stove hatches for cleaning etc. I haven't made the hatch holes on these stoves yet.
SCRATCH BUILT CATWALKS ON THE DULUTH STOVES
I've been using both Jeff Borne's photos and historical photos of both Duluth and the Gary furnaces and stoves (# 11 and 12 furnaces I believe at Gary) since both Duluth and Gary's furnaces were fairly close. I've decided to use mosquito/screen door material as catwalk platform rather than making them solid styrene, as in Jeff's videos and pics. This adds a bit more realism to the model.
I haven't finished the railings and stairwells yet, just got to the catwalks and supports themselves so far. Even still, it's progress.
SINCE THE MODEL ISN"T SYMETRICAL, THE RAILINGS AREN'T GOING TO BE STRAIGHT.
THE RAILINGS AND STAIRWELLS HAVEN'T BEEN ADDED YET. YOU CAN SEE THE BOWED RAILING ON THE UPPER STAIRWELL AT LEFT
STYRENE, STYRENE, EVERYWHERE!
As stated many many times, this model isn't going to be perfect. I'm just trying to get it to where it looks fairly respectable, being built on an already flawed model. I plan to fill in the tops of the furnace stoves with model putty to clear up the gaps. This was created because the PVC piping that I used for the stoves didn't exactly match the plastic egg tops that I used for the furnace tops (I didn't use the Plastruct flat cone tops). That should clear up any unwanted gaps when I paint this again.
THIS TOP AREIAL VIEW CLEARLY SHOWS THE IMPERFECTIONS OF THIS MODEL. OH WELL.
I hope by adding more details, the flaws of the model base will be fairly well hidden. or at least it will decieve the eye enough to not be as noticeable.
AGAIN, THE SMALL FLAWS ARE NOTICEABLE AND ONE CAN SEE THE STOVES ARE NOT EVEN OR SYMETRICAL. IT MAKES FOR A MODELING NIGHTMARE ON AN ALREADY DIFFICULT PROJECT. I STILL INTEND FOR THIS TO LOOK FAIRLY WELL. THESE ARE THE STOVES AS THEY APPEAR NOW.
Because I spent a majority of my pre-bought Plastruct railings and ladders on the other steel models, most noteably the open hearth and bridge cranes, I don't have lot left over to readily use on these stoves. I might fabricate a few, or I'll just have to wait to buy some more later. Funds are a bit tight to all of those at once, but hey, I have a HELLUVA LOT of bulk styrene coming!
I had a real bug to set up both blast furnace models the last time I was in the Pod, but didn't have enough room on the model bench. So I cleared enough space to set them both up. Even though the Walthers furnace was incomplete, I needed to get a sense of size and proportion. So, I did it.
I PUT JEFF BORNES HOT METAL DVD IN FOR BACKGROUND MOTIVATION
THE STOCK WALTHERS BF ON LEFT, THE SCRATCH BUILT DULUTH BF AT RIGHT.
I set up the two model complex's together, as they might appear on my layout - but backwards. The reason being is I was trying to examine the stove details for proprtions more than the BF and cast houses. So without the skipcrane guides, I set them up. The Walthers BF is the basis for the Joliet furnace at Duluth, while the Duluth furnace is, of course, scratch built. Joliet appears on the left, Duluth on the right in the photo above.
As stated above, the Walthers BF is going to become the basis for the Joliet BF at Duluth. This furnace was dismantled in 1938 at Joliet, Ill and hauled all the way up to Duluth and installed in the spot that used to occupy the other twin furnace of the Duluth furnace, which was torn down in 1935, leaving only one of the original twin BF's - which is the scratch built one you see in the photo above at right.
If this was set up on my layout, the model would have to be turned around - as this was set up to view the stoves for piping placement and such, not for platting it's size on my layout, (ie: the Joliet BF would be on the right and the Duluth BF on the left).
I didn't set up the skiphouses, or the skipways - just to save space on the bench. But I deccided to get both BF's and stoves set up just for perspective and to see where and how I'm going to get my hot blast pipes and stuff to the blower/powerhouse - which, I guess by default is going to be the NEXT building I'm going to be constructing. Right now, it's just a Walthers empty dual bay engine house, but in the future, I'll be scratch building one.
YOU CAN WATCH A VIDEO ON THE BLAST FURNACE COMPARISON BELOW
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