Progress in the pits....

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by EngineerKyle, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    Hi all,

    Remember this thread?

    In it I showed an area I was working on. I've since made some progress and would like to share.

    I guess you would call these coal/limestone bins. I want to park hoppers loaded with coal and limestone flux (flux is rocks about the size of two fists) over these pits for unloading.


    This project is far from done. In fact, in picture 4 of 5 you can see the stucco patch is still wet. I plan to make piles of coal and limestone by first carving the piles out of foam and smoothing stucco patch over the foam piles. You can see that I have already done this. When the stucco patch is dry, my plan is to spray paint the area in black and light grey auto primer, one color for each pile. Next I'll pour and glue some WS ballast in appropriate colors over that.



    When I slid the module back under the track, removed ties and set the kilns back in place, I was happy with the look. When I spotted my first two Detroit and Mackinac (formerly CSX) 3 bay hoppers over the pit, I wept.

    It looked so good.

    It never ceases to amaze me how the grungy colors, rough texture and skewed angles of the pre-EPA industrialist's structures can look so beautiful.


    I think I'll be putting red and yellow light in the kilns to see if I can simulate fire. Ideas on how to do this, or any other suggestions or critiques are always welcome.


    Here you can really see how I have remarked the CSX herald with the DM. ( I imagine this is historically backwards, as DM preceeded CSX, but I suppose those hoppers could have been of the former Michigan Central RR.) Who's gonna know? aussie

  2. Nice work Kyle ! Keep on posting your updates, they are appreciated !

  3. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    I'm liking the progress on this project. Way cool!
  4. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Hi Kyle,

    What kind of facility are you modeling there? It sems to be a smelter of sorts...
    Also, your new camera has done wonders for your models..!! Previous posts made them look kinda' "grungy", but this new camera really brings them out...!!! Congrats !!:thumb:
  5. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    Very nice work Kyle. Keep sending updates
  6. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Lookin' good Kyle, :thumb: you've made quite a bit of progress. I'm a big fan of industrial architecture, too, especially where you can see something going on. And your smokestacks turned out really well. Nice work!

  7. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    Thanks for the kind words everyone!

    I REALLY appreciate the feedback. Say, is it about time to start another "Freight Car of the Week?"

    Oh, and Gus....

    I've never seen coke oven, or a lime kiln.... so this is my best guess as to what might have been used to burn coke and limestone into potash.

    I'd love to find a site about potash.... as it was one of the three main products of MICH. ALKALI CO., the industry I model....
  8. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    That looks great!! Keep it up:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  9. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    Here's the latest...

    Others felt the bridge needed more support and a guard rail, so I first removed the module from the layout so I could work on it away from the trains....


    ... and here below you see those additions sprayed with primer. Next I will add some red glow lights, paint, ballast and weeds.

  10. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    :wave: :wave: Wow. Looking great Kyle. What scale is this,. :thumb: :thumb:
  11. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    Thanks Dick... It's supposed to be HO. I take a great deal of artistic license.

  12. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    And finally...



    See the red lamp at the very bottom of the first pic? It makes the fired-up ovens look pretty dramatic.
  13. slagpot

    slagpot Member

    Great work Kyle, your a modeler after my on intrest.....heavy industry. You made a comment about pictures of my latest scratch build,a E-crane. Should have pictures with in the coming days.

    Anyhow keep up the good work,looks really good. I need an industry like the one you have pictured,can't have a blast furnace without flux or burnt lime.

    Dragon River Steel Corp {DRSC}
  14. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    That looks good Kyle! Post a pic of the oven with the red light in it
  15. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    Here yah go! :wave:

    Hot work

  16. wickman

    wickman Member

    Now that looks really good nice job:wave:
  17. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    That does look really nice lit up!
  18. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    That looks awsome Kyle:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    BTW, Nice hoppers, they look great and nice weathering on them too:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  19. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    Kinds words all, Thank YOU!


  20. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    Very, very cool. I like it!!

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