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A Vanadium Mine Diorama, no name yet.

Postby Nevadablue » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:55 pm

Vanadium Ore Mine

I'm working on a diorama that will be a tribute to Verne Niner. I hope I can capture a bit of his humor and model skills in this venture. The diorama will be loosely based on his ideas for his new layout that would have included a Vanadium Mine and the associated workings.

My intent is to build two or three freight wagons that will carry vanadium ore in sacks and haul a tank of Frijolene from the mine and Frijolene distillery to the train for haulage to the vanadium mill. I have ordered a bunch of stuff including wagon kits and wheels and figures for the project. I'm still waiting on wagon parts, but I have started carving an existing figure to resemble the wagon driver that I want to honor. I hope this works out. I'm sure it will, FUN was Verne's favorite thing for his layouts it seems, so this will be FUN if nothing else. The scale will be 1:24. I think the rail line will be narrow gauge, in Gn15 since that's my favorite.

The wagons will be pulled by the dino from the Estrella Incident. I was lucky enough to get that creature from Verne last winter. He has successfully been 'broken' to safely pull wagons. In this picture he has been out for a drive and has arrived back in town. It seems that the horses and cowboys aren't impressed with having a triceratops in town, but they don't know how gentle and friendly he is. Besides, he doesn't like horse meat, he prefers alfalfa.

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Initial fitting for draft rigging for the critter.

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Here is the figure that I'm modifying. It is a tedious process to carve the detail in the plastic, but it is satisfying to see the change coming about. The figure is commonly available and looks like this to start.

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So far, I have modified the hat some, worked a lot on the face and removed a bunch of unwanted detail from the shirt. That shirt will need to become a chambray shirt with button front. The vest will need all the pockets removed and some texture added. On the original figure, the arms are bare and tattooed. Tattoos are gone and sleeves with cuffs are to come yet.

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Aren't closeups cruel...

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The story is that vanadium ore is mined, bagged and hauled to the rail for the trip to the processing plant. One method of separating carnotite, the type of ore being mined, uses hot acid solutions. Hence the need for Frijolene to heat the solution. Oh, my layouts are in the 1937 time period. At that time, vanadium was mined and separated from the uranium and the uranium became waste product. Later the 'waste' was processed to make weapons. But that isn't part of the story. Carnotite as mined contained vanadium, uranium and some radium typically. It is a sulfur yellow ore.

More as it unfolds.
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Re: A Vanadium Mine Diorama, no name yet.

Postby rue_d_etropal » Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:02 am

Gnice idea. Are you intending to have dinosaur working on railway as well. :lol:

I posted something about a dinosaur pulling train here
http://gn15.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10393
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Re: A Vanadium Mine Diorama, no name yet.

Postby docnjoj » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:22 pm

I can't wait to see that dino pull the train! Way cool!
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Re: A Vanadium Mine Diorama, no name yet.

Postby Thorness » Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:12 pm

Carnotite sounds like nasty stuff!
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Re: A Vanadium Mine Diorama, no name yet.

Postby Nevadablue » Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:50 pm

I think the dino (who needs a name) will just pull the wagons. Right now I'm thinking of having a box car spotted on a siding and having the wagon train pull up on a loading dock. I'm not sure what else will be included. I did find a prototype image of the wagon/train interface.

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Re: A Vanadium Mine Diorama, no name yet.

Postby docnjoj » Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:36 pm

Now if you could just find a prototype of a Triceratops/unloading dock interface with a train in it, that would be something.
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Re: A Vanadium Mine Diorama, no name yet.

Postby Nevadablue » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:29 am

I have done some more work on the figure. The resident Igor has moved the modified head to another figure. Now I have a proper sitting figure, who is also clothed more appropriately. Now for paint.

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Re: A Vanadium Mine Diorama, no name yet.

Postby Nipissing » Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:33 am

Well done. And now, let's roll: Yippee-I-Yay ! Yippee-I-Yo ! :lol:
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